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Dollarumma
 Jul 14, 2018
Great for Blue Jays news and analysis.

Description

Ben Nicholson-Smith is Sportsnet’s baseball editor. Arden Zwelling is a senior writer. Together, they bring you the most in-depth Blue Jays podcast in the league, covering off all the latest news with opinion and analysis, as well as interviews with other insiders and people around the team.

Episode Date
Attention To Detail
01:07:30

It’s kind of nice to be done with the Yankees, right? Arden and Ben discuss Aaron Judge’s record-tying home run (00:33), examine some mental lapses by the Blue Jays (14:10) and preview Toronto’s playoff roster (37:44).

This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.

Contact us: attheletters@sportsnet.ca

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates. 

Sep 30, 2022
Plans And Priorities
00:46:32

Ben dials in from Philly to chat with Arden about what the Blue Jays should prioritize over the regular season’s final two weeks (03:42), the team’s most pressing injury concerns (32:39), and what the playing time split could look like for Alejandro Kirk and Danny Jansen going forward (42:09).

Contact us: attheletters@sportsnet.ca

Audio Credits: Sportsnet.

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts

Sep 22, 2022
Core Competency
00:48:30

Between Bichette and Manoah, the Blue Jays’ core players are stepping up when it counts most. Ben brings Nick Ashbourne on for a discussion about September baseball (07:00), Bichette’s heroics (13:09) and the ways in which the Blue Jays remain vulnerable (31:21).

This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Nick Ashbourne.

Contact us: attheletters@sportsnet.ca

Audio Credits: Sportsnet.

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.

Sep 15, 2022
Pushing – And Winning
01:11:59

What a week for the Blue Jays. After covering the Jays’ series win over the Orioles, Arden joins Ben for a discussion about the dramatic week that was (00:33), the state of the team’s pitching staff (19:25) and the recommended confidence level in various Jays players (38:15).

This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith.

Contact us: attheletters@sportsnet.ca

Audio Credits: Sportsnet.

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.

Sep 09, 2022
Less Than The Sum Of Its Parts
01:02:00

Arden is joined by Shi Davidi to discuss Toronto’s run of play in August (00:50), whether Blue Jays hitters are pressing (25:02), and the extraordinary hot dog consumption rate at Rogers Centre this season (43:06). Later, Ben and Arden check in with Blue Jays reliever Anthony Bass during ATL’s recent trip to New York (48:57).

This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith.

Contact us: attheletters@sportsnet.ca

Audio Credits: Sportsnet.

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.

Sep 02, 2022
A Compelling Question
00:54:00

In Ben and Arden’s final installment from their trip to Yankee Stadium, they turn the mic on several of their colleagues to answer one burning question: Who will be the most compelling Blue Jay to watch between now and the end of the season? Up first is Arash Madani, who tests the limits of the question’s criteria (01:28). Then Ben Wagner makes a persuasive case for his off-the-board selection. (11:45). Shi Davidi tries not to overcomplicate matters (25:07) and, finally, Dan Shulman considers multiple options (37:46).

This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith.

Contact us: attheletters@sportsnet.ca

Audio Credits: Sportsnet.

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.

Aug 25, 2022
Making The Yankees Uncomfortable
00:36:00

From Yankee Stadium, Arden and Ben discuss a huge weekend for the Blue Jays (01:36), wonder if the Yankees should be scared (02:32) and welcome Mitch White for a chat about how he manages the mental side of pitching and what he learned from Clayton Kershaw in LA (18:02).

This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith.

Contact us: attheletters@sportsnet.ca

Audio Credits: Sportsnet.

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.

Aug 23, 2022
Showing Some Fight
00:37:00

From Yankee Stadium, Arden and Ben discuss a strong start for Jose Berríos (00:58), examine the give and take surrounding George Springer’s availability (03:59) and welcome journalist Ariel Helwani onto the show for a wide-ranging chat covering the Blue Jays and some early memories as a baseball fan (12:27).

This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith.

Contact us: attheletters@sportsnet.ca

Audio Credits: Sportsnet.

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.

Aug 20, 2022
From The Bronx, With The Jays
00:40:00

At the Letters is on the road at Yankee Stadium. From the visitors’ dugout in the Bronx, Ben and Arden discuss the Blue Jays’ push for the playoffs (01:09), catch up with Ross Stripling after his perfect game bid (18:00) and wonder how Babe Ruth would fare in today’s game (35:08).

This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith.

Contact us: attheletters@sportsnet.ca

Audio Credits: MLB Network and Sportsnet.

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.

Aug 19, 2022
The Dog Days
00:53:30

As the Blue Jays finish up a mid-summer road trip, Arden checks in with Ben in Baltimore to get his up-close perspective on the mighty Orioles (02:10) and thoughts on the Jackie Bradley Jr. signing (10:30). Later, a dissection of Jose Berrios’ inconsistency and the biggest leverage points for the Blue Jays over the season’s final eight weeks (36:28).

This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith.

Contact us: attheletters@sportsnet.ca

Audio Credits: Sportsnet

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.

Aug 11, 2022
Jays Are Better, But Good Enough?
01:05:15

The Blue Jays are better now, but are they good enough? Arden and Ben argue that the Blue Jays should have added one more reliever (01:32), discuss the status of George Springer (53:08) and wonder how and when Whit Merrifield fits on the roster (44:50).

Audio Credits: Sportsnet.

This podcast was produced and mixed by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith.

Contact us: attheletters@sportsnet.ca

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

Aug 05, 2022
Time For The Jays To Trade
01:00:00

The trade deadline is nearly here, and it’s time for the Blue Jays to make moves. Arden and Ben discuss some trade candidates for the starting rotation (06:42), make the case for adding aggressively to the bullpen (22:21) and discuss some position players on the market, from Juan Soto on down (39:49).

Contact us: attheletters@sportsnet.ca

Audio Credits: Sportsnet.

This podcast was produced and mixed by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith.

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

Jul 29, 2022
Shaking It Up
01:06:12


In the wake of Charlie Montoyo’s firing, Arden and guest host Blake Murphy consider the timing of the move (02:30) and the factors that led to it (18:15) before reflecting on what they’ve seen lately from Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and the Blue Jays offence (43:10).

Email the podcast at attheletters@sportsnet.ca

This episode is produced and sound engineered by Mike Rogerson and hosted by Arden Zwelling and Blake Murphy.



Audio Credits: Sportsnet

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates. 

Jul 15, 2022
What Can You Say?
00:58:20

The Blue Jays' pitching issues worsen, prompting Arden and Ben to discuss potential trades for the bullpen (13:22), make the case for demoting Yusei Kikuchi (35:55) and suggest that position player reinforcements don't seem quite as pressing right now (23:17).

Contact us: attheletters@sportsnet.ca

Audio Credits: Sportsnet.

