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Blair & Barker

Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker talk all things Blue Jays and MLB. Airing live on Sportsnet 590 The FAN weekdays from 4-6 PM ET during the baseball season.

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Recent Episodes of Blair & Barker


IKF + Horsin’ Around with Jayson Werth

IKF + Horsin’ Around with Jayson Werth

Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker share their thoughts on Toronto’s 3-1 loss to Milwaukee in the opener of the series, and look ahead to game two where Yusei Kikuchi and rookie Carlos Rodriguez will take the mound for their respective clubs. Blue Jays infielder Isiah Kiner-Falefa (35:34) discusses how his positional versatility helps take pressure off, adjustments to his approach at the plate and why the fastball has eluded the Blue Jays batting order this season.  David Samson (50:28) discusses the latest around the major leagues; particularly if an in-season tournament would make sense for baseball like it does in the...

Episode 11 June 2024 1h, 39m and 7s


In the Clutch with Isiah Kiner-Falefa

In the Clutch with Isiah Kiner-Falefa

Blue Jays infielder Isiah Kiner-Falefa joins Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker to discuss how his positional versatility helps take pressure off, adjustments to his approach at the plate and why the fastball has eluded the Blue Jays batting order this season. Then, he gets into how MLB's shift bans have changed fielding, his unique path to the big leagues and lessons from his years with the Yankees.

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

Episode 11 June 2024 12m and 45s


Paying a Visit to the Brew Crew + Player Polls!

Paying a Visit to the Brew Crew + Player Polls!

Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker recap Toronto’s series win over Oakland, notably Sunday’s win in extra innings, and the standout pitching performances from starters Chris Bassitt and Kevin Gausman. Brewers broadcaster Jeff Levering discusses Milwaukee’s successful season so far and how the organization continues to play well following the departure of manager Craig Counsell in the offseason (28:20). Jeff and Kevin discuss and debate the results of The Athletic’s players poll (51:05). MLB Network’s Jon Morosi (1:17:42) discusses the latest around the game including the overwhelming number of teams below .500 and the success of this past weekend’s London ser...

Episode 10 June 2024 1h, 38m and 55s


Horwitz Here to Stay? + A Final Jays-A’s Series in the Bay

Horwitz Here to Stay? + A Final Jays-A’s Series in the Bay

Blue Jays manager John Schneider discusses what improvements he has seen in Spencer Horwitz's game that could possibly warrant a spot on the main roster, the lack of producing runs in the first inning, and more surrounding his club as they get ready to play the Oakland A’s (26:53). Jeff and Kevin open up their voicemail for this Friday’s edition of the Back Leg Line (52:06). Shi Davidi checks-in from Oakland ahead of the final Blue Jays-A’s series in Oakland with his reporting that Horwitz is currently with the team (1:09:20). A’s play-by-play broadcaster Vince Cotroneo previews the series a...

Episode 7 June 2024 1h, 39m and 7s


Potential Reinforcements & First Inning Droughts with John Schneider

Potential Reinforcements & First Inning Droughts with John Schneider

Blue Jays manager John Schneider joins Jeff Blair & Kevin Barker ahead of a three-game series against the Athletics. The skipper gets into what improvements he has seen in Spencer Horwitz's game that could warrant a spot on the main roster with reports he's with the team in Oakland. Then, he discusses the team's ongoing first-inning scoring drought, the challenges Bo Bichette is facing in his at-bats and Danny Jansen's workload. Finally, how Chris Bassitt can find success against his former team and how he views his team bouncing back after a blowout loss to the Baltimore Orioles. 

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Episode 7 June 2024 14m and 53s


Jays Head West Post Series Split

Jays Head West Post Series Split

Sportsnet’s Caleb Joseph joins Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker between the Orioles and A’s series as the Blue Jays head west to Oakland in hopes of continuing their winning ways (8:54). The Athletic’s Andy McCollough (28:11) discusses the latest story he co-authored on Latin American starting pitchers in MLB and why the number of them has dwindled over the years.

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

Episode 6 June 2024 49m and 50s


More Mountcastle Magic & Hall of Famer Chipper Jones

More Mountcastle Magic & Hall of Famer Chipper Jones

Jeff Blair & Kevin Barker discuss Toronto’s 10-1 loss to the Orioles, notably Baltimore’s balanced offensive attack and Ryan Mountcastle continuing his Jays-killing ways with a two-HR performance at Rogers Centre. What makes certain hitters hot at certain ballparks? The guys call up Hall-of-Famer and former Braves hitting consultant Chipper Jones (27:03) to ask him about that and what changes he had to make mechanically whenever he was in a slump. With two games of four completed in the O’s series, Jeff & Kevin open up the Back Leg Line (52:15). Dan Shulman (1:19:05) shares his point of view on the Blue J...

Episode 5 June 2024 1h, 39m and 21s


O’s Woes + Passan’s Early Trade Deadline Preview

O’s Woes + Passan’s Early Trade Deadline Preview

Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker discuss Toronto’s latest loss to the Orioles, the team’s difficulty at scoring runs continuing, and examine a few of the trades and signings Ross Atkins has made during his tenure as Blue Jays GM. Sportsnet’s Joe Siddall (33:03) checks in from field level at Rogers Centre with his thoughts on game one of the O’s series and the team’s recent play. MASN’s Roch Kubatko (54:43) gives the lowdown on Connor Norby, the organization’s latest top prospect to be recalled and Corbin Burnes pitching as advertised since coming over from Milwaukee. Jef...

Episode 4 June 2024 1h, 39m and 35s


The O’s Return to Rogers Centre

The O’s Return to Rogers Centre

Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker recap the Toronto Blue Jays series win over the Pirates; notably, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. playing 3B in the finale before reacting to comments Jays GM Ross Atkins made on MLB network radio. Former Orioles closer and ESPN analyst Gregg Olson (32:34) comments on the O’s and how closer injuries can affect the rest of the bullpen. The Athletic’s Jayson Stark (49:42) goes around MLB with the guys with his thoughts on Toronto’s season to date, their important month ahead, Aaron Judge’s hot streak, and Rob Thomson’s successful two-year stint as Phillies manager.  ...

Episode 3 June 2024 1h, 38m and 30s


Manoah Update, Managers Hour & José Bautista!

Manoah Update, Managers Hour & José Bautista!

Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker discuss Alek Manoah heading to the IL and more with Blue Jays Manager John Schneider ahead of this weekend’s Pirates series (2:18). Former Blue Jays coach and current Pirates bench boss Derek Shelton comments on his club, notably phenom Paul Skenes taking MLB by storm following his call-up (25:22). Blair & Barker open up the voicemail for this week’s edition of the Back Leg Line (50:05). Blue Jays legend Jose Bautista (1:14:41) joins the show with his thoughts on Vladimir Guerrero Jr’s season and the team’s new City Connect jerseys! 

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Episode 31 May 2024 1h, 39m and 29s

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