Bat Flips and Maple Dips - A Blue Jays Podcast
By Justin A, Patrick M
Baseball podcast from a couple of guys who love the game. The main focus will be on the Toronto Blue Jays, but we will dabble in the league as a whole and touch on other subjects occasionally.
BFMD Episode 159 - End of the Road
The season is over for the Toronto Blue Jays. They did what they needed to do by defeating the Baltimore Orioles in game 162 but did not receive any help from the Nationals or Rays. They finished at 91-71 which was an outstanding record considering where this team started. They finished 4th place in the AL East with the 9th best record in baseball. 3 home cities, numerous roster moves, and breakout seasons all around. Justin and Patrick bring you instant reaction after game 162 and their thoughts on what went well, who will be in consideration for awards, and what comes next. We will be taking a break for a week or two to enjoy a rest after a grind of a season but will be back with an offseason loaded with content including CBA negotiations, roster projections, free agency, trades, winter meetings, Canadian content and much more! Thank you to each and every person who listened to us this season. We truly appreciate you all!
October 4, 2021
BFMD Episode 158 - Every Game is Must Win
6 games remain. When the dust settles tonight the Toronto Blue Jays will be 1 game back of either Boston or New York for the 2nd Wild Card spot. Justin and Patrick are back to break down a 3-4 week, the upcoming series against New York, and what needs to happen in order for the Blue Jays to play in the postseason. Springer has heated up and the rotation got back on track over the weekend. Vladdy and Bo didn't have the best weekend, and Marcus Semien tied the single season MLB record for HR by a second baseman with 43. Every win gets you one step closer to playoff baseball, and every loss hammers the nail in the coffin. Meaningful baseball is wonderful and insanely stressful. Enjoy it.
September 26, 2021
BFMD Episode 157 - Berrios Baffles Twins
Coming off of a weekend series win against the Twins, the Blue Jays find themselves 1.5 games clear of the New York Yankees for the 2nd Wild Card spot in the American League. They trail the Boston Red Sox by 1 game for the 1st Wild Card spot. Jose Berrios was dialed in against his former team on Sunday after the bats staked him to a 5 run lead. Vladdy has his average up to .321 with 46 HR and 105 RBI as he chases the Triple Crown and MVP. The Jays placed the struggling Hyun-jin Ryu on the IL with a neck strain as they hope the rest will help him sort out the command issues that have plagued him in the 2nd half. It's on to Tampa for one final regular season series with the 1st place Rays. Justin and Patrick will be back at the conclusion of Wednesday's game with another episode of BFMD!
September 19, 2021
BFMD Episode 156 - Manoah & Jano Spotlight, Playoff Projections
Justin and Patrick are back to provide an update on the AL and NL Wild Card races. The Blue Jays are one of the hottest teams in baseball this month and are currently in a playoff spot. The guys go over the Fangraphs projections, scenarios in case of ties, and analyze the schedules of the remaining contenders. It's going to be a battle. Also in this episode: a spotlight on Danny Jansen and Alek Manoah who are two guys who could have a major impact down the stretch and in the postseason. We will be back on Sunday after the conclusion of the series with the Twins. Go Jays!
September 17, 2021
BFMD Episode 155 - A Crazy Weekend in Baltimore
Justin and Patrick a back to break down a WILD weekend in Baltimore and to highlight Teoscar's magnificent season. On Friday night the Baltimore Orioles ended the Toronto Blue Jays 8-game winning streak. On Sunday the Jays left no doubt and racked up 22 runs in a 22-7 win of the first Sunday of the NFL season. In between was a WILD doubleheader the likes of which we may never see again. After the dust settled the Jays now find themselves in a tie for the first Wild Card spot with the Red Sox and have 2 games in hand. A difficult series against the first place Tampa Bay Rays looms. Will the Blue Jays keep winning?
September 12, 2021
BFMD Episode 154 - Semien & Gurriel Power Winning Streak
Triple Crown Watch! Vladdy is now leading the AL in average and is only 3 HR and 5 RBI behind the leaders. Winners of 5 in a row your Toronto Blue Jays have closed to within 3.5 games of the 1st Wild Card spot. Justin & Patrick are here to break down the sweep against the A's and game 1 victory against the Yankees. George Springer is clearly playing hurt but does his presence still benefit the lineup? Nate Pearson is back with the club. Hear our reactions to that and to Bryan Baker's debut. Marcus Semien is now the franchise record holder for HR by a 2nd baseman in a single season and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. just keeps producing runs.
September 6, 2021
BFMD Episode 153 - Grichuk vs Gurriel
There are 30 games left in the season. The Toronto Blue Jays need at least 22 wins. That's going to be tough. Justin and Patrick talk about that, Robbie Ray being AL Pitcher of the Month, and provide roster and injury updates. The big topic on the day is Randal Grichuk vs Lourdes Gurriel Jr. They've both had consistent playing time over the past 75 games and their numbers are very different. Next up: 3 games vs the Oakland Athletics before a trip to the Bronx for 4. Make or break time.
September 3, 2021
BFMD Episode 152 - Bats Stay Quiet & Berrios Bounces Back
The Toronto Blue Jays won the weekend series in Detroit against the Tigers and Justin & Patrick are here to tell you what it means for the playoff picture and for the rest of the season. Jose Berrios bounced back, Alek Manoah rolled, and Stephen Matz continued his string of strong starts. Combine that with strong performances out of the bullpen and the Jays allowed only 5 runs this weekend. The problem continues to be run production. Over the weekend the bats went 3-for-28 with runners in scoring position. In Sunday's 2-1 victory the runs both came on solo home runs. On Saturday the team mustered only 3 runs on 12 hits in 10 innings. Something has to change. George Springer appears close to a return and could join the lineup as soon as Monday in Baltimore. Danny Jansen and Nate Pearson are also ramping up in Triple-A and could provide a boost soon. It's not over yet but the Jays need to string wins together to get back in the race! Thank you for listening, we will be back on Thursday.
August 29, 2021
BFMD Episode 151 - Things Are Not Great
After losing 4 of 5 to the Nationals and Tigers the Toronto Blue Jays find themselves 4.5 games back of the second Wild Card spot in the American League. Things won't be getting any easier as the Chicago White Sox come to town for 4 games this week. Justin and Patrick break down where it's all going wrong for the Jays and talk about why it isn't time to lose hope. There are 40 games left and those games include series against Oakland, New York and a bunch of teams with poor records. Assuming that the bats wake up this is still a dangerous baseball team!
August 23, 2021
BFMD Episode 150 - Losing Ground
It's BFMD 150! Thanks to all who have listened over the past 3+ years. You are all greatly appreciated. The Toronto Blue Jays went 4-5 on the west coast, and Justin and Patrick are hear to break down where it all went wrong. George Springer is day-to-day after suffering an ankle injury that looked scary. Cavan Biggio, Nate Pearson and Tim Mayza are all rehabbing in Buffalo, and Teoscar Hernandez won AL Player of the Week! The Jays are headed to D.C. for 2 games against the now rebuilding Nationals before starting a 7-game homestand. Currently 4.5 back of a Wild Card spot now is the time for a win streak to start!
August 17, 2021
BFMD Episode 149 - Wild (Card) West Coast
The Toronto Blue Jays are in the midst of a long road trip through Anaheim, Seattle and Washington D.C. and have taken 2 of 3 so far against the Angels. With Jose Berrios set to face Shohei Ohtani, Justin and Patrick break down the first 3 games and also preview the upcoming weekend in Seattle. Also in this episode the guys talk injury list updates, Bo Bichette's shins, Gurriel Jr.'s last month, Manoah's dominance, and whether or not fans should worry about Vladdy. It's a big weekend ahead as the Jays look to gain ground on the Rays, Athletics, Red Sox and Yankees! Enjoy it.
August 13, 2021
BFMD Episode 148 - Springer Stomps Sox
On the back of a clutch George Springer the Toronto Blue Jays took 3 of 4 games from their rival Boston Red Sox to cap a 9-2 homestand. The team is fired up and now head out to Anaheim and Seattle to take on two of the teams they are battling in the Wild Card race. Justin and Patrick break down the Boston series, tee up the Angels, and give the Canadian Olympic team a shoutout after a record breaking games. Will the Jays be able to keep their momentum? Will Tampa Bay ever lose again? We will be back LATE Thursday to record to keep an eye out for a new episode Friday morning. Thank you for listening.
August 8, 2021
BFMD Episode 147 - Deadline Pays Dividends
After the Toronto Blue Jays made a big trade to acquire Jose Berrios from the Twins for Austin Martin and Simeon Woods Richardson they proceeded to sweep the Royals and take 3 of 4 against Cleveland. The rotation owns and AL best 2.66 ERA since the All-Star break, and the bullpen is much improved. This Jays team means business! The return to Toronto was emotional and players like George Springer have certainly enjoyed the Rogers Centre! Springer was named AL Player of the Week. The Jays host Boston for a critical 4-game series this weekend, their final meeting against their rivals in the regular season. The Jays will send Manoah, Ray, Berrios, and Ryu to the bump in their attempt to gain ground in the AL East.
