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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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
2
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
3
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
4
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
5
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
6
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
7
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
8
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
9
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
10
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
11
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
12
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
13
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
14
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
15
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
16
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
17
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
18
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
19
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
20
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
21
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
22
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
24
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
25
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
26
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
27
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
28
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
29
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
30
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
31
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
32
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
33
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
34
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
35
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
36
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
37
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
38
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
39
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
40
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
41
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
42
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
43
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
44
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
45
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
46
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
47
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
48
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
49
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
50
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
51
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
52
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
53
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
54
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
55
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
56
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
57
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
58
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
59
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
60
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
61
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
62
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
63
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
64
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
65
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
66
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
67
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
68
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
69
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
70
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
71
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
72
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
73
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
74
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
75
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
76
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
77
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
78
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
79
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
80
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
81
Ramon Laureano on Last Season; Dallas Braden on...
Center fielder Ramon Laureano drops in to talk about his sensational late-season run as a rookie, his slow start to 2019, and his personal chef - his mom. Then, Dallas Braden and Susan chat about the A's first week back in the U.S., what to make of the pitching staff, and the Bradens welcome a new family member.
32 min
82
Matt Olson on His Injury
Matt Olson talks about his broken hamate bone - diagnosed by Dee Gordon on the field in Japan - and the team's acquisition of Kendrys Morales. On the Shea Hey segment, Susan and John Shea discuss Franklin Barreto's demotion, the challenges the A's face early in the season and much more.
27 min
83
Catcher Beau Taylor; the Feldy Follies
From Tokyo: Nonroster catcher Beau Taylor on the A’s trip to Japan, his insights into the team's top minor-league pitchers and a recounting of his hilarious first big-league hit. Then, David Feldman stops by for the first Feldy Follies of the year to talk about new issues for official scorers to consider, plus a look at Oakland’s roster to open the season.
49 min
84
Billy Beane, Ken Korach
Vice president of baseball operations Billy Beane joins Susan Slusser in Tokyo to talk about the A’s love for international travel, his love for Japanese baseball, and the A’s roster going into Opening Day. Plus: A’s broadcaster Ken Korach joins Susan to talk about their new book, “If These Walls Could Talk: Stories From the Oakland A’s Dugout, Locker Room, and Press Box.”
30 min
85
Marco Estrada on Being a Veteran and Ken Rosent...
Marco Estrada talks about his struggles last season and his thoughts on his new team, plus how great it feels to make a hitter’s knees buckle with a great changeup. Fox Sports/The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal then drops in to give his thoughts on the AL West and on the potential rule changes MLB might embrace next year.
33 min
86
Assistant G.M. Billy Owens and Coco Crisp
Billy Owens, the A’s assistant G.M. and director of player personnel, talks to Susan Slusser about some of Oakland’s most pressing roster decisions, as well as his thoughts on Kyler Murray’s decision to enter the NFL draft. Plus: Longtime A’s favorite Coco Crisp, who’s back with the club as a broadcaster.
18 min
87
Closer Blake Treinen, team secretary Mickey Mor...
A's closer Blake Treinen tells Susan Slusser how tough it was to deal with his poor results in last year's wild-card game and how that will drive him this season. And team travel secretary Mickey Morabito goes through the ins-and-outs of getting more than 160 people to Japan for the season-opening series against the Seattle Mariners.
23 min
88
A's broadcaster Chris Townsend, Tyler Kepner of...
Chris Townsend, the A's pre/postgame radio guy, has a fascinating new gig with the team. He talks with Susan Slusser about the new broadcast deal plus a lot of baseball. Also: Tyler Kepner of the New York Times and Susan discuss Oakland's outlook this year and why the A’s are always such an interesting team to write about. Plus: Tyler's amazing catch in the Houston press box last year.
44 min
89
Bob Melvin on the Game's Evolution
Bob Melvin is a three-time Manager of the Year who piloted the A’s to the playoffs last year. He discusses the game’s analytic evolution, Bruce Bochy’s decision to retire after the season and proposed rule changes.
16 min
90
Player Development with Keith Lieppman and Labo...
Keith Lieppman and Jared Diamond. Lieppman, the A's director of player development, discusses up-and-coming players such as Jesus Luzardo and Lazarito Armenteros and talks about his own disastrous first day as an A's player. Diamond, the Wall Street Journal's baseball writer, talks about the A's influence on baseball business, plus the uncertainty over the sport's current labor issues.
40 min
91
Pitcher Chris Bassitt, Yahoo's Tim Brown
Rotation hopeful Chris Bassitt details his challenging 2018 season, his high hopes for the team in 2019 and why he thinks the A's starters are underrated. Then, Yahoo.com's Tim Brown joins Susan Slusser to talk about how blindsided he was by last year's A's, Khris Davis' status as the most overlooked slugger in baseball, and what's going on in baseball's labor market.
29 min
92
Dave Stewart on Kyler Murray
A’s great Dave Stewart analyzes the pitching staff and gives his opinion on using an opener and on the Kyler Murray decision; ex Giants catcher Nick Hundley discusses moving across the bay and the diet that has him feeling like he’s in his mid 20s again.
27 min
93
First Spring Training Episode
A's pitching coach Scott Emerson talks to San Francisco Chronicle beat writer Susan Slusser about how the staff is shaping up, his thoughts on using an "opener" and the recent loss of both of his parents. Plus: ESPN's Howard Bryant on the A's hottest topics — including Kyler Murray — race in baseball, and Bryant's upcoming book project, which will interest A's fans a lot. (Hint: It's about Rickey Henderson.)
30 min
94
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
95
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
96
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
97
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
98
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
99
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
100
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