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Greg Wisniewski and Joshua Howsam bring you a podcast that combines everything you want to know about the Blue Jays with a little bit of fun. Guests add to the excitement, including the occasional big league player who wants to do a different kind of interview.

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Greg and Josh go over the last two weeks of news in Blue Jays land. They discuss their impressions of the Home Run Derby and Vlad’s performance, Joc Pederson’s unfortunate fate, a small tweak to the format and Pete Alonso being relegated to footnote status despite his win. They also go over Bo Bichette’s recent comments and what we should take away from that, take a look at the performance of some of the Blue Jays’ middle of the diamond players, break down the status of the various trade candidates, and discuss new acquisition Wilmer Font and his likely role with the club. Finally, they answer listener questions, talk about Bud Selig’s silly opinions, and discuss a couple of recent tragic deaths, one of which hit close to home.

Greg and Josh discuss the latest news and developments in Blue Jays land including the strong performance of the lineup over the last month, with specific discussion of the play of Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Eric Sogard, and Freddy Galvis, as well as a look at the improvements of late from Danny Jansen and his strength on both sides of the ball. They also take a look at the struggles of the rotation, especially those not named Marcus Stroman, with a further look at what can be done with Aaron Sanchez and the root of his struggles. Finally, they answer listener questions and give out yet another Do-Over to the New York Mets.

Greg and Josh discuss the latest news and developments in Blue Jays land including the strong performance of the lineup over the last month, with specific discussion of the play of Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Eric Sogard, and Freddy Galvis, as well as a look at the improvements of late from Danny Jansen and his strength on both sides of the ball. They also take a look at the struggles of the rotation, especially those not named Marcus Stroman, with a further look at what can be done with Aaron Sanchez and the root of his struggles. Finally, they answer listener questions and give out yet another Do-Over to the New York Mets.

Jesse Goldberg-Strassler, the voice of the Lansing Lugnuts, stops by (26:45) to break down some of the prospects in the Blue Jays system with a special focus on Lansing, but also with stops at other affiliates along the way. Greg and Josh also discuss Lourdes Gurriel Jr.’s incredible run at the plate and in the field, Marcus Stroman trade rumours and what does and does not make sense, Ken Giles’ return to health and prominence, Rowdy’s quietly incredible week, Eric Sogard’s baffling continued good hitting, and various players on their way back from injury. Finally, they answer listener questions and give out a Do-Over to Adam Eaton.

Greg and Josh go over the developments from the last week in Blue Jays land. They discuss Lourdes Gurriel’s power surge and his future as a big league outfielder, Rowdy Tellez power and lack of patience, Cavan Biggio’s recent improvents, Marcus Stroman’s reversion in his pitch mix and the impact that could have on his performance, Aaron Sanchez’ disturbing trend of poor performances and his diminished fastball, and the various injuries and returns, including Ken Giles. They also discuss the bizarre Tampa-Montreal sharing report, answer listener questions and give out a Do-Over to the MLB Umpires Association.

Greg and Josh go over the stories from a winless week in Blue Jays land. They discuss Lourdes Gurriel Jr.’s improved hitting and fielding and what it could mean for the future of the roster, a deceptively successful bullpen performance so far this month, Ken Giles’ injury and the impact that could have on trades, the promotion of Jordan Romano, and Aaron Sanchez’ continued struggles with command.

Finally, they answer listener questions, give out a Gold Star, and debate the merits of Madison Bumgarner’s views on emotion in the game.

Jeffrey Paternostro of Baseball Prospectus stops by to review the Blue Jays draft (22:30), including both the top picks and some later interesting selections. He also goes into the advantage the Blue Jays can have when it comes to scouting Canadian talent. Greg and Josh also discuss the odd decision to make Teoscar Hernández the primary centerfielder and how that reflects on Randal Grichuk’s contract, some pitching reinforcements on the way, a really rough road trip, Ken Giles’ dominance, and some healthy starts from Aaron Sanchez and Marcus Stroman.

