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Blue Jays Podcast: Batting Practice expert John Schneider

Welcome to “Digging In with J.P. Arencibia,” a Yahoo Sports podcast and video series hosted by former Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia and Yahoo Sports Blue Jays reporter Nick Ashbourne.

On this episode

Toronto Blue Jays Major League Coach and MLB Home Run Derby pitcher extraordinaire John Schneider has been with the organization for more than a decade in various roles on and off the field. He shares his wisdom and experience after a now record-setting performance at the derby.

On the show:

  • 02:45 - Is it ridiculous that baseball is testing out major rule changes in the Atlantic League?.

  • 15:18 - Schneider becomes the greatest Derby pitcher of all time.

  • 16:00 - John’s 18 year tenure with the Blue Jays as a player and coach.

  • 17:30 - The art of throwing BP, and his thoughts during the Derby.

  • 14:39 - Difference a million-dollar prize makes.

  • 18:50 - The difficulty of practicing for and participating in the Home Run Derby.

  • 19:40 - “Something special is happening here.”

  • 21:40 - How the power game has evolved.

  • 23:50 - Developing players through the ranks.

  • 26:45 - Is Bo Bichette ready for the major leagues?

  • 36:00 - If you could increase the strength of one of your senses by 1000, which one would it be?

TORONTO, ON - July 2 Toronto Blue Jays major league coach John Schneider (17) is seen in the dugout. He is Guerrero's pick to throw to him during the upcoming home run derby. The Toronto Blue Jays took on the Boston Red Sox at the Rogers Centre in American League baseball action. July 2, 2019 (Richard Lautens/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

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