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English, Baseball, 1 season, 215 episodes, 1 day, 7 hours, 24 minutes
About
Ben Nicholson-Smith is Sportsnet’s baseball editor. Arden Zwelling is a senior writer. Together, they bring you the most in-depth Blue Jays podcast in the league, covering off all the latest news with opinion and analysis, as well as interviews with other insiders and people around the team.
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Rough Drafts

This week, we zoom out a bit as Ben wonders: have the Blue Jays drafted well? Bo Bichette was a great pick (02:14) but since then, the Blue Jays have struggled (09:52) and the repercussions have been massive (21:00).Contact us: [email protected] audio from MLB.com.This podcast is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith.The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
7/11/202436 minutes, 13 seconds
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Setting Summer Strategy

It’s time to set a summer strategy. Ben and Arden start by discussing the Blue Jays’ best approach to the trade deadline (4:46) before touching on some issues in the bullpen (28:10) and what’s next for Bo Bichette (40:59).Contact us: [email protected] audio from Sportsnet & Sportsnet 590 The FANThis podcast is produced and sound engineered by Sho Alli and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
7/3/20241 hour, 1 minute, 28 seconds
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Time For a Reset?

The way things are going, it’s time to look ahead to 2025. Ben and Arden start with a big-picture look at the franchise (00:34) before discussing Orelvis Martinez’ suspension (19:05) and the vibe around the Blue Jays (25:25).Contact us: [email protected] audio from MLB.com.This podcast is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith.The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
6/28/20241 hour, 5 minutes, 9 seconds
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Let the Kids Play

First it was Barger and Horwitz, now Orelvis Martinez is up, too. This week Ben and Arden discuss the Jays’ recent plateau (00:26), where they’d have to be to justify buying (21:06) and the state of the depleted Jays bullpen (42:04).Additional audio from MLB.com.Contact us: [email protected] podcast is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith.The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
6/20/202447 minutes, 17 seconds
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Jays in the Murky Middle

The Blue Jays are below .500, but they’re still in the Wild Card mix (07:58). Ben and Arden discuss the Spencer Horwitz promotion  (34:43), how much patience veteran hitters deserve (45:29) and the open fifth rotation spot (55:26).Additional audio from MLB.com.Contact us: [email protected] podcast is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith.The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
6/12/20241 hour, 14 minutes
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Chasing the Elite

Two months in, the Blue Jays are looking way up at MLB’s elite teams. Arden and Ben break down the team’s playoff chances (11:36), Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s move to third (26:00) and some big pitching questions (42:35).Additional audio from Sportsnet & Sportsnet 590 The FANContact us: [email protected] podcast is produced and sound engineered by Sho Alli and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
6/4/202456 minutes, 6 seconds
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Running Hot and Cold

The Blue Jays are hitting again, but they have real questions elsewhere (3:40). Ben and Arden start with a look at Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (11:24), before discussing Alek Manoah’s health (25:18) and the state of the bullpen (33:06).Additional audio from Sportsnet & Sportsnet 590 The FANContact us: [email protected] podcast is produced and sound engineered by Sho Alli and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
5/30/202455 minutes, 51 seconds
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Big-League Stew

The home run jacket. The trade deadline. Steward Berroa. Arden and Ben cover big topics on this week’s ATL, breaking down the Jays’ struggling bats (07:44) and deadline options (36:44) before giving the rotation some credit (50:35).Additional audio from MLB.comContact us: [email protected] podcast is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
5/24/20241 hour, 6 minutes, 23 seconds
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The Time for Results Is Now

Big picture, the Blue Jays have some big looming questions (00:19). Arden and Ben break down the team’s upcoming schedule (09:52) before giving Yimi Garcia some credit (23:47) and wondering what’s next for Alek Manoah (35:20).Additional audio from MLB.comContact us: [email protected] podcast is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
5/17/202458 minutes, 44 seconds
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Pressure Increasing on the Blue Jays

Coming off a challenging road trip, Ben and Arden get into how the next several weeks could impact Toronto’s strategy at the trade deadline (01:49), some short-term adjustments the club could make, (30:39) and Alek Manoah’s return (56:19).Additional audio from MLB.comContact us: [email protected] podcast is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
5/10/20241 hour, 12 minutes, 15 seconds
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Where Do the Jays Go From Here?

The Blue Jays can’t score and it’s costing them. On this week’s episode, Shi Davidi joins Ben to discuss the state of the offence (00:31) and pitching (35:06), the possibility of trades (53:17) and where it will all lead this summer (1:08:00).Contact us: [email protected] audio from MLB.com.This podcast is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
5/3/20241 hour, 12 minutes, 25 seconds
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Still Searching for Offence

It’s never quiet with the Blue Jays. On this week’s episode, Arden and Ben discuss a costly mistake by their first baseman (00:52) plus the possibility of lineup changes (14:24) and the state of the team’s pitching (24:51).Contact us: [email protected] audio from MLB.com.This podcast is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
4/25/20241 hour, 1 minute, 54 seconds
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Power Hungry

A few more homers would solve a lot for this team. Arden and Ben start by discussing  the Blue Jays’ recent bullpen decisions (00:20) before giving the rotation some credit (32:47) and trying to make sense of the lineup (41:06).Additional audio from MLB.com.Contact us: [email protected] podcast is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
4/19/20241 hour, 9 minutes, 3 seconds
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Into the Swing of Things

Two steps forward, one step back. The Blue Jays have some reinforcements coming (10:05) but there are real questions in their bullpen (18:30). Plus, Arden and Ben discuss John Schneider after he got booed at home (48:24). This podcast is produced and sound engineered by Sho Alli and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. Contact us: [email protected] Audio Credits: MiLB.com, Sportsnet 590 The FAN, Sportsnet. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliates.
4/12/20241 hour, 8 minutes, 3 seconds
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A Week on the Roller Coaster

Well, it’s been quite a week. From no-hitters to late comebacks, Arden and Ben break down everything on the Blue Jays starting with their pitching (11:09) before assessing their bats (36:31) and some defensive decisions (54:56).Additional audio from MLB.com.Contact us: [email protected] podcast is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
4/4/20241 hour, 4 minutes, 30 seconds
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What’s Ahead For the ’24 Jays?

With the 2024 season about to begin, Arden and Ben start with the latest news out of Blue Jays camp (00:39) before discussing  the high stakes for the coming season (38:07) and whether the team has enough bats (53:02).Additional audio from MLB.com.Contact us: [email protected] podcast is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
3/27/20241 hour, 7 minutes
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Jays Tested With Injury Concerns

First Danny Jansen, and now some high-leverage relievers. Ben and Arden discuss the injured Blue Jays (00:56) before wondering about the roster’s versatility (25:24) and taking stock of Joey Votto’s progress (39:16).Additional audio from MLB.com.Contact us: [email protected] podcast is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith.The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
3/20/20241 hour, 3 minutes, 54 seconds
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Votto Deal Adds Intrigue at Blue Jays Camp

Well, Joey Votto’s a Blue Jay. Arden and Ben break down his minor-league deal (1:48) before discussing the readiness of the team’s top prospects (16:42) and the Jays’ rotation questions (30:18).This podcast is produced and sound engineered by Sho Alli and hosted by Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith.Contact us: [email protected] Credits: Sportsnet and Bally Sports Sun.The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliates.
3/12/202456 minutes, 56 seconds
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Is Rotation Trouble Brewing for the Jays?

Two pitchers sidelined in one week. Arden and Ben share a few spring observations (3:54) before discussing the rotation questions bubbling up for the Blue Jays (12:25) and moving on to some more positive storylines (31:16).This podcast is produced and sound engineered by Sho Alli and hosted by Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith.Contact us: [email protected] Credits: MLB.com and Sportsnet 590 The FAN.The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
3/7/20241 hour, 5 minutes, 36 seconds
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The Good and Bad From Spring Training

Alek Manoah’s back on the mound, so Arden and Ben break down his debut (15:35)! Later the pair discuss the latest on Cody Bellinger and Matt Chapman (27:34), before sharing some under-the-radar spring storylines (45:40).Additional audio from MLB.com.Contact us: [email protected] podcast is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
2/28/20241 hour, 3 minutes, 46 seconds
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Bench Bats, or Long Shots?

Two new deals change the look of the Blue Jays’ bench – maybe. Arden and Ben weigh in on Vogelbach and Escobar (15:58) before discussing the top remaining free agents (37:08) and Hyun Jin Ryu’s Jays legacy (53:20).Additional audio from MLB.com.  Contact us: [email protected] podcast is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
2/23/20241 hour, 13 minutes, 59 seconds
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A New Season Begins...

With spring training now underway in Florida, Arden and Ben weigh in on Alek Manoah’s fresh start (01:04) set expectations for the offence (20:43) and examine some spring training misconceptions (46:27).Additional audio from MLB.comContact us: [email protected] podcast is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
2/16/20241 hour, 6 minutes, 58 seconds
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Next Stop, Jays Spring Training

What an off-season it’s been. Arden and Ben start by discussing the Justin Turner signing (05:35) and Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s arbitration win (33:51) before taking stock of where the Jays stand in the AL East after a trying winter (50:03)Additional audio from MLB.com.Contact us: [email protected] podcast is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
2/9/20241 hour, 14 minutes
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Let’s Check in on the Blue Jays

With the off-season now nearing its end, Arden and Ben take stock of the Blue Jays’ latest moves (02:37) weigh in on the Guerrero Jr. arbitration hearing (36:44) and look ahead at where the team can go from here (55:20). Additional audio from MLB.com. Contact us: [email protected] This podcast is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
1/26/20241 hour, 15 minutes, 8 seconds
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Blue Jays Pushing for Ohtani

All of a sudden, this is all very real. After reporting on the Blue Jays’ unusual and fascinating Shohei Ohtani pursuit from the Winter Meetings, Ben joins Arden to discuss Ohtani’s timeline (01:10), the impact of his fame on daily life (35:30), and the Blue Jays’ legitimate shot at landing him (49:10).This podcast is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith.Contact us: [email protected] views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
12/8/20231 hour, 2 minutes, 13 seconds
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Speculating on Shohei

Let’s go beyond the surface on Shohei Ohtani. Arden and Ben dive deep, discussing everything from his work habits (15:29), to his risk profile (27:30), to how he’d fit on the Blue Jays, before turning to other possible Jays targets (36:12).This podcast is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.Contact us: [email protected] audio from MLB.com. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
11/30/20231 hour, 11 minutes, 30 seconds
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What Will Jays Do at GM Meetings?