This podcast was produced and mixed by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith.

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

Jul 08, 2022
Put To The Test
00:53:30

After a couple of big wins, the Blue Jays are rolling – but questions linger on the pitching staff. This week, Arden and Ben wonder about the state of the bullpen (06:43), search for answers in the rotation (28:57) and give Alejandro Kirk some credit for an incredible start to the season (44:25).

This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.

Contact us: attheletters@sportsnet.ca

Audio Credits: Sportsnet

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

Jun 30, 2022
Jays' Needs Becoming Clearer
00:46:08

Consecutive series losses have the Blue Jays losing some ground. This week, Arden and Ben break down the need for help in the bullpen (03:50), give Matt Chapman’s defence some love (24:05) and discuss the importance of building around an impressive lineup (38:30). 

This episode is produced and sound engineered by Mike Rogerson and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.

Contact us: attheletters@sportsnet.ca

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

Jun 24, 2022
Moreno Flashes The Tools
01:01:30

Another top prospect has arrived in Toronto, and he’s making a strong first impression. This week, Arden and Ben break down Gabriel Moreno’s MLB debut (08:45), look ahead at some potential trade deadline priorities (30:00) and discuss the Blue Jays legacy of Hyun-Jin Ryu (47:37).

This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.

Contact us: attheletters@sportsnet.ca

Audio Credits: Sportsnet

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates. 

Jun 16, 2022
Hitting Their Stride
00:38:30

The Blue Jays’ lineup is finally producing again, but some questions linger on the pitching staff. Arden and Ben discuss the Blue Jays’ high-flying offence (08:32), wonder which Jays might make their first All-Star Game (19:00) and weigh in on the latest developments around Stripling, Gausman and Berríos (22:35).

This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.

Contact us: attheletters@sportsnet.ca

Audio Credits: Sportsnet

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

Jun 08, 2022
Catching Some Breaks
00:57:00

The Blue Jays are going streaking! Arden and Ben get into Toronto’s surging offence (1:00) and the club’s impressive catching depth (5:40 ) before making note of a couple of retirements from the 2015 and ‘16 ALCS teams (25:00) and wondering how sustainable the club’s current bullpen workload is (41:30).

This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith

Contact us: attheletters@sportsnet.ca

Audio Credits: Sportsnet.

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

Jun 02, 2022
Pressing and Pulling
00:49:42

It’s been a tough month for the Blue Jays offence, but does that mean the club needs to make drastic changes or continue trusting the process? Ben and Arden react to a listener email wondering about a new voice on the coaching staff (01:20), dive into Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s struggles (16:55), note some standout performances from the club’s rotation (33:45), and discuss Danny Jansen’s pull-heavy approach (41:20). 


This episode is produced and sound engineered by Mike Rogerson and hosted by Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith.

Contact us: attheletters@sportsnet.ca

Audio Credits: Sportsnet.

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

May 27, 2022
No Offence, But…
00:58:00

The Blue Jays still aren't hitting to their potential, but there's lots of intrigue around the team. This week, Arden and Ben discuss the Blue Jays offensive struggles despite recent wins (12:09), take a look at Vladimir Guerrero Jr's last couple of weeks (31:52), give Yusei Kikuchi some credit (41:31) and wonder if the bullpen needs more swing and miss (48:51).

This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.

Contact us: attheletters@sportsnet.ca

Audio Credits: MLB Network and Sportsnet.

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

May 18, 2022
The Jays, 30 Games In
00:50:00

The Blue Jays have played roughly one-fifth of their season now. Thirty games in, Arden and Ben discuss the Jays' slow start at the plate (00:26) the top of their starting rotation (32:40) and some behind-the-scenes observations from an intense stretch of games (41:26).

This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.

Contact us: attheletters@sportsnet.ca

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

May 11, 2022
On The Edge Of Our Seats
00:59:30

It feels like every inning of this season has been tense, doesn't it? Arden and Ben discuss those early-season nail-biters (00:26) before looking at the Jays' slow-starting offence (15:08) and discussing an under-the-radar prospect (34:57).

This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.

Contact us: attheletters@sportsnet.ca

Audio Credits: Sportsnet.

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.

May 04, 2022
The Blue Jays Are Rolling Now
00:52:21

Thanks to some impressive depth performances, the Blue Jays are off to the kind of hot start that has often eluded them in recent years (00:32). Arden and Ben wonder what aspects of their success are most sustainable (07:34) before looking at Yusei Kikuchi's slow start in more detail (43:50), and they discuss the historically low batting average we’ve seen to this point in the season across MLB (30:19).

This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.

Contact us: attheletters@sportsnet.ca

Audio Credits: Sportsnet.

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

Apr 28, 2022
Kevin Gausman Throws A Nasty Splitter
00:33:39

Arden and Ben sit down with Kevin Gausman to talk about his path to the big leagues, being part of a history pennant race last season, his favourite pitchers growing up, how everything unravelled this off-season, when he began to develop his pitches including his splitter, why he was a fan of the Colorado Rockies, what he’s looking forward to this season, and why he loves yoga and pilates.

This episode is produced and sound engineered by Amil Delic & Mike Rogerson, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.

Contact us: attheletters@sportsnet.ca

Audio Credits: NBC Sports Bay Area & Sportsnet

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.

Apr 22, 2022
The 2022 Over/Unders
00:59:14

The day has finally arrived! Arden and Ben give you their 2022 Blue Jays over/unders (23:30). But before they get into it, they open the podcast by discussing the latest news around the club (03:54), the injury we should be most concerned about (14:10), and they send their well wishes to Buck Martinez as he begins his cancer treatment.

This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.

Contact us: attheletters@sportsnet.ca

Audio Credits: Sportsnet

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.

Apr 19, 2022
The Best & Worst Of Week One
00:50:46

One turn through the rotation, what have we learned about the Blue Jays? After discussing the Blue Jays' impressive defence (08:00) Arden and Ben take a look at the team's starting pitching (22:54) before taking stock of the catching mix without Danny Jansen (38:58).

This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.

Contact us: attheletters@sportsnet.ca

Audio Credits: Sportsnet

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.

Apr 14, 2022
This is Alek Manoah
00:47:02

Arden and Ben had the opportunity to sit down with Toronto starting pitcher Alek Manoah while they were in Dunedin for Spring Training. Manoah talked about his rookie season and facing adversity, what he worked on in the off-season, opening up his own gym, some of the challenges he faced growing up, his friendship with Hyun-jin Ryu and their love of good food.

This episode is produced and sound engineered by Amil Delic, and hosted by Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith.

Contact us: attheletters@sportsnet.ca

Audio Credits: Sportsnet.

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

Apr 11, 2022
José Berríos Joins The Podcast
00:26:07

Arden and Ben are joined by Opening Day starter José Berríos who talks about being traded from Minnesota, the seven-year extension he signed this off-season, what makes Toronto special, when he realized he could be a big leaguer, finding a routine that works for him, and the importance of family.

