A's Plus

San Francisco Chronicle beat writer Susan Slusser interviews past and present players, managers and executives of the trend-setting franchise. She also regularly talks with The Chronicle's national baseball writer, John Shea, about happenings around the league.

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
12
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
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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
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Landon Powell At Risk During Coronavirus Pandemic
Former A's catcher Landon Powell talks to Susan Slusser about losing his infant daughter to a rare disorder in 2013, and how his own health issue puts him at-risk during the coronavirus outbreak.
42 min
15
Having Stared Down Death, Micah Bowie Fears COV...
Part 2 with ex-A's reliever Micah Bowie about his nearly fatal medical issues, leaving him with massive lung damage. He's now concerned about COVID-19 patients enduring similar battles.
31 min
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Having Stared Down Death, Micah Bowie Fears COV...
Ex-A's reliever Micah Bowie talks to Susan Slusser about his nearly fatal medical issues, leaving him with massive lung damage. He's now concerned about COVID-19 patients enduring similar battles.
44 min
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Chronicle Subscriber Zoom Q&A, Part 2
Susan Slusser and Henry Schulman answer subscribers' questions about the A’s and Giants in the second of two parts. Could robo umps be near? Will the White House have any say on baseball's restart?
38 min
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Chronicle Subscriber Zoom Q&A, Part 1
The baseball crew of Susan Slusser, Henry Schulman and Jon Schultz answer Chronicle subscribers' questions. How are the A's and Giants players working out? And how is Susan's ankle injury healing?
26 min
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A’s Gone By: Rob Bowen, Cop
Former A's catcher Rob Bowen calls Susan from Georgia, where he's got a second career in law enforcement. He describes his work in the K9 and SWAT units and chats about his dog partners.
26 min
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Puk, Luzardo Ride Out Time of Coronavirus
Top rookies and ex-roommates A.J. Puk and Jesus Luzardo discuss how they're weathering baseball's COVID-19 shutdown, the possibility of no baseball this year and Puk provides a health update.
17 min
21
How Liam Hendricks Is Staying Safe
Closer Liam Hendriks and wife Kristi tell Susan how they're handling baseball's hiatus, which members of their animal family are with them in Arizona, and how Liam is managing to work out safely.
32 min
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Marcus Semien on the Coronavirus Shutdown
Shortstop Marcus Semien, who is also the A's player representative, discusses baseball's shutdown. Will there even be a season this year? He also talks about the potential ramifications on service time and free agency, plus what he's doing to stay in shape during the hiatus.
16 min
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Shutdown Check-in: Ken Korach
Susan Slusser talks to the A's broadcaster — and her co-author — about baseball's decision to halt during the coronavirus outbreak and how he and his family, including his 101-year-old father, are doing.
26 min
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Coronavirus Shutdown: Giants, A’s React
Giants writer John Shea and A’s writer Matt Kawahara discuss Major League Baseball’s decision to suspend spring training and delay the start of the season amid the coronavirus pandemic and how the Bay Area baseball teams are responding.
25 min
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The MLB Response to Coronavirus
MLB.com national baseball writer Mark Feinsand talks to Susan about the league's response to the coronavirus health crisis -- plus he picks the A's to win the AL West. | A's Plus Newsletter
18 min
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Mark Canha on Hitting, Bat Flips and Food
The A’s outfielder tells Matt Kawahara about the key to his productive 2019, the toughest pitcher he's faced in the majors, his stance on bat flips and his favorite restaurants around the Bay Area
29 min
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Susan Slusser Speaks From the Injured List
Chronicle A’s beat writer Susan Slusser joins Matt Kawahara to discuss some of the position battles playing out in spring training, how the A’s might use their 26th roster spot – and her prognosis on recovery from a broken ankle. | A's Plus Newsletter
33 min
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How the A's Will Hit
New assistant hitting coach Eric Martins, a former mailman who scouted for the A’s and played and coached for them in the minors, tells Matt Kawahara about joining the big-league staff and his approach to working with hitters, and breaks down some of Oakland’s young hitting prospects. | A's Plus Newsletter
21 min
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Dustin Fowler's 2020 Challenge
Oakland outfielder Dustin Fowler talks to Susan about his rough 2018 and where he now stands in the A's plans after Ramon Laureano grabbed the center-field spot; and spring webcast play-by-play man Donny Baarns gives his impression of the team this spring and how battles might shake out.
