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Happy Tuesday!

Is anyone else watching the Kevin Bacon series on Fox right now???

So, as promised in the spirit of the Winter Olympics we are going to bring you the Toronto Sports Media Olympics, asking you the consumers who is the best in various categories of sports media here in Toronto.

Today’s category is Major League Baseball

The question: Who in your minds are the Gold, Silver and Bronze providers of MLB coverage here in Toronto?

The criteria is simple: They must create content, so either written (doesn’t have to be a paper), audio or video that is created for the Toronto MLB market. So a play by play person on a radio station is eligible. A writer for a newspaper is eligible. A writer for a USA based website or blog is not eligible. So while Yahoo has some awesome writers, they don’t count. Lastly, the nominee should cover baseball as their main sport so I wouldn’t expect to see any of the feature type writers here.

A sample(non-exhaustive) list in NO order : Richard Griffin, Bob Elliott, John Lott, Shi Davidi, Jeff Blair, Mike Wilner etc

Happy voting!

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February 11, 2014 12:18 pm

I enjoy reading Elliott, Griffin, and listening to Jon Paul Morosi but, there’s only one medal at all for me and that’s Dan Shulman.

February 11, 2014 12:40 pm

Lott is a straight-up pro, never too high or too low. I like that.

Blair can be effective, but every so often writes and says something outrageous just to stir the pot. His comparative is Griffin, who is at least independent and certainly not shy to criticize. Don’t mind him at all.

Most of the others? Meh.

Wilner is downright ridiculous.

February 11, 2014 1:13 pm

Wilner is the absolute worst broadcaster/ host/apologist in the city….Jerry Howarth is a blowhard….

mike (in boston)
February 11, 2014 1:31 pm

Gold: Griffin — solid on both radio and in print. Has come around a little on new stats
Silver: Lott — gold medal quality writing, but he’s a little dull on radio
Bronze: — Bluebirdbanter/JaysJournal/Battersbox — each site has weaknesses, but collectively they provide me with sufficient blog coverage of the team

    not on the podium:

Elliott. Dude is a legend in Toronto but his radio appearances are increasingly incoherent and decreasingly plugged in to the team.
Blair – he’s a hockey guy now.
Globe&Mail sports — with the departure of Blair now is the time to go out and find a solid MLB/Jays reporter … the baseball equivalent of Mirtle.

February 11, 2014 2:41 pm

Gold Pick Richard Griffin
Silver Pick Andrew Stoeten THESCORE
Bronze pick Shi Davidi

Another Steve
Another Steve
February 11, 2014 3:17 pm

For the broadcasters, kudos to Wilner and Howarth, who, in my opinion, are great broadcasters.

February 11, 2014 3:32 pm

Gold – Easy, “Drunk Jays Fan”. Fantastic podcasts, and well written and smart articles.
Silver – (by 1/100th of a second) Getting Blanked. Daily podcasts are funny and smart.
Bronze – John Lott.

Honourable mention – MacArthur.

Schulman is disqualified as a candidate because he is U.S. based now.

February 11, 2014 6:37 pm

Gold – Lott
Silver – Drunk Jays Fan & Getting Blank (Not fair to Bronze)
Bronze – Davidi

Honourable mention b/c I don’t consider him a Toronto journo: Gregor Chisholm.

Griff would almost make the cut if it wasn’t for those insufferable mailbags.

February 11, 2014 7:09 pm

John Lott is favourite for me, Don’t mind Ben Nicholson-Smith also and DJF is enjoyable also.

February 11, 2014 11:11 pm

Gold- Davidi

DJF sucks. Same ol’ crap all the time. Talk down to everyone and share the same brain and lord knows what else with Shillner. People I can live without.

February 12, 2014 11:45 am

Screw the rules. There’s only two in baseball that I enjoy:

– Dan Shulman
– Drunk Jays Fans / Getting Blanked

Everyone else scores a big bucket of meh.

February 12, 2014 8:04 pm

Gold: DJF. Not close IMO. Stoeten gives the best MLB/Jays analysis in Toronto. An amazing antidote to the ‘Joe on a carphone’ types who call into Jays talk.

Silver: Jeff Blair. Great analysis of the Jays. I think his show is excellent when he’s doing Jays stuff.

Bronze: Going to throw Wilner a bone here! He’s a jerk on Jaystalk, but he was one of the first voices on the radio here encouraging people to be anti reactionary and look at advanced stats when it comes to the Jays. Sometimes he’s too much of a contrarian, but I think he offered a unique viewpoint for a while.

I would have put Dirk Hayhurst at silver had he not left. I thought he was a terrific analyst. Bummer to lose him.

Off the podium:

Tim Micallef. I like Tim and Sid a lot, but Tim seems to have a stick up his but re advanced metrics, and seemed shocked last year when Arencibia said he thought ERA was a more important pitching stat than wins. I think he’d serve his audience better if he got out of the 80s/90s with baseball stats a bit.

February 12, 2014 10:07 pm

Gold – Jerry Howarth
Silver – Scott Ferguson – TSN 1050 (always liked him and I miss him on the broadcasts)
Bronze – Jamie Campbell

Honourable Mentions – Richard Griffin and Jeff Blair

Sam in Scarb
Sam in Scarb
February 13, 2014 6:25 pm

Looks like MSM’s energy burst did not last too long…..

February 14, 2014 8:13 am

Has Brunt taken on the role as baseball insider at SN?

February 14, 2014 11:57 am

Gold – Griffin
Silver – Davidi
Bronze – Lott

Elliot is nowhere close. His articles are just horra-awful to read, Well past his expiry date.

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