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08:00 min | 2 months ago

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"You look for. And he's like. I mean i've always always said on heater adjusted. I'll speed because that is the max of the jong board. I mean you're geared up for ninety eight and he throws eighty eight. You're going to be ready for the but if you're up eighty eight and he does ninety eight. You're not gonna touch it so I feel like just having that approach keeping it simple hitting the positive top part of the baseball and you know that's pretty much it. I mean i i feel like just being able to keep things simple as been the be the best thing for me. Does it make more sense to do that now. Even just because of the way that philosophy plays right now individually just because you see like everybody throws mid gosh. Yeah i think the. I think the biggest jump Yeah just being able to handle the lost city. But i mean i think everybody can kind of go and look at the data of what hitters had to go through with the sticky stuff and you know you see people spin rates falling jozef to understand that when you're hitting these heaters are spin rate of almost three thousand. It's like it almost looked like if the ball was coming out at his shoelaces ending up at your chest like the perceived velocity and the perceived Expansion is just ridiculous so now to see what. The numbers have been In dealing with all that stuff now. I feel like now you're seeing the home runs. Now you're seeing like okay. We're these aren't as bad as we thought they were. You know it's it's I feel like it's finally getting back to that true That your baseball. You know people are getting checked and yeah. I think it's good for the game. I mean we that seemed like such. It was such a big story for like the kind of few weeks leading up to it and there was just kind of swarming and it went away a little bit. Yeah but has there been a lasting effect from the hitter's perspective. Yeah i mean if you. I mean go look at everyone's numbers this year like when these pitchers had these sticky stuff. It was making like pitchers that you know maybe have like a five or six year ago started. Uc's he's got two or three you know and so You know. I'm sure you guys saw the articles about spinner rate and all that stuff and the decrease into the klein. And it's like you know that's why there's a hi pow bora because you're when you're hitting in. The guy has all sticky stuff. And he's going to heater and it looks like it's one place in you look down in. It's not it's you know pretty much you you have to swing over fastballs and it was like what like but that's in you know to survive that era of just the sticky stuff like you got to think about. The hitter. couldn't survive that time to make that adjustment of all right. a guy has a spin. Peter of twenty eight hundred. My aiming point has to be here on a heater rather than here. And you know auspey pitches where even better right like you guys are seeing this stuff so yeah i just feel like i feel like i'm happy that it's it's getting policed. I actually the the way that you described. I remember. I specifically remember match. One of the early season zunes because we were still on zoom with the players describing it that way where he had to learn to swing above where he thought he was going to be which that was really eye opening thing. But i don't know how long that have been going on like. How long had you had to hit like. Well i remember back in twenty eighteen learning about it and learning about spin ray heaters. Because you know you get that one fastball. You don't wanna miss it right. So that's why you see so many guys clip foul balls that behind him or back that way and it's because you know as both coming in with the revolutions were able to do is just like it was able to pretty much rise up a little more than what you thought it was and obviously we're trying to hit a round ball round bat. You know it's hard to do so Yeah i think it was back in. Two thousand eighteen is. When i kind of i heard about it. And then that's when i started paying attention to hitters or pitchers rpm so all all our scouting reports whenever. We're going up to the plate. There's a spot that says fastball. what is spin. Aarp usually like guys two thousand like okay. That's a that's a pretty standard teeter. But it's like twenty three twenty four. Okay that means you have to kind of make sure you really concentrate on staying on top of the ball even more because you stay on top of the ball even more. That's what kind of gives us. We have the direction that you want. The other thing that stood out At least in the first half was Seemed like you were being more selective. Generally what led into that. And is that something. You're going to carry for just intensively being more selective. Yeah when i was coming out we have the city sitting coach name Darryl robinson and one of his things was we all want like he always treats be selectively aggressive. And you know it's funny how you write things down in a journal and it comes back to you and those are the things that you kind of build your approach around. Speaking selectively aggressive is something that always rings in the back of my head. Is you know. Obviously you want to get a good fish but you wanna be aggressive. Because that's the that's the swing that's gonna you get to do damage on and Yeah i think it's just an approach. I've just been super simple this year. I don't have a. i don't have a big sling. It's very compact. it's very short. It's very boring as you know what. I mean it's You know i get up there. And that's my stance on my low too simple but you know i feel like i've been able to stay around the big leagues for as long as i've had is because Just know who i am. And i i'd like i said we talked about trying to finish at exit velocity again. I hit home runs but also struck out at like twenty percent clip. And i was like all right. That's not what i am so I at the end of the day. I can say i try. So was this an important year for you. Just kinda like get more comfortable with yours. A hitter mirrors player. Yeah and obviously super blessed as gave me some volume to work with and to be able to mix in with some of these guys. And i feel like this year having the year i am. I mean you have to manifest all this stuff and put out in the universe and say every year is a big year. Every year is going to be a good year. I feel like that's kind of what happened. And you know. I wouldn't mind being a for a couple more years. Nothing li- last thing to ask you about being that we're in kansas city. Right now The the negro leagues museum is here and understand. You guys went and visited a couple of days ago. A couple of guys from the team was that for some that you've been in. What were your sort of impressions. The yeah that was the first time i've been And my impressions was you know. I know that how what those guys went through to be able to play the game that i love today as they went through a lot. And you know i. I went with chris. Davis mark cana We also we also went with josh harrison. So's tour guide was unbelievable. He you know the whole place was shut down a private tour and Yeah you gotta go. Were there things that you learn or saw there that that even resonated still today or you say it. It was still familiar. I guess yeah. I mean just the the amount of money that they have you know spending one dollar a day two dollars a day and getting on hank aaron getting on a train. 'em cross hitting his opposite hands hitting and all the stories and i feel like i just learned this. I think it was just being able to see visually. I'm a visual. Learn just to see visually as it was eye opening You know and like. I said you gotta definitely pay respects those guys. Because i wouldn't be here without warning. Kansas city next time together. We'll tony thank you so much for taking out the time and for joining us really appreciate it. Thanks again to tony camp for joining us today. On as plus our producers today were g allen johnson and king kaufman. We'll be back with more soon on as plus thanks for listening..