24 min
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Sandy Alderson: Is Sign Stealing the New Steroids?
Former A's GM Sandy Alderson discusses his first year as a senior advisor back with the team, his unique take on the Astros cheating scandal. And: Are there are parallels with the steroid problem of the 90s? Alderson's perspective on how the A's handled those.
23 min
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ESPN's Howard Bryant on A's, Astros and Rickey
ESPN's Howard Bryant and Susan discuss the A's outlook, Mike Fiers' role as the whistleblower in the Astros cheating scandal, his new book, "Full Dissidence," and his upcoming book on Rickey Henderson. | Listen to Bryant on It’s All Political
33 min
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Sean Manaea Flames the Astros
The A's lefty talks to Susan Slusser discusses what he learned from his disappointing wild-card start and his desire to be in the Cy Young race this year, plus: More of Manaea's thoughts on the Astros.
24 min
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Introducing Catcher Austin Allen
The former Padre tells Susan Slusser about how his first camp with Oakland is going, his efforts to improve his defense and what it’s like to face — and now catch — Jesus Luzardo and A.J. Puk.
16 min
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A's and Giants: Five Questions Heading into Spr...
In their second annual joint podcast ahead of spring training, Susan Slusser and Henry Schulman ask the five key questions that each team must answer in the 2020 season, with the Giants and A’s starting off in very different places.
28 min
35
Pitching Coach Scott Emerson
A’s pitching coach Scott Emerson stops by to talk with Susan about the team’s talented rotation and plans for AJ Puk and Jesus Luzardo, plus his thoughts on the Astros cheating scandal and how it affected pitchers.
20 min
36
A Chat With Chris Bassitt
The A’s pitcher talks with Susan Slusser about his thoughts on Oakland’s upcoming 2020 season and what his own role might be, plus how the A’s pitching staff was aware about allegations against the Astros for years.
14 min
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Feldy's Follies
Stats expert David Feldman talks with Chronicle A's beat writer Susan Slusser about the A’s slow offseason, Houston’s cheating scandal and other hot topics, plus Susan discusses her vote for Tuesday’s Hall of Fame election.
37 min
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Best of A's Plus: Billy Beane
The A’s vice president of baseball operations discusses his 2019 team’s biggest surprises and looks ahead to the then-upcoming playoffs. First published Sept. 27, 2019.
28 min
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Winter Meetings Wrapup
Beat reporters Susan Slusser and Henry Schulman talk about what the Giants and A’s did in San Diego and still need to do; the unorthodox new Giants coaching staff; the A’s interest in an old mate; and changes coming to both stadiums.
24 min
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Winter Meetings, Day 2
In their second daily podcast from baseball’s winter meetings in San Diego, Chronicle beat reporters Henry Schulman and Susan Slusser have real news to discuss. The Giants made a significant signing for their rotation and a trade for two infielders, while Slusser learned that the A’s have a new backup catcher in their sights.
20 min
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Winter Meetings, Day 1
Are the Giants serious about bringing Madison Bumgarner back? Are the A’s about to trade for a lefty reliever? And wait till you hear about Billy Beane’s fantasy football stud. It’s all in the first daily report from San Diego by beat reporters Susan Slusser and Henry Schulman.
17 min
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Winter Meetings Preview
In a joint podcast, Giants beat reporter Henry Schulman and A’s beat reporter Susan Slusser delve into the teams’ needs as they head to baseball’s Winter Meetings, which begin Monday in San Diego. The trade and free-agent markets have been busier than usual, so there could be action.
19 min
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Best of A’s Plus: How A's Access Will Look in 2020
COO Chris Giles stops by to explain exactly how successful the revolutionary A's Access ticketing plan has been, and he talks about the even more fan-friendly changes in store for 2020 — including expanded benefits and hassle-free changes. First published July 29, 2019.
