Toronto Sports Media Sports Radio Lineups

by RobG

Sid the Kid is back. Let’s hope he stays healthy.

Here’s your drive home lineups

On Sportsnet 590 The FAN tonight, Prime Time Sports with Bob McCown (4-7pm). John Shannon co-hosts from 5-7pm:

4:00 Don Banks, SI
4:20 Mark Fainaru-Wada, ESPN
5:20 Doug McLean, Sportsnet
5:40 Jose Bautista, Blue Jays outfielder
6:00 Pat Brisson, player agent
6:20 Stephen Brunt, Sportsnet
6:40 Marty McSorley, Sportsnet

On TSN Radio 1050, Cybulski & Co., with James Cybulski (4-7pm). James’s co-host is Bob Mackowycz:

430 – Darren Dreger (NHL on TSN) from Pittsburgh
445 – Herm Edwards (ESPN/TSN 1050 NFL Analyst)
515 – Bob McKenzie (NHL on TSN)
530 – Pat Brisson (Sidney Crosby’s Agent)
545 – Dominic Moore (Forward, Tampa Bay Lightning)
600 – Steve Simmons (Sun Media and TSN ‘The Reporters’)
615 – Jose Bautista (OF, Blue Jays)
630 – Bruce Arthur (National Post and TSN ‘The Reporters’)

On TSN (5pm) & TSN2 (6:30pm), Off the Record, with Michael Landsberg:

TSN’s Marc Crawford joins us from Pittsburgh
The All-Pro Panel: Ruben Brown and Mitch Berger recap this weekend’s NFL action
MMA Hour host Ariel Helwani

Tonight on Sportsline:

Will opposing players give Sidney Crosby a free pass when it comes to contact, should a pitcher be allowed to win an MVP award, have the Capitals quit on Head Coach Bruce Boudreau and did many NASCAR fans show a lack of class by booing Michelle Obama? All of this plus ‘The Hebsys’ with Mark Hebscher & Bubba O’Neil, tonight at 7 on CHCH.

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Dave in Bolton
Dave in Bolton
November 21, 2011 8:39 pm

Lol what the hell have they done to Brunt anyone see how he looks now he dyed his hair even his eye brows he looks Terrible

mike (in boston)
mike (in boston)
November 21, 2011 9:41 pm

FAN: 4:20 Mark Fainaru-Wada, ESPN

i guess he is exempt from the exclusivity arrangement? that’s good news for listeners. he’s a great guest.

November 21, 2011 9:57 pm

Some great debates on the AL MVP today.

Question: Yes or No answers only.

If AA in Toronto and DD in Detroit had a conversation today to discuss a trade, Would you agree in Toronto trading Jose Batista to Detroit for Justin Verlander?

November 21, 2011 11:25 pm

Dave in Bolton if Brunt was on TSN: “hey! See Brunt’s new hair? Looks amazing!”

Bob – What a great question. Really, really tough. I THINK I would say yes.

November 21, 2011 11:26 pm

Just giving you a hard time, by the way, dave 🙂

darrell b
darrell b
November 22, 2011 8:10 am

Don’t think I’d trade straight up for Verlander because Bautista is locked up for 5 years at an exceptionally low salary for the stats he’s put up.

mike (in boston)
mike (in boston)
November 22, 2011 8:54 am

on JB v JV: there are a lot of decent #2/#3 pitchers on the FA market this year but only 2 or 3 top level bats. so I would keep JB and try to add a pitcher. Remember that the Jays had the best pitcher in baseball for several years but didn’t sniff the playoffs.

I’d be curious to hear the Detroit perspective — someone get Brady on the line.

Moe Howard
Moe Howard
November 22, 2011 11:44 am

lol…nice hair Brunt!!

Dave in Bolton
Dave in Bolton
November 22, 2011 2:32 pm

lol no he looks ridiculous well it matches the company he works for so the shoe fits

November 22, 2011 3:44 pm

@ Mike (In Boston)

I am a Detroit Fan. I hope you don’t think that JV is just a #2 or #3 guy. There is no way I trade JV for anyone. He is only 28 and has Rookie of the year, a Cy Young, AL MVP over 100 Wins and 2 No Hitters. Detroit already has the consciences best overall hitter in the AL. in Cabrera. No disrespect to Jose but he only has 1 1/2 good (great) years. He will be 32 years old next season, an age where bat speed and production starts to go down and unfortunately playing half of his games on a surface that is a killer on the body. I would throw this out though, If I were AA, I would look to trade Jose for the right package, because by the time Toronto is ready to compete Jose will be pretty much done.

mike (in boston)
mike (in boston)
November 22, 2011 3:54 pm

Bob, i was saying that the Jays could get a 2/3 starter through free agency and so shore up their pitching staff without needing to give up JB, not that Verlander was a 2/3. Obviously he’s amazing and would be #1 on every staff in baseball except maybe Philly.

Griffin made a nice point that people like to trumpet the fact that a position player gets 700 plate appearances to make a difference, but a starting pitcher gets about 1000 plate appearances against (haven’t checked his math) with which to make a difference. Verlander deserves this MVP … his WHIP is simply astounding.

Do people in Detroit miss the Jays rivalry, or is that a one-sided thing?