August 6, 2021
BFMD Episode 146 - 670 Days
Justin and Patrick bring you the last episode of BFMD before the Blue Jays return to Toronto! The next time that we speak to you will be after the Blue Jays have played on home soil for the first time in 670 days. After a split in Boston, a series with Kansas City awaits. There have already been a plethora of trades so far with the likes of Max Scherzer, Trea Turner, Joey Gallo, and Anthony Rizzo being moved. The Jays acquired Brad Hand for Riley Adams. Will they add Jose Berrios?
July 30, 2021
BFMD Episode 145 - Buy or Sell?
After a rough week of games against the Boston Red Sox and New York Mets, Justin and Patrick break down what happened to the Toronto Blue Jays. With a big 4-game series at Fenway Park looming should the Blue Jays be buyers or sellers ahead of Friday's trade deadline? Will the Jays make a move for a big name like Jose Ramirez or Max Scherzer? Will top prospects be included in deals? The Jays shook up the batting order on Saturday and the top 5 all had a nice weekend. The bottom of the order needs production as Grichuk, Gurriel, Biggio, Espinal, McGuire and Kirk search for consistency. We'll be back on Thursday to preview the deadline!
July 25, 2021
BFMD Episode 144 - The Birds are Flying North
The Toronto Blue Jays are heading home on July 30th! After 670 days the team will finally play a game on Canadian soil. Justin and Patrick are back after a much deserved All-Star break to talk about this news, the MLB Draft, All-Star MVP performances, bounce back starts and offensive beat downs. Vladdy mashed a 468 foot bomb on route to winning the All-Star MVP. He continued his breakout year by also hitting 3 home runs against the Texas Rangers during a 3-game sweep. Robbie Ray, Hyun-jin Ryu and Steven Matz all delivered strong starts while the bullpen performed well too. Gunnar Hogland out of the University of Mississippi was selected 19th in the MLB Draft by the Jays. He will miss this season and most of next season while recovering from Tommy John surgery. The Jays play 3 more games in Buffalo before a 7 game road trip through Queens and Boston. After that it's back to Toronto!
July 18, 2021
BFMD Episode 143 - Matz Mauled, Ryu Rebounds
With Hurricane Elsa dropping rain storms all up and down the east coast the Blue Jays and Orioles were not able to play Thursday's series finale. The game will be made up as part of a double header on September 11th. Justin and Patrick break down the two games that were played which included duds from Steven Matz & Trent Thornton along with a nice rebound from Hyun-jin Ryu. The bats put up 15 runs over two games but the Jays were only able to walk away with a split. They now head south to the unfriendly confines of Tropicana Field to play the Rays. The Jays currently trail the Rays by 5.5 games for the first Wild Card spot making this weekend's series all the more important. Also on the show was the Rowdy Tellez trade. The Blue Jays shipped the first baseman to Milwaukee from reliever Trevor Richards and minor league starter Bowden Francis. Richards pitched a scoreless inning in relief of Ryu. We'll be back on Sunday to wrap up the Rays series!
July 8, 2021
BFMD Episode 142 - Manoah Dominates & Bo Knows All-Star Selections
Justin and Patrick are back to break down another series of Toronto Blue Jays baseball. The Jays were able to win 2 of 3 against the Tampa Bay Rays over the weekend on the heels of strong pitching from Alek Manoah, Ross Stripling and Robbie Ray. Bo Bichette was selected as an All-Star reserve and will join his teammates Vladimir Guerrero Jr, Marcus Semien and Teoscar Hernandez at the midsummer classic in Denver where his father Dante spent most of his MLB career. Manoah was electric in his start as he mowed down 10 Rays via strike out and didn't allow a run. George Springer went deep twice in the series and Santiago Espinal hit his 1st career MLB home run too! Adam Cimber has made a great first impression by throwing up zeroes thus far. The Jays hit the road this week with stops at Camden Yards and the Trop. The guys break down the pitching matchups and provide some criticism on the Jays not starting to right handed pitcher against the Orioles. With only 6 games to go before the All-Star Break this week is crucial for a Jays team trying to climb the American League standings.
July 6, 2021
BFMD Episode 141 - All-Star(ters) & Farm Report
After a tough series loss against the Seattle Mariners, Justin and Patrick break down what went wrong. Ryu and Matz were not good, Chatwood blew up again and the team left too many runners on base. The Blue Jays traded Joe Panik and a minor league pitcher to Miami for pitcher Adam Cimber and outfielder Corey Dickerson. The guys break down that trade and what it could mean for future moves. Vladimir Guerrero Jr, Marcus Semien, and Teoscar Hernandez will all be starting for the American League in the All-Star game in Denver after fans voted them in! Great job Jays fans! The guys did a dive into the prospect pool and highlight Austin Martin, Gabriel Moreno, Kevin Smith, Samad Taylor, Tanner Kirwer & more. A lot of exciting players are working their way up the system! We'll be back after the series with Tampa Bay which starts tonight with Alek Manoah on the bump for your Blue Jays.
July 2, 2021
BFMD Episode 140 - All Star Ballots & Offensive Outburts
Justin and Patrick are BACK to break down a 5-1 week for your Toronto Blue Jays. The guys recap the games, provide updates on injured players, preview the Seattle series and reveal their final All Star ballots! Tune in to see if we let our Blue Jays bias influence our votes, and here our thoughts on the bullpen's latest debacle. We will be back with a longer episode on Friday! Stay cool this week, and have a happy Canada Day!
June 28, 2021
BFMD Episode 139 - Cue the Comeback
After a crazy series win in Baltimore the Jays find themselves back at the .500 mark. Justin and Patrick break the series down and take a look at the latest George Springer news, 100% capacity at Sahlen field, Vladdy skipping the home run derby, and a June who's hot who's not segment. The Jays are headed to Miami for a quick 2-game stop before hosting the Orioles for 4 in Buffalo. Will we see George Springer this week? Will Robbie Ray and Alek Manoah rebound?
June 21, 2021
BFMD Episode 138 - We Got Yanked
Well, that happened. The Blue Jays were swept by the Yankees and fell below the .500 mark. Justin and Patrick break down what went wrong in each of the 3 games that led to the sweep. The guys talk bullpen blow ups, offensive mishaps and TOOTBLANs. The Jays head to Baltimore for their first series with the Orioles and boy oh boy do they need a sweep.
June 18, 2021
BFMD Episode 137 - The Sox Trip
After a 3-4 road trip through Chicago's Southside and Fenway Park the Toronto Blue Jays return home face the Yankees in Buffalo. Justin and Patrick recap the week that was and provide updates on George Springer's rehab, Steven Matz's positive COVID test, Alek Manoah & Robbie Ray's quality starts, and of course the plethora of home runs hit over the weekend. Vladdy and Semien look like All Star game starters with Bo, Teo and Grich likely to join them. Remember to vote for the most deserving players! Will Vladdy participate in the HR Derby?? Congrats to Jonathan Davis and his wife who are expecting the birth of a child this week. We'll be back to recap the Yankees series and to preview the first meeting with the Baltimore Orioles!
June 15, 2021
BFMD Episode 136 - The One Third Report
Chris Henderson of Jays Journal returns to the show to join Justin and Patrick for a look back at our preseason thoughts. Take a listen to hear who was right about Steven Matz, Nate Pearson, Marcus Semien, Jordan Romano and more! Who has been the biggest positive surprise? The biggest disappointment? The Jays are headed to Chicago to start a tough week against the White Sox before wrapping up the "Sox Trip" in Boston over the weekend. After that the schedule eases up heading into July.
June 8, 2021
BFMD Episode 135 - Gone Fishin'
After a two-game mini sweep of the Miami Marlins the Toronto Blue Jays prepare to welcome the Houston Astros to Sahlen Field. Justin and Patrick break down the Marlins series including a rough start for Alek Manoah. Marcus Semien was named MLB Player of the Month for May and carried that into June. Vladdy and Grich Daddy both had monster games while the bullpen and Bo Bichette came up clutch. Shoutout to the fans in Buffalo who packed (35% capacity) the park to support the Jays! It was great to hear cheers again. We'll be back on Monday for a one-third review of the season so far. Stay tuned for that!
June 3, 2021
BFMD Episode 134 - Spotlight on Semien
After a 4-2 road trip the Toronto Blue Jays head to Buffalo where they will play home games until the Canadian government lets them return to Toronto. Sahlen Field has been renovated and added to since last summer and promises to play and feel more like a big league park. Justin and Patrick recap the road trip through New York and Cleveland, talk bullpen management, offensive highlights, and look ahead to the 2-game mini series with Miami. The big segment is a spotlight on 2B Marcus Semien who had one of the best months of May in all of baseball. The guys break down what he's been doing differently and talk about how his current pace surpasses his 2019 season during which his finished third in AL MVP voting. Thanks for listening!