15 min
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The GM Meetings
Chronicle national baseball writer John Shea calls in from the baseball winter meetings in Arizona to discuss the A's potential plans, Marcus Semien's future and .... them cheatin' Astros?
18 min
45
Farm Director Ed Sprague: The Pitchers
Is there another Jesus Luzardo or A.J. Puk waiting in the wings? New A’s farm director Ed Sprague breaks down the team’s next wave of top pitching prospects.
13 min
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Farm Director Ed Sprague: The Infielders
In the second of three installments on the A's minor-league system, new farm director Ed Sprague breaks down rising prospects in the infield, including three who will be vying for roster spots in Oakland next season.
10 min
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Farm Director Ed Sprague: The Outfielders
In the first of three installments on the A's minor-league system, new farm director Ed Sprague breaks down the rising prospects in the outfield, a position that the A's are deeper at all levels of the minors than they have been in recent years.
12 min
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World Series Preview
In a combined A’s Plus/Giants Splash, Susan, Henry and John Shea break down the World Series matchup and talk about the Nationals' history and the Astros' future. Plus: The Chronicle's baseball writers provide their picks to win it all.
34 min
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Offseason Questions
The A's roster might look pretty set going into 2019, but Chronicle A's beat writer Susan Slusser and stats guru David Feldman discuss major questions looming at second base, in the bullpen, potentially at backup catcher and maybe even in the outfield.
30 min
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Remembering the 1989 Earthquake
Chronicle Giants beat writer Henry Schulman and features writer Ron Kroichick share their memories of being at Candlestick Park during the 1989 World Series when the Loma Prieta Earthquake hit. Also contributing their personal memories are columnist Bruce Jenkins and national baseball writer John Shea.
36 min
51
Season Wrap
Chronicle A's beat writer Susan Slusser and Chronicle national baseball writer John Shea take a look at the A's wild-card loss to the Rays and the decision to start Sean Manaea over Mike Fiers, plus: what happened to Khris Davis this season? And the outlook for 2020.
38 min
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Wild-Card Game Preview
Rays beat writer Marc Topkin from the Tampa Bay Times provides in-depth analysis of the A's wild-card opponent, including starter Charlie Morton, and David Feldman and Susan break down the A's issues and potential decisions going into Wednesday's big game.
42 min
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Billy Beane on a Remarkable Year
The A’s VP of baseball operations discusses his team’s biggest surprises this season, the role “piggybacking” might play in a postseason scenario, and what a possible playoff roster might look like, including the likely wild-card starter.
28 min
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Jesus Luzardo, David Feldman
A's phenom Jesus Luzardo discusses his pitches -- including his quick pitch -- in depth, along with his thoughts on "piggybacking." Then David Feldman and Susan Slusser talk about potential playoff pitching plans. And: Marcus Semien, MVP?
32 min
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Sean Murphy, Jake Kaplan
Sean Murphy discusses his first two weeks in the major leagues, his power surge and catching Jesus Luzardo’s debut, then Jake Kaplan and Susan talk about the changing dynamics of the A’s-Astros rivalry.
22 min
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A.J. Puk
The rookie lefty tells us how he’s adjusting to major-league life — especially the transition to the bullpen — and his rehab after Tommy John surgery. Then, David Feldman and Susan talk about tie-break scenarios, Jesus Luzardo and blowouts.
28 min
57
Sheldon Neuse, Billy Owens
Recent callup Sheldon Neuse discusses his transition to second base and how he snapped out of a major funk at Triple-A with a swing change, then assistant GM Billy Owens breaks down all the September callups and a few potential additions still to come.
21 min
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Best of A's Plus: Jake Diekman
In this episode first published August 7, the left-handed reliever, acquired from Kansas City in July, talks about joining the A's and some of the strangest jobs he's had. Plus: His surgery for ulcerative colitis and his work with Gut It Out to help those with similar conditions.
