Jays Journal Podcast - August 1. "Faith in an uncertain future."
As the dust settled on a largely uneventful trade deadline for the Toronto Blue Jays, fans of the team were privy to an MVP calibre performance by their perennial MVP candidate, Josh Donaldson, as he led the charge in a convincing 8-4 win over the rebuilding Chicago White Sox. Marcus Stroman continued to demonstrate his value as an elite, big game pitcher in the American League with the kind of swagger that is nearly aligned with his consistent results.
On the podcast today, we're thrilled to bring you a dynamic round table with the likes of Jays Journal minor league specialist Craig Borden (@Craigers1221), motivational speaker and coach Diamyn Hall (@DiamynHall), and podcaster and blogger Adam Corsair (@SouthOfThe6ix), all gathered to engage host Ari Shapiro in some of the best baseball exchanges you'll find since social media was invented.
So buckle up and tune in as we discuss: the inevitability of ticket price increases and dubious personnel choices (4:01), if faith in this current management group is warranted (5:38), are the Blue Jays having their cake and eating it in terms of fan treatment (8:31), on the implicit expectation of spending beyond a $160 million dollar payroll (12:35), understanding what the core of this baseball club really is and where the money should be spent (13:35), if 2018 is a realistic year of competitive baseball in the AL East (16:21), if the role of player agents can derail bona fide talent on this team (20:06), on the metamorphosis of a rudderless team into real chemistry in the clubhouse (24:29), and on the diminishing value of key positions across the organization (28:41).