November 22, 2011 5:45 pm

@ Mike in Boston
I understand your point exactly. The folks who respond on this site are great, including yourself. They are respectful and if they feel they were wrong they apologize. The reason I asked the question was to see if I could get an intelligent baseball dialogue going, which the baseball media in Toronto seem incapable of doing. They seem to be sales people for Blue Jays management. Why do Toronto Fans accept all the Kool Aid?
I am a Tigers Fan that lives north of Toronto. I get to about 8 to 10 games a year in Detroit, but none when they play in Toronto, The atmosphere at the dome is crap, prices are ridiculous and staff treat you like dirt. So what I do, is spend the money that I would have spent in Toronto and spend a weekend in Erie watching 3 Tigers (Sea Wolves) AA games, and its a great time. Actually this past summer Erie played The Fisher Cats, plus I saw them for one game in New Hampshire when we were in the area. I bet I have seen more Toronto prospects than anyone in the Toronto Baseball Media.
So, yes, I would love more completion between Toronto and Detroit even if Detroit moved to the AL East. Sport is about playing the best. Bring on the Yankees and Red Sox , I won’t complain.

itchy butt
itchy butt
November 22, 2011 6:40 pm

” The atmosphere at the dome is crap, prices are ridiculous and staff treat you like dirt”

Can’t argue with any of those points.

November 23, 2011 1:45 am

I find it impressive that Dave in Bolton manages to see what Brunts hair looks like when he hates sports net and only ever watches TSN and listens to tsn radio.

Or maybe he actually just watches sports net, subjecting himself to torture and forcing us to lisen to even more pointless ridiculous insults and complaints. In any case they still win since he keeps freaking watching.

To summarize: Sportsnet 1, Dave in bolton 0.

November 23, 2011 1:49 am

Jays prices are by far the cheapest of the cities sports teams…by a long, long shot.

And they are also the most competitive team, and I think we can agree the most well-managed with far superior laedership, direction, and momentum.

They even have a freaking superstar, which the leafs haven’t had in…ever? At least since 67. Ad the raps had once in Carter. (by this I mean someone in argument for tops in league)

I think considering all this, even with the standard high concessions prices, the jays definately give the most bang for your buck.

And no one is forcing you to get drunk and pig out on food 😛

November 23, 2011 2:18 am

The baseball media in this city seem to be “drinking the kool aid” to an outside Or casual observer without a vested interest for pretty simple reasons:

Essentially, this blue jays leadership’s stated mandate, goals, and what they have actually executed in comparison are all very solid and respectable. Basically, people who know baseball, the jays, their division, etc (for example, the media you speak of and the jays management) all pretty much agree on this, and on how the jays are faring in their rebuilding process.

They (we) all see that they are in a really good position, and a fantastic one in comparison to just a couple years ago, and especially compared to the last decades worth of regimes.

Not sure what your issues with them are exactly to be honest, other than the standard “they aren’t spending enough!”, presumably on overpriced free agents in stupid long term deals, just like all the past failed management teams have done.

For specific holes in the roster, firstly there is the whole off season to work on that, and the two main holes are 2-3 pitchers and the bullpen.

The bullpen is a unique position, much like goalies in hockey but to far greater degree and more commonly, relievers will have one great year than never perform again near as well. I don’t have exact stats right now, but I am 90% sure that virtually no top reliever in baseball has repeated the next year, or something close to that. In fact it’s a rule of thumb that if your reliever has a great year, then you trade him ASAP.

So basically this position needs to be redone on a yearly basis and planned this way if you want to compete long term without blowing money on stupid contracts (for example, bj Ryan!). This is also a position easily refurbished in th off season, which will assuredly happen this year.

Now investing in a top 3 spot pitcher is something that shouldn’t be done lightly just to appease fans. Getting someone solid here for long term requires patience and careful due process. Of course AA could just go offering whatever necessary to land top guys in market today, but I for one (and it seems most baseball experts here and in the states agree) think it mask more sense to think long term.

We have a truly powerful stable of prospects and will continue to build it through draft, so giving up picks to sign someone might be more harmful than you think. Unlike hockey signing free agents costs you draft picks. To compete in the AL east without spending ridiculously and over the long term absolutely requires our main strength be in player development, from draft to prospects to the majors,

However, it is also clear that the jays are probably just a couple pieces away from possibly contending, especially with new wildcard spot.

I don’t see the need to rush it, and I glad AAagrees. That being said, it’s also very clear that AA has the mandate to pull the trigger on a major free agent, should one who is the right fit, the right price, the right term materialize.

Rogers has green lighted AA to spend if it makes sense. But it’s pretty obvious that if he blows the money ASAP trying to rush things, that the money will probably dry up…

Patiently buildng with care and respect for the major dollars necessary will not only benefit the team directly, but ensure that we are building for the future and not just today, it’s incredible how much AA cares for not his job but the team.

Most GMs rush to succeed NOW as that is what impacts them and their contract. The fact AA doesn’t do this proves his sole mandate is building the organization into a regular contender.

The farm system, scouting, drafting, and prospects of the jays have become among the VERY BEST, unanimously, in the league over just a couple years, this is the foundation for perennial success and I am so thankful we finally have this kind of prudent longterm thinking in Toronto,

Also, AA has also said that if we don’t pick up big names in the off season that it might be for this reason: it’s a very intense competitive market right now, you have to overpay in both years, dollars, and picks. Waiting until the trade dead ing means he won’t have to spend unless the team is competing, thereby preserving our funds and goodwill of ownership. And it’s a way better market, th bargain prices on major pieces as teams aren’t competing and decide to offload big names for prospects, etc.

This flexibility would be a huge advantage, and allow AA to pull trigger with far more relevant data, either waiting one more year and not throwing away talent, or if we are in contention havig the ability to use our massive pool of blue chip prospects to swing the final pieces of puzzle.

Sorry for long, long post! But I feel those criticizing the jays simply haven’t realized or considered all the angles, issues, facts, etc,

There is a reason AA is regarded as one of the top GMs in baseball at his incredibly young age and short career, and I mean by the American media and his colleagues.

Wouldn’t you rather have his extremely wise and prudect approach over someone blowing 45 mil on papelbon

November 23, 2011 2:19 am

On papelbon, who will assuredly bust in probably a season or 2. And at best be playable but not worth half that?

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