This episode is produced and sound engineered by Amil Delic, mixed by Mike Rogerson, and hosted by Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith.

Contact us: attheletters@sportsnet.ca

Audio Credits: Sportsnet.

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

Apr 08, 2022
Opening Day Roster Takes Shape
00:53:45

Ben joins from Dunedin to offer his observations from Blue Jays camp (01:08), before the guys weigh in on Gosuke Katoh cracking the opening day roster (03:24), the club’s acquisition of Zack Collins (08:16), a flurry of bullpen news (19:21), Charlie Montoyo’s extension (31:21), and how Toronto will look to manage player workload this season (47:29).

This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith.

Contact us: attheletters@sportsnet.ca

Audio Credits: MLB & Sportsnet.

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates. 

Apr 06, 2022
What We’ve Learned at Jays Camp ft. Alejandro Kirk
00:40:24

On the last off day of the spring, Arden and Ben talk Blue Jays in Florida. After assessing, the state of the roster (00:01) the discussion turns to some under-the-radar bullpen candidates (13:00). And finally, an interview with Alejandro Kirk (31:00).

This episode is produced and sound engineered by Amil Delic and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.

Contact us: attheletters@sportsnet.ca

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

Mar 30, 2022
On The Scene at Blue Jays Camp
00:57:55

Arden and Ben are both in Florida for a busy edition of ATL. First, the consequences of Pete Walker’s arrest (2:00). Then a look at the Raimel Tapia acquisition (9:50), an interesting decision by some pre-arbitration eligible Jays (28:40) and upcoming renovations at Rogers Centre (41:10).

This episode is produced and sound engineered by Amil Delic and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.

Contact us: attheletters@sportsnet.ca

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

Mar 27, 2022
A Game-Changer Arrives At Third
00:52:00

A new third baseman changes the dynamic on the Blue Jays’ infield. Plus: Arden’s observations from Dunedin, Fla., what’s next for the Blue Jays after trading for Matt Chapman (01:23) and a look at some spring position battles in Jays camp (40:58).

This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.

Contact us: attheletters@sportsnet.ca

Audio Credits: MLB and Sportsnet.

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates. 

Mar 23, 2022
Palm Trees And Transactions
01:08:00

Baseball is back and the Blue Jays are already making moves. First, a look at how the new CBA may impact the Jays (13:16). Then, Arden and Ben look at the addition of Yusei Kikuchi (29:03), anticipate what’s next for the Toronto front office (36:17) and discuss the return of Josh Donaldson to the AL East (54:43).

This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.

Contact us: attheletters@sportsnet.ca

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

Mar 15, 2022
Looking Beyond The Lockout
01:04:00

The new CBA will eventually have some major implications for the Blue Jays (18:00). Plus, Arden and Ben wonder how teams should now be strategizing (33:00), anticipate a wild post-lockout week and explore a parallel between Juan Soto and Vlad Jr. (50:00).

This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.

Contact us: attheletters@sportsnet.ca

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

Feb 24, 2022
What To Expect From Jays’ Best Prospects
00:55:48

With spring training likely to be delayed, Ben and Arden turn their attention to the Blue Jays’ top prospects. This week Ben Badler of Baseball America joins ATL to discuss Gabriel Moreno (10:57), Jordan Groshans (28:29), Orelvis Martinez (21:47) and some lesser-known minor-leaguers in the Jays’ system (50:29). 

This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith.

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates. 

Feb 11, 2022
Extending, Evolving, Bargaining
01:04:10

Shi Davidi joins Arden and Ben for a wide-ranging discussion about the latest off-field developments in MLB. First, a look at possible extensions for Vlad and Bo (1:00) followed by a discussion about Jaime Vieira, the Blue Jays’ first female coach (29:10), and a look at how CBA talks may impact the Jays (47:15).

This episode is produced and sound engineered by Amil Delic, mixed by Mike Rogerson, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.

Contact us: attheletters@sportsnet.ca

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

Jan 28, 2022
Your Questions, Our Answers
01:09:11

What’s a realistic expectation for Vlad Jr. in 2022 (9:38)? What other Jays could be in line for big extensions(1:01:52)? And how to make sense of that Freddie Freeman talk (24:32)? Ben and Arden take a wide assortment of questions in this holiday mailbag edition of At the Letters.

This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith.

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

Dec 23, 2021
A Flurry, Then a Freeze
01:00:31

First, a wild week of activity … and then a lockout (4:00). Arden and Ben break down the Blue Jays’ deal with Kevin Gausman (13:00) discuss the departure of Robbie Ray (19:00) and preview next steps as the baseball industry enters a lockout (40:20).

This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.

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The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

Dec 03, 2021
The Arms Race Begins
00:49:01

The Blue Jays are spending big to keep Jose Berrios – so what does this seven-year deal mean (1:00)? Plus, Arden and Ben break down the Blue Jays’ place in the starting pitching market (25:30), credit Robbie Ray for a Cy Young season (38:00) and discuss some challenges of awards voting (46:00).

This episode is produced and sound engineered by Andrew Norton and hosted by Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith.

Audio Credits: Blue Jays Radio Network, MLB Network and Sportsnet.

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

Nov 19, 2021
From The 2021 GM Meetings
00:48:00

The Blue Jays are keeping their options open, but the market’s actually moving better than expected. So what happens from here? Ben joins Arden from the GM Meetings to talk Steven Matz, Scott Boras and the Jays’ potential targets.

This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.

Contact us: attheletters@sportsnet.ca

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

Nov 11, 2021
At The Rogers Centre With Ross Atkins
00:44:42

It’s off-season mode for the Blue Jays, and who better to set it all up than GM Ross Atkins? This week, Atkins joins ATL for a conversation on some of the team’s biggest stars (05:21), what he learned last winter (10:20) and what’s next this off-season (23:19).

This episode is produced and sound engineered by Amil Delic, mixed by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.

Contact us: attheletters@sportsnet.ca

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates

Nov 04, 2021
Our 2021 Over/Unders
01:00:05

When it all began, our over/unders featured the likes of Rowdy Tellez, T.J. Zeuch and Tanner Roark. Yet as always, the 2021 season unfolded in unpredictable fashion. This week, Arden and Ben look back on it all with their annual over/under review.

This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.

Contact us: attheletters@sportsnet.ca

Audio Credits: Sportsnet and Sportsnet 590 The FAN.

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates

Oct 28, 2021
Brainstorming Some Off-Season Moves
00:59:00

Now, it’s time to look ahead. Arden and Ben discuss the Blue Jays’ upcoming spending decisions (04:15) and the challenge of building around the right long-term players (14:19). Plus, a discussion about qualifying offers (31:14) and going granular on some possible trade talks (39:51).

This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.