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06:47 min | 2 months ago

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"Kemp utility man was just named as nominee for the prestigious roberto clemente award. And he's been a consistent contributor for oakland all season. He joins us to talk about his ongoing effort to this plus one affect initiative which he started last year to spark civil discourse about race and the players alliance as well as the playoff. Push that more now on plus tony. Thanks a lot for For joining us. In first of all. I mean Congratulations on the the nomination for the clemente award. Which is obviously very prestigious award. Fam i'll be Second year in a row that you have been the as nominee what what does that. What does that mean to you. Was that signify to you. Yeah i mean. I was talking about earlier. And you know i feel like in my career and Dating back since college. You know there's been a lot of accolades and a lot of awards and the roberto clemente award is number one for me. You know just kind of shows you like what you do to give back to community and Encompasses so many things and yeah just very blessed very humble just to be on the same sentences. Roberto clemente means a lot. Covers a lot of ground both with the onfield performance and then also just the Efforts put an off the field. we've britain in the past. You've you've talked about the work that you do with the plus one effect which she started Would you kind of just kind of tell us where that is right now. What you guys are doing with Through the plus. What effect at this point. Yeah so it's just about having a conversation about race With someone who wants to learn and better themselves about the about the topic and Like i said the plus one is exceeded all expectations. That i've even you know once it started to being. I knew it was a big deal. Once i Did my interview with the new york. Times and then Manage just it's still ongoing. You know people are still asking questions in my dm's about race to this day and know. I think it's it's good to keep the conversation going. I didn't i didn't want it to be a hot topic because it's it's more than that so it's still it's still continuous. It still in a work of progress of you. Know everybody trying to better themselves to take a step out of their shoes and see if they could live in someone else's shoes and see how they feel and The plus one affects all about having conversations with someone else in in a positive way to where you could spread awareness and spread positively through You know other people and how they feel about ray so it's been good. What would you say What you're working so with that. Obviously you're you're sort of balancing this right now between doing that and and the responsibilities that That go into you know playing baseball season But is there an end goal for for that That project yeah i i. I hope that there's not a single because then that means the work done Yeah i think it's just going to be one of those things that is just continuous I don't see england. I see it as a. I think it's going to be one of those things. That were in the customized cleats. That i have it. It's going to be always on my cleats. Just you know you never know when someone might look it up. I get asked all the time. When i'm on deck with the plus one effect is and if It's it's usually from older crowd But i heard a couple of people. Younger crowd kind of knows that the plus one effect is and i think the coolest thing is to walk around at different stadiums and We're in detroit. There's three or four fans that had the plus one affects shirt on. I was like well. It's it's huge so The reaches the reach is huge in so You know like. I said it's exceeded all expectations. I started going to say you see the shirts quite a bit. I mean not only in oakland but yeah like him on the road For for you what has been. Maybe the I guess to this point the most rewarding part of of doing that whole thing. Well say there was a time when we were playing the giants This season and after one of the day games that we won A fan came up to me. And said i would just love to shake your hand for everything that you've done You know i. I can't believe i'm actually talking to you right now. he's like but i just want say. Thank you for everything that you done on our off. The field With all the conversations going on. And i was kinda thinking i was like man. I wonder if. I wonder how long the line would be if every person could say that to me or to my wife or did you know this initiative line i think would be pretty pretty frigging long so Yeah and the initiative. Part of that is. The shirts is fundraising. Where does the funds go to. What are you guys doing with. With the funds that are raised through the yeah so We've actually kinda switched it up. It was going to get in. Army in nashville. And then we switch. We're going to switch it to There is a positive coaching thing. That we're actually working out with san francisco right now to figure out If we're going to start having the money go to like More of a community. That's toward oakland so it's actually been donated. The proceeds have been going to a bunch of different organizations so We gotta we gotta iron a little more things out but I wish it was black and white as as it could be. But it's it's not like that you gotta figure out Who you're gonna get it through the five. Oh one c. And that goes into it. But i wouldn't change it for anything when you think through sort of some of the conversations and interactions that you've had people just through this At obviously a big reason for doing this was to kind of like you said generate a dialogue but also kind of opened other people's as have there been any talks that have sort of did i opening for you to or like expanded sort of your Horizons and stuff. Yeah i think. I think the coolest thing about the initiative is how much i've learned just like you know you can never stop learning. You know you don't know everything in the world. And i think the the one conversation that stuff with me was You know a woman was talking about. How could she help when she was a white suburban mom. Area that you know. She wasn't around many people of color and You know. I just told her. It starts with their inner circle and go from there and that that conversation kind of stuck with me. Because i learned that you know even though you're not around it you know you still can people who are making fun of it or people who are talking bad about it. You know you're gonna be the one that steps up and tell people that you might lose friends talking about it but you know what i mean like you know at least you're bettering You know yourself. And you said you're honest truth and At the end of the day. I lost couple of friends through it to and you know that's part of growing up you're not gonna you're not gonna agree with everybody so but it's been going. Well you're also involved in the players alliance which has done a lot of work To grow baseball in underserved communities and communities. Where baseball maybe isn't as popular isn't.

