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2013 MLB Wild Card Race

2013 Postseason schedule (pic via MLB.com)

2013 Postseason schedule (pic via MLB.com)

Click here to listen to: Brock Picken talk about the race to the final wild card positions for the MLB 2013 season.

Brock does a rundown of the remaining teams fighting for postseason births.

Who Will The Jays Trade this Offseason? – with Al Coombs

Al Coombs talks Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame

Al Coombs & Brock Picken talk Blue Jays Baseball.

Click here to listen to: Brock Picken & Al Coombs from CJBK talk Jays potential trades, AL Wildcard race, and more

With the Blue Jays season coming to an end, many questions come up as to who could be on the trade block this offseason. Brock and Al discuss potential trade pieces, as well as the exciting AL Wildcard race, and the final weeks of Mariano Rivera’s last regular season ever.

MLB Blogs Latest Leaders Top 50: June 2013

Top 50 MLB Fan Blogs June 2013

Top 50 MLB Fan Blogs June 2013

It’s again so exciting to have TheBlueJaysDugout.com make the Top 50 MLB Blogs Latest Leaders List for the fourth straight month (#36 March, #26 April, #31 May, #29 June 2013).

Click the photo above for the full lists.

Carlos Delgado’s Training Day: Interviewing Roberto Alomar, Cito Gaston & More

Carlos Delgado Extra Bases Foundation Training Day.

Carlos Delgado Extra Bases Foundation Training Day.

Click here to listen to: Brock Picken interview Carlos Delgado, Roberto Alomar, Cito Gaston, Duane Ward, and many more.

Carlos Delgado was named to the Toronto Blue Jays Level of Excellence on Sunday, September 21st, 2013. So how did he celebrate? By hosting a training camp the following day at the Rogers Centre, in support of his Extra Bases Foundation, which strives to “improve the quality of life of people in need”. Joining Carlos, was a well-recognizable group of former Blue Jays greats.

Listen to the interviews that Brock Picken conducted with:

  • Carlos Delgado
  • Roberto Alomar
  • Cito Gaston
  • Shawn Green
  • Duane Ward
  • George Bell
  • Juan Guzman
  • Alex Gonzalez
  • Candy Maldonado
  • Lloyd Moseby
  • Tony Fernandez

 

2013 All Star Game & HR Derby – Jeff Sammut Fan 590

Prince Fielder crushes a home run

Prince Fielder crushes a home run

Click here to listen to: Brock Picken talk about the All Star Game with The Fan 590’s Jeff Sammut

Brock Picken discusses the 2013 HR Derby and All Star game with Sportsnet FAN 590’s Jeff Sammut.

They discuss the significance of the game in determining the home field advantage for the World Series, Mariano Rivera’s 13th (and last) All-Star appearance, and the four Jays appearing in the mid-summer classic, including the story-book selection of Steve Delabar.

Follow Jeff Sammut on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jeffsammut590

 

Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame 2013 Inductee Interviews – Tim Raines, Shirley Cheek, Rob Ducey, & George Bell

Tom Cheek Induction Ceremony Plaque

Tom Cheek Induction Ceremony Plaque

Click here to listen to: Brock Picken interview Tim Raines, Shirley Cheek, Rob Ducey, & George Bell

Brock Picken talks with 2013 Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame Inductees at the Induction Ceremony in St Marys.

Tim Raines talks about what it takes to be a great lead off man, and the significance of his 808 stolen bases.

Shirley Cheek talks about Tom’s passion and dedication to the game, and what it would mean to him to be inducted.

Rob Ducey talks about his time in the big leagues, and as a rookie some “choice advice” George Bell gave him.

George Bell talks about his memories during his days with the Blue Jays, and his 1987 MVP season.

Click here to read my blog post about the day.

 

MLB To Suspend 20 Players For PED Use

Melky Cabrera Jays

Melky to receive further suspension?

ESPN has reported that the MLB will likely be suspending 20 players for PED use, in connection with the Biogenesis of America Clinic.

Yes, it would appear as though the proverbial crap is about to hit the fan. For some players, perhaps a second time?

