A’s Plus

Matt Kawahara hosts The San Francisco Chronicle's podcast on the Oakland A's, featuring interviews with past and present players, managers and executives of the trend-setting franchise. With contributions from national baseball writer John Shea.

Canseco Comes Out Swinging
Former A's slugger Jose Canseco describes his new power-hitting tool for baseball, softball and golf - and he takes some shots at Major League Baseball, reminisces about Oakland's 1990 team and the new popularity of the Bash.
26 min
Scott Emerson Talks Pitching in Time of COVID-19
Oakland’s pitching coach talks about the A's fresh arms, what pitchers have been doing during the shutdown and some of the safety precautions Emerson, a Type-2 diabetic, will need to take.
31 min
Bob Melvin on the Challenges of Baseball's Restart
A’s manager Bob Melvin talks with Susan about the trickiest aspects of getting baseball restarted, plus how well is his team set up for a short season? Trying to get off to a good start will be a key.
18 min
Art Howe on Recovering from COVID-19
The former A’s manager details his recent hospital stay and discusses the possibility of baseball returning to action in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. He also remembers his playoff teams and 20-game win streak.
30 min
Is MLB Going to Play in 2020 or Not?
Stats expert David Feldman joins Susan Slusser to talk about the potential to start the season and what that might look like, and about A's owner John Fisher's reversing some financial decisions. Plus: David and Susan have a rare major difference of opinion.
39 min
Jose Guillen Remembers Racism in Baseball
The former A's outfielder talks about some of his experiences dealing with prejudice in the major leagues. He also talks about playing hurt in the postseason for Oakland, and the steroid allegations at the end of his career.
32 min
The A's and a Weird Baseball Draft
Baseball America's J.J. Cooper joins Susan for a look at this week's truncated draft -- and what happens with all those undrafted players? Plus: a look at the A's draft and issues they might face.
34 min
Bruce Maxwell: A Voice of Protest Experience
The former A's catcher discusses his life since becoming the first and so far only MLB player to take a knee to protest police violence against African Americans, and his thoughts on major-leaguers' reactions to the current protests. | Get full Chronicle access: sfchronicle.com/pod
34 min
Bobby Witt Was Perfect, We Say!
Former A's starter Bobby Witt recalls losing a perfect game to a bad call at the Coliseum in 1994 and talks with Susan Slusser about his work as a player agent during a period with no baseball.
25 min
I-5 Series Game 7 Postgame Show
The I-5 Series ends in disaster for NorCal, as SoCal completes its comeback with a Game 7 rout. North manager Bruce Jenkins is fired midgame and replaced by a tippling Billy Martin. Henry Schulman has the details, Jon Miller the highlights.
14 min
I-5 Series Game 6 Postgame Show
We’ll see you tomorrow! Eddie Mathews’ grand slam off Dave Stewart in the 10th caps a Lefty Gomez-Jim Palmer pitchers duel and forces a Game 7. Henry Schulman talks to a worried NorCal manager Bruce Jenkins, and Jon Miller calls the highlights, including a homer and a defensive gem by Joe DiMaggio. | Follow the I-5 Series: sfchronicle.com/sports
13 min
I-5 Series Game 5 Postgame Show
Northern California had the bubbly on ice but the SoCals stay alive on a walk-off homer by Mark McGwire. Henry Schulman talks to NorCal manager Bruce Jenkins about his disastrous pitching moves and Jon Miller calls the highlights. | Follow the I-5 Series: sfchronicle.com/sports
10 min
I-5 Series Game 4 Postgame Show
A confident manager Bruce Jenkins joins Henry Schulman after his NorCal team takes a commanding 3-1 series lead. Mark McGwire's two homers aren't enough, and Dennis Eckersley slams the door by striking out Ted Williams.
13 min
I-5 Series Game 3 Postgame Show
What a finish! Rollie Fingers strikes out Barry Bonds as the tying run in the ninth to preserve a 6-2 win for Southern California and keep NorCal from taking a 3-0 series lead. Henry Schulman, Bruce Jenkins and Jon Miller with the recap.
14 min
I-5 Series Game 2 Postgame Show
Tom Seaver fires a complete-game three-hitter and Barry Bonds homers twice for the second straight game as Northern California beats Walter Johnson and Southern California 5-2 to take a 2-0 lead in the APBA Baseball series.
12 min
I-5 Series Game 1 Postgame Show
Northern California manager Bruce Jenkins joins Henry Schulman to talk about the North's 11-6 win in Game 1 of Golden Greats: The I-5 Series, an APBA Baseball simulation between all-time teams from Northern and Southern California.
9 min
Ex-Reliever Craig Breslow: Still a Brainiac
Ex-A's reliever Craig Breslow, now an executive with the Chicago Cubs, talks with Susan about his time with the A's, the logistics of baseball's return and his charity for pediatric cancer research.
31 min
Stephen Vogt Among I-5 Legends
Former A’s and Giants catcher Stephen Vogt, on the Northern California roster for the I-5 Series, talks with John Shea about his appreciation for baseball history and growing up in a baseball family.
8 min
Gabe Kapler and Dave Roberts Pick Their I-5 Ser...
Giants manager Gabe Kapler and Dodgers manager Dave Roberts take to a Zoom call to pick their lineups from the 34-man rosters of all-time Norcal and SoCal greats selected from more than 100,000 votes.
48 min
I-5 Series Rosters Revealed: Who’ll Win?
In an A's Plus/Giants Splash combo podcast, Chronicle and Los Angeles Times writers break down the all-time NorCal vs. SoCal rosters based on fan votes ahead of a seven-game APBA virtual series.
24 min
Reggie Jackson Speaks!
Reggie Jackson, the centerpiece of the A’s 1970s dynasty, talks to Susan Slusser from his home in Monterey about how he’s handling sheltering in place and his love for the Oakland A’s franchise.
27 min
Reopening MLB? What About At-Risk Players?
Jake Diekman, who has ulcerative colitis, says he wants to play, but he's at higher risk for COVID-19, and he doesn't want to compromise his health or his family's, nor does he want baseball to take tests from those who need them most.
18 min
Let’s Play APBA Baseball, and You’re Invited
We’re going to play an APBA series between NorCal and SoCal, with fans voting to decide both all-time rosters. John Shea moderates a roster discussion with Bruce Jenkins and L.A. Times’ Steve Henson.
39 min
10 Years Ago, Braden and Powell Were Perfect
As the 10th anniversary of Dallas Braden's perfect game -- on Mother's Day, 2010 – approaches, the man who caught that game, Landon Powell, takes Susan Slusser through that remarkable day.
26 min
Former A's Owner Wally Haas' Oakland Pride
Former A's owner Wally Haas talks with Susan about his family's tenure with Oakland from the days of Billy Ball, A World Series title and an unprecedented work stoppage that has parallels to today.
34 min