Jays Journal Podcast - March 26. "Fighting For Relevance."
One final trip to Montreal before the Blue Jays embark on their 2018 vaunted regular season campaign amidst a (suddenly) world class Toronto sports market dominated by hockey/basketball visions of grandeur. As a result, the baseball club finds itself fighting for relevance during an off-season rife with punishing fan expectations and hardened pundits at every turn dismissing any hopes of tangible success for the summer.
Naturally, I'd be remiss if I didn't assemble an intrepid group of baseball writers, bloggers, and podcasters capable of turning around any doom and gloom with their views on what the future holds for this team. I'm pleased to be joined by Adam Corsair (@Corsair21) host of the critically-acclaimed South of the Six podcast (@SouthOfThe6ix), Richard Birfer (@richardbirfs) of the dynamic Collegiate Baseball Scouting Network, and Marshall Auerback (@Mauerback) from the erudite Levy Institute.
Together we discuss: if 87 wins this year is a realistic projection, the real truth behind Curtis Granderson, how much do intangibles play a role with this club, on the emergence of Vladdy Jr. & Bo, if the concept of baseball courtship is over when it comes to newfound frugality, and why it's crucial for the Shapiro-Atkins regime to establish a culture of winning. (5:21-49:15)
Later, Richard & Dan Seguin (@danseguin23) of the Collegiate Baseball Scouting Network (@CBScoutingNet) are back on the show for their excellent prospect analysis and insights; this week they take a closer look at Lourdes Gurriel and Rowdy Tellez. (50:01)