Prime Time Sports Review for Monday, March 11, 2013

By Ami Angelwings

4pm hour – Bob McCown hosting, Stephen Brunt and Damien Cox co-hosting

First segment: Talk segment with Stephen Brunt

  • Cox has not arrived yet, so Bob and Brunt discuss Brunt’s thoughts on the Jays this year
  • Brunt talks about the problems he’s heard and seen about Farrell as a manager, that he left Escobar to hang out to dry, that he may already have had one foot out the door
  • Brunt and Bob discuss Brett Lawrie and trying to rein in his enthusiasm and recklessness, Bob wonders if Lawrie is teachable or if it’s just his nature that you can’t change

Second segment: Talk segment

  • Cox arrives, general talk about spring training and minor league ballparks
  • Bob shares his stories of being the PA guy for the Blue Jays

Third segment: Talk segment

  • A short discussion about the feeling around the Jays in Spring Training, Brunt says that there are less questions about who is playing which position than before

5pm hour – Bob McCown hosting, Stephen Brunt and Damien Cox co-hosting

First segment: Interview with Tom Maloney, Globe and Mail

  • Discussion about the Blue Jays and how the younger pitchers may feel about the Jays having brought in 3 veteran pitchers ahead of them, Brunt points out that they’ve also traded away a lot of pitching talent and Johnson may leave next year
  • Bob wonders whether Gose is seen as Rasmus’ replacement or will be brought up as a 4th outfielder, Brunt says he won’t be a 4th outfielder and will be up if/when they trade Rasmus

Second segment: Interview with Dirk Hayhurst, Sportsnet590 baseball analyst

  • Bob asks what Hayhurst is looking for in spring training, Hayhurst says he wants to see bonding, and people sharing information that they used to use against each other
  • Hayhurst talks about Ricky Romero’s struggles vs. J.A. Happ’s determination to be a starter, and how fans are rooting for Happ
  • Hayhurst talks about team chemistry and how there are many leaders on this team, and how it will take some of the pressure off of Bautista and he doesn’t have to be a parent to everybody
  • Hayhurst talks about Anthony Gose and that he may replace Colby Rasmus

Third segment: Talk segment

  • Bob, Cox and Brunt discuss the World Baseball Classic, Canada’s performance, and Bob again talks about wanting to move the tournament to another date

6pm hour – Bob McCown hosting, Stephen Brunt co-hosting

First segment: Interview with Arash Madani, Sportsnet and Mike Rutsey, Toronto Sun

  • Madani and Rutsey talk about Alex Anthopolous’ statement that the Jays will “absolutely not” consider sending Ricky Romero to AAA, thinks that this could be because Romero has a fragile mentality and they don’t want to hurt his confidence
  • Bob asks who is playing 2nd, Madani and Rutsey agree that it will be Izturis because Bonifacio can’t make the throws, and that Bonifacio’s best position is centerfield
  • Rutsey says that the Jays could be the best team in the AL East, or all the questions could be real concerns and it doesn’t work out

Second segment: Interview with Tim Raines, Jays minor league baserunning coach

  • Raines talks about what he tries to teach the kids he instructs, what to look for
  • Brunt asks if there’s anybody Raines learned from, he said he had a coach which helped him a lot
  • Raines talks about how Joe Morgan inspired him to play baseball rather than football because Morgan was about the same size as Raines
  • Bob asks Raines why he thinks less African-Americans playing baseball now than in the past, Raines says that college coaches don’t want their players to play multiple sports anymore, and that kids see how they can make a lot of money quickly in football or basketball
  • Raines briefly discusses some of the Jays prospects he’s seen and worked with

Third segment: Talk segment

  • Damien Cox returns, mocks Bob and Brunt for talking about the clouds coming in and rain on the way
  • Bob tells the National Sports Radio story again, where the hosts were told that they were broadcasting to nowhere
  • Cox talks about the Jays that are recovering from Tommy John surgery
  • Brunt thinks the player he wants to watch is Jose Reyes if he can stay healthy, Bob says it’s Josh Johnson, Cox says it’s R.A. Dickey

Thoughts:

That was a lot of baseball.  Since they’re in Dunedin, that’s to be expected, but like I was saying in a previous review, I’m concerned this will be how it is for the next 2 weeks, and that could get really tedious.  Bob said that after today, it’ll be the regular show with Jays sprinkled in, so hopefully it won’t be as baseball dense as it was today.  His list of future guests was extremely Jays heavy though (I think only Butch Carter and one other guests weren’t Jays/baseball guests.)  If the next 2 weeks are extremely Jays heavy, I’d be curious to see what the ratings for the 4pm-7pm drive would be vs. TSN Radio, and what the demand for Jays talk in Toronto is.

As long as you wanted to hear nothing but discussion about the Jays, I think this was pretty good show.  There was a lot of discussion about different issues on the team, even though certain topics were repeated a lot (mostly about Romero).  Hayhurst talked about Romero mostly from a team chemistry perspective, while Madani and Rutsey talked about how the Jays were handling him and his personality.  I thought the Raines interview was quite good, and I found it interesting.  Bob got to talk about one of his hobby horses during it (African-Americans not playing baseball.)

Given that we had some baseball reporters on today that are usually not on Prime Time Sports, like Tom Maloney and Mike Rutsey, I wish Bob would have re-introduced them occasionally during the segment.  I missed Bob explaining who they were, and was confused who “Tom” and “Mike” were during their interviews, especially since I didn’t recognize their voices.

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