In just a few days, the MLB off-season will begin in earnest. For the Blue Jays, that means making some big decisions, so Shi Davidi joins Ben to assess some of the Blue Jays’ issues (00:37) and preview their next moves (32:25).This podcast is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.Contact us: [email protected] audio from MLB.com. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
11/2/20231 hour, 3 minutes, 10 seconds
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It's Time to Look Ahead

Enough about the 2023 Blue Jays – it’s time to look ahead at solutions. With free agency approaching quickly, Blake Murphy joins Ben for a discussion of the team’s off-season needs (01:44) and how they might address them in free agency (23:50) and on the trade market (39:02).This podcast is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.Contact us: [email protected] views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
10/19/20231 hour, 8 minutes, 35 seconds
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What Next for the Blue Jays?

A few days later, there’s still so much to sift through with this team. The underwhelming offence (01:26), the poor baserunning (22:03) and, of course, what’s next (38:00). In this wide-ranging episode Ben and Arden break it all down.This podcast is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith.Contact us: [email protected] views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
10/9/20231 hour
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The Berrios Decision

What a frustrating ending to the Blue Jays’ season. And did it have to end that way? Ben and Arden discuss the Jose Berrios decision in depth, sharing their thought process at the moment and how their thinking has changed since – but in opposite directions.This podcast is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith.Contact us: [email protected] views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
10/7/202355 minutes, 54 seconds
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A Twin City Preview

Ben and Arden are at Target Field in Minneapolis where the Blue Jays and Twins are preparing for their wild card series. First, the guys consider Toronto’s uninspiring end to the regular season (01:56) and how the Blue Jays match up with the Twins (09:38). Then, they take a more granular look at both sides (21:09) and offer their predictions for the series (40:21).This podcast is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith.Contact us: [email protected] views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
10/3/202347 minutes, 5 seconds
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Blue Jays on the Brink

Brace yourself. The next few days will feature some high-stakes, high-stress baseball. Ben and Arden break down the final weekend of the season (00:45) before previewing a possible Wild Card roster (19:30) and giving the starting rotation some credit (41:40). This podcast is produced and sound engineered by Mike Rogerson and hosted by Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith.Contact us: [email protected] views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
9/29/202356 minutes, 24 seconds
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A Week on the Roller Coaster

From hope to despair and back to hope. Arden and Ben discuss a wild week for the Blue Jays (00:23), give the pitching staff some credit (25:07) and look ahead at some potential playoff decisions (31:11).This podcast is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.Contact us: [email protected] views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
9/20/202350 minutes, 40 seconds
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A Texas-sized Opportunity

These next four games will decide a lot. Ahead of four games against Texas, Ben and Arden discuss what went right for the Blue Jays this weekend (02:45), the strength of their pitching (14:40) and the importance of the Rangers series (27:43).This podcast is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.Contact us: [email protected] views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
9/12/202349 minutes, 47 seconds
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Living On The Edge

At this point it’s all about wins, right? Ben and Arden discuss some surprise Blue Jays contributors (08:11) before touching on next steps for Alek Manoah (35:14) and the importance of bringing full focus to every inning (45:36).This podcast is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.Contact us: [email protected] views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
9/6/202357 minutes, 12 seconds
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Pressure's On

Suddenly, the stakes feel incredibly high. Nick Ashbourne joins Ben to look ahead at September (1:20) discuss the moves of manager John Schneider (9:20) and explain why trading Vlad Guerrero Jr. makes little sense (30:00).  This podcast is produced and sound engineered by Mike Rogerson and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.  Contact us: [email protected] Credits: SportsnetThe views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
9/1/202339 minutes, 10 seconds
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Blue Jays Reach a Low Point

After an extremely tough series loss, Ben weighs in on what ails the Blue Jays and what needs to happen next.This podcast is produced and sound engineered by Mike Rogerson and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.Contact us: [email protected] new At The Letters original theme song is by Augusta. You can hear more music from the 7-piece Toronto band here: https://www.augustaofficial.ca/Audio Credits: SportsnetThe views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
8/28/202321 minutes, 8 seconds
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Perspective From The Dog Days

Quietly, the Blue Jays have baseball’s best pitching staff. So why does this team still feel frustrating? Arden and Ben try to make sense of it all (01:05) while also weighing in on the Level of Excellence (18:14) and looking ahead at the impact of some returning players (28:44).This podcast is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.Contact us: [email protected] new At The Letters original theme song is by Augusta. You can hear more music from the 7-piece Toronto band here: https://www.augustaofficial.ca/Audio Credits: SportsnetThe views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
8/17/202344 minutes, 1 second
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Making Sense of the Jays' Moves (and non-moves)

The Blue Jays improved, but was it enough? Arden and Ben try to make sense of the Blue Jays’ deadline approach (00:27) before examining the AL East as a whole (33:11) and discussing the risk-reward dynamic around Jordan Hicks (43:03).This podcast is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.Contact us: [email protected] Credits: Sportsnet and MLB.com.The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
8/3/202357 minutes, 24 seconds
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It's Time To Trade

Just like that, we’re a week away from the trade deadline. Ben and guest host Shi Davidi start by discussing the Blue Jays’ options on the trade market (01:05) before going behind the scenes on deadline week (24:40) and discussing some Blue Jays-adjacent Hall of Fame candidates (37:17).This podcast is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Shi Davidi.Contact us: [email protected] Credits: Sportsnet.The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
7/25/202356 minutes, 43 seconds
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Assessing the Blue Jays' Needs

All of a sudden, the Blue Jays are on a run. Arden and Ben start by discussing the Blue Jays’ pitching staff (04:17) before wondering what a Shohei Ohtani trade would mean for MLB (18:14) and examining the Blue Jays’ need for a bat (27:50).This podcast is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.Contact us: [email protected] Credits: Sportsnet/MLB.comThe views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates. 
7/19/202342 minutes, 9 seconds
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Halfway Home

As the Blue Jays approach the all-star break, Arden and Ben offer thoughts on the team’s first-half performance (00:17) and Alek Manoah’s impending return to the majors (16:03). Then, reimagining the all-star game (31:42) and a look at some potential trade deadline targets (47:20).This podcast is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.Contact us: [email protected] views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
7/6/20231 hour, 9 minutes
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Deadline Dreaming

This year’s deadline could go in a lot of different directions. Shi Davidi joins Ben at Rogers Centre to discuss the Jays at the halfway mark (1:00), Alek Manoah’s road back to the majors (14:10) and some possible deadline strategies (25:20).This podcast was recorded by Steven Coyle, sound engineered by Mike Rogerson and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Shi Davidi.Contact us: [email protected] views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
6/29/202345 minutes, 30 seconds
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Vlad Jr.'s Power Returns

Much to the Blue Jays’ relief, Vlad Jr.’s hitting home runs again. Ben opens this mini-ATL with a look at what we learned from the A’s series (1:00) before touching on Vlad Jr.’s big weekend (10:30) and looking ahead at some names to watch at the trade deadline (16:35).This podcast is produced and sound engineered by Mike Rogerson and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith.Contact us: [email protected] views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
6/26/202324 minutes, 27 seconds
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Missed Opportunities

This isn’t the way the Blue Jays would have drawn it up. Arden and Ben start by taking stock of where the Blue Jays stand in the wild card race (2:00) before looking at the impact of the team’s four-man rotation (9:45) and discussing what this means for their trade deadline plans (25:40).This podcast is produced and sound engineered by Mike Rogerson and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.Contact us: [email protected] views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
6/21/202348 minutes, 40 seconds
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Where Do Blue Jays Fit In AL East?

Realistically, where do the Blue Jays fit in a stacked AL East? Arden and Ben begin this week’s podcast with a big-picture discussion on that theme (07:06). Then, a look at the final rotation spot (23:14) and a discussion about the Jays’ perplexing offence (39:39).This podcast is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.Contact us: [email protected] Credits: SportsnetThe views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
6/15/202357 minutes, 8 seconds
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Rotation Reset

Who would have seen this coming a couple of months ago? Arden and Ben begin with a discussion about Alek Manoah’s demotion, of course (00:23). Then a look at where the Jays go from here (30:18) and show some appreciation for Jose Berrios (50:53).This podcast is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden ZwellingContact us: [email protected] Credits: SportsnetThe views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
6/8/20231 hour, 1 minute, 7 seconds
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Building Momentum

After a rough stretch, the Blue Jays may be building some momentum. First, Arden and Ben discuss Anthony Bass’s actions (0:30). Then a discussion about the Blue Jays’ depth (19:55) some appreciation for Nate Pearson (30:45) and a look at how some recent injuries are impacting the team (41:00).This podcast is produced and sound engineered by Mike Rogerson and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.Contact us: [email protected] views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
6/1/20231 hour, 2 minutes, 58 seconds
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Riding The Roller Coaster

After an up-and-down week, what now? First, Arden and Ben take stock of where the Jays fit in the AL East (00:21). Then a closer look at sluggers Vlad Guerrero Jr. and George Springer (28:15) and a look behind the scenes at what really happens when teams make roster moves (43:00).This podcast is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.Contact us: [email protected] At The Letters original theme song is by Augusta. You can hear more music from the 7-piece Toronto band here: https://www.augustaofficial.ca/Audio Credits: SportsnetThe views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
5/25/202358 minutes, 35 seconds
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A Jays Rivalry Intensifies

You can’t accuse the Blue Jays of being boring. First, Ben and Arden make sense of a wild Yankees series (00:23). Then a look at Vlad Guerrero Jr.’s importance to the team (29:50) and a discussion about what’s next for Alek Manoah (50:42).This podcast is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.Contact us: [email protected] new At The Letters original theme song is by Augusta. You can hear more music from the 7-piece Toronto band here: https://www.augustaofficial.ca/Audio Credits: SportsnetThe views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
5/19/20231 hour, 1 minute, 50 seconds
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The Unpredictable Blue Jays

First, the Blue Jays get swept, then they pull off a sweep of their own. Arden and Ben start by making sense of the unpredictable Jays (00:16) before turning to the team’s left-handed bats (16:55) and the remarkable contact skills of Bo Bichette (35:39).This podcast is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.Contact us: [email protected] At The Letters original theme song is by Augusta. You can hear more music from the 7-piece Toronto band here: https://www.augustaofficial.ca/Audio Credits: SportsnetThe views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
5/10/202344 minutes
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Ups And Downs In Beantown