Contact us: attheletters@sportsnet.ca

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.

Oct 22, 2021
Where Do We Go From Here?
00:59:55

Just like that, the Jays’ season is over, but there’s a lot to make sense when it comes to the 2021 team, some of it impressive (00:38) and some of it frustrating (14:04). Plus, Arden and Ben discuss the Jays’ biggest off-season needs (39:34) and where Robbie Ray and Marcus Semien may fit in their plans (51:35).

This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.

Contact us: attheletters@sportsnet.ca

Audio Credits: Sportsnet

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates

Oct 06, 2021
Like There’s No Tomorrow
00:49:05

After two huge games against the Yankees (6:47) the Blue Jays have reason to believe in Hyun-Jin Ryu (10:11) and optimism heading into the final few days of the season (20:19). Plus, Arden and Ben discuss potential wild-card game pitchers (24:13), and look ahead at some of the big decisions the Jays will soon face (27:11).

This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.

Contact us: attheletters@sportsnet.ca

Audio Credits: Sportsnet

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

Sep 30, 2021
The Stretch Run ft. Josh Donaldson
01:05:52

The Blue Jays are in playoff position – barely. Ben and guest host Shi Davidi discuss expectations for Hyun Jin Ryu (02:25) and what it’s like covering champagne celebrations (24:45). Plus, an interview with Josh Donaldson (31:50), a discussion about the AL MVP race (48:30) and some love for the RBI (53:10).

This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Shi Davidi.

Contact us: attheletters@sportsnet.ca

Audio Credits: Sportsnet

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

Sep 22, 2021
Collision Course
00:56:54

Another incredible week for the Blue Jays (00:27) sets up some interesting decisions on the pitching staff (11:32). Plus, Arden and Ben discuss potential wild-card game opponents (32:53), the unpredictability of October (39:15) and the possibility of play-in games (46:32).

This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith.

Contact us: attheletters@sportsnet.ca

Audio Credits: Sportsnet

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

Sep 17, 2021
Watch out for the Blue Jays
00:40:40

Suddenly the Blue Jays are unstoppable (1:37). Arden and Ben break down the team’s recent hot streak (11:46), marvel at their starting rotation (23:14) and investigate some of the remaining questions facing the Jays (32:30).

This episode is produced and sound engineered by Andrew Norton and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling.

Contact us: attheletters@sportsnet.ca

Audio Credits: Sportsnet

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.

Sep 10, 2021
The Final Push
00:57:20

The Blue Jays need a strong final month to make the playoffs (00:30) but they’re still not hitting as well as you’d expect (19:58). Plus, Arden and Ben break down the pros and cons of expanded rosters (25:57), a surprising pitching staff (31:13) and some recent additions to the outfield mix (50:03).

This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith.

Contact us: attheletters@sportsnet.ca

Audio Credits: Sportsnet

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

Sep 03, 2021
It’s Slipping Away
00:52:30

The painful losses keep coming for the Blue Jays so Ben and guest host Nick Ashbourne attempt to understand what’s happening (01:37) before having a discussion about blame (18:28). Plus, dream destinations for a home series (25:00), the ups and downs of Kirk (30:24) and a discussion about free agency (42:18).

This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith.

Contact us: attheletters@sportsnet.ca

Audio Credits: Sportsnet

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

Aug 26, 2021
A Trip To Forget
00:48:06

A bad road trip cost the Blue Jays in the standings (00:46) and the bullpen’s just not inspiring much trust (6:18). Arden and Ben break down what it means for the Jays before discussing the implications of the Springer injury (22:46), appreciating Teoscar’s hot streak (33:22) and taking stock of some new arrivals (41:17).

This episode is produced and sound engineered by Andrew Norton and hosted by Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith.

Contact us: attheletters@sportsnet.ca

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.

Aug 20, 2021
Feeling Them Good Vibes
00:52:06

What a homestand for the Blue Jays! Not only are the Jays finally enjoying fan support (4:25), a fully healthy George Springer is helping them gain all kinds of ground in the AL standings (18:25). Plus, the guys give credit to Marcus Semien (26:56) and breaking down the pitching staff (36:47). This episode is produced […]

Aug 10, 2021
Blue Jays Go Bold
00:59:05

Quite a week for the Blue Jays. Not only are they back in Toronto (00:38) but they upgraded their roster at the deadline (05:38) trading top prospects for Jose Berrios. Plus, the guys reveal the winner of the Miller Lite Relief Catcher glove (32:56) and discussing who should play third base (44:24). This episode is […]

Aug 04, 2021
It’s Crunch Time
00:52:30

The Blue Jays can be an incredibly frustrating team to watch. But there’s a lot of talent here. So with the deadline just days away, where does that leave the front office? This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith. Contact us: attheletters@sportsnet.ca Audio Credits: Sportsnet. The views and opinions expressed in […]

Jul 27, 2021
Deadline Decisions
00:45:23

Not only are the Blue Jays coming back to Toronto, but the trade deadline is also just a week away. So what are the Blue Jays’ biggest needs right now? And which players would meet them best? Arden and Ben weigh in on all this and more. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Andrew Norton and […]

Jul 23, 2021
How the Blue Jays will approach a busy three weeks
01:11:20

The Blue Jays have plenty on their plate this month: MLB’s draft, the trade deadline, a possible move to Toronto, and constant roster decisions as the club tries to keep up in the AL East race. Arden chats with Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi about the various fronts Toronto’s front office is currently working on (1:29). Then […]

Jul 09, 2021
Jays Kick Off Trade Season by Finally Addressing Bullpen
00:55:00

At long last, the Blue Jays acquired relief help. Arden and Ben give their takes on Adam Cimber, Corey Dickerson, and which moves the club should make next. Also, with Alejandro Kirk and Danny Jansen nearing returns, what should the Blue Jays do with the hot-hitting Reese McGuire? This episode is produced and sound engineered […]

Jul 01, 2021
One month from deadline, Jays build some momentum
00:52:40

Finally, a win streak for the Blue Jays – not that they don’t still need help. Ben and Arden discuss the Jays’ deadline options, give the starting rotation some credit and look at some names to watch in the minors. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Arden Zwelling and Ben […]

Jun 25, 2021
As Vlad mashes, Jays’ bullpen questions persist
00:46:50

Vlad Guerrero Jr. keeps hitting home runs, but the Jays aren’t taking full advantage. Arden and Ben look ahead at possible trade targets for the bullpen and wonder what the Jays can do in the meantime. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Andrew Norton and hosted by Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith. Submit your questions, […]

Jun 17, 2021
Thin Bullpen Creates High-Stress Moments for Jays
00:56:36

By now it’s clear: the Blue Jays’ bullpen is an issue. Ben and Arden make sense of the Jays’ existing options and look ahead at possible trades before delving into MLB’s sticky stuff controversy. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted by Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith. Submit your questions, comments, and topic […]