June 1, 2021
BFMD Episode 133 - Heartbreak After Heartbreak
See you next spring Dunedin! Good riddance. Justin and Patrick are back to bring you up to speed after a depressing week of games. The Blue Jays seem to blow a lead in the 9th or give up a handful of extra inning runs in every game lately. The good news? Ryu has been dominant, Vladdy is playing MVP caliber baseball, and Teoscar Hernandez is a legit slugger. The bad news? The bullpen can't stop the bleeding, Springer is not close to action, and the bottom third of the order hasn't been contributing. Is it time for a trade, or should the Jays just keep battling until the injured list shrinks?
May 24, 2021
BFMD Episode 132 - Battered Bullpen & Top 100 Prospects
Almost everything is going according to plan for the Toronto Blue Jays. The top of the lineup is hot, the rotation is delivering quality outings, and many injured Jays are nearing their return. The heavily used bullpen is starting to show signs of wear and tear but Vladdy, Bo, Teoscar and Semien are doing what they can to shoulder the load. Gurriel is getting hot and Danny Jansen's batting average has slowly been creeping up over the past week. Baseball America now has 8 Blue Jays in their Top 100 Prospects, the most of any MLB team. Alek Manoah and Gabriel Moreno have joined Austin Martin, Nate Pearson, Jordan Groshans, Simeon Woods Richardson, Alejandro Kirk and Orelvis Martinez in that elite category. With 3 games against Boston and 4 against Tampa Bay left in Dunedin can the Blue Jays take advantage and gain ground on their division foes?
May 18, 2021
BFMD Episode 131 - Late Inning Heroics
Justin and Patrick are back with another episode of BFMD. The Toronto Blue Jays swept the Atlanta Braves for the second time this season and head back to Dunedin with a 20-16 record after a long 10-game road trip. They guys provide injury updates on Springer, Merryweather, Hatch & others, recap the Braves series and provide some insight into why Robbie Ray has improved. Jack Fritz of the High Hopes Podcast joins the guys to preview this weekend's set with the Philadelphia Phillies at TD Ballpark. Jack tells us how he became a Phillies fan, the ups and downs, and then helps us break down the matchups on the mound. Thanks Jack for coming on! Thanks for listening!
May 14, 2021
BFMD Episode 130 - A Chat with Ross Stripling
Justin and Patrick were joined by Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Ross Stripling (20:25) to talk podcasting, having a baby during a winter storm, the young Blue Jays, pitchers hitting, and his thoughts on his season so far. We are very grateful that Ross took the time on an off day to sit down with us! Also in the episode, a movie discussion about The Revenant and Spotlight where the guys give their thoughts on the films. After the interview with Ross the guys got into the news, including Tanner Roark signing a minor league deal with Atlanta. We recapped the Houston series and teed up the mid-week set with Atlanta. Thanks for listening! Send us questions @BFMDpodcast on Twitter or through our website at www.bfmdpodcast.com.
May 11, 2021
BFMD Episode 129 - Homecoming for Marcus
Marcus Semien and the Toronto Blue Jays split a four game series with the Oakland Athletics this week. The A's gave Semien a standing ovation and a tribute video in a ballpark the California native called home for 6 seasons. On the field it was Randal Grichuk leading the way for the Jays who won the final two games of the series. Grich Daddy drove in 7 runs while the bullpen allowed only one run in the series. Justin and Patrick break down Ryu's return, rough starts for Kay & Matz, and tell you what Robbie Ray did for the first time in his career! The minor league season started. We will have a Farm Report on Sunday's show after the conclusion of the series with Houston.
May 7, 2021
BFMD Episode 128 - How Sweep It Is
The Blue Jays got George Springer and Teoscar Hernandez back in the lineup and proceeded to sweep away the Atlanta Braves over the weekend. Justin and Patrick recap the series, tee up the four game set in Oakland, and tell you about the Roberto Alomar news that broke this week. Alejandro Kirk, Anthony Castro, and Tommy Milone all hit the IL, with Ross Stripling getting activated and Riley Adams getting the call up to the Show.
May 2, 2021
BFMD Episode 127 - Reinforcements Have Arrived
George Springer is a Blue Jay. The largest free agent signing in team history made his debut on Thursday and boy oh boy does he look good in a Jays uniform. Justin and Patrick are back to take you through the Nationals mini series. The guys break down everything from Vladdy's monster 3 HR game to the bullpen continuing to shine. Is Cavan Biggio breaking out? Why did the Jays option Rowdy Tellez? The guys also highlight some notable minor league assignments including Alek Manoah at Triple-A Buffalo! #FreeManoah The Pioneer Independent League is trying out a HR derby to decide tie games, and ESPN announcers claim that fans like the runner on second base extra innings rule. That's gonna be a no from me dawg. We'll be back after an exciting series with the Atlanta Braves!
April 30, 2021
BFMD Episode 126 - Pitching Staff T(r)ops the Rays
The Blue Jays are heading back to Dunedin with a series win against the Rays at the Trop. A rare feat. Matz, Ray and Ryu all gave the Jays much needed stability and the bullpen combined for only 1 earned run allowed over 3 games! Ryu left his start with a minor glute strain. It doesn't sound like he expects to miss much, if any, time. Semien and Grichuk had a nice series, and Espinal was the hero on Sunday. George Springer appears set to make his Jays debut on Tuesday against the Nationals and Max Scherzer. We'll have that recap for you on Thursday!
April 25, 2021
BFMD Episode 125 - We're Gonna Be Fine
After a split in the two game series with Boston the Toronto Blue Jays return to Florida to take on the Rays at the Trop. Justin and Patrick break down the games at Fenway, dive into injury news, the A's win streak, and finally a preview of the Tampa Bay series. George Springer and Teoscar Hernandez should be back within a few days. Vladdy leads MLB in OBP, and Steven Matz looks to keep his stellar start going against Tyler Glasnow on Friday. There is a lot of negativity on Blue Jays Twitter right now and we want to remind you that there are 144 games left this season. It's way too early to draw conclusions. Enjoy the baseball!
April 23, 2021
BFMD Episode 124 - Royal Disappointment
What is going on with the Toronto Blue Jays offence?! Justin and Patrick talk about why the Jays dropped 3 of 4 to the Kansas City Royals and highlight why the pitching is not to blame. Vladdy continues to be one of the best hitters in baseball, and Steven Matz has won all 3 of his starts to start the season. Next up is a date with the Red Sox at Fenway. Help is on the way as George Springer, Teoscar Hernandez and Jordan Romano all near returns.
April 18, 2021
BFMD Episode 123 - Bo Knows Bombs
After Bo Bichette's heroics got the Blue Jays back to .500 Justin and Patrick sat down to discuss the team's current position. The guys talked about the players who have impressed and disappointed them so far, and broke down the battle for bench positions and playing time. Teoscar Hernandez tested positive for COVID-19 and was placed on the 10-Day IL along with Julian Merryweather. Nate Pearson, George Springer and Thomas Hatch are rehabbing and Robbie Ray made his season debut. The Jays are off to Kansas City and Patrick provides a preview of the pitching matchups. That TBD guy sounds pretty elite. 0.00 ERA. Wow. Tune in on Sunday for a breakdown of the action against the Royals and a preview for a brief stop at Fenway! Thanks for listening!
April 15, 2021
BFMD Episode 122 - Move the Runner Over
The Blue Jays lost to the Angels 7-5 in 11 innings last night and Justin and Patrick aren't happy about it. In the first Justin led rant, he takes you through every situation last night starting in the bottom of the 7th inning in a 5-5 tie. From the inability to move a runner from 2nd to 3rd base, to wasting 3 players for a 2-out walk and pick off, to questionable pitching changes the Jays had chances to win. Now at 3-4 on the year, and with Springer likely out another week with a tight hammy, this team needs to start hitting. Think we're wrong? Let us know what you think about last night's game and the team as a whole! We do want to send our best wishes out to James Paxton who needs Tommy John Surgery. Get well soon Big Maple!
April 9, 2021
BFMD Episode 121 - Masterful Matz
After a 3-1 start for the Toronto Blue Jays, Justin and Patrick break down the series win against the Yankees and the win in the Rangers home opener. Steven Matz was electric. Julian Merryweather is apparently the closer now, Jordan Romano and Ryan Borucki look scary good, and Rafael Dolis needs to get his sinker over for strikes. Ryu was great on Opening day, Stripling got away with mistakes, and T.J. Zeuch earned another turn. On offense, Vladdy and Grich Daddy are off to hot starts while Bo and Cavan are starting to heat up. Marcus Semien has been excellent with the bat and the glove and George Springer should be ready for the Home Opener! The guys also talk All Star Game, Reds vs Cardinals, Yadi a Hall of Famer, and Lindor's big extension. We'll be back Sunday night to break down the first "home" series against the Angels.
April 6, 2021
BFMD Episode 120 - Jays vs Yankees with Bobby Kay
Huge shout out to Bobby Kay who took the time on short notice to chat today. Justin and Bobby met up over Discord on Bobby's Twitch Stream to chat Jays vs Yankees, being a fake Mets fan, and of course Anthony Kay. Take a listen to find our predictions for the first series of the 2021 series! Thanks again Bobby!