With the Blue Jays in the midst of a four-game series at Fenway Park, Arden and Ben discuss their evolving view of the Red Sox lineup (02:15), Bo Bichette turning a hot streak into a standard (13:20), and some slumping Toronto hitters (21:10). In the back half, the guys take a closer look at Toronto’s bullpen performance (32:52) and how leverage roles are shifting (39:26).This podcast is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.Contact us: [email protected] new "At The Letters" original theme music is by Augusta. You can hear more music from the 7-piece Toronto band here: https://www.augustaofficial.ca/Audio Credits: SportsnetThe views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
5/4/202346 minutes, 30 seconds
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The Blue Jays At Their Best

All of a sudden, the rotation is the least of the Blue Jays' worries. After a big-picture look at the team (00:24), Arden and Ben give the starting pitchers some credit (06:12). Then it's time to discuss Whit Merrifield (32:05) and what Vlad Guerrero Jr. thinks about the Yankees (55:56).This podcast is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.Contact us: [email protected] Credits: SportsnetThe views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
4/28/20231 hour, 6 minutes, 50 seconds
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Chapman Like Never Before

Three weeks in, there's a lot to discuss with the Jays. First, Arden and Ben discuss the starting rotation (05:10) with a close look at Alek Manoah (14:40). Then it's time to appreciate Matt Chapman (27:56) and wonder if there's enough production at the bottom of the order (44:40).This podcast is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.Contact us: [email protected] Credits: Sportsnet.The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
4/20/20231 hour, 4 minutes, 58 seconds
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Kiermaier Does It All

The Blue Jays are back in Toronto – and the new guys are making a big impact. First, Ben and Arden discuss the impressive contributions of Kevin Kiermaier (04:54) and the early struggles of Brandon Belt (26:17). Then a discussion about Daulton Varsho (35:18) and a look at the starting rotation (45:31).This podcast is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.Contact us: [email protected] Credits: SportsnetThe views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
4/13/20231 hour, 10 minutes, 30 seconds
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Some Questions In The Rotation

Well, that wasn't the start the Blue Jays wanted. First, Ben and Arden break down the level of concern around Jose Berrios (02:05) and Chris Bassitt (12:25). Then it's time for some early season surprises, both negative (24:40) and positive (31:32).This podcast is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.Contact us: [email protected] Credits: SportsnetThe views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
4/5/202344 minutes, 30 seconds
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What To Expect From The ’23 Blue Jays

It's time to preview the 2023 Blue Jays. First, Ben and Arden take a look at the position players, bullpen and rotation (04:22). Then a look at some concerns in Jays camp (37:24) and some predictions on what's to come in the year ahead (1:01:33).This podcast is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.Contact us: [email protected] Credits: SportsnetThe views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
3/29/20231 hour, 6 minutes
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In Search Of Spring Standouts

First, a discussion about Jose Berrios following an encouraging bounce-back start (12:13). Plus, Ben and Arden break down the AL East race (36:37) and discuss some under-the-radar names who could end up helping the 2023 Blue Jays (47:15).This podcast is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.Contact us: [email protected] Credits: SportsnetThe views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
3/23/20231 hour, 2 minutes
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Some Classic Questions

As the WBC unfolds, Ben and Arden discuss what the tournament means for the Blue Jays, including Vlad Guerrero Jr. (01:39). Plus, breaking down a rough Jose Berrios start (19:29) and assessing Otto Lopez’s chances of making an impact with the 2023 Blue Jays (49:10).This podcast is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.Contact us: [email protected] Credits: SportsnetThe views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
3/17/20231 hour, 9 minutes
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Some Spring Surprises

First, a discussion about the year ahead for Blue Jays starters Alek Manoah, Kevin Gausman and Chris Bassitt (03:43). Then, Arden and Ben weigh in on Vlad Guerrero Jr.’s injury (29:11) and some potential breakouts on the 2023 Blue Jays (49:27).This podcast is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.Contact us: [email protected] Credits: SportsnetThe views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
3/9/20231 hour, 3 minutes
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Digging In From Dunedin

Arden and Ben are in Blue Jays camp, where the likes of Ricky Tiedemann, Jose Berrios and Yusei Kikuchi are impressing (6:00). Plus, a discussion about Cavan Biggio’s role (32:00) and a look at what the James Click hire means for the Jays (47:15).This podcast is produced and sound engineered by Gaetan Harris and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.Contact us: [email protected] Credits: SportsnetThe views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
3/3/202358 minutes, 13 seconds
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Setting Realistic Expectations

First, Arden and Ben discuss what to expect from Jose Berrios in 2023 (01:13). Then, a discussion about optimal lineup constriction (10:57) and a look at what Alejandro Kirk’s delayed arrival means (43:27).This podcast is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.Contact us: [email protected] Credits: SportsnetThe views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
2/23/20231 hour, 3 minutes
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New Year, New Possibilities

First, Ben and Arden break down the latest news from Jays camp (00:22). Also: a behind-the-scenes look at how breaking news works (27:22) and a discussion about MLB’s upcoming rule changes (41:59).This podcast is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.Contact us: [email protected] Credits: Sportsnet.The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates. 
2/17/20231 hour, 8 minutes, 30 seconds
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A Deal For Bo

First, Arden and Ben break down the ramifications of the Bo Bichette extension (00:30). Then, some reflections from Arden on being around playoff teams (32:44) and a discussion about the best road cities in baseball (58:36).This podcast is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. Social media support was provided by Griffin Porter.Contact us: [email protected] Credits: SportsnetThe views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
2/9/20231 hour, 9 minutes, 30 seconds
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Let’s Look Ahead

And we’re back! Arden and Ben discuss the Jays, but not before letting listeners behind the scenes for a discussion about what’s ahead on ATL in 2023 (1:00). Then, a look at what new Blue Jays Daulton Varsho (25:26), Chad Green (37:15) and Brandon Belt (54:26) will mean for the 2023 roster.This podcast is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.Contact us: [email protected] Credits: SportsnetThe views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
2/2/20231 hour, 9 minutes
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Deals, Rumours & Speculation

Already, the 2023 Blue Jays are taking shape. With Chris Bassitt and Kevin Kiermaier now Blue Jays, Arden and Ben discuss the off-season so far (01:00), what Bassitt brings to the Jays (32:27) and the possibility of trading a catcher (43:49).This podcast is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.Contact us: [email protected] views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates. 
12/16/20221 hour, 5 minutes, 30 seconds
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The 2022 Over/Under Finals

The results are in! Blake Murphy joins Ben and Arden to find out who took home this seasons Over/Under Championship.This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith, Arden Zwelling and Blake Murphy.Contact us: [email protected] Credits: Sportsnet.The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
11/24/20221 hour, 12 minutes
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What Happens In Vegas...

The MLB GM Meetings are in Las Vegas, so that’s where Ben Nicholson-Smith and Shi Davidi find themselves for this week’s episode. Among the topics on their minds: the status of the Jays’ pitching search (10:49), the future of Raimel Tapia in Toronto (20:23) and the chances that they trade a catcher this winter (24:10).This episode is produced Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Shi Davidi in Arden Zwelling’s absence.Contact us: [email protected] Credits: SportsnetThe views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
11/10/202233 minutes, 42 seconds
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Let’s Spend The Blue Jays’ Money

If you’re wondering who the Blue Jays should target this winter, this is the episode for you. Shi Davidi joins Ben for a discussion about which players the Jays should pursue, from high-end free agents (12:03) to mid-tier difference makers (24:59) to ideal trade candidates (48:08).This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Shi David.Contact us: [email protected] Credits: SportsnetThe views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates. 
11/3/20221 hour, 2 minutes
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Managing Up

The Blue Jays officially have a new manager so Shi Davidi joins Ben to discuss the role of the modern skipper (03:10). Later on, ATL turns to the World Series (24:26) and expectations for Lourdes Gurriel Jr., who recently had a wrist procedure (30:48).This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.Contact us: [email protected] Credits: SportsnetThe views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
10/28/202241 minutes, 54 seconds
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What's Next For The Jays?

After a tough ending, what’s next for the Blue Jays? Shi Davidi joins Ben to discuss the status of John Schneider (08:47), the lessons we can and can’t learn from the 2022 playoffs (21:48) and how the Jays will approach their needs this winter (36:33).This episode is produced Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Shi Davidi in Arden Zwelling’s absence.Contact us: [email protected] Credits: SportsnetThe views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
10/19/202252 minutes
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Baseball Is Cruel

Well, that was painful. After a devastating Blue Jays loss to the Mariners, Arden and Ben share their own recollections of the weekend (00:27), before discussing what went wrong in Game 1 (11:27) and going granular on the chaos of Game 2 (34:37).This episode is produced and sound engineered by Devlin Brand and Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.Contact us: [email protected] Credits: ESPN & Sportsnet.The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
10/11/20221 hour, 21 minutes, 30 seconds
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Now The Fun Begins

Get ready for a memorable weekend. With playoff baseball back in Toronto, Arden and Ben discuss some key decisions awaiting the Blue Jays against the Mariners (13:39), weigh in on champagne celebrations in baseball (26:18) and offer their predictions for the wild-card series (53:54).This episode is produced and sound engineered by Devlin Brand and Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.Contact us: [email protected] views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
10/7/202257 minutes, 30 seconds
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Attention To Detail

It’s kind of nice to be done with the Yankees, right? Arden and Ben discuss Aaron Judge’s record-tying home run (00:33), examine some mental lapses by the Blue Jays (14:10) and preview Toronto’s playoff roster (37:44).This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.Contact us: [email protected] views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates. 
9/30/20221 hour, 7 minutes, 30 seconds
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Plans And Priorities

Ben dials in from Philly to chat with Arden about what the Blue Jays should prioritize over the regular season’s final two weeks (03:42), the team’s most pressing injury concerns (32:39), and what the playing time split could look like for Alejandro Kirk and Danny Jansen going forward (42:09).Contact us: [email protected] Credits: Sportsnet.The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts
9/22/202246 minutes, 32 seconds
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Core Competency

Between Bichette and Manoah, the Blue Jays’ core players are stepping up when it counts most. Ben brings Nick Ashbourne on for a discussion about September baseball (07:00), Bichette’s heroics (13:09) and the ways in which the Blue Jays remain vulnerable (31:21).This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Nick Ashbourne.Contact us: [email protected] Credits: Sportsnet.The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
9/15/202248 minutes, 30 seconds
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Pushing – And Winning