Jun 11, 2021
What’s in store this summer for the Blue Jays?
00:47:59

The Blue Jays are playing better, which leads to some interesting questions for Arden and Ben. Among them: what are this team’s deadline needs? Where does Manoah fit? And when could the Jays return to Toronto? Music Outro: The Ruddy Ruckus – Hold On My Love Listen to the full track here! This episode is […]

Jun 04, 2021
After a tough week for Blue Jays, Manoah arrives
00:58:27

What does Alek Manoah’s arrival mean for the Blue Jays? And what do the team’s recent struggles tell us about what they’ll need this summer? Ben and Arden weigh in on that and also break down some key features of this Blue Jays team, from their new “home” in Buffalo to who is making or breaking expectations […]

May 28, 2021
Jays Playing Well as Manoah Pushes for the Majors
00:36:43

One-quarter of the way through the season, the Blue Jays are in a good spot. Plus, when will Alek Manoah join them? And where would Ben and Arden place Vlad Jr. on their early-season MVP ballots? This episode is produced and sound engineered by Andrew Norton and hosted by Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith. Audio Credits: 920 […]

May 21, 2021
Blue Jays Rolling as Offence Starts Picking Up
00:55:34

The Blue Jays are playing well – maybe surprisingly well. Arden and Ben take stock of the Blue Jays and wonder when top prospect Alek Manoah could join the roster. Music Outro: The Backstays – Forever Gold Bricks Listen to their latest album “Tributaries” here! This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan and hosted […]

May 14, 2021
Brendan Gallagher: Canadiens winger & Jays super-fan
00:27:03

First, a check-in on Nate Pearson. Then, Montreal Canadiens winger Brendan Gallagher joins Arden and Ben to talk about his love for the game of baseball, his Jays fandom and handling chirps from opposing fans. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Amil Delic, mixed by Andrew Norton and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. Audio […]

May 11, 2021
Injuries Create Intrigue, but Jays Keep Winning
00:50:14

George Springer and Alejandro Kirk are on the injured list, but the Blue Jays are still holding their own. Arden and Ben make sense of the latest around the Blue Jays and wonder which former Jay would help this team the most. Music Outro: Ormiston – Step from the Limelight Check out more of his […]

May 07, 2021
As Springer Debuts, Vlad Jr.’s Breakout Continues
00:58:40

George Springer is back and Vlad Jr. is breaking out at the plate. What does it all mean? Ben and Arden take stock of the latest with the Jays before discussing some of their favourite players to watch league-wide. Music Outro: Tré Wes – Smell The Roses Listen to more music by Tré Wes here! […]

Apr 29, 2021
Pitching Keeping Jays Afloat, But Bats Are Needed
00:53:01

How about this for a role reversal? The Blue Jays aren’t hitting but they lead the American League in ERA. Arden and Ben assess some early season performances and discuss the state of the team’s infield defence. Outro Music: Terell Safadi – Made For This Listen to more music by Terell Safadi here! This episode […]

Apr 23, 2021
Vlad and Bo Helping Blue Jays Overcome Injuries
00:42:41

The injuries keep coming for the Blue Jays, but Vlad and Bo are doing more than their share to help the team compete. Arden and Ben take stock of all things Blue Jays, including the pitching staff and a promising rookie. Outro Music: Art d’Ecco – Head Rush Listen to the track here! This episode […]

Apr 16, 2021
The Best (And Worst) Of The Blue Jays’ First Week
01:03:47

Some Blue Jays look unbelievable early on, while others are struggling mightily. Arden and Ben attempt to make sense of it all, discuss the Ross Atkins extension, and introduce the ‘Reese McGuire rule’ to ATL. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Matt Collins, and hosted by Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith. The views and opinions expressed […]

Apr 09, 2021
Annual Over/Unders for the 2021 Blue Jays
01:05:59

How many innings will Pearson pitch? How much WAR will Springer generate? And will we see Manoah in the majors? Our annual over/unders episode answers all the Blue Jays questions you never knew you even had. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Andrew Norton, and hosted by Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith. The views […]

Apr 01, 2021
From Here On It Counts For The 2021 Blue Jays
00:31:22

It’s now time for final decisions and roster moves. With opening day nearly here, Arden and Ben take stock of the Blue Jays’ roster and look ahead to the season-opening series in the Bronx. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Andrew Norton, mixed by Amil Delic, and hosted by Arden Zwelling and Ben […]

Mar 31, 2021
Ross Stripling On Curveballs, Clayton And Confidence
01:04:30

Arden and Ben discuss the fallout from an eventful week at Blue Jays camp, including injuries of varying severity to Kirby Yates, George Springer, and Robbie Ray. Plus, Ross Stripling joins the guys to talk about his days with the Dodgers, how he’s developed his curveball, and MiLB’s new rules for the 2021 season. This […]

Mar 25, 2021
Manoah Impresses As Blue Jays’ Depth Gets Tested
01:03:00

Two pitching injuries in one week? That’s going to test the Blue Jays’ depth. Plus, Ben and Arden weigh in on further questions surrounding spring standouts Alejandro Kirk and Alek Manoah. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. The views and opinions expressed in […]

Mar 19, 2021
Separating Fact From Fiction With The Blue Jays
00:58:21

What really matters in spring training? And what should we ignore? After discussing the latest Blue Jays news, Ben and Arden attempt to separate fact from fiction on some pressing (and not-so-pressing) Jays-related topics. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. Our video and […]

Mar 12, 2021
Tough Questions For The Blue Jays On And Off The Field
00:58:00

On the field, Nate Pearson battles a groin strain. Off the field, some troubling allegations lead to questions for top Blue Jays execs. This week, Ben and Arden discuss those developments as well as some of the positives in Jays camp. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Ben […]

Mar 05, 2021
First Impressions Of The 2021 Blue Jays
01:09:00

Spring is here, and the Blue Jays seem optimistic about their chances. As the first full week winds down in Dunedin, Ben and Arden discuss their impressions of the team and look ahead at some potentially tough decisions. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. Our […]

Feb 26, 2021
Spring Begins With High Expectations
00:55:00

Pitchers and catchers report to Dunedin Thursday and position players will be in camp next week, and the Blue Jays’ chances haven’t looked this good in years. This team’s still got lots of questions, though, so Arden and Ben break them all down with ATL’s 2021 spring training preview. This episode is produced and sound […]

Feb 17, 2021
Semien, Springer… And Maybe More For The Blue Jays
01:01:30

All of a sudden, the Blue Jays are making all kinds of moves — and more may be on the way. Arden and Ben break down the team’s latest, wonder what it would mean for the Jays to be a “behemoth” and look ahead at what’s next. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan, […]

