Ari Shapiro on TSN 1260 (Edmonton): Remembering Tony Fernandez

My latest appearance (02-17-20) on TSN 1260 Radio (Edmonton) with Dustin Nielson (@nielsonTSN1260).

Remembering the legendary Tony Fernandez and how he touched the hearts of an entire generation of Toronto baseball fans with his class, dignity and talent. He will always be remembered as the greatest Blue Jays player to ever put on the uniform, and for being one of the most charitable and altruistic human beings you’ll find on this planet.

Be sure to visit: https://tffoundation.ca/ and make a donation. The Tony Fernandez Foundation works with underprivileged and troubled children by nurturing and developing them through counseling, education, training, physical and spiritual activities. Tony’s vision is to fulfill his childhood dream to enrich the lives of less fortunate children.

From his website:

Dear friends,

Our dear ‘hermano y amigo’ Tony Fernandez passed away on Sunday, February 16 as a result of complications from the polycystic kidney disease that Tony suffered from over the past number of years.

The Fernandez family is deeply grateful to the many baseball colleagues, friends and fans who have surrounded them with expressions of compassion, love and prayers.

Following the funeral in Tony’s native Dominican Republic, we anticipate that plans will be made for a memorial service to take place in Toronto at a later date. Details, once finalized, will be posted on this website as well as to the Facebook Page of the Tony Fernandez Foundation – Canada.

Thank you.

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38,39)

A conversation with Alex Seixeiro

My latest conversation with celebrated Sportsnet anchor and radio/television host Alex Seixeiro, whose industry success, commitment to his craft and informed opinions make him a powerful conversationalist and a worthwhile authority on the subject of Toronto sports.

We discussed his thoughts on the Blue Jays and their torrid off-season, the Raptors and their sublime excellence night in and night out, and the Maple Leafs and their quest to end over half a century of futility, along with his candid position on the changing of the guard (Don Cherry, Bob McCown) when it comes to broadcasting personalities and sports journalism in Canada.

Be sure to check out Alex and his fine work on social media (@alexfan590) and across all Sportsnet affiliates.

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Shapiro’s Round Table: The Moral and Ethical Decay of Major League Baseball

My first round table of 2020..and it’s a slobberknocker, folks.

Joining me to discuss the shame and humiliation of the broken national sports pastime that is Major League Baseball is acclaimed sportscaster and legendary TSN reporter Tony Ambrogio (@Tony_Ambrogio), country music star and Blue Jays blogger Chris Henderson (@baseball4brains), and former minor league basketball player and lawyer Mick Sloniowski.

Together we discussed: how to adequately deal with the hubris and hypocrisy of a sport gone to rot, what a suitable punishment should be for players directly involved with these shenanigans since 2017, why Rob Manfred is a pitiful excuse for a league commissioner, what MLB should do with advanced technology governing the extent of rampant greed in the sport, how Jose Altuve went from an inspirational human being to a bucket of second-grade used pine tar, and why the Houston Astros as an organization deserve a special place in baseball hell.

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Shapiro’s Round Table: Cherry’s Demise and Rudderless Babs

On this latest round table, I’m joined by national hockey writer John Matisz from The Score, dynamic blogger and epic soothsayer Luke Armstrong, and former Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender and 80’s nostalgist Allan Bester.

We discussed: the dismissal of Don Cherry and what it means to the average hockey fan, why the writing was on the wall when it came to his politics, the fallout from having a Canadian icon bite the marketing dust, why the Toronto Maple Leafs remain a dysfunctional hockey team, if Mike Babcock will remain as the coach of this mediocre group of overpaid athletes, and why Allan enjoys Fox News and thinks we’re all a bit too sensitive.

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Shapiro’s Round Table: Babcock’s Folly and Siakam’s Glory

On this latest round table, I’m joined by TSN sportscasting legend Tony Ambrogio (@Tony_Ambrogio), blogger and basketball guru Mick Sloniowski (@MSloniowski), and site expert of Editor-in-Leaf James Tanner (@James_Tanner123).

We discussed: if the Maple Leafs are victims of a falsely constructed social media narrative, what the real future of Mike Babcock looks like, the importance of timing when it comes to free agent additions, why Sheldon Keefe deserves to be mentioned more than just a passing footnote, how benching Jason Spezza set back everything, why the Raptors remain the most likeable team in the country, how Pascal Siakam is on the verge of superstardom, and the legacy of Blue Jays frugality and how it’s destroyed baseball in Toronto in a league where more teams tank than actually compete.

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Shapiro’s Hockey Round Table: Dinner is on Mitch Marner

On this latest round table, I’m joined by critically-acclaimed blogger and writer Luke Armstrong (@armstrongthings), TSN stalwart and sportscasting legend Tony Ambrogio (@Tony_Ambrogio), and celebrated author and soothsaying economist Marshall Auerback (@Mauerback), who all serve up hot takes on the recent signing of Mitch Marner and the future of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

We discussed: their respective hot takes on the Mitch Marner deal (six years, $10.893 million AAV), how they feel about this roster as it’s presently constituted, on the prospect of rewarding players before they’ve won anything, if Mike Babcock feels any pressure halfway through his epic contract, should pressure exist for an organization that hasn’t won a championship in 53 years, on the veteran presence of a Tyson Barrie and other wily mercenaries, how backup goaltending could be the difference maker when it comes to Neuvirth, and who they think will be the darkhorse on this ruthlessly talented team of multi-millionaires.

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Take 5: In Rearguards We Trust?

Five different takes on the Toronto Maple Leafs blue line and how fans should feel about their chances defensively during the 2019-2020 season.

Special guests: James Tanner (James_Tanner123), Mark Do Couto (@MarkDoCouto), Mike Stephens (@mikeystephens81), Austin Owens (@_AustinOwens) and Marshall Auerback (@Mauerback).

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Take 5: The Passive Canadian and Duopolies

Five different takes on how Canadians wrestle with a lack of competition and the presence of industry duopolies in their daily lives.

Special guests: Mark Do Couto (@MarkDoCouto), Mick Sloniowski (@MSloniowski), Chris Henderson (@Baseball4Brains), Marshall Auerback (@Mauerback) and Geoff Falbo (@gfalbo13).

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A conversation with Sass Jordan

My conversation with Juno-award winning singer, actress and television personality Sass Jordan, who is often referred to as Canada’s Queen of Rock – and for good reason! This British-born rock singer from Montreal, Quebec is beloved on both sides of the border as a legendary Canadian musician and personality.

We discussed the staples of a Gen-X childhood growing up in Toronto during the 1980’s, what inspires her to continue writing music, how the changing industry has affected her quest for authenticity, what drives her to embrace the creative process in an ever-changing world, how her emotional maturity transcended the usual trappings of soul-sucking fame, what it means to appeal to a brand new and younger audience while enjoying the fruits of the old, and what it was like to rub shoulders with some of the biggest artists on the planet (Foo Fighters, Aerosmith, Cheap Trick, The Rolling Stones).

Be sure to visit Sassjordan.com to order your (kick ass) 180-gram coloured vinyl limited edition 25th anniversary of her seminal release “Rats”, and check out Twitter (@sassjordan) and Instagram (sass.jordan) to catch up on the latest Sass Jordan tour dates, musical releases and other literary moments of zen.

Take 5: The Silence of the RFA Offer Sheets

Five different takes on the spectacularly dull and largely uneventful NHL off-season to this point.

Special guests: Mike Stephens (@mikeystephens81), James Tanner (@James_Tanner123), Austin Owens (@_AustinOwens), Mark Do Couto (@MarkDoCouto) and Marshall Auerback (@Mauerback).

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