What a week for the Blue Jays. After covering the Jays’ series win over the Orioles, Arden joins Ben for a discussion about the dramatic week that was (00:33), the state of the team’s pitching staff (19:25) and the recommended confidence level in various Jays players (38:15).This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith.Contact us: [email protected] Credits: Sportsnet.The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
9/9/20221 hour, 11 minutes, 59 seconds
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Less Than The Sum Of Its Parts

Arden is joined by Shi Davidi to discuss Toronto’s run of play in August (00:50), whether Blue Jays hitters are pressing (25:02), and the extraordinary hot dog consumption rate at Rogers Centre this season (43:06). Later, Ben and Arden check in with Blue Jays reliever Anthony Bass during ATL’s recent trip to New York (48:57).This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith.Contact us: [email protected] Credits: Sportsnet.The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
9/2/20221 hour, 2 minutes
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A Compelling Question

In Ben and Arden’s final installment from their trip to Yankee Stadium, they turn the mic on several of their colleagues to answer one burning question: Who will be the most compelling Blue Jay to watch between now and the end of the season? Up first is Arash Madani, who tests the limits of the question’s criteria (01:28). Then Ben Wagner makes a persuasive case for his off-the-board selection. (11:45). Shi Davidi tries not to overcomplicate matters (25:07) and, finally, Dan Shulman considers multiple options (37:46).This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith.Contact us: [email protected] Credits: Sportsnet.The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
8/25/202254 minutes
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Making The Yankees Uncomfortable

From Yankee Stadium, Arden and Ben discuss a huge weekend for the Blue Jays (01:36), wonder if the Yankees should be scared (02:32) and welcome Mitch White for a chat about how he manages the mental side of pitching and what he learned from Clayton Kershaw in LA (18:02).This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith.Contact us: [email protected] Credits: Sportsnet.The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
8/23/202236 minutes
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Showing Some Fight

From Yankee Stadium, Arden and Ben discuss a strong start for Jose Berríos (00:58), examine the give and take surrounding George Springer’s availability (03:59) and welcome journalist Ariel Helwani onto the show for a wide-ranging chat covering the Blue Jays and some early memories as a baseball fan (12:27).This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith.Contact us: [email protected] Credits: Sportsnet.The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
8/20/202237 minutes
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From The Bronx, With The Jays

At the Letters is on the road at Yankee Stadium. From the visitors’ dugout in the Bronx, Ben and Arden discuss the Blue Jays’ push for the playoffs (01:09), catch up with Ross Stripling after his perfect game bid (18:00) and wonder how Babe Ruth would fare in today’s game (35:08).This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith.Contact us: [email protected] Credits: MLB Network and Sportsnet.The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
8/19/202240 minutes
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The Dog Days

As the Blue Jays finish up a mid-summer road trip, Arden checks in with Ben in Baltimore to get his up-close perspective on the mighty Orioles (02:10) and thoughts on the Jackie Bradley Jr. signing (10:30). Later, a dissection of Jose Berrios’ inconsistency and the biggest leverage points for the Blue Jays over the season’s final eight weeks (36:28).This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith.Contact us: [email protected] Credits: SportsnetThe views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
8/11/202253 minutes, 30 seconds
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Jays Are Better, But Good Enough?

The Blue Jays are better now, but are they good enough? Arden and Ben argue that the Blue Jays should have added one more reliever (01:32), discuss the status of George Springer (53:08) and wonder how and when Whit Merrifield fits on the roster (44:50).Audio Credits: Sportsnet.This podcast was produced and mixed by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith.Contact us: [email protected] views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
8/5/20221 hour, 5 minutes, 15 seconds
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Time For The Jays To Trade

The trade deadline is nearly here, and it’s time for the Blue Jays to make moves. Arden and Ben discuss some trade candidates for the starting rotation (06:42), make the case for adding aggressively to the bullpen (22:21) and discuss some position players on the market, from Juan Soto on down (39:49).Contact us: [email protected] Credits: Sportsnet.This podcast was produced and mixed by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith.The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
7/29/20221 hour
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Shaking It Up


In the wake of Charlie Montoyo’s firing, Arden and guest host Blake Murphy consider the timing of the move (02:30) and the factors that led to it (18:15) before reflecting on what they’ve seen lately from Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and the Blue Jays offence (43:10).Email the podcast at [email protected] episode is produced and sound engineered by Mike Rogerson and hosted by Arden Zwelling and Blake Murphy.

Audio Credits: SportsnetThe views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates. 
7/15/20221 hour, 6 minutes, 12 seconds
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What Can You Say?

The Blue Jays' pitching issues worsen, prompting Arden and Ben to discuss potential trades for the bullpen (13:22), make the case for demoting Yusei Kikuchi (35:55) and suggest that position player reinforcements don't seem quite as pressing right now (23:17).Contact us: [email protected] Credits: Sportsnet.This podcast was produced and mixed by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith.The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
7/8/202258 minutes, 20 seconds
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Put To The Test

After a couple of big wins, the Blue Jays are rolling – but questions linger on the pitching staff. This week, Arden and Ben wonder about the state of the bullpen (06:43), search for answers in the rotation (28:57) and give Alejandro Kirk some credit for an incredible start to the season (44:25).This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.Contact us: [email protected] Credits: SportsnetThe views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
6/30/202253 minutes, 30 seconds
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Jays' Needs Becoming Clearer

Consecutive series losses have the Blue Jays losing some ground. This week, Arden and Ben break down the need for help in the bullpen (03:50), give Matt Chapman’s defence some love (24:05) and discuss the importance of building around an impressive lineup (38:30). This episode is produced and sound engineered by Mike Rogerson and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.Contact us: [email protected] views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
6/24/202246 minutes, 8 seconds
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Moreno Flashes The Tools

Another top prospect has arrived in Toronto, and he’s making a strong first impression. This week, Arden and Ben break down Gabriel Moreno’s MLB debut (08:45), look ahead at some potential trade deadline priorities (30:00) and discuss the Blue Jays legacy of Hyun-Jin Ryu (47:37).This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.Contact us: [email protected] Credits: SportsnetThe views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates. 
6/16/20221 hour, 1 minute, 30 seconds
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Hitting Their Stride

The Blue Jays’ lineup is finally producing again, but some questions linger on the pitching staff. Arden and Ben discuss the Blue Jays’ high-flying offence (08:32), wonder which Jays might make their first All-Star Game (19:00) and weigh in on the latest developments around Stripling, Gausman and Berríos (22:35).This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.Contact us: [email protected] Credits: SportsnetThe views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
6/8/202238 minutes, 30 seconds
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Catching Some Breaks

The Blue Jays are going streaking! Arden and Ben get into Toronto’s surging offence (1:00) and the club’s impressive catching depth (5:40 ) before making note of a couple of retirements from the 2015 and ‘16 ALCS teams (25:00) and wondering how sustainable the club’s current bullpen workload is (41:30).This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-SmithContact us: [email protected] Credits: Sportsnet.The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
6/2/202257 minutes
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Pressing and Pulling

It’s been a tough month for the Blue Jays offence, but does that mean the club needs to make drastic changes or continue trusting the process? Ben and Arden react to a listener email wondering about a new voice on the coaching staff (01:20), dive into Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s struggles (16:55), note some standout performances from the club’s rotation (33:45), and discuss Danny Jansen’s pull-heavy approach (41:20). This episode is produced and sound engineered by Mike Rogerson and hosted by Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith.Contact us: [email protected] Credits: Sportsnet.The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
5/27/202249 minutes, 43 seconds
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No Offence, But…

The Blue Jays still aren't hitting to their potential, but there's lots of intrigue around the team. This week, Arden and Ben discuss the Blue Jays offensive struggles despite recent wins (12:09), take a look at Vladimir Guerrero Jr's last couple of weeks (31:52), give Yusei Kikuchi some credit (41:31) and wonder if the bullpen needs more swing and miss (48:51).This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.Contact us: [email protected] Credits: MLB Network and Sportsnet.The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
5/18/202258 minutes
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The Jays, 30 Games In

The Blue Jays have played roughly one-fifth of their season now. Thirty games in, Arden and Ben discuss the Jays' slow start at the plate (00:26) the top of their starting rotation (32:40) and some behind-the-scenes observations from an intense stretch of games (41:26).This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.Contact us: [email protected] views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
5/11/202250 minutes
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On The Edge Of Our Seats

It feels like every inning of this season has been tense, doesn't it? Arden and Ben discuss those early-season nail-biters (00:26) before looking at the Jays' slow-starting offence (15:08) and discussing an under-the-radar prospect (34:57).This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.Contact us: [email protected] Credits: Sportsnet.The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
5/4/202259 minutes, 30 seconds
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The Blue Jays Are Rolling Now

Thanks to some impressive depth performances, the Blue Jays are off to the kind of hot start that has often eluded them in recent years (00:32). Arden and Ben wonder what aspects of their success are most sustainable (07:34) before looking at Yusei Kikuchi's slow start in more detail (43:50), and they discuss the historically low batting average we’ve seen to this point in the season across MLB (30:19).This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.Contact us: [email protected] Credits: Sportsnet.The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
4/28/202252 minutes, 21 seconds
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Kevin Gausman Throws A Nasty Splitter

Arden and Ben sit down with Kevin Gausman to talk about his path to the big leagues, being part of a history pennant race last season, his favourite pitchers growing up, how everything unravelled this off-season, when he began to develop his pitches including his splitter, why he was a fan of the Colorado Rockies, what he’s looking forward to this season, and why he loves yoga and pilates.This episode is produced and sound engineered by Amil Delic & Mike Rogerson, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.Contact us: [email protected] Credits: NBC Sports Bay Area & SportsnetThe views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
4/22/202233 minutes, 38 seconds
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The 2022 Over/Unders

The day has finally arrived! Arden and Ben give you their 2022 Blue Jays over/unders (23:30). But before they get into it, they open the podcast by discussing the latest news around the club (03:54), the injury we should be most concerned about (14:10), and they send their well wishes to Buck Martinez as he begins his cancer treatment.This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.Contact us: [email protected] Credits: SportsnetThe views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
4/19/202259 minutes, 14 seconds
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The Best & Worst Of Week One

One turn through the rotation, what have we learned about the Blue Jays? After discussing the Blue Jays' impressive defence (08:00) Arden and Ben take a look at the team's starting pitching (22:54) before taking stock of the catching mix without Danny Jansen (38:58).This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.Contact us: [email protected] Credits: SportsnetThe views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
4/14/202250 minutes, 45 seconds
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This is Alek Manoah