16 min
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New A’s Left Fielder Seth Brown
The outfielder discusses his big-league debut and getting hits in his first two at-bats, plus his 37-homer season at Las Vegas. And: David Feldman and Susan on September callups, possibly including Matt Harvey and Jesus Luzardo.
46 min
60
Looking ahead for A’s, Giants
Where will the Giants find starts for prospects Mauricio Dubon and Jaylin Davis? What will the A’s do behind the plate and and at second base in a tight playoff race? Chronicle beat reporters Susan Slusser and Henry Schulman delve into these and many other issues in a joint A’s Plus-Giants Splash podcast.
30 min
61
Corban Joseph, Ken Davidoff
Joseph, the new A’s second baseman, discusses his 12-year journey to the majors and talks about how Derek Jeter mentored him with the Yankees. Then, Susan and Ken Davidoff of the New York Post on the A’s success against the Yankees.
22 min
62
Tanner Roark and Feldy's Follies
New Oakland starter Tanner Roark talks about joining the A’s for the stretch run, his time in independent ball and his love of a particular libation. Then David Feldman and Susan talk about the home-run parade, Matt Chapman’s resurgence, the Corban Joseph move and in detail, potential upcoming pitching moves.
45 min
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Bay Bridge Series Preview
John Shea and Susan Slusser preview the A's-Giants matchup this week and discuss the wild-card races for both teams. Plus: Pitchers hitting? And: John takes a look back at the 1989 A's and Giants 30 years later.
25 min
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How the A's Look After the Deadline
David Feldman and Susan Slusser chat about the newest A's pitchers, what's wrong with Matt Chapman, who should be playing second base, when A.J. Puk should join the bullpen, and the upcoming schedule — why Oakland fans should root for the Twins.
21 min
65
New Reliever Jake Diekman
The left-hander, acquired from Kansas City last month, talks about joining the A's and some of the strangest jobs he's had. Plus: His surgery for ulcerative colitis and his work with Gut It Out to help those with similar conditions.
16 min
66
How A's Access Will Look in 2020
A's COO Chris Giles stops by to explain exactly how successful the revolutionary A's Access ticketing plan has been this year, and he talks about the even more fan-friendly changes in store for next season — including expanded benefits and hassle-free changes.
15 min
67
Astros Manager A.J. Hinch
The Houston skipper assesses the A's and talks about Bob Melvin's influence on him. Plus: A's minor league pitching coordinator Gil Patterson on two no-hitters on the same day, and injury updates on Luzardo, Puk, Manaea and Cotton.
35 min
68
Bob Melvin on the A's vs the Astros
The A’s manager discusses the team's big series at Houston, Khris Davis’ recent struggles and the work the rotation has done this year. Plus: The trade deadline, players returning from injuries and more.
12 min
69
Lou Trivino on What Went Wrong
The reliever explains the mechanical issues that led to his first-half struggles. Plus: Are the A's like the Philadelphia Eagles? And broadcaster Vince Cotroneo chats with Susan Slusser about Homer Bailey and the team's needs at the trade deadline.
21 min
70
David Feldman on the A's Hot Streak and Their T...
Susan and regular guest David Feldman look at the A's hot streak, the tough second-half schedule, the addition of Homer Bailey, and discuss some great work by Laureano, Canha and Semien.
27 min
71
Talking A’s and Giants at the All-Star Break
In this joint A’s Plus and Giants Splash podcast, beat writers Susan Slusser and Henry Schulman break down the team’s first half, look ahead to the second half and talk about potential trades (Bumgarner to the A’s?), while Susan provides her perspective on Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi.
33 min
72
A’s Reliever Liam Hendriks
A’s reliever Liam Hendriks stops by to talk about his trip to the All-Star Game this week and his long road to get there after being designated for assignment last year, plus his thoughts on handling the A’s closer role.
14 min
73
David Feldman on All-Star Matt Chapman, Jesus L...
Podcast regular David Feldman joins Susan to talk about some exciting recent developments with the A's, including Matt Chapman's All-Star selection, the team's strong play and what they'll need to do from here, and the looming and highly anticipated debut by Jesus Luzardo.