Greg and Josh go over a rough week in Blue Jays land by discussing, the debut of Cavan Biggio, Lourdes Gurriel’s hot return and his streakiness, Marcus Stroman pitching well through illness, a brief Vladimir Guerrero Jr. slump and the ups and downs of being a 20-year-old big leaguer, Aaron Sanchez’ continued finger problems, and the recent roster roulette. Finally, they answer listener questions, discuss trade strategies, and give out a Do Over.

Greg and Josh discuss the latest week in Blue Jays land including the bizarre Victoria Day Vladimir Guerrero Jr. bench day, Vlad’s hot streak, Marcus Stroman vs Alex Cora, Rowdy Tellez’ power stroke and injuries to the pitching staff. They also give out a belated Gold Star to a former manager and an in-house Do Over.

In a week of Toronto sports media coverage dominated by the heroics of Kawhi Leonard, baseball just rumbled along slowly. Greg and Nick are here to break down what happened during a week where the club didn’t receive much attention. They discuss the continued struggles of the offence, Marcus Stroman’s emotions, Aaron Sanchez’ unpredictable nature, the pickup of Edwin Jackson, Justin Smoak’s four walk game, and of course, Vlad Guerrero Jr. Finally they answer listener questions and give out a Do Over

Jeremy Wolf of More Than Baseball stop by to discuss his company’s efforts to improve the quality of life for minor leaguers. He goes into how they help minor leaguers cope with low wages, how they get funding for the operation, and their recent partnership with the Toronto Blue Jays and what that means. Greg and Josh talk about a rough week of baseball including Vlad Jr.’s struggles and horrible luck, a rough couple of starts for Marcus Stroman, Sam Gaviglio’s strong turn in the bullpen, player meetings, and position players pitching. Finally, they answer listener questions and give out a Do Over to a current Blue Jay.

After nearly a month of waiting, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. finally made his MLB debut this week. Greg, Josh and Nick break down the first weekend of Vladdy-mania including looks at his performance on both sides of the ball, the feeling in Toronto, pinch running foibles, and the hype around the league. They also discuss Brandon Drury’s hot streak, a good run against Oakland, and the idea that the Jays could be shopping Aaron Sanchez and Brandon Drury. Finally, they answer listener questions and give out a Do Over to scouts from all 30 big league teams.

Greg and Josh go over the last week in Blue Jays land. They begin by discussing the call up of Vladimir Guerrero Jr., the hype surrounding the move, expectations for the rookie and what it can mean for Blue Jays fans going forward. They also discuss some unbelievable defending in Oakland, Justin Smoak’s continued hot streak, Rowdy Tellez’ offensive profile, injuries to the rotation and the importance of the successes of Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez, and the hand injury to Bo Bichette. They finish the show by playing Swing and a Drive with one of their patrons, answering listener questions and giving out a Do Over for Buck Math.

Greg and Josh go over the first successful week of the Blue Jays’ 2019 season. They discuss the success and risk factors for Freddy Galvis’ early season surge, Justin Smoak’s emergence as an on-base threat, some odd baserunning and clutch fielding, the returns to prominence of Aaron Sanchez and Marcus Stroman and potential for regression, Trent Thornton’s recent struggles, Joe Biagini seizing the setup role, Ryan Tepera’s return, and conflicting reports about Vladimir Guerrero Jr’s debut. Finally, they answer listener questions and give out a Do Over to MLB.

Greg and Josh go over the latest news and notes from the a 2-4 week of Blue Jays baseball. They discuss the hitting troubles against Cleveland and what could be causing some of the problems, the bright spot that has been the incredible starting pitching and late game relief work, a controversial bunt decision during the game against Boston, the incredible steal of home by Lourdes Gurriel Jr. that came from it, the pending returns of Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Clay Buchholz and the performance of the former Jays. Finally, they answer listener questions and give out a Do Over to Pat Tabler.