Click here to listen to: Brock Picken talk with Matt Stairs on Baseball, Hockey, and his Coaching Career.
Matt Stairs joins Brock Picken on The Dugout to discuss his baseball career, love of hockey, and community involvement in Fredericton.
Stairs played for 12 franchises (13 teams – Expos & Nationals being the same franchise) which is a MLB record for a position player. Stairs also holds the record for the most MLB pinch-hit HR’s with 23. Stairs is in good company with Larry Walker, Justin Morneau and Jason Bay being the only Canadian professional ball players with 200+ HR’s (Stairs with 265).
Click here to listen to: The Dugout Show #7 – Sportsnet Broadcaster Jamie Campbell talks Blue Jays Baseball
Brock Picken talks with Sportsnet Broadcaster Jamie Campbell from Dunedin Florida, where he is covering the Toronto Blue Jays spring training. They discuss R.A. Dickey and who will be catching him, as well as Emilio Bonifacio’s throwing issues, and Jose Bautista‘s early display of home runs and if the wrist is at all a concern. They also discuss the possible return of Dustin McGowan to pitch out of the bullpen, whether or not to expect to see Adam Loewen get any playing time, and what could become of Adam Lind if he doesn’t have as good a season as he is having this spring. Finally, they discuss the manner in which John Farrell left for Boston, and what Farrell should expect upon his return to Toronto for the Blue Jays vs Red Sox series starting April 5, 2013.
Brock Picken “The Baseball Guy” brings you a weekly episode of “3 Up 3 Down”.
Today’s show is a review of the March 2, 2013 Spring Training game vs the Phillies.
Final Score: Jays 11 – Phillies 6.
1. R.A. Dickey – shaky but confident.
Dickey got knocked around a bit in the first inning, but settled in nicely. More importantly, in an interview following his outing, he explained that he was confident and satisfied in his performance, stating he was focusing on throwing a high percentage of strikes and working on mechanics.
2. Jose Reyes – exciting and on fire! Jose plays with such enthusiasm and is really fun to watch. In his three at bats, he had a single, double, and home run. I had hoped for one more at bat, to see if he could hit for the cycle (it’s one of my predictions: http://bit.ly/JaysPredictions). He looks like he’s already in mid-season form.
3. Brett Lawrie calls Russell Martin “weak”. Russell Martin opted out of the World Baseball Classic because Team Canada wouldn’t let him play short. Of course they wouldn’t, he’s a catcher! The poor attitude and pulling out at the last minute is unacceptable, and Lawrie let everyone know how he felt. I respect Brett even more for calling Martin on it. Weak indeed.
Rajai Davis and Edwin Encarnacion both made errors in the field. Both were makeable plays. Actually, Lawrie was charged a throwing error, but Edwin should have had it. Edwin has come along over the past few years in the field, but I still don’t like to see a glove on Rajai’s hand. Steve Delabar looked good in a 3-up 3-down inning, and Bonifacio looked good at the plate with a home run and 2 RBI.
Spring training games are officially underway for the Toronto Blue Jays, who defeated the Detroit Tigers 10-3 today.
Watch the video for my thoughts on the game.