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.

Live! The Chronicle Talks Baseball
San Francisco Chronicle A's beat writer Susan Slusser and Giants beat writer Henry Schulman join sports editor Al Saracevic to talk baseball in front of a live audience of subscribers. They preview the season, tell war stories from the press box and the clubhouse, and answer questions from the audience about openers, free agents and ballpark food.
61 min
5 Questions Going Into Spring Training
What sport will Kyler Murray play? What will Oakland’s starting rotation look like? Will Madison Bumgarner be traded? Is this Bruce Bochy’s last year? In this combined episode of A’s Plus and Giants Double Play, San Francisco Chronicle baseball writers Susan Slusser and Henry Schulman tackle those and other questions as they prepare to head to Arizona.
28 min
Kyler Murray’s Big Decision
Susan Slusser, John Shea and Matt Kawahara discuss the biggest current topic in MLB and the NFL — the future of the A’s top draft pick and Heisman Trophy winner. Did the A’s make a mistake choosing him? Which way might he be leaning? And what happens next?
32 min
Winter Meetings wrap-up
Reporting from the the last day of the MLB Winter Meetings, San Francisco Chronicle Oakland A's beat writer Susan Slusser says one executive told her that recently released catcher Bruce Maxwell may not be signed by any team, not because of his play but because he kneeled for the national anthem. San Francisco Giants writer Henry Schulman says the Farhan Zaidi era is in full swing, as the club has made an unprecedented two picks in the Rule 5 draft.
11 min
Winter Meetings, Day 3
A baseball beat writer says if he had to, he'd buy a ticket. To a baseball game? Heck no. To Scott Boras' scrum by the Christmas tree at the Winter Meetings. In their daily joint podcast from Las Vegas, Henry Schulman and Susan Slusser talk about the annual "State of the Scott Address." This year's talk included thoughts on Kyler Murray, the top A's draft pick, who also plays a little football. Plus: Buster Posey's health, the A's and Giants' second-base situations, and the future of Oakland slugger Khris Davis.
21 min
Winter Meetings, Day 2
San Francisco Chronicle beat writers Susan Slusser and Henry Schulman talk about the possibility of Troy Tulowitzki landing in Oakland and discuss new A's catcher Chris Herrmann. Plus: The Giants didn't make any moves, but they did reveal how they might approach their starting pitching.
13 min
Winter Meetings, Day 1
In a joint A's Plus and Giants Double Play podcast, San Francisco Chronicle beat writers Susan Slusser and Henry Schulman review the first day of the 2018 MLB winter meetings. The Giants and A's may be pursuing the same starting pitchers. The A's may be pursuing 2B D.J. LeMahieu, and they're trying to sign a catcher. Nick Hundley? The Giants have a new outfielder and may have the inside track on Japanese free-agent lefty Yusei Kikuchi. Plus: Susan and Henry work out a Giants-A's trade. Pack your bags, Shark.
17 min
Steve Kerr talks baseball with John Shea
It's a special "Warriors Off Court" edition of A's Plus. John Shea talks to Warriors coach Steve Kerr about baseball — which, long before his basketball stardom, was his best sport. He twice pitched in city championship games at Dodger Stadium. Kerr says that with the Warriors and Raiders leaving, the A's can own Oakland, and as an East Bay resident, he'd love to go to games at a new A's ballpark
22 min
Looking ahead to 2019 With John Shea and David ...
Susan Slusser, John Shea and David Feldman rehash the wild card game and discuss the A’s priorities for the offseason and hopes for 2019.
35 min
Mike Fiers, Ramon Laureano
Mike Fiers talks with Susan Slusser about being left off the Astros' playoff roster last year and leading the A's into the playoffs this year. Plus: Rookie sensation Ramon Laureano. And: Shea Plus with Chronicle national baseball writer John Shea.
46 min
Khris Davis, Fran Riordan
Khris Davis talks about the 2018 A's how Oakland is a great fit for him, and Triple-A manager Fran Riordan on Nashville's standouts, including Jesus Luzardo. Then John Shea joins Susan Slusser for Shea Plus.
