Ari Shapiro on The Neutral Zone (03-30-19)

My latest guest appearance (03-30) on The Neutral Zone podcast (@AMIaudio) with hosts Brock Richardson (@neutralzonebr) & Cam Jenkins (@NeutralZoneCamJ) talking about the Toronto Blue Jays.

We discussed the start of the 2019 baseball season, my candid thoughts on the future of Marcus Stroman, if the current stock of reclamation projects can find a way to win back fans, the glorious culture change that is Charlie Montoyo’s leadership, and what to expect from a season that’s truly short on expectations and high on rose-colored possibilities.

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Blue Jays Round Table: Perceptions of Youth and Revisionist History

My latest baseball round table featuring Jesse Golderberg-Strassler (@jgoldstrass; author and voice of the Lansing Lugnuts), Marshall Auerback (@Mauerback; writer and research analyst at the Levy Institute), and Jason Woodell (@JasonAtTheGame; co-founder of Prospects Live and host of The Scouts Have Eyes podcast).

We discussed: Anthony Alford’s great and final crusade, the sumptuous reclamation projects that is Teoscar Hernandez, a strange recurrence of the Shapiro vs. Anthopoulos paradigm, what Alex and his legacy was truly all about, Woodell’s favourite under-the-radar Jays prospects, dreaming of 200+ innings from Stroman and Sanchez, why the most important rookie on the team isn’t a player, how to properly grade the efforts of Charlie Montoyo, and the power of self-prescribed intellectual exercises in management versus old-school vanilla rebuilds.

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A conversation with Ira Rheingold

My conversation with consumer advocate and altruist Ira Rheingold, who is the executive director of the National Association of Consumer Advocates; a nationwide organization of more than 1500 attorneys who represent hundreds of thousands of consumers victimized by fraudulent, abusive, and predatory business practices.

We talked about his love of fighting for consumer rights, his overall impressions of the Trump presidency, the changing tides of Democrat vs. Republican ideological struggles, his thoughts on the future of fairness and transparency when it comes to the average taxpayer living in North America, his candid take on the Equifax scandal, the concept of reverting to cretinism as global populism grows, the battle for truth and education in contemporary society, how social media remains a powder keg for the upcoming 2020 election, and the dangers of baseball’s greed and lingering hubris.

Be sure to follow Ira (@IraRheingold) on social media, and visit consumeradvocates.org to learn more about an organization worth admiring for all the right reasons.

Toronto Blue Jays Round Table: Henderson-Falbo-Rosenhek

My latest baseball round table featuring Chris Henderson (@baseball4brains; musician and site expert at Jays Journal), Geoff Falbo (@gfalbo13; writer/blogger formerly with Deep Leagues), and Eric Rosenhek (@TheHek; writer and host of Definitely Not Jays Talk).

We discussed: Vlad Guerrero’s oblique strain and the issue of personal conditioning, the glorious renaissance of Bo Bichette, Anthony Alford’s quest for true baseball redemption, Bud Norris and the issue of veteran influence in the dugout, what happens if Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez put their pitching woes behind them, the future of the starting rotation, when this team officially becomes Mark Shapiro’s baby, and what happens if the bottom falls out early and all we’re left with is a minor league product at major league prices during August.

A conversation with Gil Troy

My conversation with celebrated writer and historian Gil Troy, who has received numerous international awards for excellence in commentary and is also a prolific author of such critically-acclaimed books as “Age of Clinton: America in the 1990’s” and “The Zionist Ideas: Visions for the Jewish Homeland.”

We discussed if there was anything left that surprised him politically or spiritually during the age of Trump, how his academic and literary background allowed him to sublimate a world filled with extreme ideas and unreasonable people, what inspired him to study world history and understand the basic question of conflict and resolution, if the dangers of historical revisionism keep him awake at night, his take on Samuel Huntington’s clash of civilizations paradigm, if tribalism and the rise of authoritarian regimes is all but destroying the concept of centrism, how the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin and the demise of compromise changed the Israeli narrative permanently, his take on separating anti-semitic discourse with anti-Israel sentiment, and why Quebec took sovereignty off the table after decades of fervent nationalism.

Make sure you’re following Gil (@GilTroy) on social media, and be sure to visit his website (giltroy.com) to enjoy his latest literary efforts and commentary on the world around us.

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