March 31, 2021
BFMD Episode 119 - 2021 Blue Jays Season Preview Show
Chris Henderson of Jays Journal returns to the show to join Justin and Patrick for a Blue Jays season preview discussion. The guys get heated discussing Nate Pearson's role of the team, confidence level in the rotation, lineup construction, the closer role, and season predictions for the team's record. Which of us has the Jays missing the playoffs? Make sure to give Chris a follow @Baseball4Brains on Twitter and read his articles on jaysjournal.com. Thanks again Chris! Justin and Patrick put a bow on Spring Training by recapping the last handful of games to tee up Opening Day vs the Yankees!
March 30, 2021
BFMD Episode 118 - The Hurt Locker: Yates Gone, Springer Sidelined
After a horrifying 24 hours of Blue Jays injury news, Justin and Patrick sit down to dissect the situation and what it means for the team going forward. Without their closer, who fills the 9th inning void? Will Springer and Ray be out long term? What does this mean for a rotation that already lost Nate Pearson? With one week to go until Opening Day the guys give their opinions on who should earn the final roster spots. Has Josh Palacios passed Jonathan Davis, and will Trent Thornton snag a rotation spot? This team is still VERY good but the injury bug is concerning. Stay tuned in the coming days for our next episode.
March 24, 2021
BFMD Episode 117 - Ray and Matz Steal the Show
It's a jam packed episode of BFMD! Robbie Ray and Steven Matz are making the Blue Jays look like geniuses so far this spring. Justin and Patrick break down their performances along with the rest of the Jays over the past 3 days. Tanner Roark delivered a stinker, Trent Thornton had a strong debut, and Vladdy kept on hitting. Jonathan Davis and Josh Palacios continue to battle for the 5th outfielder role, and Tim Mayza makes his case for a bullpen spot. Mike Trout is wasted, Salvador Perez got paid, you can buy a suite for Bitcoin in Oakland, Cubs prospect caught with a bunch of meth, and Jack Leiter threw a 16 strikeout no-hitter for Vanderbilt.
March 21, 2021
BFMD Episode 116 - Our Bullpen is...Good?
Justin and Patrick are back with another episode! Who needs umpires? Not the Giants and Indians. Thomas Hatch left today's game with a right elbow injury. MRI coming but it didn't look good. Charlie Montoyo's 2022 contract option was picked up meaning he will remain in charge for at least one more season beyond 2021. T.J. Zeuch has a power sinker, Hyun-Jin Ryu is in mid-season form and the bullpen is looking like a huge strength. We are TWO WEEKS from Opening Day! Get HYPE.
March 18, 2021
BFMD Episode 115 - Alek Manoah is a Bad Man
With less than three weeks to go until Opening Day the action is starting to heat up in Florida. Young prospects Alek Manoah and Simeon Woods Richardson continue to impress with Manoah striking out 7 Yankees in his start. Alejandro Kirk is smashing baseballs while Robbie Ray and Steven Matz are raising confidence levels in the rotation. Will this be Vladimir Guerrero Jr's breakout season?
March 14, 2021
BFMD Episode 114 - RoboUmp
As Spring Training nears the halfway mark, Justin and Patrick recap the past three Blue Jays games. Vladdy is hitting missiles, Roark & Matz look good, and the bullpen is in midseason form! MLB announced several experimental rules for the minor leagues including larger bases in Triple-A, limited shifts in Double-A, step off rules in High-A, and RoboUmps in Low-A. The guys give their opinions on the rules, an update on Nate Pearson, the Rangers opening up at 100% capacity, and give a special message to Rheal Cormier who passed away this week.
March 12, 2021
BFMD Episode 113 - Thornton & Palacios Making the Team?
Justin and Patrick are back again to keep you up to date on all Blue Jays spring training news and results. We have launched a website! www.bfmdpodcast.com. Should Trent Thornton be considered for the 5th starter role? Does Josh Palacios move past Jonathan Davis as 5th outfielder if he keeps up his strong play? Did the Jays miss out on Jake Odorizzi? How much leash does Elvis Luciano have this spring before he is sent to the minor league site?
March 7, 2021
BFMD Episode 112 - Down Goes Big Nate!
Nate Pearson has a grade 1 right groin strain. With no timetable for his return Ross Stripling may be next in line for the rotation. Simeon Woods Richardson and Alex Manoah both tossed 2 scoreless innings against the Yankees in their Blue Jays spring debuts, and Rowdy Tellez continues to swing a hot bat. Jonathan Davis reminded everyone that he is one of the best defenders in baseball against the Tigers, but only those in attendance were able to see the catch... We'll be back to recap the weekend's games on Monday!
March 5, 2021
BFMD Episode 111 - Spring Has Sprung
Blue Jays baseball is back! Justin and Patrick bring your post game reaction from the spring opener against the Yankees. Which players improved their positions on the depth chart? Who dropped lower? Sportsnet cut the radio broadcast and it has not gone over well. What this means for broadcast quality and fan experience. Can Jonathan Davis force and Grichuk trade?
February 28, 2021
BFMD Episode 110 - On the Cusp
With the first game of Spring Training coming up, Justin and Patrick break down the news out of Blue Jays camp in Dunedin. Will the Jays give Bo Bichette a big contract offer? Will Tyler Chatwood be an effective late inning reliever? Pete Walker thinks Thomas Hatch can be a major league starter, and Ross Stripling is a new father!
February 24, 2021
BFMD Episode 109 - New Beginning
Pitchers and Catchers are reporting! The Blue Jays are still in need of a number 2 starter as the season approaches. Will they sign Jake Odorizzi or Taijuan Walker, or will they make a trade? Who will be the Blue Jays MVP? Cy Young? Most Improved? Justin and Patrick also give their Top Five power rankings to start the season.
February 17, 2021
BFMD Episode 108 - This One's for Hammer
Patrick begins this week's episode with a message about Hank Aaron and what he meant to the game. Justin recaps a flurry of news including Nolan Arenado being traded to St. Louis, the Jays signing Marcus Semien, trading for Steven Matz, and the empty Hall of Fame class. The guys debate the likelihood of Nate Pearson seeing time in AAA, and go over some of the remaining free agent options for the starting rotation. With 2 weeks left until Spring Training begins there are still a lot of questions swirling around where the Jays will play this year, who starts behind Ryu, and where does Vladdy play defensively?
January 31, 2021
BFMD Episode 107 - Good Things Come to Those Who Wait
George Springer is a Toronto Blue Jay. Justin and Patrick are here to break down the franchise record deal of $150 million over 6 years. Springer wasn't the only signing as the Jays also brought in former All Star closer Kirby Yates. The Jays will now look to fill the remaining holes in the rotation and at third base.
January 21, 2021
BFMD Episode 106 - Close the Lindor
The Blue Jays didn't pull the trigger on Francisco Lindor. The Mets did. Justin and Patrick discuss whether the Blue Jays made the right call and what this means for the remaining Free Agent class. The Sugano sweepstakes ended with the Japanese star returning to Japan. The guys also talk World Junior Hockey Championship and make NFL playoff predictions. Happy New Year to all!
January 8, 2021
BFMD Episode 105 - Flying by the Seat of Our Pants
There continues to be little to no movement in the Free Agent market. Justin and Patrick are here to provide any Blue Jays updates. Jonathan Davis gives back, Charlie Montoyo is pumped about the team, and Vladdy is back at 3B in the Dominican League. Have a safe holiday season!
December 21, 2020
BFMD Episode 104 - Speculation & Rotation Grades
Justin and Patrick are back for another round of breaking ne-- just kidding. Nothing is happening! After a run through the rumour mill and all of the speculation surrounding free agents, the guys get to grading the 2020 Blue Jays rotation. OH BOY were they bad outside of Hyun-jin Ryu. Wow. Thanks as always for listening!
December 8, 2020
BFMD Episode 103 - Is No News Good News?
Unlike the NBA, MLB free agency is spinning its tires. Justin and Patrick are hear to break down the rumours, update you on Vladdy's offseason, and to talk Hall of Fame. Will anyone be elected to the Hall this year? Thanks for listening! Please leave us a review.
November 27, 2020
BFMD Episode 102 - For Alex
We want to dedicate this episode to the life and memory of Alex Trebek. He meant a lot to Canada, to TV audiences around the world, and to us. Justin and Patrick comb through Blue Jays and MLB news including the Marlins amazing hire of Kim Ng as the first female general manager in MLB history. Will the Jays trade for Francisco Lindor? What would that package look like? The guys wrap up the episode by handing out grades to the starting outfielders. Next up: pitching staff grades, free agency
November 15, 2020
BFMD Episode 101 - 2020 Infield Grades
Justin and Patrick bring back a popular series to BFMD with their first edition of 2020 season grades. The guys start with the infield and lay down some shocking grades. Justin is worried about one of the young core members and Patrick makes a prediction about who will be a career .300 hitter. Over the next few weeks we will be releasing outfield, rotation, and bullpen grades. Stay tuned! If you enjoy the show, or don't, please leave us a review or send in questions and comments via Twitter @BFMDpodcast!
