Toronto Sports Media Sports Radio Lineups

by Rob Gregg

Somebody’s working the phones looking for a new Jays manager. 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 – Michael Hiestand, USA Today
420 – Jeff Blair, Globe & Mail and Sportsnet 590 The FAN
520 – Rob Becker, legal analyst
540 – Gregg Zaun, Sportsnet baseball analyst
600 – Alex Anthopoulos, Jays GM
620 – Don Banks,
640 – Doug Smith, Toronto Star

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

500 – Bob McKenzie
530 – Keith Law, ESPN
600 – Herm Edwards, ESPN

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

Chris Kluwe, Vikings Punter
Mitch Berger, Retired All-Pro Punter
Steve Simmons and Bruce Arthur, Columnists

Today on Sportsline:

Did the Blue Jays make a mistake by allowing John Farrell to flee to Boston and did they receive good value back from Boston? Is there anything Lance Armstrong can do to save his dignity? Should the Bills cut or replace Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback and at 0-6 should LA Lakers be concerned about their pre-season record? This plus the Hebsys on the only ‘NO NHL LOCKOUT’ sports show on CHCH, at 5.

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October 22, 2012 6:50 pm

Wow. Anthopoulos pretty much admits to the world that he’s been neutered and that, in fact, Paul Beeston is calling the shots, full stop.

AA also apparently doesn’t see a problem with rolling over to a division rival and being “accomodating” to John Farrell. Holy shit. Personally, I don’t think much of Farrell as a manager, but this is truly amateur hour for the Jays. Zaun nailed when he basically said he’d let the Sox sweat it out until they forked over something tangible, or hired someone else – at which point telling Farrell to hit the road. But, according to AA, that wouldn’t be very nice… It’s important to be liked by your rivals, apparently – who knew?

I’m gobsmacked. Letting your manager, who has inside information on your organization, go to a division rival, for basically nothing. Regardless of how you rate Farrell (and I don’t) this is another ridiculous decision from a club that is quickly becoming the door mat for the rest of the league.

Mike S
Mike S
October 22, 2012 9:09 pm

I heard Wilner say today that the guy the Jays got in the trade (Aviles) is a useful player because he “has hit .300 in two different seasons recently”…………….isn’t Wilner one of the guys who says that batting average is an incredibly overrated baseball statistic ???

October 22, 2012 9:30 pm
Reply to  Mike S

Nope, he’s not one of the guys.

October 22, 2012 10:01 pm
Reply to  Mike S

.255 in 286 at bats two years ago, .250 in 546 this season. Maybe Wilner was talking about a different Mike Aviles. To be fair, he hit .304 in a platoon role in 2010, but at 31, I doubt very much he’ll approach that again. He’s been figured out.

October 23, 2012 4:38 am
Reply to  Mike S

I’m starting to get the impression that Wilner will try to look for the positive in any decision the Jays make. It doesn’t mean he’s a “shill” necessarily (because that’s always the automatic assumption when somebody is always looking for the positive in something a team does) but I think he feels he has to balance the criticism and also Wilner has a very “what’s done is done, we need to look at this as positive as we can” attitude.

Itchy Butt
Itchy Butt
October 23, 2012 5:20 am
Reply to  Curt

So all the “inside information” Farrell brought from Boston to Toronto really helped in his 2 years here, didn’t it? Cmon. That’s poppycock. Opposing teams know more about the other teams than teams know about themselves!

mike in boston
mike in boston
October 23, 2012 7:28 am
Reply to  Ami_Angelwings

If fans are angry, then the smart move is not to be, if fans don’t like a move, then the smart move is to look for why the move is good.

those are not smart moves.

your analysis is probably accurate though.

October 23, 2012 10:56 am

Mike Wilner’s got his hand so far up the Blue Jays butt – anything and everything they could do or would do would turn everything to gold. May as well call Alex Anthopolous – King Midas.

I think on so many levels the Blue Jays screwed themselves up for years. You’re the Blue Jays and you cry and whine and complain about how you cannot compete with Boston & New York and instead of asking for the farm or more assets you trade a manager + an average to garbage type pitcher and only get Mike Aviles?

Toronto always says taht they will spend money and take on salary – why couldn’t they ask for Clay Buchholz? Or even Pedoria or Ortiz? Why not? Probably wouldn’t happen but still. Not once am I am suggesting Farrell is worth Ortiz or Pedoria. Stick it to Boston where it hurts, if they want Farrell that badly. Farrell was hardly the best manager in Toronto, but he certainly was not the worst.

In the 2013 season, if Toronto kept Farrell, if they flop then you fire Farrell and at that point you have screwed Boston up as they would have to hire a new manager.

mike in boston
mike in boston
October 23, 2012 11:06 am
Reply to  Darrell

it’s not about screwing Boston in my opinion.

Rather it’s about getting value for an asset. Avilesis not adequate value to compensate for: a) new manager search, b) improving a rival team, c) perception of Toronto as small-time, d) loss of coaches, e) more instability.

Farrell had a contract, and there is no indication that he was willing to quit in protest if the Jays had refused Boston’s offer of Aviles. At worst you have a manager who doesn’t have his dream job (like most managers in the league), who will be trying hard to earn a new contract with this team or some other one.

There is no Jays-focused justification for trading him for such low return.

October 23, 2012 2:03 pm
Reply to  Itchy Butt

That’s a fair point. I probably went a paragraph too far, but I stand by the rest of it. We got bent over by Boston, and now the rest of baseball knows it. And who is running this team anyway? Doesn’t sound like Anthopoulos to me.

October 23, 2012 4:27 pm
Reply to  mike in boston

Here’s my simple and easy point:

Boston wants Farrell. Farrell wants Boston. Toronto has another year of Farrell’s services. If I am Toronto, claiming that I cannot compete with the Yankees/Red Sox – I keep Farrell in limbo until Boston gives up on waiting for Toronto. As soon as Boston hires _________ (insert name) – I fire John Farrell.

You (not specifically you Mike in Boston) cannot sit there and say that Toronto gained by giving Farrell to a divisional rival (you claim you can never compete again) for Mike Aviles only.

Anthopolous totally got himself screwed up with this organization going forward. This is a carbon copy of Rob Babcock trading Vince Carter. Carter wanted out of Toronto and got crap for him and 8 years later the Raptors are still getting out of this mess. The Blue Jays have turned into a laughing stock and it is a darn shame for the 4’th largest market in North America.

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