35 min
Scott Emerson, Buck Showalter
Pitching coach Scott Emerson talks about the A's success despite an astonishing number of rotation injuries. Plus: Orioles manager Buck Showalter, and John Shea and Susan Slusser talk about Sean Manaea and possible wild-card "bullpenning."
50 min
Marcus Semien, Matt Olson
A's shortstop Marcus Semien talks about the team's — and his own — defensive improvement; first baseman Matt Olson discusses Oakland's winning ways; and John Shea and Susan discuss the big Yankees series and the A's using Liam Hendriks as an "opener."
51 min
Bob Melvin, Stephen Piscotty
Bob Melvin makes his A’s Plus debut. Is he as surprised by the team’s dash into contention as everyone else? And just how great a player is Matt Chapman? Stephen Piscotty, who lost his mother, Gretchen, to ALS in May, talks about Monday’s ALS...
47 min
Josh Phegley, Randy Velarde, Rick Peterson
Catcher Josh Phegley discusses his superb work with the A's starters, along with getting whacked in the face during batting practice recently; former A's infielder Randy Velarde talks life after baseball; onetime pitching coach Rick Peterson on what...
43 min
Shawn Kelley, Dallas Braden
Brand-new reliever Shawn Kelley discusses his sudden departure from Washington and his thoughts on his future; starter turned broadcaster Dallas Braden will steal your nachos and has a new man crush; plus John Shea and Susan talk about the week in A's...
58 min
Matt Chapman, Farhan Zaidi, Dave Feldman
A's third baseman Matt Chapman explains Matt Williams' influence on him and discusses the team's key upcoming stretch; Dodger GM Farhan Zaidi talks L.A. and A's; and Susan and Dave Feldman break down all the team's recent news, including trades, in...
51 min
COO Chris Giles, Nick Martini, trade deadline r...
A’s COO Chris Giles talks about the team’s unusual new way to see games — via memberships (with no price increase). Outfielder Nick Martini answers the burning question: shaken or stirred? And John Shea and Susan talk trade deadline. Did Oakland...
41 min
Matt Williams, Mark Kotsay, Jeremy Bleich
Matt Williams on working with Matt Chapman and the challenges of coaching third base in a new league. Coach Mark Kotsay on his close relationship with Hall of Fame inductees Jim Thome, Chipper Jones and Trevor Hoffman. Plus: Reliever Jeremy Bleich,...
45 min
Billy Beane, Brett Anderson
On a special All-Star break edition, Billy Beane discusses the A's outstanding first half and what he and the rest of the front office might do before the trade deadline. In a wide-ranging conversation, Beane also talks about the possibility of...
36 min
Adam Rhoden, Josh Lucas, Bay Bridge Series
A's video coordinator Adam Rhoden breaks down what goes into deciding if the team wants to challenge a call and recalls the time Sonny Gray subbed in for him as Oakland's replay-review point man. Does reliever Josh Lucas play as himself on MLB: The...
49 min
Edwin Jackson on Tying an MLB Record
New Oakland starter Edwin Jackson talks about tying a major-league record by joining his 13th team, his thoughts about the A's and his recollections of his most unusual no-hitter. Then, bench coach Ryan Christenson talks about his unique artistic...
36 min
Chad Pinder, Jeff Hem, David Feldman
Chad Pinder makes his A's Plus debut, discussing the challenges of being a utility player with Chronicle beat writer Susan Slusser. Plus: Triple-A Nashville radio announcer Jeff Hem talks about Sounds players to watch for this year, and on Sluss Plus,...
44 min
Draft Special: Eric Kubota, Scott Boras, A.J. H...
Beat writer Susan Slusser talks to A’s scouting director Eric Kubota about top pick Kyler Murray, who is Oklahoma’s quarterback, and the rest of the 2018 draft. Then Murray’s agent, Scott Boras, provides his thoughts on Murray and on the state...
45 min
Lou Trivino and Chris Hatcher
Host Susan Slusser talks to reliever Lou Trivino about how quickly he’s moved into a key spot in Oakland’s bullpen and also about his very unusual diet plan. On the Player’s Choice segment, Chris Hatcher, another A’s reliever, discusses his...
20 min