November 4, 2020
BFMD Episode 100 - The BIG One with Dan Shulman & Chris Henderson
Justin & Patrick bring you the 100th episode of Bat Flips and Maple Dips! We say thank you to our longtime co-host Clayton, give some backstory on how the show started, and then get into two of the best guest appearances in BFMD history. First up, Chris Henderson of Jays Journal joins us to talk Blue Jays free agency needs and whether or not the Jays should break the bank. Next, Dan Shulman of ESPN Radio and Sportsnet makes his BFMD debut to talk all things Blue Jays. From the first ever game through to the 2020 season, Dan's insight into the world of calling games is second to none. THANK YOU to everyone who has listened to us for the past 2+ years. We are looking forward to continuing to bring you Blue Jays baseball content.
October 18, 2020
BFMD Lighting Round
Justin and Patrick are here with a quick hitter. Should the Jays sign Trevor Bauer? Would a reunion with Aaron Sanchez make sense? Should people keep watching the playoffs? Episode 100 is coming SOON. Get hype.
October 17, 2020
BFMD Episode 99 - There's Always Next Year
Justin and Patrick start the show this week by remembering legendary Cardinals pitcher Bob Gibson who passed away this week. With the Jays season over, now is the time for reflection and once again looking into the future with optimism. This team has grown a tremendous amount over the past calendar year and that cannot be overlooked. The guys highlight GM Ross Atkins' year end press conference and talk about the Division Series. Stay tuned for a special episode 100 sometime soon!
October 7, 2020
BFMD - 2020 Wild Card Game 1 Recap
The Blue Jays dropped game 1 against the Rays 3-1. Join Justin and Patrick as they break down what went well and what didn't. Matt Shoemaker was strong, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. had two hits and Thomas Hatch looked great in relief. The Jays will turn to Hyun-jin Ryu to keep their season alive in game 2.
September 30, 2020
BFMD Episode 98 - 0% Intimidating
Justin and Patrick are joined by friend of the show Chris Henderson, co-editor of Jays Journal to preview the Toronto Blue Jays vs. Tampa Bay Rays best of 3 series. Does the Blue Jays 4D chess rotation make sense? Has Charlie Montoyo lost his mind? Which team has the edge in hitting? Pitching? Who wins the series and in how many games?! You can find Chris Henderson on Twitter @baseball4brains and at jaysjournal.com. Check out his articles! As always thank you for listening. If you like us leave a review wherever you listen and tell your friends about us! Send us your questions @BFMDpodcast on Twitter.
September 29, 2020
BFMD Episode 97 - Clinched!
Justin and Patrick are back with a brand new episode! The Toronto Blue Jays have clinched a playoff spot and all that's left to determine is who they will play. We talk Alejandro Kirk, Vladdy Jr., playoff picture leaguewide, and our picks for Blue Jays MVP. We'll be back on Monday with a playoff preview show!
September 25, 2020
BFMD Episode 96 - Infirmary Update
Join Justin and Patrick for an update on the laundry list of Toronto Blue Jays injuries. Will Bo Bichette rejoin the team against the Mets? Will Nate Pearson and Teoscar Hernandez return this season? How big of an impact will the Rowdy Tellez injury have? As always, give us a follow on Twitter @BFMDpodcast and leave us a review!
September 11, 2020
BFMD Episode 95 - Batten Down the 'Hatch'es
Justin and Patrick got together on Saturday to give some props to Hyun-jin Ryu and Thomas Hatch. Also in focus were Lourdes Gurriel and Blue Jays legend Joe Panik. Yup, you read that right. Where will the Blue Jays finish in the standings? Listen to hear our predictions (or lack thereof).
September 6, 2020
BFMD Episode 94 - HUGE Trade Deadline
The shortened 2020 MLB season did not slow down the Trade Deadline at all. The biggest movers were the San Diego Padres and your Toronto Blue Jays. The Padres definitely improved their team the most, while the Jays filled some roster holes. Join Justin and Patrick as they break down the moves that saw Taijuan Walker, Robbie Ray, Jonathan Villar, and Ross Stripling join the Blue Jays. Also on tap: a series win against Baltimore and 5 numbers that defined the first half of 2020 for the Blue Jays. Thanks for listening! Please subscribe/follow us and leave a review!
September 1, 2020
BFMD Episode 93 - Oh How the Turn Tables
What a difference ten games can make! The Blue Jays are now in the 8th and final playoff spot in the American League after a 7-3 stretch. Heading into Wednesday night's game Justin and Patrick got together to discuss the latest in Jays news. Anthony Alford DFA'd, rotation injured, and Teoscar Hernandez can't stop hitting home runs. Join us this weekend for a Trade Deadline special as we look ahead at what the Jays could be in the market for on the 31st. If you like the episode, or if you don't, leave us a review!
August 27, 2020
BFMD Episode 92 - Keep the Faith Hill
With the late inning losses piling up Clayton, Justin and Patrick dive into the past 10 games for the Blue Jays. Can Charlie Montoyo be blamed for the majority of the losses? What does losing Bo Bichette mean for the Jays' playoff chances? How should we manage the bullpen? With the season nearly one third complete it's now or never for this young squad.
August 17, 2020
BFMD Episode 91 - Ups & Downs
It's been a wild ride for the Blue Jays to start the 2020 season. Bullpen losses, disappearing bats, and shaky starts by Ryu and Shoemaker have all be overshadowed by the debut of Nate Pearson. Clayton, Justin and Patrick are here to talk Jays, Joe Kelly, and baby fish.
August 6, 2020
BFMD Episode 90 - Weirdest First Week
As if this season could be any more weird, the Blue Jays have played well enough to be 5-0. They've gotten great outings from their starters, the offense is scoring, but the bullpen has blown 2 games late. Injuries to Giles, Grichuk and Bichette are concerning, but Nate Pearson is coming up! Let us know on Twitter who your biggest surprise has been.
July 29, 2020
BFMD Episode 89 - Calm Before the Storm
With the season just over a week away, Clayton, Justin and Patrick break down Vladdy's move to first base, Twitter beef between Grich Daddy and Stro, rotation questions, and the bullpen being a strength.
July 16, 2020
BFMD Episode 88 - We're Back
After a 4 month forced hiatus, Clayton, Justin and Patrick return to the mics. The guys talk Austin Martin signing, players opting out, the 60-game schedule, roster decisions and whether the Jays have a legitimate shot at playoffs. Thanks for listening!
July 9, 2020
BFMD Episode 87 - Logan Hofmann is a Pittsburgh Pirate!
Logan Hofmann, the pride of Muenster, Saskatchewan was selected in the 5th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates last night. Today he joined Clayton to talk Pirates, college, Canadian and Saskatchewan baseball. We can't wait to have Logan back on the show again! Talk to you all soon.
June 12, 2020
BFMD Episode 86 - What If Nate Pearson Wins a Rotation Spot?
Is there any chance that Nate Pearson opens the season in the Blue Jays rotation? Join Clayton, Justin and Patrick as they tackle that, Ryan Borucki's dad coaching Danny Jansen & Anthony Alford, spring training news, the Yankees are walking wounded & more! Thanks for listening! Please leave us a review!
March 5, 2020
BFMD Episode 85 - Baseball & Big Nate are Back
Clayton, Justin and Patrick are back with Grapefruit League updates, a debate over Nate Pearson's ideal MLB debut, Rowdy Tellez raking, the bullpen looking like an asset this season & the MLB.TV blackout.
February 27, 2020
BFMD Episode 84 - Tony, Ass-Tros & Coooo-Stanza!
Legendary Blue Jays shortstop Tony Fernández has passed away. Clayton, Justin and Patrick discuss his legacy and the type of person he was. The Astros weren't punished enough, Manfred is clueless, and Reese McGuire got caught in a compromising position.
February 18, 2020
BFMD Episode 83 - Jays Spring Training Roundtable with Chris Henderson
Chris Henderson, Co-Editor of Jays Journal, returns to the show to join Clayton, Justin and Patrick for a roundtable discussion. The guys discuss the competition in the outfield, infield, bullpen and rotation. Who starts in CF? Who is the 5th starter? Take a listen and find out what we think!
February 8, 2020
BFMD Episode 82 - The Rotation, Barfield & We Love You Tony
On this week's episode Clayton, Justin and Patrick give their best wishes to Blue Jays legend Tony Fernandez as he battles illness. The guys talk about Jesse Barfield being the awesome "uncle" to fans on Twitter and break down the 2020 Blue Jays rotation. Can the team win with this rotation?
February 1, 2020
BFMD Episode 81 - Walk to the Hall
Larry Walker is a Hall of Famer! Clayton, Justin and Patrick discuss the impact Larry Walker has had on Canadian baseball and Derek Jeter missing a unanimous vote by one vote. Alex Cora and Carlos Beltran are the latest casualties in the Houston Astros sign stealing scandal. The Blue Jays revealed their new jerseys at Winter Fest and signed a handful of players. Justin reveals the minor league players he is keeping an eye on this year.