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01:55 min | 3 months ago

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"Yeah this the only thing that was one of the things that was great with seen like all the security and heinsohn's people especially the people that we didn't see last year when there was cove it so that was actually really really wonderful. The only thing that was weird wasn't weird being on the field which i thought it might be. It was weird when the game started. And i realized i was covering the team that was hitting first and that for some reason. That was the one where it's like. Whoa whoa wait. What's oh cover that team that that was a weird thing for me being covered the rangers for two years. So i've covered the the visiting team here before. So i guess obviously a million years go but shouldn't be that weird but i was. I was it was. I thought it was going to be strange. Not sitting in my old seat. But i was delighted to get there and find that they had given my old seat to the late. Pedro gomez. there's a little spot there. For pedro and i love that so somebody else's got my seat. I'm absolutely thrilled. That it's pedro officer matt kawahara That was always wonderful to talk to you on our joint podcasts and we will talk again closely into the season and figure out where both of these teams are heading. That could be very exciting. Or hey. We'll talk again. And maybe an october before bainbridge serious. That's my plan. I have another bay bridge series. And then maybe they can give back that little weird trophy. Do if there's a world series between the as the giants do they also have to give back the bay bridge. The commissioner's trophy. Thanks everybody for listening. Thanks so much for listening to this. Combined edition of the giants splash as plus podcasts. Our producers today where king kaufman and g allen johnson and our music batter up was written and performed by lauren. Gold andrine east louis. We'll be back next week with more. Giants anees podcasts..

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05:28 min | 3 months ago

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"Plus podcast. I'm your co host. I guess is that true many susan's luster. I cover the giants of the san francisco. Chronicle and with me as matt kawahara who was our as beat writer and we are just finishing up the giants and as series the second installment of the bering bridge series sierra. The giants take two of three at oakland first of all matt. What were your impressions of the series particularly of think giants fans look at it and go. Wow look at all that great late pinch hitting from the giants are the as perspective. I'm guessing the bullpen is becoming. Maybe a little bit of a question mark. Yeah i think they have to be really kind of frustrated with the series because they could have swept the series from the best team in baseball. There were a few outs away from it and the bullpen has been sort of like periodic issue for them Obviously it struggled kind of in the middle of the year but really for the last month and a half the bullpen has been really good andrew chafe and they brought in has been really good for them and he gave up two home runs yesterday after giving them one the entire.

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05:11 min | 4 months ago

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"He'll they have a handful of their top prospects. Shortstops between logan david. Sanan a gallon. Who's off the olympics right now. Playing virginia say robert hassan. And and you know they just drafted another high school kid shortstop in In the first round this year so they have a little bit more depth coming through us. So yeah i mean. I think you know if you look throughout the entirety of assists in. I'm sure that they have some guys would be attracted to other teams if that's that's the way they wanted to go but yeah i think it probably has to be the right fit in always. There's kind of that That financial consideration for them too well to wrap it up. Let's let's just drop some names and obviously you start with the teams that are not doing well and willing to give up players and you know for prospects. I mean the twins in by the way doesn't josh donaldson play for the twins with all the move chapman. Too short put taylor rogers. Is there the the twin of tyler. Rogers with net be cool in. San francisco's bullpen. A mentioned the diamond backs but the cubs have all kinds of kimberly mentioned. kris bryant. You know boy if he goes The southern california kid. But i imagine he'd be willing to go to the west coast as well. You know you hear about joey gallo. And somehow the padres are all in on him even though their rotation is probably the the bigger need the rockies You mentioned trevor story. The marlins They have startling. Morte Trae man sania. The orioles tigers have guys robbie grossman about him in the outfield coming back to oakland but And and of course beyond scherzer. There's plenty of other Pitchers cale gibson. You've mentioned susan mentioned. You know the sunny gray susan. You mentioned danny duffy. But there's quite a few but he'd be he'd be my second choice. Actually maybe after even sure sir there are a lot of guys that are available. Just gonna cost so it's gonna be really interesting few days. John i wanted to kind of go back and this is also include. Somme stuff to what i mentioned about sadie which is interesting mentioning that he does not want to offend. Sort of the clubhouse chemistry. Can you imagine a bay area analytics Baseball team president of operations saying anything about team chemistry but he one of the ways he learned that was the suspect is trade. Which i'm not sure they will admit but It's you know that gutted that team And as a in both ways you know took the heart out of the lineup. And then lester came in and it was not a fit mc clubhouse i don't you know no matter what the higher ups say so They're going to be careful with that and that that alone can be you want. A guy you know will fit in. And that's i think for the giants is a primo consideration. Because this is unselfish. A-team as i've ever seen maybe the most unselfish team and that You know even just adding aaron sanchez. back which i expect to happen today in the bullpen or role. He's not really all that crazy about even something like that could be something..

