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Jays Honda Super Camp Guelph

Devo gives batting instruction

Devo gives batting instruction

The Toronto Blue Jays Honda Super Camps kicked off this past weekend, starting in Guelph, Ontario. Boys and girls between the ages of 9-16 had the opportunity to attend the two or three-day baseball camp and receive instruction from George Bell, Lloyd Moseby, Devon White, Roberto Alomar, and Sandy Alomar Sr. I connected with a Jays rep and discussed the camps, and also spoke with an employee from the Royal Distributing Athletic Centre, where the camp was held. You can hear those interviews and more, here.

Robbie Alomar works on fielding drills

Robbie Alomar works on fielding drills

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In a recent blog post I wrote for Model Sports Fan, I discussed why I thought that Colby Rasmus might not be a Blue Jay too much longer. I went into more detail about this in my latest podcast.

 

 

 

A Baseball Dream

Photo Credit halofanforlife.com

Photo Credit halofanforlife.com

Click here to listen to my interview with Malcolm MacMillan. We discuss highlights to visiting various major and minor league ballparks, as well as the current pitching situation with the Toronto Blue Jays.

For many baseball fans it’s a dream. Some never realize it. Some chip away at it, year by year. Some accomplish it all in one big season. I’m talking of course about seeing a baseball game in each of the 30 major league ballparks. There’s something exciting and special about visiting a new (to you) stadium. After all, baseball is one of those rare sports where each venue is somewhat different. Different field dimensions allow teams to make a statement – to be unique. As an example, Yankee Stadium has the short porch in right field, a mere 314 feet away, heavily favourable to left-handed pull-hitters. The same right field in Fenway, “Pesky’s Pole” measures a mere 302 feet from home plate, and hitters in Chicago’s Wrigley Field have to muscle-up to hit a shot in right, a good 353 feet away. If you start examining various centre field designs, each features various quirks, such as Houston’s Minute Maid Park which has Tal’s Hill, a 30 degree incline (which reminds me of some of the local fields I play on) toward the wall, complete with a flag pole in play. Each stadium has various other attractions beyond field dimensions, too many worth noting here.

When one starts researching, possibly planning a road trip, there comes the “ah-ha” moment, realizing that there are way more minor league ball parks, many also worth visiting and each with their own unique attractions (plus tickets are always more affordable). In a recent interview, I caught up with Malcolm MacMillan, the owner of www.theballparkguide.com, who to date has visited 53 major and minor league parks, writing a review on each and making notes for fans on what not to miss. Listen to the interview here.

Back in 2008, I was fortunate to take a road trip to New York, and see one of the last games in old Yankee Stadium. Even more fortunate for me, was that it was a Jays-Yankees game in which the Jays won. It was hard not to feel nostalgic, thinking about how many legends had graced that field over so many years. I wasn’t the only one feeling emotional, I noted, as following the game more than several Yankee fans could be seen with tears streaming down their faces. While I wanted to believe it was due to the tough loss my Jays had just handed their home team, it was more likely as a result of the realization that a stadium where they had formed many wonderful memories over the years was soon to be reduced to dust. Sadly, this is the inevitable fate of most parks. Fenway has been around for over 100 years, and while traditionalists would like to think it will stand for 100 more, that is not likely. All good things must come to an end eventually. So why not plan a road trip this summer, and visit some of these beautiful structures while you still can? The parks may not last forever, but the memories will last a lifetime.

Blue Jays Greats Interview Highlight Reel

Arash Madani Sportsnet Author on Blue Jays, Yankees, Orioles & Red Sox – The Dugout Show #13

Sportsnet Arash Madani

Arash Madani on the Toronto Blue Jays, Yankees, and Red Sox (photo via rodpedersen.com)

Click here to listen to: Arash Madani of Sportsnet on The Dugout with Brock Picken

Brock Picken speaks with Sportsnet Author Arash Madani about the Toronto Blue Jays current performance. They discuss the return of Brett Lawrie, the strikeout woes of Colby Rasmus & JP Arencibia, and pitching performances of numerous starters and relievers. Arash gives an insight into what to expect for the upcoming series’ against the Orioles, Yankees, and Red Sox.

Sportsnet Host Jeff Sammut on Anthony Gose & Babe Ruth – The Dugout Show #12

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Brock Picken talks to Sportsnet The Fan 590 Host Jeff Sammut.
They discuss the Toronto Blue Jays sub-par start to the season, and Jeff’s interviews with Jays future-star Anthony Gose, former Jays Duane Ward and Tom Henke, and Babe Ruth’s Granddaughter. They also talk about collecting baseball cards and the Honus Wagner card that sold for over $2 Million dollars!

MLB FanCave Blue Jays Rep April Whitzman – The Dugout – Show #11

MLB Fancave April Whitzman

Toronto Blue Jays MLB Fancave Rep April Whitzman

Brock Picken talks with April Whitzman, the Toronto Blue Jays Rep for the MLB Fan Cave.
They talk about the Jays Home Opener, Yu Darvish’s near perfect game, and National League pitchers hitting home runs.

Top 50 MLB Blogs March 2013

Top MLBlogs March 2013

TheBlueJaysDugout.com makes #36 on the Top 50 List!

I am super-excited and honoured to have TheBlueJaysDugout.com listed amongst so many great blogs in the Top 50 MLB Blogs List for March 2013 (#36 Top Fan Blogs).

Click here to see the full list!