January 23, 2020
BFMD Ep. 80 - Before He Cheats
The MLB has dropped the BAN HAMMER on the Astros. The guys recap the punishments, firings, fines, and losses. We talk Jays powder blues and Clayton's trip to Calgary.
January 14, 2020
BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 46 - Season 2 Finale
It's the end of season 2! Clayton, Justin and Patrick look back on the highlights of the year from hilarious moments to interviews. Looking ahead to Spring Training, the guys break down the Blue Jays depth chart as it stands and give their opinions on the best Opening Day lineup.
January 8, 2020
BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 45 - Ryu Signs
Hyun-jin Ryu has signed with the Blue Jays! Justin and Patrick were able to get some time during their Christmas vacations to record an episode breaking down the impact of the contract. They tee up the new look rotation, implications for the young pitchers, and expectations for Ryu. It wouldn't be an episode with these two without some Star Wars talk. Don't worry, it's spoiler free! Stay tuned for the season finale show!
December 30, 2019
BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 44 - The Dykstra Interview
Recently signed Blue Jays pitcher James Dykstra joins Clayton, Justin and Patrick to dicuss how he used Twitter to get a contract. We talk life in the minors, how he became a pitcher and what fans should expect from him in 2020. Huge thanks to James for joining us and sharing stories and a few laughs!
December 20, 2019
BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 43 - At Least We Got Roark
The MLB hot stove is burning up with the biggest names coming off of the market this week. Justin and Patrick get together to go over the recent signings, HOF voting update, and to discuss the Jays signing of Tanner Roark.
December 16, 2019
BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 42 - So Tender. So Juicy.
The offseason is in full swing and Clayton, Justin and Patrick are starting to go a bit insane. The boys talk non-tendered players, free agent scenarios, and...potatoes?!
December 4, 2019
BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 41 - I Saw the Sign
It's a spicy episode of BFMD. The guys cover the Blue Jays top prospects, Rob Manfred’s plans to blow up the minor leagues, and the Houston Astros are dirty, rotten cheaters.
November 23, 2019
BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 40 - Rumours & Free Agents
With the MLB offseason underway, Clayton, Justin and Patrick get together to discuss trade rumours surrounding Danny Jansen, Reese McGuire and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. After a mini rant from Patrick, each of the guys picks a free agent they would love to see signed by the team.
November 14, 2019
BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 39 - Nomenclature
The boys are BACK with a World Series recap, big words, and report cards for the 2019 Blue Jays pitching staff. The offseason begins now!
November 2, 2019
BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 38 - 2019 World Series Preview
Justin and Patrick bring you their 2019 World Series Preview along with Star Wars hype. Next week we will tackle the Blue Jays pitching staff.
October 22, 2019
BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 37 - Fake IDs, AL/NLCS & Blue Jays Infield Grades
Join Clayton, Justin and Patrick as they talk fake IDs, recap the Nationals sweep of the Cardinals and hand out grades to the Blue Jays infield. You may be surprised by some of the grades!
October 17, 2019
BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 36 - Division Series & Jays Outfield Grades
Fresh off his honeymoon, Clayton rejoins Justin and Patrick to talk MLB Postseason. After the recap of what's happened so far, the guys get out the report cards for the Blue Jays outfielders. Leave us a review and remember to send in your questions!
October 10, 2019
BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 35 - Logos
The boys take a break from current events to talk logos. Specifically, which logo is the best? Tune in to find out!
October 2, 2019
BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 34 - Rookies, Farewells & AL Wild Card
With the final weekend of the MLB season upon us Patrick and Justin discuss Blue Jays rookies, the AL Wild Card & say a farewell to some players. Enjoy your honeymoon Clayton!
September 28, 2019
BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 33 - Cycles, Tears & Wild Races
Clayton, Justin and Patrick bring you another episode! This week the guys discuss Cavan Biggio's cycle, Tim Mayza's UCL tear, and the Wild Card races heating up. You'll want to tune in for the spicy takes and banter.
September 19, 2019
BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 32 - Dorian, Center Field & Rowdy Tellez
Clayton got married, Patrick got hit by Hurricane Dorian, and Justin...existed? After an crazy weekend, the guys are back with a playoff update, 2020 center field predictions & a Justin Shafer spotlight. The big talk surrounds Rowdy Tellez and whether or not he can have a future in Toronto beyond next season.
September 12, 2019
BFMD - Bonus Episode - Top 5 Movies
Clayton, Justin and Patrick take a break from baseball to bring you their top 5 favorite movies. From horror to comedy, these lists have it all!
September 4, 2019
BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 31 - Roxanne
Fresh off one of the best trolls by an athlete ever, Clayton, Justin and Patrick are back with Jays talk. The guys predict the Wild Card races, talk Vladdy's tear, and take a look at what the 2020 rotation could look like.
August 29, 2019
BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 30 - Barry Davis
Barry Davis of NSR Media's Outta the Park Podcast and former Sportsnet reporter joins Justin and Patrick this week. Barry talks about the mood in the city and the locker room during the 2015 and 2016 seasons, provides his thoughts on management, the young Jays stars, and rebuilding the right way.
August 22, 2019
BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 29 - Toast & Bo
With Bo Bichette smashing MLB and team records, Clayton, Justin and Patrick talk about his historic start, Vladdy's hot streak, the bullpen, and toast power rankings.
August 8, 2019
BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 28 - Trades & The Savior
The 2019 MLB Trade Deadline has passed. The Blue Jays moved Marcus Stroman, Aaron Sanchez, Joe Biagini, David Phelps, Eric Sogard & Cal Stevenson. The returns were...well you should listen to the show for that. Clayton, Justin and Patrick are here to fill you in on what the Jays got and what they gave up. Oh, and Bo Bichette is a beast.
August 1, 2019
BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 27 - Stroman & Clayton is Drunk
In a hilarious twist, Clayton and his coworkers had a staff party before we recorded this episode. Along with Clayton, Justin and Patrick dive into Marcus Stroman trade rumours AGAIN, talk 2019 Hall of Fame Class & other random thoughts. Enjoy the ride!
July 25, 2019
BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 26 - Chris Henderson & Pitching Report Cards
Chris Henderson of Jays Journal joins Clayton, Justin and Patrick to chat all things Blue Jays. Chris shares his thoughts on Marcus Stroman trade rumours and Bo Bichette "controversy". The guys finish up their mid-season report cards with the pitching staff. There are Fs.
July 18, 2019
BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 25 - Vladdy is King & Offensive Grades
Vladdy BLEW up the HR Derby...aaaaaand still lost. Clayton, Justin and Patrick discuss if his performance will benefit or hurt him, and they give the Blue Jays offense their mid-season report cards.
July 10, 2019
BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 24 - Off-Brand Soda & Attractive Guys
With Kawhi Watch in full stalker mode, Clayton, Justin and Patrick say whether they think he's staying. Patrick talks about the loss of Tyler Skaggs. The guys discuss national anthems before games, the best off-brand soda, Blue Jays rookies, Marcus Stroman is an All Star, and Justin breaks down why he thinks Danny Jansen is ready to break out.
July 4, 2019
BFMD - Canada Day 2019: Logan Hofmann
Logan Hofmann, the pride of Muenster, SK and 35th round draft pick of the St. Louis Cardinals joins Clayton to chat about his career so far, plans for the future, Saskatchewan baseball, growing up in a small town, and more. Congrats on your success Logan! We'll be rooting for your again in June next year.
July 1, 2019
BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 23 - Tampa Bay Ex-Rays
The Rays... IN Montreal!? We think it's a crazy idea. Justin and Clayton discuss, Patrick rants, All-Star Games are pointless, Marcus Stroman trolls Eck, and we chat all things Blue Jays.
June 25, 2019
BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 22 - Look on the Bright Side
The Blue Jays are bad. We all know that. The guys give the Raptors props on winning the NBA Championship, Clayton talks about concussions, Patrick praises the young guns, and Justin gives us a list of minor leaguers to watch this season.
June 16, 2019
BFMD 1 Year Anniversary Special
Clayton, Justin and Patrick get together to reminisce about the first year of Bat Flips and Maple Dips. Thank you to everyone who has listened along the way. We can't wait to bring you even more in year 2!
June 8, 2019
BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 21 - Goatees & Draft Picks
In this episode: NBA Finals, losing streaks, draft picks, goatees, rants, what ifs, and beating the Yankees. Join Clayton, Justin and Patrick as they take you through the past week of Blue Jays baseball.
June 6, 2019
BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 20 - Blowouts, Cereal & Game Shows
In the 50th episode of BFMD Clayton, Justin and Patrick discuss Aaron Sanchez's finger, Biggio's debut, the bullpen struggles & Justin Smoak on fire. The episode starts out with cereal talk, and ends with game shows. Also, go Raps!
May 30, 2019
BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 19 - Butter Tarts
The Jays may be not be very good, but butter tarts sure are! Clayton, Justin and Patrick talk 'Canadian' food before dissecting the past few Blue Jays games. Vladdy was Player of the Week, Edwin Jackson struggled, and Aaron Sanchez has a blister again.
