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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1
How the A’s Hitting Is Shaping Up
Assistant hitting coach Eric Martins breaks down how many of Oakland's key hitters — especially slugger Khris Davis, coming off a down year — are looking a week into the team's training camp.
24 min
2
Baseball's back!
The Chronicle's Susan Slusser and Matt Kawahara talk about the first week of A's training camp at the Coliseum, what safety procedures are in place, what it’s like covering the team, and top storylines.
24 min
3
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
4
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
5
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
6
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
7
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
8
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
9
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
10
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
11
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
12
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
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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
14
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
15
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
16
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
19
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
20
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
21
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
22
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
23
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
25
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
26
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
27
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
28
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
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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
34
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
35
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
36
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
37
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
38
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
39
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
40
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
41
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
43
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
44
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
45
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
46
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
47
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
48
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
49
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
50
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
51
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
52
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
53
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
54
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
55
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
56
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
57
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
58
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
59
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
60
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
61
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
62
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
63
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
64
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
65
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
66
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
67
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
68
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
69
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
70
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
71
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
72
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
73
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
74
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
75
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
76
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
77
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
78
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
79
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
80
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
81
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
82
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
83
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
84
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
85
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
86
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
87
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
88
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
89
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
90
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
91
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
92
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
93
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
94
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
95
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
96
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
97
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
98
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
99
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
100
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