Arden and Ben had the opportunity to sit down with Toronto starting pitcher Alek Manoah while they were in Dunedin for Spring Training. Manoah talked about his rookie season and facing adversity, what he worked on in the off-season, opening up his own gym, some of the challenges he faced growing up, his friendship with Hyun-jin Ryu and their love of good food.This episode is produced and sound engineered by Amil Delic, and hosted by Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith.Contact us: [email protected] Credits: Sportsnet.The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
4/11/202247 minutes, 2 seconds
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José Berríos Joins The Podcast

Arden and Ben are joined by Opening Day starter José Berríos who talks about being traded from Minnesota, the seven-year extension he signed this off-season, what makes Toronto special, when he realized he could be a big leaguer, finding a routine that works for him, and the importance of family.This episode is produced and sound engineered by Amil Delic, mixed by Mike Rogerson, and hosted by Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith.Contact us: [email protected] Credits: Sportsnet.The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
4/8/202226 minutes, 7 seconds
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Opening Day Roster Takes Shape

Ben joins from Dunedin to offer his observations from Blue Jays camp (01:08), before the guys weigh in on Gosuke Katoh cracking the opening day roster (03:24), the club’s acquisition of Zack Collins (08:16), a flurry of bullpen news (19:21), Charlie Montoyo’s extension (31:21), and how Toronto will look to manage player workload this season (47:29).This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith.Contact us: [email protected] Credits: MLB & Sportsnet.The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates. 
4/6/202253 minutes, 44 seconds
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What We’ve Learned at Jays Camp ft. Alejandro Kirk

On the last off day of the spring, Arden and Ben talk Blue Jays in Florida. After assessing, the state of the roster (00:01) the discussion turns to some under-the-radar bullpen candidates (13:00). And finally, an interview with Alejandro Kirk (31:00).This episode is produced and sound engineered by Amil Delic and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.Contact us: [email protected] views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
3/30/202240 minutes, 23 seconds
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On The Scene at Blue Jays Camp

Arden and Ben are both in Florida for a busy edition of ATL. First, the consequences of Pete Walker’s arrest (2:00). Then a look at the Raimel Tapia acquisition (9:50), an interesting decision by some pre-arbitration eligible Jays (28:40) and upcoming renovations at Rogers Centre (41:10).This episode is produced and sound engineered by Amil Delic and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.Contact us: [email protected] views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
3/27/202257 minutes, 54 seconds
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A Game-Changer Arrives At Third

A new third baseman changes the dynamic on the Blue Jays’ infield. Plus: Arden’s observations from Dunedin, Fla., what’s next for the Blue Jays after trading for Matt Chapman (01:23) and a look at some spring position battles in Jays camp (40:58).This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.Contact us: [email protected] Credits: MLB and Sportsnet.The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates. 
3/23/202252 minutes
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Palm Trees And Transactions

Baseball is back and the Blue Jays are already making moves. First, a look at how the new CBA may impact the Jays (13:16). Then, Arden and Ben look at the addition of Yusei Kikuchi (29:03), anticipate what’s next for the Toronto front office (36:17) and discuss the return of Josh Donaldson to the AL East (54:43).This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.Contact us: [email protected] views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
3/15/20221 hour, 8 minutes
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Looking Beyond The Lockout

The new CBA will eventually have some major implications for the Blue Jays (18:00). Plus, Arden and Ben wonder how teams should now be strategizing (33:00), anticipate a wild post-lockout week and explore a parallel between Juan Soto and Vlad Jr. (50:00).This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.Contact us: [email protected] views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
2/24/20221 hour, 4 minutes
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What To Expect From Jays’ Best Prospects

With spring training likely to be delayed, Ben and Arden turn their attention to the Blue Jays’ top prospects. This week Ben Badler of Baseball America joins ATL to discuss Gabriel Moreno (10:57), Jordan Groshans (28:29), Orelvis Martinez (21:47) and some lesser-known minor-leaguers in the Jays’ system (50:29). This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith.The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates. 
2/11/202255 minutes, 48 seconds
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Extending, Evolving, Bargaining

Shi Davidi joins Arden and Ben for a wide-ranging discussion about the latest off-field developments in MLB. First, a look at possible extensions for Vlad and Bo (1:00) followed by a discussion about Jaime Vieira, the Blue Jays’ first female coach (29:10), and a look at how CBA talks may impact the Jays (47:15).This episode is produced and sound engineered by Amil Delic, mixed by Mike Rogerson, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.Contact us: [email protected] views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
1/28/20221 hour, 4 minutes, 10 seconds
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Your Questions, Our Answers

What’s a realistic expectation for Vlad Jr. in 2022 (9:38)? What other Jays could be in line for big extensions(1:01:52)? And how to make sense of that Freddie Freeman talk (24:32)? Ben and Arden take a wide assortment of questions in this holiday mailbag edition of At the Letters.This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith.The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
12/23/20211 hour, 9 minutes, 10 seconds
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A Flurry, Then a Freeze

First, a wild week of activity … and then a lockout (4:00). Arden and Ben break down the Blue Jays’ deal with Kevin Gausman (13:00) discuss the departure of Robbie Ray (19:00) and preview next steps as the baseball industry enters a lockout (40:20).This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.Watch the podcast on YouTubeThe views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
12/3/20211 hour, 30 seconds
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The Arms Race Begins

The Blue Jays are spending big to keep Jose Berrios – so what does this seven-year deal mean (1:00)? Plus, Arden and Ben break down the Blue Jays’ place in the starting pitching market (25:30), credit Robbie Ray for a Cy Young season (38:00) and discuss some challenges of awards voting (46:00).This episode is produced and sound engineered by Andrew Norton and hosted by Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith.Audio Credits: Blue Jays Radio Network, MLB Network and Sportsnet.The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
11/19/202149 minutes, 1 second
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From The 2021 GM Meetings

The Blue Jays are keeping their options open, but the market’s actually moving better than expected. So what happens from here? Ben joins Arden from the GM Meetings to talk Steven Matz, Scott Boras and the Jays’ potential targets. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. Contact us: [email protected] The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
11/11/202148 minutes
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At The Rogers Centre With Ross Atkins

It’s off-season mode for the Blue Jays, and who better to set it all up than GM Ross Atkins? This week, Atkins joins ATL for a conversation on some of the team’s biggest stars (05:21), what he learned last winter (10:20) and what’s next this off-season (23:19). This episode is produced and sound engineered by Amil Delic, mixed by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. Contact us: [email protected] The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates
11/4/202144 minutes, 41 seconds
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Our 2021 Over/Unders

When it all began, our over/unders featured the likes of Rowdy Tellez, T.J. Zeuch and Tanner Roark. Yet as always, the 2021 season unfolded in unpredictable fashion. This week, Arden and Ben look back on it all with their annual over/under review. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.Contact us: [email protected] Audio Credits: Sportsnet and Sportsnet 590 The FAN. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates
10/28/20211 hour, 4 seconds
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Brainstorming Some Off-Season Moves

Now, it’s time to look ahead. Arden and Ben discuss the Blue Jays’ upcoming spending decisions (04:15) and the challenge of building around the right long-term players (14:19). Plus, a discussion about qualifying offers (31:14) and going granular on some possible trade talks (39:51). This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. Contact us: [email protected] The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
10/22/202159 minutes
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Where Do We Go From Here?

Just like that, the Jays’ season is over, but there’s a lot to make sense when it comes to the 2021 team, some of it impressive (00:38) and some of it frustrating (14:04). Plus, Arden and Ben discuss the Jays’ biggest off-season needs (39:34) and where Robbie Ray and Marcus Semien may fit in their plans (51:35). This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. Contact us: [email protected] Audio Credits: Sportsnet The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates
10/6/202159 minutes, 55 seconds
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Like There’s No Tomorrow

After two huge games against the Yankees (6:47) the Blue Jays have reason to believe in Hyun-Jin Ryu (10:11) and optimism heading into the final few days of the season (20:19). Plus, Arden and Ben discuss potential wild-card game pitchers (24:13), and look ahead at some of the big decisions the Jays will soon face (27:11). This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.Contact us: [email protected] Audio Credits: Sportsnet The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
9/30/202149 minutes, 5 seconds
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The Stretch Run ft. Josh Donaldson

The Blue Jays are in playoff position – barely. Ben and guest host Shi Davidi discuss expectations for Hyun Jin Ryu (02:25) and what it’s like covering champagne celebrations (24:45). Plus, an interview with Josh Donaldson (31:50), a discussion about the AL MVP race (48:30) and some love for the RBI (53:10). This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Shi Davidi. Contact us: [email protected] Audio Credits: Sportsnet The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
9/22/20211 hour, 5 minutes, 51 seconds
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Collision Course

Another incredible week for the Blue Jays (00:27) sets up some interesting decisions on the pitching staff (11:32). Plus, Arden and Ben discuss potential wild-card game opponents (32:53), the unpredictability of October (39:15) and the possibility of play-in games (46:32). This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith.Contact us: [email protected] Audio Credits: Sportsnet The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
9/17/202156 minutes, 54 seconds
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Watch out for the Blue Jays

Suddenly the Blue Jays are unstoppable (1:37). Arden and Ben break down the team’s recent hot streak (11:46), marvel at their starting rotation (23:14) and investigate some of the remaining questions facing the Jays (32:30). This episode is produced and sound engineered by Andrew Norton and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. Contact us: [email protected] Audio Credits: Sportsnet The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
9/10/202140 minutes, 39 seconds
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The Final Push

The Blue Jays need a strong final month to make the playoffs (00:30) but they’re still not hitting as well as you’d expect (19:58). Plus, Arden and Ben break down the pros and cons of expanded rosters (25:57), a surprising pitching staff (31:13) and some recent additions to the outfield mix (50:03). This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith. Contact us: [email protected] Audio Credits: Sportsnet The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
9/3/202157 minutes, 20 seconds
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It’s Slipping Away

The painful losses keep coming for the Blue Jays so Ben and guest host Nick Ashbourne attempt to understand what’s happening (01:37) before having a discussion about blame (18:28). Plus, dream destinations for a home series (25:00), the ups and downs of Kirk (30:24) and a discussion about free agency (42:18). This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith. Contact us: [email protected] Audio Credits: Sportsnet The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.
8/26/202152 minutes, 30 seconds
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A Trip To Forget

