Jay Bird Watching Podcast Recap: Former pitcher Scott Richmond joins the show
This is a recap of the Jay Bird Watching podcast featuring hosts Craig Borden, Jason Lyons and Ken Alfred. Joining the guys for this episode is former Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Scott Richmond.
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Scott shares the crew’s enthusiasm over the start of the new season and the buzz the sport is generating fresh off an electrifying World Baseball Classic. He also shared thoughts on what the global tournament means to players like him who were on the fringes of the roster and the unmatched pride of playing for your country.
Jason was curious about the recent improvement of Canada on the national stage and how they’ve been competitive against the United States and other top countries despite not having the best climate for baseball.
Scott then talks about the challenge of some big leaguers who have aspirations to play in the Olympic Games before reminiscing about his call-up to the bigs.
Craig then shifts gears to the start of the season for the Blue Jays by discussing some of the big moves the team made over the offseason, starting with Chris Bassitt, who should add depth to an already-talented starting rotation. The addition of several left-handed hitters was noted, which will look to balance the powerful offense.
Jason expressed his excitement about the form of Whit Merrifield and how some of the new rules across MLB will spur a quicker-paced and thrilling game.
The topic of the bullpen and Zach Pop getting the final spot was tossed around. Nate Pearson had an intriguing camp and could be an early call-up candidate.
We couldn’t have a former professional pitcher on the show and not ask him about the pitch clock. As a pitcher known for working quick, this doesn’t seem like something that would have affected Richmond’s career.
Matt Chapman is another Blue Jay Jason is animated over, but he can’t keep his admiration for just one and rattles off a list of important teammates. Ken points out the importance of role players throughout a long season.
Scott mentions the usual suspects (Vlad, Bichette), a potential breakout (Varsho), and a dark horse, Hyun Jin Ryu, who could help tremendously down the stretch. Craig is confident José Berríos can bounce back from a rough 2022 to be a mainstay in the rotation.
The show concludes with picks to click, choosing the best Blue Jays player of the week, and Scott, being the guest, fired first with Kevin Gausman. Ken settled on Chapman while Jason went with Geroge Springer. Alejandro Kirk was Craig’s pick.