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03:01 min | 4 months ago

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"Yeah missing the other day story craig. Kimbrel would be like my guy for perfect fit on that team because really only jake mckee has postseason experience. I mean yeah. There are a lot of great moving parts here But a lot of young and maybe inexperienced down the stretch on. And that's where kimberly who has You know contract through next season at money the giant certainly can afford would like solidify that bullpen but matty how about the as their needs already turned to the cubs bullpen to adjust one of them. i think you know if you had looked at it about a month ago and we did Ask david forced two weeks ago. Just kind of to allow what they were looking at before. The deadline and relief felt was a big one And the last night they weren't trade for andrew shaking left-hander from the coutts Who i would guess is gonna come in as sort of a setup guy Another left-hander they've gone through most of the season with jake diekmann is the primary left-hander And just another guy who can he. He's been together. Good season for the cubs can pitch some of those late inning high leverage situations. They have done all right in for the most part of the season but used a lot of the same guys and and those guys have been well used between the deepened trevino and he's married petite trio So i think they could definitely probably use another another bullpen arm. But now you're looking at the last month and the their offense has been quiet for For some time now. So i think if you're looking at this specific i mean if they could get potentially another bat in the outfield. Some that one of those corner outfield spots Would help a lot They haven't gotten a whole lot of production from the h. Spot throughout the season. So i mean if they were to bring in somebody who was corner outfielder could also take some h. Bats potentially left handed hitter through going down the list That would probably be a really really good fit for them but obviously the financial considerations are always a big thing. They do seem pretty for route throughout the Hundred games or so. They've been pretty stable in the rotation so it's always risky. Maybe too Too soon that's gonna to happen. But in terms of position groups it seems like rotations may be at the the lower end of the needs list. Right now yeah. I you know bob. Melvin is not going to be critical of the roster as is but i bet if you bought a a cocktail or two and sat him down he would say yeah the give me more relievers and and safin is absolutely as a lefty really nice fit and fits financially into what they do in oakland. But how 'bout and susan you reference this You know you might be getting some guys back here. How how would that factor into the trade deadline because the giants entire infield the projected infield is on the injured list of crawford short and longoria in on the right side Estella who really has done much yet..

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03:05 min | 4 months ago

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"And welcome to a special. Combine giant splash and as plus podcast. I'm john shea. National baseball writer of the san francisco chronicle and susan's lesser matt kawahara and i discuss expectations on both sides of the bait leading to friday's trade deadline. What are the knees. And who'd be good fits for both the giants and as max scherzer anyone well. Baseball's trade deadline is this week. Friday at one o'clock our time always a festive in intense time in the industry usually july thirty first is a deadline but this year is july thirtieth business day so it doesn't carry over to the weekend as if baseball people don't work weekends so we're here to cover all things trade deadline specific to the giants in as and we have the folks with all the answers. Susan's lesser matt. Kawahara are wonderful giants and as beat writers at the chronicle first off. Let's discuss the needs of each team the giants as we speak still the best record in the majors Who would have thunk it in the as looking up at first place houston looks like five games back. How did how did that happen. but susan your first and then mattie what what are the primary needs for the for the giant says you see them and later we'll get into possible fits but where are the holes that management needs to fill coming up at the deadline. Well i i like to go. Basically as much as possible offset far zaidi's said and he has been pretty insistent whenever asked about the trade deadline that starting pitching is probably the priority in there. There's some reasons for that. I mean there are starting pitching. Depth is pretty. Sam as it is anyway and we've seen that you know when when there's somebody that underperforms in that rotation as with most rotations They're even thinner. So they could use one more. You know either. Frontline or or middle range starter. And then from the position player standpoint you go like wow left-field hasn't given them much all year. But they've got all these guys coming back off the isle. When belt comes back you can move lamont weight into left field. You know so. The position players coming off the i really kind of changed the dynamic of maybe are they looking for a bad or not And a lot of people. Including i know yourself john have pointed out that may be a reliever including possibly closer because they don't have a set light lights out closer type because they've been kind of splitting that up a little bit But i'm not sure that's necessarily need and far hans been really adamant that he does not want to mess with sort of the clubhouse five which we can get in to a little bit more fully later but i think that hannah area closers the sort of area where maybe sometimes you can. It can either go really really right or really really wrong. And i'm not sure that's where an area where they'd want to give up a lot of You know premier prospects or anything anyway..

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05:57 min | 5 months ago

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"Was He actually has some thoughtful comments on the overall idea of allies. His point was He he feels like maybe subconsciously. He had a little resentment. Because we're not all you know we're not doing this. We have an all been doing this. I've been in the league for thirteen fourteen years. And he said i've never used sticky stuff. He's relied on a slider. His whole career is like it. The widespread use of this sigi stuff devalue or makes less unique guys who can pitch the way that he does Or who have that. Like unique skill set and so i thought that was a really interesting point He decided to convey his frustration in a way that was made for viral moments and put it and it was interested. Yeah i mean at this point. Actually just today that they had their first Guy confiscated like down. Although i guess yeah i guess afterward. He said that it was rosin and they confiscated his glove. So rid assume that they'll be. Yeah although it's coming from mlb you know how transparent they'll be about that but but it'll be interesting to see if there are more of those Seems like the giants have been pretty uneventful uneventful. I did enjoy in the second game against the ace. Alex uncorked incredible. While pitch at one point like way over caselli head run scores and they decide after that any to give him a check and you kind of see them laughing like he didn't say anything about this later but he was like kind of laughing like did you see that wild pitch like come on. Obviously i was not using anything at all. Because i had no grip He actually say it was a slight step kind of thing where he missed. Misfired but Yeah it's it's been very uneventful When the giants were in anaheim which is the first time they had checks Shohei ohtani actually had a lot of fun with it like he kind of gave the on fires a little bit of a nod and a big smile and patted him on the butt. Yeah yeah he was he was really Like kind of onboard. And i think most guys are They've made it fairly unobtrusive very quick. A lot of people said. Why can't they do it in the runway. Well it just takes so much time you know. If you get the whole umpiring crew off the field and the player you know they gotta do these three or four times. A game in a month If you've got a couple of relievers coming in so doing it on the field seems fine. I wish there was a better way. The best way. I think is to use attack your ball Or find a substance. That's better than rawson that they somehow can. Maybe ascertain does not actually impact the movement of the ball to any sort of degree that. That's a real problem and used that. That's those are the only two options that i think gets us away from that so that they need to do that for next year. I mean talking to the you know the handful of as talks about that. The ball is this seems to be the most logical Solution because a couple of guys pointed to the ball in the japanese league jake diekman said. He threw bullpen last year. A couple years ago where somebody who's just like. Hey japanese he said it was great. Yeah it's also slightly smaller. So i think that makes a difference but gossip and say never you know the the the as have to japan so so many times so they've used some of the japanese balls stirring some the exhibition games and they all say like. Oh my gosh this. This ball is so much the as actually. Don't use it at twenty. Japanese pitchers use it. Use the japanese ball as pitcher see would use the major league ball but you know they play around with them and stuff and were like oh. This is so much better you know. It is slightly smaller. Which i don't know how that affects anything but They all said that the grip better group Yeah because it does have that kind of attack your feel think. The seams are a little bit. I remember blake china and really the after he had tremendous year in that he had kind of a bad year he talked about the seems being different than next year. And that's when they were really focused on d. Juicing the ball and all of that that seems the ball has been much more slick. And there's been something with the seems safe decided to dj. said so. I would think with all of the money and resources. Mlb has at the ball would not continually be such a problem. It's pretty much. The basic thing for the sport is the ball. Maybe we could figure out a ball over. Yeah that doesn't you don't give up too. Many home runs but also you don't have the pitchers dominating everything so somewhere in between with a good standard ball where nobody has a cheap yeah. Let's do that good idea. Yeah well matt kawahara another. Unicef salt baseball. Let's talk again. An august when these two teams face off again and then. Hey maybe again in october if they meet up again then which yeah. I mean. it's been a long time since nineteen eighty nine. So i think that would be fun. Yeah standings are pretty pretty good right now. Let's see what that's a plan. Thanks for joining me. On giant splash in i guess. Can i think myself for joining you. On as plus i've missed as blessed so And thanks all if you for listening to our combo podcast. Thanks again to listening. To our combined giant splash and as plus podcasts. You can follow matt kawahara at at mackey kawahara on twitter our producers today were g ellen. Johnson and king kaufman and our music batter up was written and performed by lauren. Gold and ray east lewis will be again next week with more giant splash and more as plus podcasts. Thanks again for listening..

