Toronto Sports Media Sports Radio Lineups

by Rob Gregg

Here’s your drive home lineups

On Sportsnet 590 The FAN from 4-7pm, Prime Time Sports with :

400 – Richard Deitsch,
420 – Antoine Valois-Fortier, Canadian Judo Bronze Medalist & Christine Girard, Canadian Weightlifting Bronze Medalist
500 – Eugene Melnyk, Ottawa Senators owner
540 – Mark Tewksbury, Canada’s Chef de Mission, 2012 Olympic Games
600 – Alex Anthopoulos, Jays GM
620 – Stephen Brunt, Sportsnet
640 – Casey Curtis, former coach of tennis player Milos Raonic

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


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

Best of Off the Record

Tonight on Sportsline:

Why did the Blue Jays part ways with both Travis snider and Eric Thames? Did Jays starter Ricky Romero show enough improvement in last nights loss to deserve another start? Why have many at the Olympics turned their back on Chinese swimmer Ye Shiwen after she won gold in world record style and why is Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson returning for a 17th season? Hebsy is back with Bubbs, tonight at 7 on CHCH.

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mike (in boston)
mike (in boston)
July 31, 2012 6:08 pm

boy Gareth Wheeler sure has made a name for himself lately. Anything that keeps him off my radio is fine by me. Here’s a weekend poll question (to be posted at 5pm on Sunday): worse voice for radio Wheeler or Sammut?

So here’s my question re: Snider: the Jays are getting a little under .700 OPS out of their left fielders this year (Davis, Thames, Francisco). That is clearly not good enough. How does trading Snider and promoting Gose or Sierra help improve on that? Snider clearly has the potential to perform much better than either guy at this point, and if he shows he can hang at this level then the team is better going in to next year. If AA plans to sign a top free agent to play LF next year, then the move makes sense, but it’s hard to see them throwing money at Josh Hamilton.

This brings me to my 2nd point: what is the easiest position to fill in free agency? RELIEVERS. If you’re going to trade Snider then why trade him for a reliever … even a reliever who is under team control until 2018. That does not make a lot of sense. It’s true that Snider has to play with the big club next year or get exposed to waivers. But the potential upside of getting a power hitting and slick fielding LF without spending any free agent money outweighs the downside of losing him for nothing, in my opinion.

Last thought: how do these deals put the team any closer to winning 90 games next year? This team is not foundering due to its lack of bullpen depth.

July 31, 2012 6:09 pm

great segment with Eugene Melnick about sports funding.

July 31, 2012 6:36 pm

As a company I don’t like Rogers, and they absolutely could be FAR better owners, but Wheeler is really out to lunch on this. He’s not making arguments, just trying to rile people up. I mean seriously, citing the Greinke and Dempster trades as an example of Rogers not spending money? Nevermind it makes no sense for the Jays to give up a load of guys for 2 months of a pitcher, when they probably won’t make the playoffs this year. He’s basically trolling.

I can’t really disagree with what you’ve written, Mike. I don’t particularly like the Snider trade, but I’m not sure if that’s just because I like him and had such high hopes for him. I have a feeling GMs aren’t seeing the value we do.

Realistically, I think the Jays must not believe he can be an everyday OF in MLB, and wanted to deal him before he lost all value. I have a feeling the deal for Happ earlier this month was a similar move with all the B level guys they sent over.

“Last thought: how do these deals put the team any closer to winning 90 games next year? This team is not foundering due to its lack of bullpen depth.”

Well, they don’t provide any great strides forward, for sure. The Jays won’t have to address their bullpen this offseason, I guess. And the bullpen has cost the Jays the last couple years. (I mean, there was a good 5 or 6 easy wins the Jays should have had in April/May that the pen butchered. But I get your point. BP is the easiest thing to fix.)

I do think with reasonable health, this team is a #2 or #3 starter away from having a good, solid shot at the playoffs. (I mean, hey, they’re hanging in there until August with awful health, and the team as is). I was hoping AA would address this now, but I guess he’ll have to in the offseason. It sucks, but I guess the price for starting pitching with more than one year of control was just too high .. must be, because no other team jumped on guys like Johnson or Garza either, and nearly everyone needs pitching.

mike (in boston)
mike (in boston)
July 31, 2012 6:54 pm

I guess the price for starting pitching with more than one year of control was just too high .. must be, because no other team jumped on guys like Johnson or Garza either, and nearly everyone needs pitching.

that’s a good point. The new rules about compensation picks have really done funny things to the trade market.

i agree wit the rest of your analysis too. this is one of the best offenses in baseball *without* Travis Snider so there is reason to believe that it is the pitching that needs to be addressed, not the hitting.

AA made a couple of moves to bolster the depth of the pitching staff (the Happ trade, and the jettisoning of Snider + Thames), but the team desperately needs a front of the rotation starter. If they go into next season with this staff they cannot plausibly claim to be competing for the division. 2B, LF, and DH will need to be addressed as well.

If this team refuses to sign top level free agents then it is going to take most of the farm system to fill all those holes through trades. That would be a shame, since an additional $20-30 million/year in payroll would go a long way. It would also undermine AA’s mantra of trying to build “a perennial contender”. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. The next move belongs to ownership. This team is ready to compete.

July 31, 2012 6:59 pm

Yeah. I mean, whether its through free agency or trade, it will be a real failing on AA if he doesn’t add a starter by April 2013.

Just because they have the prospects to trade, and also the payroll room to add. And, you know … we’re not saying Felix Hernandez here. A Garza, Anibal Sanchez, Edwin Jackson… someone like that would be fine I think.

mike (in boston)
mike (in boston)
July 31, 2012 7:04 pm

Jackson signed for 1 year $11 million this past off-season and now has a 3.50 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP. That one really bugs me, though according to this article he might not have signed with anyone in the AL east.

July 31, 2012 11:35 pm

I’d encourage people to listen to both Antholopolous interviews today as a compare/contrast between the two shows.

TSN seemed much more in-depth and asking harder questions that 590, with the usual jokes about the Darvish bid.

Ami Angelwings
August 1, 2012 12:32 am

It feels like when Bob is with Damien, he’s far too chummy and casual w/ his interviews. He does it sometimes with Shannon too and hockey people b/c Shannon always creates an environment where hockey people feel as if they’re among friends.

I know I’m a Brunt fangirl and this is gonna be another “here we go, she’s gonna bring him up” but I do think Brunt helps ground Bob and keep him professional while also keeping him in a light mood when they have their talk segment.

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