May 22, 2019
BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 18 - Shuttle Bus to Buffalo
Join Clayton, Justin and Patrick as they discuss the recent struggles of the Blue Jays bats. Teoscar Hernandez has been sent to Buffalo, and Socrates Brito passed through waivers. Vladdy has found his groove and the bullpen has performed well. The guys also talk about the possibility of a second Canadian MLB team and where it could end up if it ever happens.
May 18, 2019
BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 17 - Sad Days
The Blue Jays have been on a terrible streak of poor play. Outside of the bullpen, the starting rotation and offense have stumbled. To start off the episode, Clayton and Patrick ask Justin about his time in Anaheim watching the Jays get swept. Justin backs up Vladdy's slow start with stats, the guys discuss trades involving Smoak, Sanchez and Stroman plus much more!
May 8, 2019
BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 16 - It's Vladdy Time!
During our recording session, it was announced that Vladimir Guerrero Jr. will make his MLB debut on Friday night. This is something that we have waited for since his minor league debut 3 years ago. We also discussed the plethora of injuries the Jays are facing, and their recent performance.
April 25, 2019
BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 15 - Lay Off the Chocolate Mousse
The Blue Jays had a winning week! Clayton, Justin & Patrick provide updates on Vladdy Watch 2019, Socrates Brito's 'record breaking' start, and the hottest hitters and pitchers of the week! Give us a follow on Twitter @BFMDpodcast! Listen on Anchor, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher & TuneIn. Give us a subscribe and a review on the platform you listen on please and thank you!
April 19, 2019
BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 14 - Everything is (Not) Awesome
Justin and Patrick co-host this week's show with Clayton stuck in AAA Buffa-- wait, that's Vlad Jr. Either way, Clayton will be back next week! We talked Vladdy's rehab assignment and when to expect him to join the Jays. Clay Buchholz will make his Jays debut on Saturday. The offense has struggled. The strikeouts are piling up and the averages are dropping. The pitching staff has done their part on most days, and the batters really need to step up. Patrick delivers a rant on comments made by a recently traded player, and we get some Star Wars chatter in!
April 13, 2019
BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 13 - So Long Superman
During the Opening Week of 2019, the Blue Jays traded Kevin Pillar and Kendrys Morales. The rebuild is very much underway in Toronto with the young players being thrust into important roles. The starters have been on fire, and Randal Grichuk has a new contract. Thanks for listening! Please like, subscribe, and leave a review!
April 7, 2019
BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 12 - Spring Recap & Opening Day 2019
The 2019 season is here! We survived the long off season, and now it's GO TIME! Clayton. Justin, and Patrick break down the spring, the 25-man roster, talk burgers, Us, and of course there's a Kevin Pillar argument. Thanks for the listen! Please subscribe/follow/leave a review on iTunes, Spotify, and wherever you get your podcasts!
March 28, 2019
BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 11 - Cheese, Rule Changes & Trout's Deal
With one week until the Blue Jays kick off 2019, Clayton, Justin, and Patrick check in on everything happening in Spring Training. Mike Trout is on the verge of signing a $430 million contract with the Angels. Also we talk about cheese. Yes. Cheese. Thanks for listening! Please give us a follow, like, listen, review, and subscribe!
March 21, 2019
BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 10 - Keegan Matheson
Keegan Matheson of Baseball Toronto joins Clayton, Justin, and Patrick from Dunedin, Florida. You can follow him on Twitter @KeeganMatheson and subscribe to BaseballToronto.com for all of his insight. The guys ask Keegan questions about the team and his path to sports writing. Big thanks to Keegan for coming on!
March 12, 2019
BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 9 - Harper, Jays Roster
With Spring Training progressing, several roster issues are looming for the Blue Jays. Who will make the Opening Day roster? Join Clayton, Justin, and Patrick as they discuss and debate their way through the Bryce Harper deal, Jays rotation, and fourth outfield spot. Please leave us a review and a follow!
March 7, 2019
BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 8 - Harper, Machado & Marcus Stroman
Manny Machado signed a $300 million contract with the San Diego Padres. Bryce Harper, Craig Kimbrel, Dallas Keuchel and other free agents remain unsigned. What is going on?! Marcus Stroman wants a long-term deal in Toronto, but does he deserve it? Clayton, Justin, and Patrick discuss all of this & more! There's also baseball games to talk about! We made it through the offseason. Thanks for listening! Give us a follow @BFMDpodcast on Twitter, subscribe on SoundCloud, iTunes, Spotify, Stictcher, Google, and wherever else you listen.
February 26, 2019
BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 7 - Chris Henderson & Spring Training
Chris Henderson joins Clayton, Justin, and Patrick to chat about the Blue Jays as they begin Spring Training 2019. We ask him about offseason moves, Bryce Harper, the cluttered outfield, and of course Vlad Jr. Thanks to Chris for joining us! Give him a follow on Twitter @Baseball4Brains, and check out his music at www.ChrisHendersonMusic.com!
February 17, 2019
BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 6 - Prospects Volume 3
In the final episode of the BFMD prospect series, Clayton, Justin, and Patrick take a look at the players in the Top 10 of the Blue Jays system. Players like Guerrero Jr., Bichette, Pearson, Groshans and more get their time to shine. The future is bright! Stay tuned for our next episode featuring Chris Henderson of Jays Journal! Thanks for listening!
February 12, 2019
BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 5 - Prospects Volume 2
We're back with the second installment of the prospect report. This time Clayton, Justin and Patrick are talking 20-11 on the Blue Jays top 30. We've got analysis, hype, bold predictions and more. This episode was recorded along with the 30-21 show. Jays news will be covered in the Top 10 show. Thanks for listening! Remember to like and subscribe!
February 8, 2019
BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 4 - Prospects Volume 1
With Spring Training on the horizon, Clayton, Justin, and Patrick are here with a series of episodes on the Toronto Blue Jays Top 30 Prospects. This episode covers 30-21 on the list. The guys talk Freddy Galvis and what his signing means for Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and Devon Travis and Hall of Fame voting results. Tune in next week for Prospects 20-11!
February 3, 2019
BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 3 - Very Early July 1st Predictions
IT'S TIME FOR VERY EARLY PREDICTIONS! What's going to happen to the Jays and their players by July 1st? Our team is here to make their predictions. Will we be right? Probably not. But if we are...BOOM.
January 24, 2019
BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 2 - Goodbye Russell
Russell Martin, the last remaining Blue Jay from the 2015 Sports Illustrated Cover, is gone. Here at BFMD, we were really hard on Russell last season. That was because of how much we all liked him as a ballplayer and leader for the Blue Jays. We wish him all the best in Los Angeles.
January 17, 2019
BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 1 - Hall of Fame Voting Update
The boys are back! Season 2 of BFMD kicks off with an update on the Hall of Fame voting, the Jays signing Matt Shoemaker and trading for Clayton Richard, and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. wanting to bring a championship to Toronto in 2019!
January 9, 2019
BFMD - Bonus Episode - Christmas 2018!
Merry Christmas BFMD listeners! This week we are talking all about Christmas. We learn that Justin is the only one in his family who likes turkey, Patrick REALLY hates glazed ham, and Clayton is STILL at the kid's table while his fiance sits with the adults. Lots of laughs during our final release of 2018. We've got lots planned for 2019! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
December 25, 2018
BFMD Se. 1 Ep. 27 - Season 1 Finale
In our final baseball episode of 2018, Clayton, Justin, and Patrick talk about the moments they remember from the MLB season that was. Topics include the Stephen Piscotty trade, 'Mr. Met' David Wright playing his last game, Joe Mauer retiring, Ichiro fading into the background, and the passing of legend Willie McCovey. Thank you to everyone who listened to an episode this season! We'll be back with baseball content in January. Watch for our Holiday Special on Christmas Eve!
December 19, 2018
BFMD Se. 1 Ep. 26 - Winter Meetings 2018
In the final part of Making the Grade, the 2018 Blue Jays bullpen receives their grades. The guys have some fun with sound clips, and along the way we say happy trails to the likes of Yangervis Solarte, Jake Petricka, and Mark Leiter Jr. Thanks for listening!
December 15, 2018
BFMD Se. 1 Ep. 25 - Making the Grade Part 4
In the final part of Making the Grade, the 2018 Blue Jays bullpen receives their grades. The guys have some fun with sound clips, and along the way we say happy trails to the likes of Yangervis Solarte, Jake Petricka, and Mark Leiter Jr. Thanks for listening!
December 7, 2018
BFMD Se. 1 Ep. 24 - Making the Grade Part 3
It's time for the starting rotation to feel the burn! Clayton, Justin, and Patrick grade the 2018 Toronto Blue Jays starting rotation. Disagreements, surprisingly high, and low, grades are handed out. We cover the 2019 coaching staff, Marcus Stroman trade rumours, and the proposed stadium for a Portland expansion. As always, thank you for listening! Send us your topic suggestions or questions! firstname.lastname@example.org or drop them in the comments!