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07:26 min | 5 months ago

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"The astros in our the astros gonna come back down to earth lot of question. Probably i mean they. They i think they already did a little bit in this last series. Where were they detroit. Detroit yeah i think they split a doubleheader something then that being lost the finale anyway. They're i mean they're lost. They weren't like eleven games in a row. So they'll probably cool off a little bit though orange wagon But they still have to show that they can quite the lineup. That offense is incredible right now and they've played a couple of few series against the as and the pitching is just not been able to hold them down even oakland Which is strange. Because last year they are was lights out against them in oakland So it's i think they go there go to houston for a series before the all star break. So that'll be a chance to maybe even things out A little bit before they get to the break but In terms of what they need to do both of the bullpen. For sure. that's number one because yeah right. Now they have lou trevino at the back end and a lot of question marks. And how you it's to you know if your starter gets like five or six i mean because you saw you saw that on saturday like Montefusco five four to you in the seventh inning and became even get through the eighth without losing the lead And jake diekman was so good last year. He's given up a lot of home runs right now which is strange so he went. I think i forget what the exact number but it was something one hundred fifty games he'd given up giving up sixteen seventeen something like that petite Shaky and other than that. Those guys you know romo has been okay but the other options are just like not as reliable as you would hope so. I think they could definitely add arm or two or more back there. i mean hastings. Lozada's still kind of a wild card As to even as to what they're going to do with him because they're using it as a starter in the minors. And i think the long term goal is for him to start still. But is that this year. I don't know so yeah Pity staff definitely ask some questions And you know the offense. Their offense kind of comes and goes sometimes but they haven't gotten a lot of production out of the eight spot They signed mitch moreland. Who was going to be there left handed guy. That's really mostly what he's done. He's back to madison senate first base couple of times but he hasn't produced a whole lot And they've been using jed lowrie as they were kind of right handed Da's guy and his numbers against left handers are markedly better than his numbers. Right handers so So that's not as much of an issue but yeah maybe some. Maybe another left handed bat interesting. That's that's not quite as easy to acquire at the deadline You and i are both addressing the trade deadline in this weeks paper And the giants Far on this podcast. A couple of weekends ago for said The giants have The ability of the financial ability to take on extra payroll which is in. This price is one of the main differences. I think matt. I'm learning about covering the giants as opposed to the as they say dick and and i think they would prefer to take on salary rather than part with like a bigger prospect in if if deal but they would really like i think to get another starter who doesn't start up But particularly the way injuries are going they would love to get another starter and particularly one that maybe has some club control beyond this year Which might cost them. A you know a decent prospector to but certainly if there's a lot of salary involved the giants can handle that The question is going to be. I think belt. And if they learned something here in the next week or two about belts availability the rest of the way do they need to go out and get another bat they might have to. They have enough flexibility Among their their players their roster's constructed with so many utility guys. That doesn't necessarily have to be a first baseman. They could get a second baseman. And you save. Thomas i weighed. I got a lot of different options at first but you know without F- longoria for the short term and potentially built for much longer. I you know. I wouldn't have said about a couple of weeks ago but now i'm saying that and like everybody they'll probably be looking for a little relief help if they added one reliever. I wouldn't be shocked for on tends to do a lot of things similar to what the as front office does. And we have the front office pretty much every trade deadline. When they're in it will pick up at least one reliever so And they'll probably be fighting over some of the same guys there because those guys come a little cheaper in terms of prospects. So i think it'll be fascinating but i think the one thing i think is pretty clear is this is the first time that Citing will be running the giants when they're in a position to make a major move at the trade deadline and he's gonna do something and i think he's going to do something know i who knows yet. What big names might be out there. But i would not speed surprised to see him right in the middle of it so that should be fun. Yeah so you had something fun ish with a guy who's well known to both giants fans and and as fans and sergio romo was one of the few guys who did not particularly enjoy the first go round of spot checks more than everybody else. Maybe he did enjoy more seriously or not as serious. Did take it to the next level. what was what was that like. And what did he say. After dropping trowel on the first day was much. It was weird it was like after the first few. What's the first few like really intently. And you've i mean you've been. Have you been a globally field the globe global so you know how high up the press box boxes. It's like you're at the top of airplane. Hangar and all the players look like ants. Yes so like we watched the first few checks pretty intently just to see what was going right and no big deal so you kind of looking at a corner of your eye. So he finishes the sending. It's a it's a real lopsided game too so you know you're kinda turn right at the same time so i'm just kinda having to look up and just seem like drop the pants and like i think surgery And i don't think there was the tv like had cut away. I think at that point. So i wasn't like seeing any immediate replays but it's like i think he's traffic and he did In he explained we didn't talk to the game but the next on the field and he explained like. I said like i didn't plan on doing that I was kind of pissed kind of angry. Because i gave up a home run and i like made a bad pitch. Give up a home run. And then i'm walking off the mountain and all of a sudden the part comes up and says let me see your gloves. So he was like a glove. Here's my hat. Here's bill and let me just go ahead and open up the rest so i think it's been an isolated incident so far. Yeah i have. No i have not seen any other actual pants dropping. Um which is probably the best But yeah he.

