Blue Jays: Jays Journal exclusive with Jesse Barfield

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PHOENIX, AZ - OCTOBER 02: The diamond is ready for the MLB game between the San Diego Padres and Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on October 2, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Arizona Diamondbacks defeated the San Diego Padres 3-2. (Photo by Darin Wallentine/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - OCTOBER 02: The diamond is ready for the MLB game between the San Diego Padres and Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on October 2, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Arizona Diamondbacks defeated the San Diego Padres 3-2. (Photo by Darin Wallentine/Getty Images) /
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Jays Journal has recently launched a new podcast, which is hosted by our own Ari Shapiro, and can be found on blogtalkradio.com. Tune in regularly to hear Ari and a wide range of guests talk about current issues, have roundtable discussions, and regularly take your calls to discuss all things Blue Jays.

Jays Journal Podcast Exclusive: Jesse Barfield

Even in the quietest moments of a difficult and trying season, it’s always a pleasure to witness an effort where the team competes on all sides of the diamond; offensively, defensively, and with pitching. Toronto was quick to capitalize on a frustrated New York team and walked out with a convincing 4-2 win to open what is essentially their last gasp at respectability during this 10-game homestand.

The only thing better than celebrating a crucial victory against the New York Yankees is doing it with one of the most illustrious and beloved Blue Jays players of all-time: Jesse Barfield (@JesseBarfield29). Tune in as host Ari Shapiro brings you an endearing look back at the career of number 29 who patrolled right field as a starter for the club from 1982-1989, and was universally renowned for his throwing arm and being a part of the best outfield in the 1980’s – Barfield, Bell, and Moseby.

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Jesse offer us his thoughts on: what Toronto fans need to know about those 80’s teams and uberscout Epy Guerrero (5:20), on the adjustment to major league baseball after skipping minor league ball (10:28), what Cito Gaston truly meant to this organization (12:40), his candid perspective on “the greatest outfield in baseball” (19:40), on the current defensive priorities in the outfield and the value of a throwing arm (22:16), reflections on the 1985 team and their amazingly balanced roster (27:11), on the last gasp that was the 1987 team and their massive level of talent(30:40), how fame and success affected him during his breakout all-star campaign in 1986 (35:48),memories of playing against and for the Bronx Bombers (38:30), how playing with the Yorimuri Giants broadened his horizons (58:30), and his impressions of the 2017 team.

Follow us @jaysjournal, the host Ari Shapiro (@ari_shapiro), and check back regularly for an exciting new addition to the website. Be sure to watch these accounts for your next opportunity to phone in at 1-646-787-8521. The show features a variety of formats including 1 on1 interviews, roundtable discussions, phone in shows, former player interviews and much more.

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“Ari Shapiro is the host and creative director of the Jays Journal radio podcast and is a freelance writer, interviewer, and producer. He’s appeared on the Fan 590 Sportsnet radio, 90.5 FM Extra Talk Sports radio, and is a proud contributor with FanSided.”

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