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Deep Left Field with Mike Wilner

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Longtime Toronto Blue Jays radio voice Mike Wilner hosts Deep Left Field, a baseball podcast from the Toronto Star. With great baseball coverage, opinion and analysis from Mike and other Star sports journalists including Laura Armstrong and Gregor Chisholm, as well as MLB players and others in the game, Deep Left Field has everything you need to know about the Jays, specifically, and baseball in general.

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United States

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Longtime Toronto Blue Jays radio voice Mike Wilner hosts Deep Left Field, a baseball podcast from the Toronto Star. With great baseball coverage, opinion and analysis from Mike and other Star sports journalists including Laura Armstrong and Gregor Chisholm, as well as MLB players and others in the game, Deep Left Field has everything you need to know about the Jays, specifically, and baseball in general.

Language:

English


Episodes

New Jay Justin Turner, plus Daulton Varsho and Phillies manager Rob Thomson

2/29/2024
Guests: New Blue Jays DH Justin Turner, Jays outfielder Daulton Varsho, Phillies manager Rob Thomson This week in “Deep Left Field,” we get to know the new guy, Justin Turner, who brings championship experience and an unflinching approach at the plate into the clubhouse. We catch up with Daulton Varsho, who knows what he has to do to win over Jays fans in his second year, and we talk to Phillies’ skipper Rob Thomson about one of his old teammates on the 1984 Canadian Olympic Baseball team, new Hall of Famer Rod Heisler. What you would like to hear on Toronto Star podcasts? Let us know in this survey and you can enter to win a $100 gift card.

Duration:00:58:28

From Dunedin, Fla., Blue Jays' Bo Bichette and John Schneider

2/22/2024
Guests: Blue Jays shortstop Bo Bichette and manager John Schneider Spring training has begun in Dunedin, Florida, and Mike Wilner is down there to give you the goods on what’s going on at camp. He’s also there to have incredible conversations with Bo Bichette and John Schneider. What you would like to hear on Toronto Star podcasts? Let us know in this survey and you can enter to win a $100 gift card.

Duration:01:08:42

Blue Jay José Berrios, Twins manager Rocco Baldelli, plus the Jays sign Eduardo Escobar and name a radio crew

2/16/2024
Guests: Blue Jays pitcher José Berrios, Minnesota Twins manager Rocco Baldelli This week in “Deep Left Field,” we are live from the opening of Toronto Blue Jays’ spring training in Dunedin, Florida! We kick off the 2024 season with a look back at how ’23 ended, talking to José Berrios, who started the Jays’ final game of the post-season, and Rocco Baldelli, who managed the Twins to the series victory. Also, the Jays sign Eduardo Escobar and I give my thoughts on the team’s newly-announced radio crew. What you would like to hear on Toronto Star podcasts? Let us know in this survey and you can enter to win a $100 gift card.

Duration:00:43:32

Bonus Episode: Gregor Chisholm and Mike Wilner answer your questions on the eve of spring training

2/13/2024
Guest: Toronto Star Baseball Columnist Gregor Chisholm On the eve of spring training, as host Mike Wilner prepares to join the Blue Jays in Dunedin, we bring you a special bonus episode featuring your questions! Mike and Gregor Chisholm, the Star’s baseball writers, answer your Jays questions about Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Alek Manoah, Ross Atkins and his quiet off-season, potential further additions before the season starts and many more! What you would like to hear on Toronto Star podcasts? Let us know in this survey and you can enter to win a $100 gift card.

Duration:00:51:53

New Canadian Baseball Hall of Famers Ashley Stephenson and Paul Godfrey, plus Vladdy wins in arbitration

2/8/2024
This week in “Deep Left Field,” we talk to two members of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s Class of 2024 — Ashley Stephenson, current Vancouver Canadians coach and the greatest female baseball player in Canadian history, and Paul Godfrey, who is largely responsible for Toronto getting a major-league baseball team and for SkyDome being built. We also discuss new homes for old pals Jay Jackson and Ross Stripling and talk about Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s arbitration win.