December 1, 2018
BFMD Se. 1 Ep. 23 - Making the Grade Part 2
In Part 2 of Making the Grade, the guys give out 2018 season letter grades to Blue Jays outfielders. For the most part, everyone was in agreement over the grades with the only debate centering around Kevin Pillar. If you've been listening since episode 1, you know how divided we are on Pillar. We also cover Roy Halladay being on the 2019 Hall of Fame ballot, Larry Walker's case to be inducted, and the changes to the Jays 40-Man Roster leading up to the Rule 5 Draft.
November 24, 2018
BFMD Se. 1 Ep. 22 - Making the Grade Part 1
It's a time of reflection on BFMD. Clayton, Justin, and Patrick are back to Blue Jays talk this week. This episode covers the news that has surrounded the coaching staff and roster over the past couple of weeks, and the guys had out letter grades to the infielders, catchers, and Kendrys Morales. The biggest debate centers around Richard Urena of all people. Thanks for listening!
November 14, 2018
BFMD - Bonus Episode - The Off Season
With the offseason underway, Clayton, Justin and Patrick chat about what they do during the winter months in Canada. From other sports to video games to side jobs, there's a lot going on. Stay tuned for more Blue Jays content in the coming weeks!
November 9, 2018
BFMD Se. 1 Ep. 21 - That's All She Wrote
With the Boston Red Sox claiming this year's World Series title, Clayton, Justin, and Patrick look at why the Red Sox were so dominant, and why the Dodgers failed to live up to expectations. Also on the menu: a rant from Patrick about the hiring of new Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo and the benefits it will bring to the team.
October 31, 2018
BFMD Se. 1 Ep. 20 - Blue Jays Manager Search and 2018 World Series Preview
It's World Series time! But first, the guys look into the Blue Jays managerial search, recap both the AL and NL Championship Series, and predict the outcome of the World Series. We also have a discussion about whether or not Manny Machado is a dirty player.
October 24, 2018
BFMD Se. 1 Ep. 19 - Arbitration & 2018 Playoff Update
The Divisional round of the 2018 MLB Playoffs is over! The guys discuss what went down and what's to come in the Championship Series. We look at the projected salaries of 11 Blue Jays who are arbitration eligible, and look at how well our playoff and World Series predictions are holding up.
October 13, 2018
BFMD - Bonus Episode - Bat Flips and Hockey Sticks - 2018/19 NHL Preview
With the NHL season nearly upon us, Clayton, Justin, and Patrick sit down to give their perspective on what will shake out as the season rolls along. The guys give their projected standings, playoff, and Stanley Cup predictions. There are some surprising projections, including New Jersey in the Final, Edmonton back in the playoffs, Winnipeg winning it all, and Vegas falling out of contention completely.
October 3, 2018
BFMD Se. 1 Ep. 18 - The End
With the regular season concluded, Clayton, Justin and Patrick look back on the Toronto Blue Jays final series and players who may or may not be back. With the two tiebreakers concluded, we discuss our playoff predictions and pick who we think we will the World Series.
October 3, 2018
BFMD Se. 1 Ep. 17 - Goodbye Gibby
With Clayton on the DL, Justin and Patrick take a look back at their favourite John Gibbons moments and his legacy in Toronto. Along with that, they recap the week that was, who's hot, who's not, roster news, and a round table talk on the 2019 infield.
September 28, 2018
BFMD Se. 1 Ep. 16 - Rookies, Rosters & Rule 5
Clayton, Justin, and Patrick get together to discuss the up and down week for the Toronto Blue Jays, Patrick tears Danny Barnes a new one, Justin explains the Rule 5 Draft, and Clayton makes a case for Kevin Pillar in arbitration. The round table discussion takes a look at players who may be left off of the 40-man roster come December, and what that means for the future.
September 21, 2018
BFMD Se. 1 Ep. 15 - Let's Get Rowdy
Clayton, Justin, and Patrick discuss the week that was for the Toronto Blue Jays against the Cleveland Indians, and what they think the outfield will look like to start the 2019 MLB season. Patrick and Justin trash Kevin Pillar, Clayton defends Kevin Pillar. It's another fun week.
September 13, 2018
BFMD Se. 1 Ep. 14 - Devin Heroux
CBC News & Sports Reporter and Saskatoon native Devin Heroux joins Clayton, Justin, and Patrick to discuss his coverage of the Little League World Series, 2018 Winter Olympics, his love of curling, and shares some never before told facts! Following the interview with Devin, the guys recap the disappointing week of Blue Jays baseball, and more importantly the Josh Donaldson trade.
September 7, 2018
BFMD Se. 1 Ep. 13 - Let's Go Streaking
Clayton, Justin, and Patrick convene for their weekly thera-... Blue Jays baseball talk. The guys recap the up and down week, talk about the Morales HR streak, Gurriel hit streak, and Tampa Bay winning 8 in a row?! Justin explains how OBP isn't the best way to measure on-base stats, and the guys make some free agent pitching wish lists. The only thing missing is the weekly Tyler Clippard trashing. Wait, we have that too.
August 30, 2018
BFMD Se. 1 Ep. 12 - Growing Pains
Clayton, Justin, and Patrick get together to discuss the week that was for the Toronto Blue Jays. Topics covered include Kendrys Morales on a tear, Kevin Pillar's mistake AND hot bat, Danny Jansen impressing everyone, the kids Sean Reid-Foley and Ryan Borucki getting lit up in New York, and Thomas Pannone's awesome debut as a starting pitcher.
August 24, 2018
BFMD Se. 1 Ep. 11 - The Kids are Alright
In this week's episode, we remember Stan Mikita, the guys recap the "home" series in Seattle, and we talk about some famous Hall of Fame snubs, or not, depending on your opinion.
August 16, 2018
BFMD Se. 1 Ep. 10 - Home Games on the Road
In this week's episode, we remember Stan Mikita, the guys recap the "home" series in Seattle, and we talk about some famous Hall of Fame snubs, or not, depending on your opinion.
August 9, 2018
BFMD Se. 1 Ep. 9 - The Rest of My Life
Clayton makes a BIG announcement, the guys talk about the trades made by the Jays and the rest of the league, and we talk about our All-Time Blue Jays Lineups. We agree on a lot, and disagree on some picks. It's a long episode, but we had a lot of fun with it!
August 2, 2018
BFMD Se. 1 Ep. 8 - Pablo Sanchez
The guys get together to discuss the week that was, we round table what the outfield will look like post trade deadline and to start 2019, talk about great players playing on bad teams, take a look at the farm system, and wrap up with some trade rumours.
July 26, 2018
BFMD Se. 1 Ep. 7 - At the Break
In our All Star Break edition of the podcast, the guys recap the Blue Jays results in Atlanta and Boston, hop all aboard the Ryan Borucki train, Patrick rants about the Toronto media and Marcus Stroman, Justin breaks down Teoscar Hernandez and Dwight Smith Jr., and Clayton thinks it's time to trade Aaron Sanchez. Thanks for listening!
July 19, 2018
BFMD Se. 1 Ep. 6 - Hey Now, You're an All Star
In this week's episode, Patrick takes us through the MLB All-Star Game in The Rant. The gang disagrees with some of the fan-voted players and Justin defends Wilson Ramos. Clayton is happy that we don't talk about Ryan Tepera, but also he's really happy that Ryan Borucki is a stud. Thanks for listening!
July 12, 2018
BFMD Se. 1 Ep. 5 - Welcome Back Jose
This week we tackle the week that was, Patrick talks Jose Bautista in The Rant, Justin FIPs around in Advanced Stats, and Clayton yells about how much we talk about Ryan Tepera. It's a wild ride.
July 5, 2018
BFMD Se. 1 Ep. 4 - Grichuk is Daddy
This week's episode truly has it all. Clayton, Justin and Patrick tackle the week that was, Roberto Osuna, Randal Grichuk and Teoscar Hernandez mashing, Pillar slumping, J.A. Happ continues to be a stud, Josh Donaldson, and ... poopy pants.
June 28, 2018
BFMD Se. 1 Ep. 3 - Coming Off the DL
In episode 3 Clayton is activated from the disabled list 10 pounds lighter thanks to a nasty stomach flu. The guys talk Jays, the sweep of the Nationals, trade rumours, Patrick rants, Justin apologizes to Devon Travis and gives us a lesson in advanced stats. An hour of wall to wall content!
June 21, 2018
BFMD Se. 1 Ep. 2 - Clayton on the DL
Episode 2 is here! Clayton was placed on the 10-Day DL with a flu so Patrick and Justin are on the mics. This week we finish up our player review for the year to date with position players. Thanks for listening! Please send any feedback to us in a message or in the comments section. Justin did the editing this week and is admittedly terrible at it. Enjoy!
June 16, 2018
BFMD Se. 1 Ep. 1 - Welcome to the Show
Clayton, Justin, and Patrick get together to discuss the pitchers on the Toronto Blue Jays 40-Man Roster. We take a look at their contract status, performance, and speculate on their future with the franchise
June 8, 2018