Toronto Sports Media Sports Radio Lineups

by RobG

Prince Fielder signed a monster deal with the Detroit Tigers today. Say goodbye to what was already a remote sniff of a wildcard chance the Jays might have had in 2012.

Here’s your drive home lineups

On Sportsnet 590 The FAN from 4-7pm, Prime Time Sports with Bob McCown. Damien Cox co-hosts from 5pm:

400 – Jeff Blair, Globe & Mail
420 – Rob Becker, legal analyst
500 – Eugene Melnyk, owner, Ottawa Senators
520 – Nick Kypreos, Sportsnet
600 – Dick Pound, former president, WADA
620 – Alex Anthopoulos, GM, Jays

On TSN Radio 1050 from 4-7pm, Cybulski & Co., with James Cybulski. Bob Mackowycz co-hosts:

Jonas Siegel, From Long Island
James Duthie
Ben Mulroney, eTalk, from LA to discuss Oscar nominations
Bob McKenzie
Aaron Ward, former teammate of Tim Thomas
Gord Ash, Brewers Assistant GM
Darren Dreger, Steve Simmons, Countdown to Faceoff : Leafs @ Isles

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

Jack Edwards and Steve Simmons
Gary Payton
Tokyo Police Club

Tonight on Sportsline:

Does the signing of Prince Fielder make the Tigers the favorites in the AL, did the Blue Jays spend too much on Brandon Morrow, was Tim Thomas disrespectful by not going to the Whitehouse and is Alex Ovechkin turning his back on the NHL by not attending All-Star weekend? Join Mark Hebscher & Bubba O’Neil tonight at 7, on CHCH.

COMMENTS

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    Robert 8 years ago

    “Say goodbye to what was already a remote sniff of a wildcard chance the Jays might have had in 2012. ”

    Why? Detroit won their division last year and already figured to repeat in 2012, so that wouldn’t affect the wild card race. Having said that, I’d put Texas, LA, Detroit, NY, Boston, Tampa, and possibly Cleveland ahead of the Jays this year, so even if there is an extra wild card team their chances were slim.

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    The Jays are lucky it wasn’t a 6 or 7 year deal or the fan backlash would be even worse than what it’s probably going to be…

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    Yeah.

    If someone had signed Prince for 5 or 6 years, then I think Jays fans would have a pretty justifiable right to be pissed. I would have been.

    But at 9 years 214 mil? Hoo. Great player, don’t get me wrong, but that’s a pretty big opportunity cost there (assuming you don’t have unlimited payroll). If he stumbles or regresses much you’re paying a lot of money to him to take up a lineup spot for the next decade. That kind of sudden drop off happens all the time (look at Crawford, Wells, Soriano, Zito, even ARod to an extent, and so on and so on).

    Having said that – I would be really excited if I was a Tigers fan, and they’re probably going to be damn good next year … but unless the Tigers win a World Series, I think there’s a real risk that they’ll regret this signing after all is said and done.

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    mike (in boston) 8 years ago

    this is a mercy killing for Jays fans … no more idle pining … just the crushing realization that the major free agents went to your direct competitors in the AL. The only thing that could complete this off-season would be if Roy Halladay were traded to the Red Sox.

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    Also – at least this probably doesn’t really affect the Jays Wild Card hopes over the next couple years. The Tigers are the best team in the AL Central by miles. I don’t see a Wild Card coming out of that division any time soon – less so after this signing.

    Good for Detroit though. I’d be happy to see them win a World Series. The city deserves a break too.

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    Mike – As I said, I think Detroit has the Central tied up already. I doubt the signing will affect the Jays chances much.

    The Jays WC competitors over the next couple years are probably going to be the non division winner of LAA/Tex and the non division winners of NYY/Bos/TB. So I’d say the Pujols signing was the only real kick in the balls signing of the offseason from a Jays POV (the Pineda trade potentially could be pretty great too).

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    I am kind noticing a pattern with Darvish and now Prince, where the Jays spin is “wow look how crazy overpriced these team paid them” . Now we are talking about the Rangers & Tigers. The same Rangers who went to the WS back to back season and the Tigers who in the past half dozen seasons went to the ALCS twice including a WS appearance. Call me crazy but I think they earned the benefit of the doubt on how they handle their team over the Jays, it’s owners or Mike (the TB Rays will never make the playoffs) Wilner. We aren’t talking about the Orioles or the Mets here which BTW are much more comparable to the Jays than who are making the moves.

    I guess the spin of Prince not wanting to come here because he doesn’t get along with Cecil and doesn’t want to play in the same city Cecil was a star and have the constant comparisons can now be shelved with ever other excuse that is said about not spending money to get FA. I will give them this, that was at least original

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    “I guess the spin of Prince not wanting to come here because he doesn’t get along with Cecil and doesn’t want to play in the same city Cecil was a star and have the constant comparisons ”

    I don’t think that was ever the spin. It was always just that the Jays didn’t want to spend what it would take to get him.

    “Now we are talking about the Rangers & Tigers. The same Rangers who went to the WS back to back season and the Tigers who in the past half dozen seasons went to the ALCS twice including a WS appearance.”

    Good point, but the Rangers didn’t really spend much until this offseason. Their first trip to the World Series was with a young, cheap core. They’re actually probably the closest comp for what the Jays seem to be aiming to do – but ahead a couple years (or a few).

    Attempting to imitate the Rangers blueprint and actually accomplishing what they’ve done are two very different things though of course!

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    Sorry I’m kind of overposting today, hah..

    But check out the interview Humble and Fred did with Andrew Krystal on there podcast today if you get the chance.

    It’s bizarre..

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    Don’t forget the part Scott Boras plays in this…the Jays aren’t a big fan of doing business with Boras.

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    Congrats on the Tigers for signing PF!
    Maybe Rogers should start selling pizzas , apparently it is more lucrative than the business than they are in now.

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    Funny that the first “person” thanked at the brendan morrow presser by AA was rogers, who allowing him to do the extension.

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    Unless Brunt told Bob something off air we didn’t hear, I think Bob is extrapolating too much from what Brunt said about Bautista being dissatisfied… Bautista may have said he’d like another big bat in the line-up but that’s not the same as “the Jays are heading in the wrong direction” or something… and again, Brunt might have said something we didn’t hear, but otherwise, I think Bob might be extrapolating from that short conversation, what he wants to hear, as were the fans calling into Blair the other day (i.e. if Bautista is unhappy they have a much stronger case that the Jays are heading in the wrong direction with no spending money)