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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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United States

Description:

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.

Language:

English


Episodes

The Good and Bad From Spring Training

2/28/2024
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: attheletters@sportsnet.ca 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.

Duration:01:03:46

Bench Bats, or Long Shots?

2/23/2024
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: attheletters@sportsnet.ca 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.

Duration:01:13:59

A New Season Begins...

2/16/2024
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.com Contact us: attheletters@sportsnet.ca 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.

Duration:01:06:58

Next Stop, Jays Spring Training

2/9/2024
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: attheletters@sportsnet.ca 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.

Duration:01:14:00

Let’s Check in on the Blue Jays

1/26/2024
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: attheletters@sportsnet.ca 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.

Duration:01:15:08

Blue Jays Pushing for Ohtani

12/7/2023
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: attheletters@sportsnet.ca 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.

Duration:01:02:13

Speculating on Shohei

11/30/2023
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: attheletters@sportsnet.ca Additional 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.

Duration:01:11:30

What Will Jays Do at GM Meetings?

11/2/2023
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: attheletters@sportsnet.ca Additional 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.

Duration:01:03:10

It's Time to Look Ahead

10/19/2023
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: attheletters@sportsnet.ca 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.

Duration:01:08:35

What Next for the Blue Jays?

10/9/2023
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: attheletters@sportsnet.ca 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.

Duration:01:00:00

The Berrios Decision

10/7/2023
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: attheletters@sportsnet.ca 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.

Duration:00:55:54

A Twin City Preview

10/3/2023
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: attheletters@sportsnet.ca 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.

Duration:00:47:05

Blue Jays on the Brink

9/29/2023
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: attheletters@sportsnet.ca 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.

Duration:00:56:24

A Week on the Roller Coaster

9/20/2023
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: attheletters@sportsnet.ca 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.

Duration:00:50:40

A Texas-sized Opportunity

9/11/2023
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: attheletters@sportsnet.ca 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.

Duration:00:49:47

Living On The Edge

9/6/2023
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: attheletters@sportsnet.ca 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.

Duration:00:57:12

Pressure's On

9/1/2023
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: attheletters@sportsnet.ca 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.

Duration:00:39:10

Blue Jays Reach a Low Point

8/28/2023
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: attheletters@sportsnet.ca The 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: 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.

Duration:00:21:08

Perspective From The Dog Days

8/17/2023
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: attheletters@sportsnet.ca The 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: 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.

Duration:00:44:01

Making Sense of the Jays' Moves (and non-moves)

8/3/2023
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: attheletters@sportsnet.ca Audio 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.

Duration:00:57:24