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On episode 7 on the Canadian Baseball Network Podcast we talk to Scott Carson, statistician and the '3rd man in the booth' for the last 20 years of Blue Jays broadcasts. We review the Blue Jays season to date as well as the performance of some of their key offseason acquisitions.
We also discuss the rise of advanced statistics in baseball as well as the erosion of the value placed on traditional statistics. Does ERA and batting average still have a place in baseball? What is the best stat for evaluation a hitter? Where is the best place for someone to start learning advanced stats? Scott discusses all of these questions with us on this episode of the Canadian Baseball Network Podcast.
In Episode 6 of the Canadian Baseball Network Podcast we discuss the state of the Toronto Blue Jays farm system with April Whitzman (@AlleyCat17). April is a longtime CBN contributor and an expert on Blue Jays prospects and is the founder of JaysProspects.com (www.jaysprospects.com). April is also spending the 2013 baseball season as Canada's representative in the MLBFanCave. In this episode we learn what the FanCave is all about, how the traded Blue Jays prospects are fairing in their new homes and review April's top 10 Blue Jays prospects.
You can check out April's daily blogs from the FanCave here: http://ow.ly/kEcUx
“I don’t care if I ever get to the majors, I told myself this is the city for me, this is paradise…”
Jackie Robinson 1946
Jackie Robinson called Montreal his “Paradise”. In 1946, the season before Robinson broke the colour barrier, he played for the Montreal Royals of the International League. This special episode of The Canadian Baseball Network Podcast takes an in-depth look at Jackie Robinson’s year playing in Canada, his love for the city of Montreal, his experiences and challenges throughout the 1946 season and his legacy in Canada, including how he is celebrated at the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in St. Marys, Ontario.
Kevin Glew (@kevinglewsports ) – Cooperstowners in Canada; The Canadian Baseball Network
Scott Crawford (@CDNbaseballHOF) – Director of Operations, The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame
Alexis Brudnicki (@baseballexis) – The Canadian Baseball Network
In Episode 4 of The Canadian Baseball Network Podcast we have an in depth conversation with CBN founder and J.G. Taylor Spink Award winner Bob Elliott. We discuss the recent news regarding MLB owners looking to strip pensions from non uniformed employees and Team Canada's performance at the WBC. We also examine the Toronto Blue Jays offseason overhaul and recent spring training performance. Who will close for the Blue Jays? Will Ricky Romero or JA Happ travel north? How will the Yankees and Red Sox fair in the AL East? We cover all the issues related to the 2013 Toronto Blue Jays on this episode of the Canadian Baseball Network Podcast.
Manager Ernie Whitt has tabbed veterans Shawn Hill and Scott Mathieson to split a Game 1 start against Italy in the WBC opener. Both pitchers will work with a 45-pitch limit before handing things off to the bullpen. What does Hill think about the pitch count rules? And what does it mean to the right-hander to play for Team Canada? We also learn about how Mathieson, a reliever in 2012, prepared to stretch himself out for this tournament. And we hear about his experiences playing professionally in Japan. All this and more in the third episode of the Canadian Baseball Network podcast.
Jimmy Van Ostrand and Chris Robinson both played big roles in helping qualify Team Canada into the 2013 World Baseball Classic. Robinson will serve as Canada's starting catcher at the WBC, while Van Ostrand will look to provide a big bat off the bench. What does Robinson expect from Team Canada's pitching staff? What does Van Ostrand think of the lineup? We learn this and a whole lot more in the second episode of the Canadian Baseball Network podcast.
How was the Canadian WBC roster chosen? What are the team’s strengths and weaknesses? Can Team Canada overcome the absence of key major league pitchers? What will Ernie Whitt’s starting lineup look like? Greg Hamilton, the director of national teams at Baseball Canada has the answers to these questions and more in the first Canadian Baseball Network podcast.