A bad road trip cost the Blue Jays in the standings (00:46) and the bullpen’s just not inspiring much trust (6:18). Arden and Ben break down what it means for the Jays before discussing the implications of the Springer injury (22:46), appreciating Teoscar’s hot streak (33:22) and taking stock of some new arrivals (41:17). This episode is produced and sound engineered by Andrew Norton and hosted by Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith.Contact us: [email protected] The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.
8/20/202148 minutes, 6 seconds
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Feeling Them Good Vibes

What a homestand for the Blue Jays! Not only are the Jays finally enjoying fan support (4:25), a fully healthy George Springer is helping them gain all kinds of ground in the AL standings (18:25). Plus, the guys give credit to Marcus Semien (26:56) and breaking down the pitching staff (36:47). This episode is produced […]
8/10/202152 minutes, 6 seconds
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Blue Jays Go Bold

Quite a week for the Blue Jays. Not only are they back in Toronto (00:38) but they upgraded their roster at the deadline (05:38) trading top prospects for Jose Berrios. Plus, the guys reveal the winner of the Miller Lite Relief Catcher glove (32:56) and discussing who should play third base (44:24). This episode is […]
8/4/202159 minutes, 5 seconds
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It’s Crunch Time

The Blue Jays can be an incredibly frustrating team to watch. But there’s a lot of talent here. So with the deadline just days away, where does that leave the front office? This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith. Contact us: [email protected] Audio Credits: Sportsnet. The views and opinions expressed in […]
7/27/202152 minutes, 30 seconds
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Deadline Decisions

Not only are the Blue Jays coming back to Toronto, but the trade deadline is also just a week away. So what are the Blue Jays’ biggest needs right now? And which players would meet them best? Arden and Ben weigh in on all this and more. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Andrew Norton and […]
7/23/202145 minutes, 22 seconds
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How the Blue Jays will approach a busy three weeks

The Blue Jays have plenty on their plate this month: MLB’s draft, the trade deadline, a possible move to Toronto, and constant roster decisions as the club tries to keep up in the AL East race. Arden chats with Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi about the various fronts Toronto’s front office is currently working on (1:29). Then […]
7/9/20211 hour, 11 minutes, 20 seconds
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Jays Kick Off Trade Season by Finally Addressing Bullpen

At long last, the Blue Jays acquired relief help. Arden and Ben give their takes on Adam Cimber, Corey Dickerson, and which moves the club should make next. Also, with Alejandro Kirk and Danny Jansen nearing returns, what should the Blue Jays do with the hot-hitting Reese McGuire? This episode is produced and sound engineered […]
7/1/202154 minutes, 59 seconds
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One month from deadline, Jays build some momentum

Finally, a win streak for the Blue Jays – not that they don’t still need help. Ben and Arden discuss the Jays’ deadline options, give the starting rotation some credit and look at some names to watch in the minors. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Arden Zwelling and Ben […]
6/25/202152 minutes, 40 seconds
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As Vlad mashes, Jays’ bullpen questions persist

Vlad Guerrero Jr. keeps hitting home runs, but the Jays aren’t taking full advantage. Arden and Ben look ahead at possible trade targets for the bullpen and wonder what the Jays can do in the meantime. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Andrew Norton and hosted by Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith. Submit your questions, […]
6/17/202146 minutes, 49 seconds
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Thin Bullpen Creates High-Stress Moments for Jays

By now it’s clear: the Blue Jays’ bullpen is an issue. Ben and Arden make sense of the Jays’ existing options and look ahead at possible trades before delving into MLB’s sticky stuff controversy. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith. Submit your questions, comments, and topic […]
6/11/202156 minutes, 35 seconds
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What’s in store this summer for the Blue Jays?

The Blue Jays are playing better, which leads to some interesting questions for Arden and Ben. Among them: what are this team’s deadline needs? Where does Manoah fit? And when could the Jays return to Toronto? Music Outro: The Ruddy Ruckus – Hold On My Love Listen to the full track here! This episode is […]
6/4/202147 minutes, 58 seconds
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After a tough week for Blue Jays, Manoah arrives

What does Alek Manoah’s arrival mean for the Blue Jays? And what do the team’s recent struggles tell us about what they’ll need this summer? Ben and Arden weigh in on that and also break down some key features of this Blue Jays team, from their new “home” in Buffalo to who is making or breaking expectations […]
5/28/202158 minutes, 26 seconds
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Jays Playing Well as Manoah Pushes for the Majors

One-quarter of the way through the season, the Blue Jays are in a good spot. Plus, when will Alek Manoah join them? And where would Ben and Arden place Vlad Jr. on their early-season MVP ballots? This episode is produced and sound engineered by Andrew Norton and hosted by Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith. Audio Credits: 920 […]
5/21/202136 minutes, 43 seconds
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Blue Jays Rolling as Offence Starts Picking Up

The Blue Jays are playing well – maybe surprisingly well. Arden and Ben take stock of the Blue Jays and wonder when top prospect Alek Manoah could join the roster. Music Outro: The Backstays – Forever Gold Bricks Listen to their latest album “Tributaries” here! This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted […]
5/14/202155 minutes, 33 seconds
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Brendan Gallagher: Canadiens winger & Jays super-fan

First, a check-in on Nate Pearson. Then, Montreal Canadiens winger Brendan Gallagher joins Arden and Ben to talk about his love for the game of baseball, his Jays fandom and handling chirps from opposing fans. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Amil Delic, mixed by Andrew Norton and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. Audio […]
5/11/202127 minutes, 2 seconds
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Injuries Create Intrigue, but Jays Keep Winning

George Springer and Alejandro Kirk are on the injured list, but the Blue Jays are still holding their own. Arden and Ben make sense of the latest around the Blue Jays and wonder which former Jay would help this team the most. Music Outro: Ormiston – Step from the Limelight Check out more of his […]
5/7/202150 minutes, 13 seconds
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As Springer Debuts, Vlad Jr.’s Breakout Continues

George Springer is back and Vlad Jr. is breaking out at the plate. What does it all mean? Ben and Arden take stock of the latest with the Jays before discussing some of their favourite players to watch league-wide. Music Outro: Tré Wes – Smell The Roses Listen to more music by Tré Wes here! […]
4/29/202158 minutes, 40 seconds
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Pitching Keeping Jays Afloat, But Bats Are Needed

How about this for a role reversal? The Blue Jays aren’t hitting but they lead the American League in ERA. Arden and Ben assess some early season performances and discuss the state of the team’s infield defence. Outro Music: Terell Safadi – Made For This Listen to more music by Terell Safadi here! This episode […]
4/23/202153 minutes, 1 second
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Vlad and Bo Helping Blue Jays Overcome Injuries

The injuries keep coming for the Blue Jays, but Vlad and Bo are doing more than their share to help the team compete. Arden and Ben take stock of all things Blue Jays, including the pitching staff and a promising rookie. Outro Music: Art d’Ecco – Head Rush Listen to the track here! This episode […]
4/16/202142 minutes, 40 seconds
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The Best (And Worst) Of The Blue Jays’ First Week

Some Blue Jays look unbelievable early on, while others are struggling mightily. Arden and Ben attempt to make sense of it all, discuss the Ross Atkins extension, and introduce the ‘Reese McGuire rule’ to ATL. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Matt Collins, and hosted by Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith. The views and opinions expressed […]
4/9/20211 hour, 3 minutes, 46 seconds
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Annual Over/Unders for the 2021 Blue Jays

How many innings will Pearson pitch? How much WAR will Springer generate? And will we see Manoah in the majors? Our annual over/unders episode answers all the Blue Jays questions you never knew you even had. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Andrew Norton, and hosted by Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith. The views […]
4/1/20211 hour, 5 minutes, 59 seconds
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From Here On It Counts For The 2021 Blue Jays

It’s now time for final decisions and roster moves. With opening day nearly here, Arden and Ben take stock of the Blue Jays’ roster and look ahead to the season-opening series in the Bronx. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Andrew Norton, mixed by Amil Delic, and hosted by Arden Zwelling and Ben […]
3/31/202131 minutes, 21 seconds
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Ross Stripling On Curveballs, Clayton And Confidence

Arden and Ben discuss the fallout from an eventful week at Blue Jays camp, including injuries of varying severity to Kirby Yates, George Springer, and Robbie Ray. Plus, Ross Stripling joins the guys to talk about his days with the Dodgers, how he’s developed his curveball, and MiLB’s new rules for the 2021 season. This […]
3/25/20211 hour, 4 minutes, 30 seconds
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Manoah Impresses As Blue Jays’ Depth Gets Tested

Two pitching injuries in one week? That’s going to test the Blue Jays’ depth. Plus, Ben and Arden weigh in on further questions surrounding spring standouts Alejandro Kirk and Alek Manoah. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. The views and opinions expressed in […]
3/19/20211 hour, 2 minutes, 59 seconds
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Separating Fact From Fiction With The Blue Jays

What really matters in spring training? And what should we ignore? After discussing the latest Blue Jays news, Ben and Arden attempt to separate fact from fiction on some pressing (and not-so-pressing) Jays-related topics. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. Our video and […]
3/12/202158 minutes, 20 seconds
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Tough Questions For The Blue Jays On And Off The Field

On the field, Nate Pearson battles a groin strain. Off the field, some troubling allegations lead to questions for top Blue Jays execs. This week, Ben and Arden discuss those developments as well as some of the positives in Jays camp. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Ben […]
3/5/202157 minutes, 59 seconds
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First Impressions Of The 2021 Blue Jays

Spring is here, and the Blue Jays seem optimistic about their chances. As the first full week winds down in Dunedin, Ben and Arden discuss their impressions of the team and look ahead at some potentially tough decisions. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. Our […]
2/26/20211 hour, 8 minutes, 59 seconds
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Spring Begins With High Expectations

Pitchers and catchers report to Dunedin Thursday and position players will be in camp next week, and the Blue Jays’ chances haven’t looked this good in years. This team’s still got lots of questions, though, so Arden and Ben break them all down with ATL’s 2021 spring training preview. This episode is produced and sound […]
2/17/202155 minutes
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Semien, Springer… And Maybe More For The Blue Jays

All of a sudden, the Blue Jays are making all kinds of moves — and more may be on the way. Arden and Ben break down the team’s latest, wonder what it would mean for the Jays to be a “behemoth” and look ahead at what’s next. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan, […]
2/5/20211 hour, 1 minute, 29 seconds
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Springer A Huge Addition For Ascending Blue Jays

Well, the Toronto landed its top target after all. George Springer is a Blue Jay, so Ben and Arden break down what his deal means, how it impacts the roster and what comes next. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. Our video and […]
1/22/20211 hour, 58 seconds
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Where Do The Jays Go From Here?