21 min
74
Mike Aldrete and Derrick Goold in St. Louis
A's coach Mike Aldrete discusses his work with Oakland's hitters and how he meshes with hitting coach Darren Bush. Then, Susan Slusser and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Derrick Goold talk A's, Cardinals, Stephen Piscotty and hockey.
59 min
75
A's General Manager David Forst
A's general manager David Forst analyzes where the team is at the halfway point and discusses what Oakland might do with the rotation and bullpen, and potential needs before the July 31 deadline. (This is an updated episode. The previous version was cut off.)
21 min
76
Third Baseman Matt Chapman
A's third baseman Matt Chapman discusses his own play this season - he believes he's underperforming offensively and defensively, and why he thinks that is - and gives his thoughts on the team's difficulty breaking away from the .500 mark. Plus what he says about a possible long-term extension.
15 min
77
Scott Boras on the A's Top Pick
The super-agent talks about his client Logan Davidson and discusses his view on long-term extensions for young players (cough, Matt Chapman). Plus: David Feldman and Susan Slusser on Lou Trivino, A.J. Puk and the rest of the A’s week.
35 min
78
Jurickson Profar on His Struggles
In Texas, where he played for years, the A's second baseman talks about his friendship with Adrian Beltre, how Oakland is playing lately, and his defensive work. Plus: Susan Slusser and David Feldman on the unending Rangers series.
29 min
79
Hitting Coach Darren Bush; Scouting Director Er...
Hitting coach Darren Bush talks about the adjustments Natt Chapman and Josh Phegley have made plus Ramon Laureano’s hot streak, and how he works with hitters just off the DL, then scouting director Eric Kubota breaks down this week’s draft for the A’s.
24 min
80
Andy McCullough, National Baseball Writer for t...
Andy McCullough, the national baseball writer for the Los Angeles Times, provides his thoughts on the A’s and Angels and chats with Susan about their memories of the 2014 wild-card game, Billy Butler, Farhan Zaidi, Max Muncy and also the hazards of covering a bean-ball war.
21 min
81
Oakland Ballpark Dreams
The A's would love to build a baseball cathedral on the waterfront, just like the Giants. Can they pull it off? And would that be good for Oakland? In this episode of the Chronicle's flagship podcast Fifth & Mission, Phil Matier and Susan Slusser join Demian Bulwa to answer those and other questions.
18 min
82
A’s Catcher Josh Phegley
A’s catcher Josh Phegley discusses revamping his swing, the team’s recent hot string, and ... meat tents and the Pina Colada Song? Yes, yes he does.
17 min
83
Frankie Montas and the A's Hot Streak
A’s starter Frankie Montas stops by to talk about how much he’s grown as a pitcher - from not even liking baseball to throwing 100 mph, plus why he’s now conducting interviews in English instead of via an interpreter. Then, Susan and David Feldman break down the A’s hot streak and the Fernando Rodney decision.
30 min
84
Pitching Coach Scott Emerson
Scott Emerson talks to Susan Slusser about how the rotation’s been performing recently and the progress that’s been made by the young starters. Plus: Emerson’s analysis of the bullpen's up-and-down season and his thoughts on umpires.
21 min
85
Daniel Mengden
A’s starter Daniel Mengden talks about his rough spring, his time in Las Vegas, Edwin Jackson’s influence on him, plus: ballet and puppies!
18 min
86
Stephen Piscotty and David Feldman
A's outfielder Stephen Piscotty discusses the team's issues on the road and the inconsistent offense, including his own, and what he's working on right now as he tries to get his swing going. Then, David Feldman and Susan break down the past week, including Josh Phegley's big breakout.
30 min
87
Jharel Cotton and Chris Townsend
A’s starter Jharel Cotton joins us by phone to talk about his recovery from Tommy John surgery and his rehab assignment Friday at Stockton, plus how Oakland’s other rehabbing pitchers are doing. Then pre and postgame show host Chris Townsend and Susan examine the team’s latest news, including the bullpen’s struggles and the Morales and Jackson transactions.