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05:11 min | 5 months ago

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"Question of course is how long can they stay at or near the top five people still think the giants are gonna fade especially because they're battling the dodgers and padres but when you look at inside at the numbers the giants i believe have the the third best or second best run differential and major league baseball there tied for the best whip in baseball there tied for the most home runs baseball. Their fourth in era amid statistically the numbers show that they deserve very much to be where they are I've got questions about the bullpen. To it's amazing that rotation made up of you know aging johnny cueto and guys that they picked up As guys that most teams had no interest in and i mean desclafani guzman of just been incredible guzman in particular and so they got some young guys coming up now helping so the giants may be able to sustain it. If i had to guess i would say both teams will come from the national league west because the central and the east just are not nearly as strong as the west and you know unless these teams get hit with major injuries. You know. I see giants staying in the race. And getting a postseason berth along with the dodgers and padres the as They're looking up at the familiar foe. The astros and you know you talk about teams that are not a fluke The astros are number one in batting average by fifteen points at two seventy seven their number one opie s slugging the fewest strikeouts fewest strike. Blows me away thirty titan. No and they're leading in all these categories plus they strike out the least. Isn't it incredible. And i think there were years seventeen eighteen. They struck out the least. And then of course you know you're gonna have a lot of people cite the sign stealing business as the main reason. Why but they're they're. They're they not only have struck out the fuse to major league baseball. It's by a considerable margin Whip is excellent one point one six they re. Ra is in the top ten Best one differential again in the game. I mean i think the as are going to have a tough time beating out the astros in the division but they should still have an excellent shot at getting a at least a wild card spot and again depending on health You know the could wind up his postseason team behind the as i think they're both gonna make it You know in the as of that. A hell of a time with the astros in the postseason. So it'll be interesting to see how things go. As you mentioned. I think both teams need bullpen. Helped more than anything else. It would sure help the as if they could get his act together. I think it's great. They sent him down to aaa. It's great they're going to stardom because that's where he should be when he's effective and You know starting to get in the mall standings so hopefully he can find whatever it is. That's missing it's not the velocity that's still there and hopefully he can come back up and help them. Speaking of they're both going to make it to the postseason. Where were you on october. Seventeenth nineteen eighty nine right about five. Oh four pm i was. I worked at are in those days and I was in the giants broadcast booth. Fortunately in the regular thrust box the one way up high above third base. That was shaking the football aspe- yes scared to death. Everybody that was there. So i was in the in the press box. I just queued a pre game interview with matt williams. I was standing alongside. Lee jones are longtime.

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05:33 min | 5 months ago

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"And you can walk to the ballpark from there. So that was nice but the hotel was mediocre as far as major league baseball standards go. And you know bill loved if you though once said to me. If he had to give up games and homer on the road he'd give up the home games because he always loved traveling. He loved living out of a suitcase. He loved exploring Museums and bookstores and restaurants and cafes in cities all around the country and canada and So you know. It was just amazing to be able to fill in for either one of those guys because each one was a treasure to work with. I mean i remember The first year or two or maybe the second year in a thirty or can't recall You know the as one division titles one of those years. They clinched in an oakland. So there was a wild celebration the clubhouse and You know. I was working that game so ken was up in the booth. And i was the guy in the clubhouse hustling up interviews in you. Know a scene Best described as a as bedlam. So you know it was challenging was fun Are how through through art. How toward a bottle of beer down by back. And i remember thinking two things at that moment. One was damn. That's cole and the other was. Wow that's like a sign of affection. Reciter respect the the book you wrote the original san francisco giants that oral history All the players from the fifty eight team in some media folk lawn and bob stevens the giants writer from the chronicle When when the giants came west. And mike murphy is featured as well his first season of many In and around the clubhouse but mostly the players including maize and cepeda record Antonelli coming from new york. I loathe just a kid. Mccormick future cy young award winner. Spencer stu miller Legendary all star anecdote with him. Willie kirkland leon. Wagner ruben gomez your guys and so i mean what a project man how how the heck did you get all those guys and what four decades after the original season that came together starting in about ninety three I started doing two things. One was Efforting to track down every surviving member of that team. Nearly all of whom were still alive and the other thing was..