Feb 05, 2021
Springer A Huge Addition For Ascending Blue Jays
01:00:59

Well, the Toronto landed its top target after all. George Springer is a Blue Jay, so Ben and Arden break down what his deal means, how it impacts the roster and what comes next. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. Our video and […]

Jan 22, 2021
Where Do The Jays Go From Here?
00:56:18

Francisco Lindor is off to New York, Ha-Seong Kim is joining San Diego and Tomoyuki Sugano is heading back to Japan. So where do the Blue Jays turn now as off-season dominos continue to fall? Ben and Arden discuss. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Michael Mayers, and hosted by Arden Zwelling and […]

Jan 08, 2021
You Asked. We Answered. It’s The Blue Jays Mailbag.
01:20:45

With the MLB off-season progressing … deliberately, Arden and Ben turn their attention to listener questions on everything from possible trades and 2021 breakouts, to top prospects and favourite holiday foods. This episode is sound designed by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. Our video and social media producer is Mike Tassone. The views […]

Dec 22, 2020
Is This The Calm Before The Storm For The Blue Jays?
01:02:41

The Blue Jays are in on everyone, but signing no one — yet. After covering the virtual Winter Meetings, Ben and Arden explain why they still expect some big roster improvements are on the way. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. Mike Tassone […]

Dec 11, 2020
What We’ve Learned About The Blue Jays This Winter
00:57:01

It’s been a quiet off-season around baseball, but that’s never stopped ATL from reading between the lines. Once Ben and Arden get started with their reads, they find that we’ve actually learned quite a few lessons about the Blue Jays this winter. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith […]

Nov 27, 2020
Decoding What The Latest Jays Rumours Really Mean
00:56:00

The Blue Jays are positioned to make some big moves this winter, but what’s real and what’s conjecture? Ben and Arden pull back the curtain on the rumour mill and look ahead to what’s next in Toronto. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. Our video […]

Nov 13, 2020
How Far Off Were Our 2020 Over/Under Predictions?
00:52:20

Every year we make predictions, and every year we’re reminded that you really can’t predict baseball. With some help from OG ATL producer Sam McKee, Ben and Arden look back at what we expected this season. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. Our […]

Oct 30, 2020
Scouting The International Market With Andrew Tinnish
00:51:40

First, some thoughts on Mark Shapiro’s latest comments. Then, Blue Jays VP Andrew Tinnish joins Arden and Ben to share some international scouting stories about the likes of Vlad Jr. and Alejandro Kirk. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. Our video and social […]

Oct 22, 2020
The Blue Jays’ Many Off-Season Decisions
01:22:20

After an early playoff exit, it’s time to plan ahead. Arden and Ben discuss everything from club options to non-tenders to trade targets in this wide-ranging off-season preview episode. This episode is produced and sound designed by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. Our video and social media producer is Mike […]

Oct 16, 2020
Missed Opportunity Ends Memorable Jays Season
00:59:00

Just like that, it’s all over. Arden and Ben look back at a missed opportunity against the Rays and review some of the moments and decisions that led the Blue Jays to where they are. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. Our video […]

Oct 02, 2020
How Can The Jays Upset The Rays?
00:35:30

The playoffs are here — and the Blue Jays have a huge opportunity in front of them. Arden and Ben look ahead the series against the Rays, making sense of a surprise pitching decision and more. This podcast is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. Mike […]

Sep 29, 2020
Tactical Decisions Await Jays As Playoffs Near
01:09:30

How much will Alejandro Kirk catch? Who would start Game 2? With the Blue Jays on the brink of the playoffs, Arden and Ben look ahead at some decisions the team will soon be facing. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. Our video […]

Sep 24, 2020
Struggling Jays Still Positioned Well – For Now
01:09:58

After some ugly losses, defensive woes and injuries, the Blue Jays certainly have their issues. But as Arden and Ben explain, this team’s still in a good spot in the standings — unless things really go sideways. This podcast is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. […]

Sep 18, 2020
Big Decisions Await The Blue Jays Down The Stretch
01:07:29

The Blue Jays lost two more big bats to the injured list, but some reinforcements are coming, too. With that in mind, Arden and Ben break down the biggest decisions facing the Blue Jays down the stretch. This podcast is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. […]

Sep 11, 2020
How A Busy Deadline Impacts The Blue Jays Roster
00:39:41

It wasn’t quite a Padres-level shopping spree, but the Blue Jays were busy on deadline day. Arden and Ben break down all of the Blue Jays’ moves down and look ahead at how the newcomers fit the roster. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden […]

Sep 01, 2020
Why The Blue Jays Can Say More By Playing Less
00:51:20

Arden and Ben begin with a discussion that goes beyond baseball to the boycotts and postponements happening across sports. Then, they turn their attention to the trade deadline. Now that Taijuan Walker’s a Blue Jay, who’s next? At The Letters is produced and sound designed by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden […]

Aug 28, 2020
Well-Timed Hot Streak Means The Blue Jays Are Buyers
01:00:00

After their best week yet, the Blue Jays are undeniably in contention. Arden and Ben discuss what that means ahead of the trade deadline and assess the on-field impact of some major injuries. This podcast is produced and sound designed by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. At The Letters is […]

Aug 22, 2020
No One Ever Said Major League Baseball Is Easy, Right?
01:00:01

Arden and Ben analyze the struggles of some of the young Blue Jays before discussing Charlie Montoyo’s moves and looking ahead to the trade deadline. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. At The Letters is also on YouTube. Watch it here. Our video […]

Aug 14, 2020
Blue Jays Hitters Have To Step Up Sometime Soon
00:49:30

The Blue Jays keep pitching well, but what happened to their bats? Arden and Ben take stock of Toronto’s struggling offence and wonder about a way to find some outside-the-box help. This episode is produced and sound designed by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. Audio Credits: YouTube.com/MLB The views and […]

Aug 06, 2020
Pearson Excels But Things Get Much Weirder For The Jays
01:05:00

Nate Pearson’s debut couldn’t have gone better, but suddenly the Blue Jays have no weekend opponent. Arden and Ben discuss a wild debut week for Toronto with a focus on the pitching staff. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. Audio Credits: YouTube.com/MLB The […]

Jul 31, 2020
The Homeless Blue Jays and 2020 Over/Unders
01:27:10

It’s Opening Day for the Blue Jays and they still don’t know where their home schedule will be played. Arden and Ben discuss the implications of a 60-game road trip and why Nate Pearson didn’t crack Toronto’s Opening Day roster. Plus, the 2020 edition of ATL’s greatest tradition — Over/Unders. This episode is produced and […]

Jul 24, 2020
Dan Shulman Talks Broadcasting During A Pandemic
00:50:00

Fresh off a two-game stint calling intrasquad contests, Blue Jays play-by-play voice Dan Shulman joins Arden to chat about preparing to broadcast games off a monitor this season and what he’s seen so far at the team’s camp. This episode is produced and sound designed by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Arden Zwelling. Audio Credits: […]