26 min
88
Mike Fiers and Bob Nightengale
Mike Fiers reflects on throwing his second career no-hitter and why he wasn't that focused on the accomplishment and tells us how his dad didn't know until the next day; then USA Today national baseball writer Bob Nightengale talks no-hitter plus his thoughts on the A's and the AL West.
14 min
89
Mike Fiers No-Hitter
It’s a no-no edition of the Feldy Follies as Susan Slusser and David Feldman break down Mike Fiers’ no-hitter against the Reds and discuss what it might mean for him and for a team that's been struggling.
23 min
90
Skye Bolt, Ray Fosse
Outfielder Skye Bolt on the emotions of his his callup, his confusing first big-league hit and, of course, his name. Then broadcaster Ray Fosse talks about Oakland’s rotten road trip and the recent big night by fellow catcher Josh Phegley.
29 min
91
Stephen Vogt on His Wild Giants Debut
In a special joint episode of Giants Splash and A's Plus, John Shea talks to the former Oakland fan favorite about his spectacular return to the big leagues with his childhood team, as well as a memorable encounter with Willie Mays.
14 min
92
Al Pedrique and David Feldman
Al Pedrique breaks down the defensive issues that Jurickson Profar has dealt with lately and tells us how lonely life can be for a first-base coach when the offense is quiet, and Susan and David Feldman look at the A's disastrous road trip, potential moves and how the start to this season compares to last.
28 min
93
Marcus Semien and Glen Kuiper
Shortstop Marcus Semien comes by to talk about the strong start to his season, how the team is playing lately and the possibility of signing a contract extension; then A's TV announcer Glen Kuiper gives us his thoughts on Jurickson Profar's start, expectations for Oakland the rest of the way - and just how fun it is to call Ramon Laureano's astonishing defensive feats.
25 min
94
Team President Dave Kaval on the Stadium
The A's president discusses big recent developments, including a stadium vote and the Khris Davis contract. Plus: Assistant director of minor league development Ed Sprague provides updates on some high-profile prospects.
25 min
95
Mark Kotsay on Turning It Around
The A’s coach talks about Oakland’s excellent crop of all-around outfielders and the difficulties of turning around an early slump with a new team. He did that himself with Oakland in 2004. Plus: Kotsay’s thoughts on Triple-A Las Vegas.
17 min
96
The A’s Horrible Weekend
Susan Slusser and official scorer David Feldman discuss the weekend sweep at the hands of the Toronto Blue Jays. What’s wrong with the rotation? With the offense? And why Kendrys Morales’ slump is showing more positive signs than Jurickson Profar’s.
41 min
97
Sandy Alderson; David Feldman
Former A's GM Sandy Alderson is back with the team as a special assistant - does he have deja vu? what do his duties entail? plus his thoughts on Moneyball, pace of play and more. And David Feldman and Susan talk about the A's recent road trip, bullpen issues and the struggles Mike Fiers and Marco Estrada have had away from the Coliseum.
33 min
98
Chad Pinder; Ann Killion
Utility man extraordinaire Chad Pinder discusses his hot start to the season and wows at longtime teammate Matt Chapman's play; columnist Ann Killion tells Susan why the A's should be picking up the Bay Area's casual baseball fans and also gives her thoughts on Khris Davis, John Fisher and the stadium situation.
37 min
99
Red-hot reliever J.B. Wendelken
The Oakland right-hander discusses his breakout September, talks about what went wrong with his curveball this spring, and provides a look at the personalities in the A's bullpen. Plus: In the first domestic edition of Feldy's Follies this season, David Feldman and Susan Slusser break down the bad start to Oakland's road trip and Jurickson Profar's struggles.
34 min
100
Aaron Brooks on Rejoining the A's; Pete Abraham...
A’s fifth starter Aaron Brooks discusses his strong first outing of the season and his reaction to rejoining the A’s last September, and Boston Globe Red Sox beat writer Pete Abraham discusses the World Series, and why the A’s seem to have the Red Sox’s number.
23 min