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04:19 min | 1 year ago

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"Are your feelings about? Some of the rule changes that are in in the agreement, particularly the. Runner at second to to start extra innings, which is obviously something you don't usually see outside of say, Youth Baseball well I think it's. Time to experiment with those things it's now you don't WanNa. Play fifteen in sixteen in Games. It looks like there's going to be very few days off. When? You look at that runner on second base scenario. You know if if four tales not in a game. He's pretty easy guy to run out there. In that spot you know you can. You can replace the whoever made last out or whatever and and have a guy like that, so you know we're. We're looking at different scenarios in in in the different rule changes right now, but again I think there's every China time that you want to experiment with Steph lumped at its right now because there's going to be so much change that you know a couple of other instances, rule changes really won't seem as impactful. one of the things that really doesn't affect you guys too much. Except for when you're playing nationally teams in national parks, but there. Obviously we'll be adopting the D. H. at least for this season as a former national league player yourself. How do you feel about the D. H. in the National League this year? Yeah, I, think this year you almost have to because we're gonNA play our division. We're GONNA. Play the West, and not a ton of time for these pitchers to get ready, and it's. It's difficult enough getting them ready. It's even more difficult having hit. Hit and do some other things in in ramping up that much quicker so I think that'll be universally accepted whether or not that happens down the road I I've always liked. The difference is the American league with the in the National League with the pitcher hitting, so you know if if it does or it, doesn't that just really not not a lot of off my back, but I think it's the right thing that you right now because it's just another area that you're GonNa have to get some guys ready and you wants to weigh from injuries. Much cost McCann. Your team has sort of famously the last few years and really the as an in. Over the years have had trouble coming out of the gate quick, it's a sort of notoriously slow. Starting team gets hot in the second half. How do you avoid that this year because?.

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04:12 min | 1 year ago

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"Does the anticipation of another desk lunch of baby, carrots and ranch dressing. Keep you up at night. Here's a cure, extra spicy and New San Francisco Chronicle podcast by me. Soleil how? Justin Phillips you can subscribe to extra spicy now on apple, spotify or wherever you get your podcast. Hello and welcome to as plus the San Francisco Chronicle's podcast on the Oakland, a.'s and Major League. Baseball I'm your host chronicle as beat writer Susan's lesser and today we talked to as manager, Bob Melvin, about getting the season up and running, and what's going to be involved in that I started off our conversation by asking him about the top challenges, a manager will face in the.

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06:38 min | 2 years ago

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"Into foul territory at the wrong time that could easily cost you a game and corbin joseph. Just you know as a solid second basement and that's all the as view need right. Now i agree with you would search and i thought who stowing had kind of been okay and then in chicago a couple throws. You went all my god. Just paying <hes> and you can't you can't risk that in these games are coming up <hes> every game going down the stretch who you need to win and you can't have mistakes aches on routine plays. It's just it's too much of a liability out there and hopefully for for jerks in who <hes> was average hitting left-handers is much higher <hes> against right handers all all power has come against the right handers but if he gets his chance to in there and get a couple of hits and healthy that way. I think he's he's capable of doing doing that but for now it's gordon joseph and let's go. Let's see what you got yeah and it has not been for lack of effort with profile. Sometimes i think these these things especially when it's something like a throwing issue can almost be the opposite working too hard really starts to get in your head and you start listening to so many different people and trying something you could see him thinking it was when he had more time to throw the ball. You can see the wheels kind of churning like what what what am. I supposed to do mechanically quickly here and that's what i really liked when i talked to him the other day about the fact that the team has told him he'll have a reduced role automatically said you know what that's the right move. I am not contributing i should be i know i can contribute more. I haven't been that's on me. I'm going to work hard and when it get my opportunity. I really hope that i can can help this team and you probably notice this. He was the very first person off the bench and at the top of the dugout to welcome corbin joseph back after he hit that home run which i just love to see and he was like that with baretto to when bredow came up and kind of took over at second base for awhile profile was his biggest fan his biggest ally <hes> and that tells you a little bit something. This is a guy that has been sort of in the doghouse all year really you know with with the team with fans and he's handled himself so well. He's really likable guy and he's worked so hard. I wish everybody could kind of see that. I think you gotta appreciate somebody player. Who takes ownership right insights ownership of that. I'm not i'm not doing enough to play <hes> and i'm gonna work harder to try and get back. It's just it's the tells you kind of person. He is <hes> and again. I've been rooting for him. All year and you hope to see a guy like that succeed and <hes> you know next year's another story. How does he fit into clans and twenty twenty. Yeah that's going to be an interesting decision because they'll have matteo baretto and so far all guys without any more options <hes> my guess is they try to move so far. Maybe a the second piece in a in a deal at some point. Maybe he has some value left given his age. He'll be twenty. Seven people remember the early promise that he has one of baseball's top prospects but i think the hips are gonna scare pretty much any team unless they monitoring first base or something like that. I i don't know what to do with with him. He's not a d. h. So <hes> that will be interesting now. <hes> you probably had a interesting little story the other day about marcus simeon. He's changed changed agents. He is going into his final year next year. Before free. Agency doesn't always mean a guy's going to be a free agent. Team cannot give a guy a qualifying offer for <hes>. That's potentially possible <hes> in in this case but you know clearly by going to joel wolf at the wasserman group. Marcus semi-in is looking at that. Is he going to try to sign an extension or is he can go the free agent market and <hes> you know this is one of the premier agency's out. There and simeon says all the things you know he's from the bay area. He's from el cerrito. He went to cal and his wife live here full time one of the few as that lives here full-time fulltime. He'd love to stay here but the as are looking at it reminds me a little bit of the too hot shabbat <hes> era where they felt like they had to choose one these days when you're talking about an elite level shortstop you're talking about probably a deal in the hundred million dollar range however you going to do that and sign up matt chapman and to a long term deal when that's probably going to be like one fifty realistically two hundred and fifty million dollars to players is just something the as aren't gonna do and those are rough figures. You know i could be ten to twenty million dollars off one way or the other. It's still going to be way more than we've ever seen the as do anything anything with so <hes>. I'm wondering what your thoughts are. Obviously watch this team for a long time. We know that eric chev is the last guy to get a significant extension attention when he got the six year sixty six that was way back fifteen years ago. How do you see this playing out yeah. It's gonna be really interesting. Assuming <hes> you know the end of the twenty twenty season he'll be thirty years old <hes> so not not that old but teams are very weary of thirty year old players now see more and more <hes>. So how many years are you going to give to a short stock was thirty years old and and what's the market for that so that's where i think symbian. He might not be up for that long term payday more of a short-range thing 'cause i just don't the way gm's work right now and especially around baseball <hes> they're afraid of the thirty year old player <hes> they're afraid of committing to the thirty year old player so that might work in the as favor <hes> <hes> being able to go to a three year type deal for for marcus. I don't do that now you know because then he's coming out on the market again when he's thirty three and he's got no shot shot. He is now an elite level all around shortstop and there aren't that many of those you look around at the contracts. Some of those guys have sand you know you're you're looking minimum sort of eighty million kind of deal and i just don't see siemian or as agent again one of the better agents in the game now <hes> <hes> leaving that kind of money on the table and the security that comes with it <hes> and teams are gonna look at the fact that he plays every day you know he might be coming up on thirty but he plays almost every inning andy place every single day. That's gonna go pee. The durability factors becoming huge in baseball because teams know the amount of money. They have on their aisles every year. Yeah i mean.

