Canada will not let the Toronto Blue Jays play in their home city in 2020. The country has done a much better job than the United States of getting Covid-19 under control and has largely kept its border shut down for months.
The NHL may be bringing people in from the United States, but they will be in two bubbles, not allowed to leave. Major League Baseball is having its teams play true home and road games in 2020, and the Canadian government doesn’t want that much travel to and from the United States, where the Covid-19 pandemic is still raging.
The Blue Jays will have to find a temporary home south of the border for 2020, and Buffalo, New York has been a popular rumor. Not only are the two cities less than 100 miles apart, Buffalo is also home to the Blue Jays’ Triple-A affiliate.
Sports radio hosts in Western New York have been quick to jump on the bandwagon. Joe DiBiase, who hosts studio coverage of the Bills on WGR, asked his Twitter followers just how much they are willing to embrace the Blue Jays as part of the city’s sports culture.
Brian Koziol, who is part of the station’s coverage of the Buffalo Sabres, wanted to know how enthusiastic fans would be for the Blue Jays to become a more permanent fixture in the city.
It isn’t a done deal that the Blue Jays will be in Buffalo this season. Laura Armstrong of The Star reports that the team is also considering calling its usual spring training home in Dunedin, Florida home in 2020.
One more city is showing some excitement. Dan Shulman, who calls play-by-play for the Blue Jays appeared on CNN and mentioned Charlotte as a potential home for the team in 2020. That was met with a lot of enthusiasm from WFNZ host Nick Wilson.
The team has not issued a timeline for a decision. The Blue Jays home opener is scheduled for July 29 against the World Series Champion Washington Nationals.
Speculation is always fun. It will certainly create content for several stations until an announcement is made official. Barring any concerns about the stadium or housing though, it does seem like Buffalo is most likely to be the team’s home in 2020.
Greg Hill: Ben Watson, Peter Burns Drama Was A Bit
“Be careful when you’re talking about somebody’s wife and their kids. ‘Cause not everybody jokes the same way.”
Peter Burns and Ben Watson shared an awkward exchange during the halftime show of an SEC Network football game over the weekend, and many are still debating whether Watson walking off the set was serious or not. Count part of the cast of The Greg Hill Show on WEEI as doubters.
“That was a a bit,” Courtney Cox said. “That was absolutely a bit.”
“Yeah, unlike the Chris Rock/Will Smith thing, I assume that was a bit,” Hill said. “I can’t believe that Ben Watson is really angry about that.”
“I dunno, man. There’s been a lot of speculation that it isn’t,” Jermaine Wiggins added. “There are people who are very sensitive about you clowning on them or joking with them. Especially with joking about their wife. Some people can’t handle jokes like that.”
After a back-and-forth with Cox about the legitimacy of the joke, Wiggins concluded by saying for some folks family is off limits.
“I’ve learned something in my 47 years on this Earth: be careful when you’re talking about somebody’s wife and their kids. ‘Cause not everybody jokes the same way.”
Jeremy Hill Leaving Radio Show For XFL Comeback Attempt
“It’s an opportunity I know is going to go by quick, and I’m probably not going to have that window again.”
Former LSU running back and current ESPN Baton Rouge host Jeremy Hill is leaving his radio show to attempt a football comeback in the XFL.
Hill has been the host of Hunt & Hill with Hunt Palmer since August of 2021, but announced he is leaving the show to begin working out with the hopes of earning a spot in the third rendition of the XFL, which will begin play in February.
“It’s an opportunity I know is going to go by quick, and I’m probably not going to have that window again,” Hill said. “I’ve got some medical stuff to clear up, but when February rolls around I intend to be on that field again.”
“It’s been a thrill,” Palmer said after Tuesday. “A ton of fun. We are behind him. We can’t thank Jeremy enough for his contributions.”
Guaranty Media owner Gordy Rush, owner of ESPN Baton Rouge, told NOLA.com the company is “in no hurry” to make a decision on who will replace Hill on the show.
A 2nd round draft pick of the Cincinnati Bengals in 2015, Hunt scored 29 touchdowns during his five seasons in the NFL. He last played for the New England Patriots in 2018.
Garrett Searight is the Editor of Barrett Sports Media and Barrett News Media. He previously was the Program Director and Afternoon Co-Host on 93.1 The Fan in Lima, OH. He is also a play-by-play announcer for TV and Radio broadcasts in Western Ohio.
The Michael Kay Show Ponders Why Broadcasters Don’t Share Their Salaries Like Players
“Because if we were baseball players, we’d all know what we make and we could all go to management and negotiate based off that information. I can’t do that.”
The salaries of virtually every professional athlete can be found through one avenue or another. And, apparently, if two thirds of The Michael Kay Show had their way, that information would be accessible for broadcasters as well.
While discussing how much MLB players earn for winning the World Series, the topic devolved into how much Kay makes each year.
After telling Don La Greca and Peter Rosenberg players make $516,347 for winning the World Series, the pair hounded Kay about his salary.
“That’s what? Three months salary for you?,” La Greca asked.
“I don’t understand you guys,” Kay said. “You’re very…”
“Very curious about how much you make? Yes,” La Greca interrupted.
“Why are you so curious?,” countered Kay.
“Because if we were baseball players, we’d all know what we make and we could all go to management and negotiate based off that information,” said La Greca. “I can’t do that. What’s different? We’re personalities, we do things publicly, we’re in competition with other radio stations. I don’t understand why you can’t just — right now — tell me how much you’re making. Gerrit Cole can do it. Shohei Ohtani can do it.”
“If Michael would do it, you’d do it right now,” Rosenberg chipped in.
“Without question,” La Greca said.
“Here’s the deal: The great Scott Boras once told me — about representing broadcasters — ‘You guys are your own worst enemy’,” Kay said. “I asked why and he said ‘Because you don’t have a database of what you all make. So, the people that are negotiating with you, they have all the information. They know who makes what. You guys have no idea. Michael, you have no idea what Gary Cohen makes. Gary Cohen has no idea what you make.'”
“Someone needs to stand out, show the cubes — as you like to say — and throw it out there,” concluded La Greca. “Then everybody else will look gutless if they don’t.”
Rosenberg said the downside of sharing their salary on the air is that no matter what the number would be, noting he would be the lowest of the three, listeners “would be sickened” by the number, adding “they don’t think our job is a job, and they’d do it for free”.