Jul 17, 2020
New Kind Of Jays Camp Off To Complicated Start
00:50:00

The Blue Jays made it to Toronto — but around MLB concerns over COVID-19 persist. Arden and Ben discuss the latest Blue Jays news and look ahead at what to expect from Vlad Guerrero Jr. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. Audio Credits: […]

Jul 09, 2020
Assessing The Path To The Majors For Pearson
01:02:50

Now that the minor-league season has been cancelled, prospect development looks completely different. Arden and Ben discuss what that means for Nate Pearson and others in the Blue Jays system. This episode is produced and edited by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. Audio Credits: YouTube.com/MLB The views and opinions expressed […]

Jul 03, 2020
Anticipating A One-Of-A-Kind Blue Jays Season
01:02:23

It took a while, but baseball’s back. Arden and Ben discuss what the return-to-play plans mean for the Blue Jays and the many remaining questions facing the Toronto organization. This episode is produced by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of […]

Jun 26, 2020
Scott MacArthur Talks Coming Out, MLB Labour, Blue Jays
01:14:10

One year after coming out publicly, Sportsnet 590 The FAN radio host Scott MacArthur joins Arden and Ben to talk Pride, MLB labour and the Blue Jays’ chances in 2020. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. The views and opinions expressed in this […]

Jun 19, 2020
Could Austin Martin Be The Jays’ Next Core Player?
01:01:40

By drafting Austin Martin, the Blue Jays landed a player some considered the best prospect in the draft. Arden and Ben discuss the surprising circumstances that allowed Toronto to land Martin and look ahead at what comes next for MLB. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith […]

Jun 13, 2020
Blue Jays Facing Challenges Ahead Of Shortened Draft
01:04:01

In less than two weeks, the Blue Jays will make their highest draft choice in decades. Jim Callis of MLB Pipeline and Shi Davidi join Arden and Ben to discuss the challenge and the opportunity facing Jays decision makers. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and […]

May 29, 2020
The Jays Have A Lot At Stake As The 2020 Season Is Negotiated
00:55:29

As players and owners continue negotiating the terms of the 2020 MLB season, the Blue Jays have a lot at stake. Arden and Ben discuss it all – from the minutiae to the bigger picture. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. The views […]

May 22, 2020
How Blue Jays Pitchers are Preparing for the Year Ahead
00:42:14

Two months after the season was suspended, Blue Jays pitchers have learned a lot about working from home. Bullpen coach Matt Buschmann joins Arden and Ben for a discussion about how the staff is preparing behind the scenes. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden […]

May 13, 2020
Planning For A Season Like None Other
00:54:30

Getting the 2020 baseball season going will be nothing if not complex. Shi Davidi joins Arden and Ben to discuss the latest plans and the many ways the Blue Jays will be impacted. This episode is recorded and sound engineered by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. The views and opinions […]

May 08, 2020
If Baseball Returns In 2020, What Will It Look Like?
00:43:39

As discussion about a potential 2020 MLB season intensifies, Arden and Ben weigh in on some potential structures for a shortened season while also examining some of the remaining obstacles. This episode is recorded and sound engineered by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. The views and opinions expressed in this […]

Apr 30, 2020
Fielding Your Questions
01:20:00

This week Ben and Arden turned to ATL listeners for questions on everything from the 2020 season, past Blue Jays teams, sportswriting and food. #AskATL This episode is produced and sound engineered by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the […]

Apr 22, 2020
Matt Shoemaker on rehab, leadership and Mike Trout
00:33:20

Before the MLB season went on pause, Matt Shoemaker joined Arden and Ben at spring training for a wide-ranging conversation about injury rehab, the Blue Jays’ pitching staff and Mike Trout. This episode is produced by Amil Delic, mixed by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. The views and opinions expressed in […]

Apr 15, 2020
Introducing Sports On Pause
00:03:44

Listen to Sports On Pause at https://sprtsnt.ca/3e7nTAZ or search and subscribe in your podcatcher. COVID-19 is impacting the world unlike anything we’ve seen in 100 years, and sports has not escaped its effects. The newest podcast from Sportsnet features hosts Richard Deitsch and Donnovan Bennett in conversation with athletes and executives, health professionals and journalists […]

Apr 11, 2020
Randal Grichuk’s State Of Mind
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What does physical distancing look like for the Toronto Blue Jays? Randal Grichuk joins Arden and Ben to discuss his workouts and state of mind with the 2020 baseball season on pause. This episode is produced and recorded by Amil Delic, sound engineered by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. The views […]

Apr 07, 2020
Jamie Campbell Is Burning Up The Phone Lines
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With no baseball on the schedule, Blue Jays Central host Jamie Campbell has been making plenty of calls. This time he phones Ben and Arden to talk about his conversations with fans and some classic Jays games. This episode is produced and record by Amil Delic, sound designed by Christian Ryan, and hosted by Ben […]

Mar 31, 2020
Talking Next Steps And Revisiting Some Blue Jays History
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With uncertainty still surrounding the start of the 2020 MLB season, Arden and Ben wonder what’s next before discussing some of the classic Blue Jays games now airing on Sportsnet. Listen to our interview Andrew Albers HERE. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Amil Delic, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. […]

Mar 23, 2020
A New Reality Emerges For The Jays, And All Of Us
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A few days ago, the COVID-19 outbreak led to the indefinite suspension of the MLB season. What now? Arden and Ben discuss the implications of the pause in play for society at large and for the Blue Jays. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Michael Mayers, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden […]

Mar 17, 2020
Nate Pearson
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How does baseball’s top right-handed pitching prospect prepare himself? Nate Pearson joins Arden and Ben in Dunedin, Fla. to talk tech, food, sleep, workload and the high hopes he has for his career. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Amil Delic, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. Special thanks to Maria St. […]

Mar 10, 2020
What We’ve Learned At Blue Jays Spring Training
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All of a sudden opening day’s not all that far off. From the Blue Jays’ spring training home in Dunedin, Fla., Ben asks Arden for his Grapefruit League impressions and a discussion about Nate Pearson follows. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Amil Delic, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. Audio […]

Mar 07, 2020
Stealing The Show
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Arden and Ben discuss ongoing Astros scandal and the ways it’s impacting the Blue Jays before moving on to the latest on-field news. “Who is the Blue Jays top outfield prospect?” -Arden Zwelling This episode is produced and sound designed by Amil Delic, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. At The Letters is […]

Feb 19, 2020
Winter Wins and What They Will Mean
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While the Blue Jays still have work to do, Hyun-jin Ryu could be a difference maker. Arden and Ben take stock of what the recent additions mean for a new-look Toronto roster. This episode is produced and sound designed by Amil Delic, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. At The Letters also on […]