Duration:01:21:10

Rance Mulliniks reflects on Jimy Williams and Jays’ glory years, plus Mitch White on Justin Turner

2/1/2024
Guests: Blue Jays pitcher Mitch White, former Jays 3B Rance Mulliniks This week in "Deep Left Field," host Mike Wilner talks about the Jays’ signing of Justin Turner with Mitch White, who was his teammate with the Dodgers from 2020-22. They also talk about the strides White made at the end of last season and his outlook for 2024. As well, Rance Mulliniks joins us to remember former Jays’ manager Jimy Williams, who passed away at age 80 last week, and to relive the ups and downs of the glory years.

Duration:01:15:22

Baseball Canada icon Michael Saunders on excellence, Hunter Mense talks Blue Jays’ offensive issues

1/25/2024
Guests: Baseball Canada Wall of Excellence member Michael Saunders and Blue Jays Assistant Hitting Coach Hunter Mense This week in "Deep Left Field," we talk to Michael Saunders about being honoured by Baseball Canada, suiting up for his country and his 2016 season with the Blue Jays. We also take a deep dive into the 2023 Jays’ hitting woes with Hunter Mense. What you would like to hear on Toronto Star podcasts? Let us know in this survey and you can enter to win a $100 gift card.

Duration:01:15:22

Canadian baseball hero Pete Orr, plus the Jays sign Cuban pitcher Yariel Rodriguez

1/18/2024

Duration:00:35:48

Nationals manager (and ex-Blue Jay) Dave Martinez, plus Jays’ first trainer Ken Carson

1/11/2024
Guests: Washington Nationals manager/former Blue Jays and Expos outfielder Dave Martinez; Ken Carson, former Jays trainer. This week in Deep Left Field, we talk to Dave Martinez about the incredible start to his brief Blue Jays' career back in 2000, and about playing for the Expos then leading the Washington Nationals to the franchise's first-ever World Series title in 2019. We also catch up with Ken Carson, the Jays' trainer for the first decade of the franchise's existence.

Duration:00:56:27

The roundtable of frustrated fan bases

1/4/2024
Guests: "Kim’s Convenience" star Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, Andy Kindler ("Bob’s Burgers," "Everybody Loves Raymond") and Chris Calogero ("The Movie Guy") This week in "Deep Left Field," host Mike Wilner convenes "The Roundtable of Frustrated Fan Bases!" Paul Sun-Hyung Lee talks the Blue Jays, Andy Kindler talks the New York Mets and Chris Calogero talks the Yankees as we commiserate over each team’s disappointing 2023 on the field and off. What you would like to hear on Toronto Star podcasts? Let us know in this survey and you can enter to win a $100 gift card.

Duration:01:17:40

Welcome back Kevin Kiermaier and welcome home JR, with Jay Jackson

12/28/2023
Guests: Blue Jays centrefielder Kevin Kiermaier, free agent pitcher Jay Jackson. This week in Deep Left Field, host Mike Wilner talks to Kevin Kiermaier about returning to the Blue Jays for another year of Gold Glove defence and chats with Jay Jackson on the former Jay's experience in Toronto, his free agency this winter and baby JR coming home for Christmas.

Duration:01:16:30

'I'm from NY. We get ripped all the time': Jon Heyman, plus Will Carroll talks Toronto targets

12/21/2023
Guests: New York Post columnist Jon Heyman, Injury Expert Will Carroll of Under The Knife. This week in "Deep Left Field," Jon Heyman joins us to express his bewilderment as to why anyone would be insulted when he wrote that Shohei Ohtani signing with the Blue Jays would have been bad for baseball. Also, Will Carroll talks about the health status of Rhys Hoskins, a free agent who could be a good fit in Toronto, and the Jays’ success with keeping their 2023 starting rotation healthy. What you would like to hear on Toronto Star podcasts? Let us know in this survey and you can enter to win a $100 gift card.

Duration:00:53:00

Vernon, Romano and RickyRo — Jays All-Star Panel champions Toronto the Good

12/14/2023
Guests: Blue Jays past and present all-stars Ricky Romero, Jordan Romano and Vernon Wells. This week in "Deep Left Field," we convene an all-star roundtable with Vernon Wells, Jordan Romano and Ricky Romero, who combined to make six all-star teams as Blue Jays, to discuss what it's like to play in Toronto and how much opposing players enjoy coming here. The table also pushes back against some recent opinion columns from south of the border that suggested having Shohei Ohtani sign with the Jays would have been bad for baseball. What you would like to hear on Toronto Star podcasts? Let us know in this survey and you can enter to win a $100 gift card.