That’s a lot of excrement coming into contact with numerous electrical oscillating air-distribution devices.

It would appear as though baseball is a very dirty sport. Half of those guys should be putting on rain gear and running for cover. But this is kind of old news.

After all, Jose Canseco started throwing giant poop-bombs into airplane propeller-sized fans about eight years ago when he came clean (see what I did there?) by publishing a book for the entire world, claiming to be the “Steroid King”. In great detail he explained how he first became a much better ball player by using PED’s, then started introducing and in some cases administering steroids (see “injecting players in the buttocks”) to his teammates.

Fast-forward to 2013, and we could potentially be looking at the largest drug-related suspension not just in baseball, but in all of North American professional sports.

The notable names on the list are: New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez and Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun.  Melky Cabrera, Yasmani Grandal, Bartolo Colon, Nelson Cruz, Francisco Cervelli, Cesar Puello, Jesus Montero, Jhonny Peralta, Fernando Martinez, Everth Cabrera, Fautini de los Santos and Jordan Norberto.

Braun and A-Rod could be facing a 100-game suspension for a second offence (for connection with the Miami-based clinic’s owner Tony Bosch, and for denying the use of PED’s). A-Rod hasn’t played yet this season, having had hip surgery in the off season. His estimated return date would have been around the all-star break. No word yet on what Melky Cabrera could be facing, as his arrival to Toronto this Spring Training was surrounded with the controversy of having come off a 50-game suspension last August for PED use.

Click here to see the ESPN report

Sportscaster Matt Devlin Talks Jays Pitching, NY’s Mariano Rivera, & A Lesson From Tom Cheek

Toronto Broadcaster Matt Devlin

Sportscaster Matt Devlin

Click here to listen to: Brock Picken talk with Sportscaster Matt Devlin on The Dugout: Jays Pitching, Mariano Rivera, & Tom Cheek.

As a sports fan in Toronto, if you are familiar with listening to Matt Devlin it’s likely from Toronto Raptors games. But recently Devlin had the opportunity to fill in for Buck Martinez, doing play-by-play for the Toronto Blue Jays, which we discussed. No stranger to baseball, Devlin grew up in New York and gained a great deal of broadcasting experience calling high school and minor league baseball games. In this episode of The Dugout, Matt shared some fun stories about working closely with the New York Yankees. We discussed the dominance of NY reliever Mariano Rivera, as well as the entire Yankee team through the 90’s. We discussed the current situation of the Jays pitching staff, and what the chances are for Toronto making the playoffs this year. Devlin also shared a special story about a lesson the late and great broadcaster, Tom Cheek shared with him earlier in his career.

Devlin will be back broadcasting some Jays games again in July!

Connect with Matt Devlin on Twitter.

 

Bleacher Report’s Tim Mackay – Are the Jays a World Series-Calibre Team? – The Dugout Show #16

Tim Mackay Blue Jays

Tim Mackay of Bleacher Report Talks Blue Jays

Click here to listen to: The Dugout Show #16: Bleacher Report’s Tim Mackay

Tim Mackay, two-time #2 Blue Jays Top Writer (April, May 2012) for the Bleacher Report joins Brock Picken on The Dugout, to talk about what the statistical make-up of a World Championship team looks like, based on 8 key criteria, as written about by Zachary Rymer. They also discussed the current situation of the AL East, touching on key points of focus for the Yankees, Red Sox, Orioles, and Rays.

In mid-April, Tim took an in-depth look at the criteria for the World Championship statistical requirements as laid out by Rymer, and applied the Blue Jays current squad to see if they have “what it takes”.

While some criteria are as simple as having starters who can log high innings or rack up the K’s, there are also more in-depth requirements taking a look at some of the lesser known stats to the average baseball fan, such as a pitcher’s WPA and a fielder’s WAR.

Take a listen, as Tim discusses what criteria the Jays will likely meet, what they’re going to struggle to hit, and what’s a toss-up.

To read Tim’s article discussed in this podcast, click here.

Follow Tim on Twitter.