Francisco Lindor is off to New York, Ha-Seong Kim is joining San Diego and Tomoyuki Sugano is heading back to Japan. So where do the Blue Jays turn now as off-season dominos continue to fall? Ben and Arden discuss. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Michael Mayers, and hosted by Arden Zwelling and […]
1/8/202156 minutes, 17 seconds
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You Asked. We Answered. It’s The Blue Jays Mailbag.

With the MLB off-season progressing … deliberately, Arden and Ben turn their attention to listener questions on everything from possible trades and 2021 breakouts, to top prospects and favourite holiday foods. This episode is sound designed by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. Our video and social media producer is Mike Tassone. The views […]
12/22/20201 hour, 20 minutes, 45 seconds
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Is This The Calm Before The Storm For The Blue Jays?

The Blue Jays are in on everyone, but signing no one — yet. After covering the virtual Winter Meetings, Ben and Arden explain why they still expect some big roster improvements are on the way. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. Mike Tassone […]
12/11/20201 hour, 2 minutes, 40 seconds
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What We’ve Learned About The Blue Jays This Winter

It’s been a quiet off-season around baseball, but that’s never stopped ATL from reading between the lines. Once Ben and Arden get started with their reads, they find that we’ve actually learned quite a few lessons about the Blue Jays this winter. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith […]
11/27/202057 minutes
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Decoding What The Latest Jays Rumours Really Mean

The Blue Jays are positioned to make some big moves this winter, but what’s real and what’s conjecture? Ben and Arden pull back the curtain on the rumour mill and look ahead to what’s next in Toronto. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. Our video […]
11/13/202056 minutes
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How Far Off Were Our 2020 Over/Under Predictions?

Every year we make predictions, and every year we’re reminded that you really can’t predict baseball. With some help from OG ATL producer Sam McKee, Ben and Arden look back at what we expected this season. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. Our […]
10/30/202052 minutes, 20 seconds
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Scouting The International Market With Andrew Tinnish

First, some thoughts on Mark Shapiro’s latest comments. Then, Blue Jays VP Andrew Tinnish joins Arden and Ben to share some international scouting stories about the likes of Vlad Jr. and Alejandro Kirk. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. Our video and social […]
10/22/202051 minutes, 39 seconds
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The Blue Jays’ Many Off-Season Decisions

After an early playoff exit, it’s time to plan ahead. Arden and Ben discuss everything from club options to non-tenders to trade targets in this wide-ranging off-season preview episode. This episode is produced and sound designed by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. Our video and social media producer is Mike […]
10/16/20201 hour, 22 minutes, 19 seconds
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Missed Opportunity Ends Memorable Jays Season

Just like that, it’s all over. Arden and Ben look back at a missed opportunity against the Rays and review some of the moments and decisions that led the Blue Jays to where they are. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. Our video […]
10/2/202058 minutes, 59 seconds
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How Can The Jays Upset The Rays?

The playoffs are here — and the Blue Jays have a huge opportunity in front of them. Arden and Ben look ahead the series against the Rays, making sense of a surprise pitching decision and more. This podcast is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. Mike […]
9/29/202035 minutes, 30 seconds
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Tactical Decisions Await Jays As Playoffs Near

How much will Alejandro Kirk catch? Who would start Game 2? With the Blue Jays on the brink of the playoffs, Arden and Ben look ahead at some decisions the team will soon be facing. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. Our video […]
9/24/20201 hour, 9 minutes, 29 seconds
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Struggling Jays Still Positioned Well – For Now

After some ugly losses, defensive woes and injuries, the Blue Jays certainly have their issues. But as Arden and Ben explain, this team’s still in a good spot in the standings — unless things really go sideways. This podcast is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. […]
9/18/20201 hour, 9 minutes, 58 seconds
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Big Decisions Await The Blue Jays Down The Stretch

The Blue Jays lost two more big bats to the injured list, but some reinforcements are coming, too. With that in mind, Arden and Ben break down the biggest decisions facing the Blue Jays down the stretch. This podcast is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. […]
9/11/20201 hour, 7 minutes, 29 seconds
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How A Busy Deadline Impacts The Blue Jays Roster

It wasn’t quite a Padres-level shopping spree, but the Blue Jays were busy on deadline day. Arden and Ben break down all of the Blue Jays’ moves down and look ahead at how the newcomers fit the roster. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden […]
9/1/202039 minutes, 40 seconds
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Why The Blue Jays Can Say More By Playing Less

Arden and Ben begin with a discussion that goes beyond baseball to the boycotts and postponements happening across sports. Then, they turn their attention to the trade deadline. Now that Taijuan Walker’s a Blue Jay, who’s next? At The Letters is produced and sound designed by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden […]
8/28/202051 minutes, 19 seconds
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Well-Timed Hot Streak Means The Blue Jays Are Buyers

After their best week yet, the Blue Jays are undeniably in contention. Arden and Ben discuss what that means ahead of the trade deadline and assess the on-field impact of some major injuries. This podcast is produced and sound designed by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. At The Letters is […]
8/22/20201 hour
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No One Ever Said Major League Baseball Is Easy, Right?

Arden and Ben analyze the struggles of some of the young Blue Jays before discussing Charlie Montoyo’s moves and looking ahead to the trade deadline. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. At The Letters is also on YouTube. Watch it here. Our video […]
8/14/20201 hour
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Blue Jays Hitters Have To Step Up Sometime Soon

The Blue Jays keep pitching well, but what happened to their bats? Arden and Ben take stock of Toronto’s struggling offence and wonder about a way to find some outside-the-box help. This episode is produced and sound designed by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. Audio Credits: YouTube.com/MLB The views and […]
8/6/202049 minutes, 30 seconds
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Pearson Excels But Things Get Much Weirder For The Jays

Nate Pearson’s debut couldn’t have gone better, but suddenly the Blue Jays have no weekend opponent. Arden and Ben discuss a wild debut week for Toronto with a focus on the pitching staff. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. Audio Credits: YouTube.com/MLB The […]
7/31/20201 hour, 4 minutes, 59 seconds
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The Homeless Blue Jays and 2020 Over/Unders

It’s Opening Day for the Blue Jays and they still don’t know where their home schedule will be played. Arden and Ben discuss the implications of a 60-game road trip and why Nate Pearson didn’t crack Toronto’s Opening Day roster. Plus, the 2020 edition of ATL’s greatest tradition — Over/Unders. This episode is produced and […]
7/24/20201 hour, 27 minutes, 9 seconds
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Dan Shulman Talks Broadcasting During A Pandemic

Fresh off a two-game stint calling intrasquad contests, Blue Jays play-by-play voice Dan Shulman joins Arden to chat about preparing to broadcast games off a monitor this season and what he’s seen so far at the team’s camp. This episode is produced and sound designed by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Arden Zwelling. Audio Credits: […]
7/17/202049 minutes, 59 seconds
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New Kind Of Jays Camp Off To Complicated Start

The Blue Jays made it to Toronto — but around MLB concerns over COVID-19 persist. Arden and Ben discuss the latest Blue Jays news and look ahead at what to expect from Vlad Guerrero Jr. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. Audio Credits: […]
7/9/202050 minutes
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Assessing The Path To The Majors For Pearson

Now that the minor-league season has been cancelled, prospect development looks completely different. Arden and Ben discuss what that means for Nate Pearson and others in the Blue Jays system. This episode is produced and edited by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. Audio Credits: YouTube.com/MLB The views and opinions expressed […]
7/3/20201 hour, 2 minutes, 49 seconds
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Anticipating A One-Of-A-Kind Blue Jays Season

It took a while, but baseball’s back. Arden and Ben discuss what the return-to-play plans mean for the Blue Jays and the many remaining questions facing the Toronto organization. This episode is produced by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of […]
6/26/20201 hour, 2 minutes, 22 seconds
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Scott MacArthur Talks Coming Out, MLB Labour, Blue Jays

One year after coming out publicly, Sportsnet 590 The FAN radio host Scott MacArthur joins Arden and Ben to talk Pride, MLB labour and the Blue Jays’ chances in 2020. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. The views and opinions expressed in this […]
6/19/20201 hour, 14 minutes, 9 seconds
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Could Austin Martin Be The Jays’ Next Core Player?

By drafting Austin Martin, the Blue Jays landed a player some considered the best prospect in the draft. Arden and Ben discuss the surprising circumstances that allowed Toronto to land Martin and look ahead at what comes next for MLB. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith […]
6/13/20201 hour, 1 minute, 40 seconds
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Blue Jays Facing Challenges Ahead Of Shortened Draft

In less than two weeks, the Blue Jays will make their highest draft choice in decades. Jim Callis of MLB Pipeline and Shi Davidi join Arden and Ben to discuss the challenge and the opportunity facing Jays decision makers. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and […]
5/29/20201 hour, 4 minutes
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The Jays Have A Lot At Stake As The 2020 Season Is Negotiated

As players and owners continue negotiating the terms of the 2020 MLB season, the Blue Jays have a lot at stake. Arden and Ben discuss it all – from the minutiae to the bigger picture. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. The views […]
5/22/202055 minutes, 29 seconds
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How Blue Jays Pitchers are Preparing for the Year Ahead

Two months after the season was suspended, Blue Jays pitchers have learned a lot about working from home. Bullpen coach Matt Buschmann joins Arden and Ben for a discussion about how the staff is preparing behind the scenes. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden […]
5/13/202042 minutes, 14 seconds
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Planning For A Season Like None Other

Getting the 2020 baseball season going will be nothing if not complex. Shi Davidi joins Arden and Ben to discuss the latest plans and the many ways the Blue Jays will be impacted. This episode is recorded and sound engineered by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. The views and opinions […]
5/8/202054 minutes, 30 seconds
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If Baseball Returns In 2020, What Will It Look Like?

