A tribute episode to Roy Halladay, following his tragic death. Scott Crawford, Director of Operations for the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame stops by to discuss his memories from Halladay’s recent induction weekend and his impact on baseball in Canada. Greg and Josh then share their own memories of the great Blue Jays ace and his impact on their lives. Finally, they get read some Halladay stories from their listeners and talk about their view of Roy Halladay’s five best starts of his career.
Shi Davidi of Sportsnet stops by to discuss the recent Blue Jays staff changes, Ross Atkins’ “Impact” bat/arm comments, the upcoming offseason, and the idea that the Jays should go for it again in 2018. Greg and Josh also give their thoughts on the World Series (including predictions), run down the performance of Jays prospects in the Arizona Fall League and the Dominican Winter League, and look at a potential 2018 outfield. Finally, they give their own thoughts on competing in 2018, answer listener questions, and give out a Do Over.
Greg, Josh, and Nick break down the entire 2017 season by giving out individual awards. There are the obvious ones such as Team MVP, Best Hitter, of Best Pitcher, but the guys also nominate their own candidates for Best Quote, Clutch Performer, Best Dive, The Not-Pat-Venditte Award, Do Over of the Year, and more.
Greg and Josh go over the final week of the season and the decisions and press conferences from the immediate aftermath. They discuss Jose Bautista’s final games and the declining of his option, Josh Donaldson’s desire to remain in Toronto, the early outlook for the upcoming offseason based on comments from Ross Atkins, the murky future for Devon Travis, and the ballot goofiness from the Blue Jays team award voting. They also answer listener questions and give out two Do Overs, one to MLB and one the Giancarlo Stanton.
2016 first round draft pick T.J. Zeuch stops by to discuss life leading up to the draft, how he picked his university, the nomadic lifestyle of a recent draftee, and prepping for the upcoming Arizona Fall League. Greg and Josh also go deep on the legacy and (likely) final home days for Jose Bautista, the unreal finish for Josh Donaldson, the Bautista-esque September from Teoscar Hernandez, and Marcus Stroman’s quest for 200 innings. Finally, they take listener questions and give out a Cliché of the Week and a Gold Star.
Sung Min Kim of Sporting News stops by talk Shohei Otani and what we could be in the big leagues, the posting systems in Japan and Korea, and other potential stars we could see being posted over the next couple of years. Greg and Josh also discuss the Marco Estrada extension, Jose Bautista’s farewell tour, Roberto Osuna’s increased velocity, faces of the franchise, and a truly 2017 Toronto Blue Jays moment. Finally, they answer listener questions and give out Do Overs to Mark Shapiro and Matt Dermody.
Greg and Josh discuss the recent news in Blue Jays land starting with the recent four game winning streak (and two wins over the Orioles). They continue with a breakdown of Joe Biagini’s odd recent string of starts, take a look at the play (and projection) of the September call ups, express disappointment at Aaron Sanchez being shut down, parse Ross Atkins’ words, and examine the recently released 2018 schedule. Finally, they answer listener questions, give a Do Over to the Blue Jays stadium ops, look at a bizarre ESPN segment, and talk about Darwin Barney’s failed attempt at a slide.
Josh and Greg run down every DL trip so far in 2017, then ask whether Roberto Osuna should be there too. They also make important rulings about four home run games and four strikeout innings, look at some September callups, and discuss Brett Anderson’s success and Twitter comments. Following that, they talk with Emily Waldon of 2080 Baseball about a host of Blue Jays still making their way through the minor leagues, featuring Anthony Alford, Vlad Guerrero Jr., Bo Bichette, and more. Finally, they hand out their most generous Do-Over ever to the Red Sox.
Former major league pitcher David Aardsma stops by to talk about playing out the string on a losing club, dealing with watching the game while injured from the sidelines, and MLB’s current issues with the juiced ball. Greg and Nick also discuss the debut of Brett Anderson, Joe Biagini’s attempt to rejoin the rotation, another week of poor play from the Jays, and the new Player’s Weekend. Finally, they answer listener questions, give a Do Over to the Texas Rangers, and a Gold Star to die hard Blue Jays fans.
Dr. Mike Sonne stops by to discuss red flags that are appearing both in Roberto Osuna’s Stuff rating and his workload, as measured by Dr. Sonne’s Fatigue Units statistic. He also discusses the Jays bullpen as a whole and how the stuff metric can be used to potentially show injuries. Greg and Josh then quickly discuss the nightmarish end to the Cubs series, Josh Donaldson’s extreme hot streak, and goofy injuries before talking about the Golden Sombrero and the fastest pitch ever thrown. Finally, they answer listener questions and give out a Do Over to the MLB Umpires.