Jan 11, 2020
Nov. 8: Blue Jays’ off-season work just getting started
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Chase Anderson’s a Blue Jay now. What’s next? Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith explain who is (and isn’t) a free agent fit before considering Toronto’s options in centre field. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Amil Delic, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. At The Letters is also on YouTube. Watch […]

Nov 09, 2019
Oct. 18: Mark Shapiro on what’s next for both the Jays and himself
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With the regular season over, it’s time to zoom out a little. Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith ask Blue Jays president and CEO Mark Shapiro about his professional future, the Blue Jays’ next moves and some potential rule changes in baseball. “I love where I am.” – Mark Shapiro, Toronto Blue Jays president and CEO At The Letters […]

Oct 18, 2019
Oct. 4: Reviewing some contentious Blue Jays over/under predictions
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With some much-needed help from Shi Davidi, Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith review their annual over/under predictions. As always, past assumptions about the Blue Jays prove questionable in time. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Amil Delic, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. At The Letters is presented by the All-New […]

Oct 04, 2019
Sept. 27: John Schneider’s observations from the dugout
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Few people have seen as much of Vlad, Bo and Biggio as John Schneider. The Blue Jays coach joins Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith to discuss the development of those rookies and what he watches for from the dugout. “He (Bo Bichette) thinks he’s going to be Mickey Mantle — Mike Trout. There’s no hesitation.” -John […]

Sep 27, 2019
Sept. 19: Assessing the debut seasons of Vlad, Bo and Biggio
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How would you grade the Blue Jays’ rookie infielders? Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith weigh in on Vlad, Bo and Biggio while also discussing the Toronto bullpen and Trevor Bauer’s next team. “Cavan Biggio is having a better rookie season than Vladimir Guerrero Jr.” -Arden Zwelling This episode is produced and sound engineered by Amil Delic, and hosted […]

Sep 20, 2019
Sept. 13: Discussing the evolution of pitching with Blue Jays’ Pete Walker
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Imagine obsessing over every last pitch thrown by the 2019 Blue Jays. That’s Pete Walker’s job. As a tough season winds down, Walker joins Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith for a big picture discussion about pitching. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Amil Delic, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. At […]

Sep 13, 2019
Sept. 5: Call-ups add intrigue as losses pile up for Blue Jays
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Remember when the Blue Jays won games for a while? Those days are over. As September call-ups arrive in Toronto, Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith discuss the club’s struggles and recent additions. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Shoaib Alli, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. At The Letters is presented […]

Sep 05, 2019
Aug. 28: Assessing the Josh Donaldson trade one year later
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Josh Donaldson’s back and he’s hitting again, so Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith assess last year’s trade before discussing Rowdy Tellez’s production and previewing the Blue Jays’ September call-ups. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Shoaib Alli, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. At The Letters is also on YouTube. This […]

Aug 28, 2019
Aug. 21: Will Pearson be next top prospect to join Blue Jays?
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Now that Nate Pearson’s just one step away from the majors, how soon could he make his MLB debut? Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith discuss before turning their attention to Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s knee and the Jays’ use of the opener. This episode is produced and sound engineered by Shoaib Alli, and hosted by Ben […]

Aug 21, 2019
Aug. 14: Ross Atkins on the Blue Jays’ present and future
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GM Ross Atkins joins Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling for a big-picture discussion about where the Blue Jays are now and what has to happen for them to contend. This episode is produced by Steven Coyle and Ryan Walsh, sound engineered by Shoaib Alli, and hosted by Ben Nicholson-Smith and Arden Zwelling. At The Letters […]

Aug 14, 2019
Aug. 9: A new era of Blue Jays baseball arrives
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Bo Bichette can’t be stopped, so Arden and Ben discuss his historic stretch, what the Blue Jays can do to address their pitching, and Mark Shapiro’s recent media availability. “I don’t know if the Blue Jays are going to win in two years or three years. None of us know if they are going to […]

Aug 09, 2019
Aug. 1: A closer look at the Blue Jays’ decision to trade Sanchez
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With Sanchez, Biagini and Hudson all traded, Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith make sense of the Blue Jays’ decisions and assess the return coming to Toronto. “I just don’t think you can criticize the front office for, you know, oh — they don’t now what they are doing. No! They’re doing what every other team […]

Aug 02, 2019
July 30: Did the Blue Jays get fair value in Stroman trade?
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Marcus Stroman and Eric Sogard have been traded. Did the Blue Jays get enough back? Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith make sense of the moves and Jim Callis of MLB Pipeline weighs in on the return. “This would be a really big story (Bo Bichette called up) if it hadn’t happened on the day that […]

Jul 30, 2019
July 24: Last episode of the Stro Show?
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Is this it for Marcus Stroman and the Blue Jays? And if so, what happens next? Shi Davidi joins Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith in studio to make sense of the Blue Jays ahead of the deadline. “One of the great things about Blue Jays fans is that Blue Jays fans obsess over these tiny […]

Jul 24, 2019
July 17: Weighing in on Blue Jays’ top trade chips with Mike Wilner
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Just like that, we’re only two weeks away from the trade deadline, so Blue Jays play by play voice Mike Wilner joins Ben Nicholson-Smith at Fenway Park to discuss the team’s top trade chips. “The Blue Jays are going to be good next year. They’re going to be very good in a couple of years. […]

Jul 18, 2019
July 12: Applying lessons in player development to the Blue Jays
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What if there was no such thing as a ceiling for MLB players? This week, The Ringer’s Ben Lindbergh joins At the Letters to talk about the MVP Machine, the book on player development he co-authored. “He knows he’s going to be traded. That was really my takeaway from talking to Stroman on the Monday […]

Jul 13, 2019
July 3: Gurriel Jr. showing star-level potential for Blue Jays
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What if Lourdes Gurriel Jr. can be a star for this team? This week Arden and Ben discuss Gurriel Jr., marvel at Cavan Biggio’s plate approach and break down Aaron Sanchez’s struggles. “Don?t forget about the elite left field defence that you are getting (from Lourdes Gurriel Jr.). Don’t forget about the fact that nobody […]

Jul 03, 2019
June 26: What Would The Blue Jays Get For Marcus Stroman?
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Dan Shulman returns to Sportsnet’s podwaves by pinch-hitting for Ben this week. Dan and Arden discuss why the Yankees seem like a good fit for Marcus Stroman, the Blue Jays minor-league pitching depth, Lourdes Gurriel Jr.’s improvement as a fielder and hitter, Cavan Biggio’s plate discipline and a surprisingly upbeat clubhouse. “It’s the young guys’ […]

Jun 26, 2019
June 20: Raptors’ success brings back Blue Jays memories
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After covering the NBA Finals, Arden returns to talk Raptors and Blue Jays with Ben. Plus, discussions about Marcus Stroman and Ross Atkins. “I think Stroman has known since last year it was a possibility. Over the winter it was something the Blue Jays were openly talking about that they would listen to offers on […]

Jun 20, 2019