Duration:00:47:03

'Shohei Fever' Roundtable with Nick Dika, Drew Fairservice and Paul Sun-Hyung Lee

12/7/2023
Guests: Arkells’ bassist Nick Dika; Drew Fairservice, former host of Spin Rate; Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, star of "Kim’s Convenience" This week in "Deep Left Field," it’s all about Ohtani. Host Mike Wilner convenes a "Shohei Fever" Roundtable with Nick Dika, Drew Fairservice and Paul Sun-Hyung Lee to discuss the Blue Jays pursuit of the reigning American League MVP, the likelihood of Ohtani actually choosing to sign with the Jays and what his arrival — or spurning of the Jays — could mean to the team, the city and the country. What you would like to hear on Toronto Star podcasts? Let us know in this survey and you can enter to win a $100 gift card.

Duration:01:14:00

Talking Ohtani, Cito and Ben Wagner, plus guests Blue Jay Chad Green and former Jay Luke Maile

11/30/2023
Guests: Blue Jays reliever Chad Green, Reds catcher and former Jay Luke Maile This week in "Deep Left Field," we dive into Shohei Ohtani’s chances of coming to Toronto and talk about Cito Gaston’s possible election to the Hall of Fame this weekend as well as Ben Wagner’s dismissal from Jays’ radio broadcasts. Then Chad Green talks about his first year with the Jays, the playoff disappointment and the intricate, creative contract he signed last winter and Luke Maile joins us to talk about his Jays’ days and working with hitting coach Guillermo Martinez and new associate manager DeMarlo Hale.

Duration:01:11:37

Blue Jays’ rookies and Buffalo buds Davis Schneider, Spencer Horwitz and Ernie Clement

11/23/2023
Guests: Blue Jays infielders Davis Schneider, Spencer Horwitz and Ernie Clement This week in “Deep Left Field,” host Mike Wilner gathers The Buffalo Bunch! Davis Schneider, Spencer Horwitz and Ernie Clement get together to discuss their time with the Blue Jays and Bisons this past season, watching each other succeed in the big leagues, their mutual admiration for each other and the impact they had on the playoff race.

Duration:00:52:40

Offensive Co-Ordinator Don Mattingly, and Canadian Jays prospect Dasan Brown

11/16/2023
Guests: Blue Jays Bench Coach/Offensive Co-Ordinator Don Mattingly, Jays prospect and Baseball Canada Outfielder Dasan Brown This week in Deep Left Field, we talk to Donnie Baseball himself about his new role, what needs to change about the Jays’ offence and the addition of DeMarlo Hale to the coaching staff. We also chat with Dasan Brown, coming off an Arizona Fall League championship with the Surprise Saguaros.

Duration:01:02:16

Gold Glove winner Kevin Kiermaier, plus Gregor Chisholm on the Jays’ needs

11/9/2023
Guests: Kevin Kiermaier, free agent centre fielder, and Gregor Chisholm, baseball columnist This week in “Deep Left Field,” host Mike Wilner talks to Kevin Kiermaier about winning the American League Gold Glove and Fielding Bible awards in centre field, and what the future holds for him as he enters free agency again. We also check in with baseball columnist Gregor Chisholm on the Blue Jays‘ moves so far this off-season and what to expect over the winter.

Duration:01:20:34

Jamie Campbell on the Jays and his new fight with cancer, plus Fielding Bible's Mark Simon

11/2/2023

Duration:01:23:08

Moreno and Gurriel in the World Series, plus Johnny Mac, Dave McKay and a sim Fall Classic

10/26/2023
Guests: Former Blue Jays and Diamondbacks shortstop John McDonald, original Jay and current Arizona 1B coach Dave McKay, and Mike Cieslinski, creator of Dynasty League Baseball powered by Pursue the Pennant This week in “Deep Left Field,” we check in John McDonald about his days with the DBacks (including a trip to the playoffs), reminisce about the Blue Jays of the 1970s with Dave McKay and go over a wild and wacky World Series simulation with Mike Cieslinski.

Duration:01:27:25