As discussion about a potential 2020 MLB season intensifies, Arden and Ben weigh in on some potential structures for a shortened season while also examining some of the remaining obstacles. This episode is recorded and sound engineered by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. The views and opinions expressed in this […]
4/30/202043 minutes, 39 seconds
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Fielding Your Questions

This week Ben and Arden turned to ATL listeners for questions on everything from the 2020 season, past Blue Jays teams, sportswriting and food. #AskATL This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the […]
4/22/20201 hour, 19 minutes, 59 seconds
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Matt Shoemaker on rehab, leadership and Mike Trout

Before the MLB season went on pause, Matt Shoemaker joined Arden and Ben at spring training for a wide-ranging conversation about injury rehab, the Blue Jays’ pitching staff and Mike Trout. This episode is produced by Amil Delic, mixed by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. The views and opinions expressed in […]
4/15/202033 minutes, 19 seconds
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Introducing Sports On Pause

Listen to Sports On Pause at https://sprtsnt.ca/3e7nTAZ or search and subscribe in your podcatcher. COVID-19 is impacting the world unlike anything we’ve seen in 100 years, and sports has not escaped its effects. The newest podcast from Sportsnet features hosts Richard Deitsch and Donnovan Bennett in conversation with athletes and executives, health professionals and journalists […]
4/11/20203 minutes, 43 seconds
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Randal Grichuk’s State Of Mind

What does physical distancing look like for the Toronto Blue Jays? Randal Grichuk joins Arden and Ben to discuss his workouts and state of mind with the 2020 baseball season on pause. This episode is produced and recorded by Amil Delic, sound engineered by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. The views […]
4/7/202035 minutes, 22 seconds
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Jamie Campbell Is Burning Up The Phone Lines

With no baseball on the schedule, Blue Jays Central host Jamie Campbell has been making plenty of calls. This time he phones Ben and Arden to talk about his conversations with fans and some classic Jays games. This episode is produced and record by Amil Delic, sound designed by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Ben […]
3/31/20201 hour, 10 minutes, 4 seconds
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Talking Next Steps And Revisiting Some Blue Jays History

With uncertainty still surrounding the start of the 2020 MLB season, Arden and Ben wonder what’s next before discussing some of the classic Blue Jays games now airing on Sportsnet. Listen to our interview Andrew Albers HERE. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Amil Delic, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. […]
3/23/202030 minutes, 21 seconds
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A New Reality Emerges For The Jays, And All Of Us

A few days ago, the COVID-19 outbreak led to the indefinite suspension of the MLB season. What now? Arden and Ben discuss the implications of the pause in play for society at large and for the Blue Jays. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Michael Mayers, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden […]
3/17/202050 minutes, 17 seconds
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Nate Pearson

How does baseball’s top right-handed pitching prospect prepare himself? Nate Pearson joins Arden and Ben in Dunedin, Fla. to talk tech, food, sleep, workload and the high hopes he has for his career. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Amil Delic, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. Special thanks to Maria St. […]
3/10/202035 minutes, 46 seconds
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What We’ve Learned At Blue Jays Spring Training

All of a sudden opening day’s not all that far off. From the Blue Jays’ spring training home in Dunedin, Fla., Ben asks Arden for his Grapefruit League impressions and a discussion about Nate Pearson follows. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Amil Delic, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. Audio […]
3/7/202057 minutes, 4 seconds
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Stealing The Show

Arden and Ben discuss ongoing Astros scandal and the ways it’s impacting the Blue Jays before moving on to the latest on-field news. “Who is the Blue Jays top outfield prospect?” -Arden Zwelling This episode is produced and sound designed by Amil Delic, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. At The Letters is […]
2/19/202057 minutes, 57 seconds
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Winter Wins and What They Will Mean

While the Blue Jays still have work to do, Hyun-jin Ryu could be a difference maker. Arden and Ben take stock of what the recent additions mean for a new-look Toronto roster. This episode is produced and sound designed by Amil Delic, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. At The Letters also on […]
1/11/202048 minutes, 58 seconds
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Nov. 8: Blue Jays’ off-season work just getting started

Chase Anderson’s a Blue Jay now. What’s next? Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith explain who is (and isn’t) a free agent fit before considering Toronto’s options in centre field. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Amil Delic, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. At The Letters is also on YouTube. Watch […]
11/9/201957 minutes, 59 seconds
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Oct. 18: Mark Shapiro on what’s next for both the Jays and himself

With the regular season over, it’s time to zoom out a little. Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith ask Blue Jays president and CEO Mark Shapiro about his professional future, the Blue Jays’ next moves and some potential rule changes in baseball. “I love where I am.” – Mark Shapiro, Toronto Blue Jays president and CEO At The Letters […]
10/18/20191 hour, 13 minutes, 19 seconds
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Oct. 4: Reviewing some contentious Blue Jays over/under predictions

With some much-needed help from Shi Davidi, Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith review their annual over/under predictions. As always, past assumptions about the Blue Jays prove questionable in time. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Amil Delic, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. At The Letters is presented by the All-New […]
10/4/201959 minutes, 34 seconds
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Sept. 27: John Schneider’s observations from the dugout

Few people have seen as much of Vlad, Bo and Biggio as John Schneider. The Blue Jays coach joins Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith to discuss the development of those rookies and what he watches for from the dugout. “He (Bo Bichette) thinks he’s going to be Mickey Mantle — Mike Trout. There’s no hesitation.” -John […]
9/27/201947 minutes, 19 seconds
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Sept. 19: Assessing the debut seasons of Vlad, Bo and Biggio

How would you grade the Blue Jays’ rookie infielders? Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith weigh in on Vlad, Bo and Biggio while also discussing the Toronto bullpen and Trevor Bauer’s next team. “Cavan Biggio is having a better rookie season than Vladimir Guerrero Jr.” -Arden Zwelling This episode is produced and sound engineered by Amil Delic, and hosted […]
9/20/201947 minutes, 23 seconds
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Sept. 13: Discussing the evolution of pitching with Blue Jays’ Pete Walker

Imagine obsessing over every last pitch thrown by the 2019 Blue Jays. That’s Pete Walker’s job. As a tough season winds down, Walker joins Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith for a big picture discussion about pitching. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Amil Delic, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. At […]
9/13/201939 minutes, 34 seconds
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Sept. 5: Call-ups add intrigue as losses pile up for Blue Jays

Remember when the Blue Jays won games for a while? Those days are over. As September call-ups arrive in Toronto, Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith discuss the club’s struggles and recent additions. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Shoaib Alli, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. At The Letters is presented […]
9/5/201936 minutes, 23 seconds
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Aug. 28: Assessing the Josh Donaldson trade one year later

Josh Donaldson’s back and he’s hitting again, so Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith assess last year’s trade before discussing Rowdy Tellez’s production and previewing the Blue Jays’ September call-ups. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Shoaib Alli, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. At The Letters is also on YouTube. This […]
8/28/201944 minutes, 11 seconds
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Aug. 21: Will Pearson be next top prospect to join Blue Jays?

Now that Nate Pearson’s just one step away from the majors, how soon could he make his MLB debut? Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith discuss before turning their attention to Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s knee and the Jays’ use of the opener. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Shoaib Alli, and hosted by Ben […]
8/21/201938 minutes, 42 seconds
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Aug. 14: Ross Atkins on the Blue Jays’ present and future

GM Ross Atkins joins Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling for a big-picture discussion about where the Blue Jays are now and what has to happen for them to contend. This episode is produced by Steven Coyle and Ryan Walsh, sound engineered by Shoaib Alli, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. At The Letters […]
8/14/201955 minutes, 45 seconds
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Aug. 9: A new era of Blue Jays baseball arrives

Bo Bichette can’t be stopped, so Arden and Ben discuss his historic stretch, what the Blue Jays can do to address their pitching, and Mark Shapiro’s recent media availability. “I don’t know if the Blue Jays are going to win in two years or three years. None of us know if they are going to […]
8/9/201952 minutes, 37 seconds
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Aug. 1: A closer look at the Blue Jays’ decision to trade Sanchez

With Sanchez, Biagini and Hudson all traded, Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith make sense of the Blue Jays’ decisions and assess the return coming to Toronto. “I just don’t think you can criticize the front office for, you know, oh — they don’t now what they are doing. No! They’re doing what every other team […]
8/2/201958 minutes, 45 seconds
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July 30: Did the Blue Jays get fair value in Stroman trade?

Marcus Stroman and Eric Sogard have been traded. Did the Blue Jays get enough back? Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith make sense of the moves and Jim Callis of MLB Pipeline weighs in on the return. “This would be a really big story (Bo Bichette called up) if it hadn’t happened on the day that […]
7/30/201948 minutes, 3 seconds
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July 24: Last episode of the Stro Show?

Is this it for Marcus Stroman and the Blue Jays? And if so, what happens next? Shi Davidi joins Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith in studio to make sense of the Blue Jays ahead of the deadline. “One of the great things about Blue Jays fans is that Blue Jays fans obsess over these tiny […]
7/24/201946 minutes, 58 seconds
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July 17: Weighing in on Blue Jays’ top trade chips with Mike Wilner

Just like that, we’re only two weeks away from the trade deadline, so Blue Jays play by play voice Mike Wilner joins Ben Nicholson-Smith at Fenway Park to discuss the team’s top trade chips. “The Blue Jays are going to be good next year. They’re going to be very good in a couple of years. […]
7/18/201935 minutes, 33 seconds
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July 12: Applying lessons in player development to the Blue Jays

What if there was no such thing as a ceiling for MLB players? This week, The Ringer’s Ben Lindbergh joins At the Letters to talk about the MVP Machine, the book on player development he co-authored. “He knows he’s going to be traded. That was really my takeaway from talking to Stroman on the Monday […]
7/13/201940 minutes, 38 seconds
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July 3: Gurriel Jr. showing star-level potential for Blue Jays

What if Lourdes Gurriel Jr. can be a star for this team? This week Arden and Ben discuss Gurriel Jr., marvel at Cavan Biggio’s plate approach and break down Aaron Sanchez’s struggles. “Don?t forget about the elite left field defence that you are getting (from Lourdes Gurriel Jr.). Don’t forget about the fact that nobody […]
7/3/201942 minutes, 10 seconds
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June 26: What Would The Blue Jays Get For Marcus Stroman?

Dan Shulman returns to Sportsnet’s podwaves by pinch-hitting for Ben this week. Dan and Arden discuss why the Yankees seem like a good fit for Marcus Stroman, the Blue Jays minor-league pitching depth, Lourdes Gurriel Jr.’s improvement as a fielder and hitter, Cavan Biggio’s plate discipline and a surprisingly upbeat clubhouse. “It’s the young guys’ […]
6/26/20191 hour, 2 minutes, 45 seconds
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June 20: Raptors’ success brings back Blue Jays memories

After covering the NBA Finals, Arden returns to talk Raptors and Blue Jays with Ben. Plus, discussions about Marcus Stroman and Ross Atkins. “I think Stroman has known since last year it was a possibility. Over the winter it was something the Blue Jays were openly talking about that they would listen to offers on […]
6/20/201959 minutes, 49 seconds