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03:52 min | 2 years ago

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"Just after midnight on July seventeenth nineteen eighteen and former czar nNcholas the second and his family are packing their bags since the October Revolution. They've been Bolshevik hostages. They've been moved from location to location and kept under constant guard by Red Army soldiers. Their latest home is in a large house, in your catcher in Berg a city and the euro mountains that separate Siberia from western Russia, but five minutes ago, the soldiers told them, they're being moved, again, having packed the household assembles in the hallway there's nNcholas the second his wife his four daughters, and his thirteen year old son Alexei with them are the physician and three servants who refused to abandon the deposed royals a Red Army soldier directs them into the basement and tells them to wait. A few minutes later..

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01:59 min | 3 years ago

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"So we were thinking about, you know, prohibiting players to do shoot or something like that. And this was a bit tricky, you know, to come up with something that wouldn't Elliott Elliott all the players that we have but still send very strong message across. So we had like this event where all the billboards were were war child, and so on and you could get some peaceful themes cosmetics in the game. So he would have like a AP's helmet than, you know, stuff like that with dolph, you usually have some, you know, RIA, something really bad ass, some stickers that you can put on your arms, but this like a doff or, you know, be signed or something like that. It was it was creative works. Let's always from. Yeah. It's good to hear that. Besides the obvious. You know, the concern that comes with any kind of superfluous Harrity is you know, a business needs to be able to afford it. And you know. Keep the engine running so to speak, but it's good to hear that overall. That had something that is possible that can be integrated into into other games that other games can follow a similar model. You know? I know that blizzard did something similar. I don't really know the details, but something similar with selling a skin for a character in that game a character model in in their game to support breast cancer awareness. And I think that's cool that had something that seems to be viable that other game developers can consider and embezzling clued in their games in the future. Yeah, it's the best. How can this inters? Find out more about charter gun legends and other mad finger games. And and you know, other projects that you're working on the easiest way is probably to visit our website, which is games dot com. Or should we have a upcoming game? Which is.

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02:44 min | 3 years ago

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"And you know, a lot of people don't have a console that is good for first person shooters. I don't have a console that can really handle modern first-person shooter or a PC. So, you know, but my phone's pretty good. So they can complacency. Stuff. It's this is this is a very good point. Because recently, I I did a little experiment because I was you know, by some very strange coincidence giving lecture university, which in itself was a, you know Purdon enough because I was really lazy student. But so I'm they're giving lecture to the all these young people in Moscow them. So who like, you know, from the from the audience has gone souls couple of people raise his hands who has a gaming PC couple of people rice, his hands. But who has a smartphone? Everybody raises ends, you know. So this only tells you that mobile gaming is becoming the biggest thing ever, and is going to only become more and more massive. Yeah. It makes sense. You know, people expect the boundaries to be pushed it's the same. Both consoles that the graphics were very poor. And even developers were struggling how to make games. Look good in how to. Make things in the game look recognizable. And then the boundaries kept getting pushed pushed pushed definitely make sense. The mobile gaming would follow a similar path. You can see the everywhere you look right now. Because especially the last year has been completely crazy and turn the whole gaming world upside down, especially the mobile one because he's massive, you know, titles from BC from consoles coming to mobile port a while. And then you have people like blizzard who are now announcing new Diablo game first of all on mobile and on giving a big a f you to PC players. Yeah. That's a controversy that I don't know if I wanna wait into now. Probably not that would be a different foot cuss. I think, but yes, it definitely absolutely speaks to you know, the the market how games might be evolving that even some of the biggest game developers out. There are. Putting their bets on mobile devices mobile gaming, it's it's definitely going to be a major part of the future of gaming just one thing that it's not only mobile mobile game developers. But it's also mobile manufacturers. Because now you can see that, you know, associates.

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