Giants Splash

Susan Slusser and John Shea host The San Francisco Chronicle’s podcast on the San Francisco Giants, featuring interviews with players, coaches, executives and media pros, as well as in-depth analysis.

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Coach Ron Wotus: Survivor
Gabe Kapler is the fourth skipper he’s worked for in San Francisco, a rare feat of endurance. The third-base coach discusses his impressions of Kapler and the direction the Giants are headed.
30 min
Is Gabe Kapler the Right Manager?
Chronicle writers Ann Killion and Susan Slusser discuss the hiring of Gabe Kapler as the new Giants manager, and get right to the elephant in the room: How he handled assault allegations involving minor-league players while he was with the Dodgers organization.
19 min
Amateur Scouting Director Michael Holmes
Michael Holmes, hired in December to run the Giants scouting for the amateur draft and international signing periods, talks about top draft pick Hunter Bishop, the outfielder from Arizona State, other top picks from June, and how they performed during their first summer of pro ball.
28 min
World Series Preview
In a combined Giants Splash/A’s Plus, 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
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
Shea and Schulman Talk 2019 Giants
Chronicle beat writer Henry Schulman and national baseball writer John Shea look back at the 2019 season. Did it succeed as the new front office had hoped? Surprises and disappointments, and will the club make big moves for 2020?
23 min
Larry Baer Back in Charge
The Giants president and CEO has kept a fairly low profile since his July 2 return from a league-mandated suspension following a videotaped altercation with his wife, Pam. In a rare interview, Baer talks about his time away and major issues involving the franchise.
32 min
Best of Giants Splash: Pablo Sandoval
In this episode originally published June 3, Pablo Sandoval talks about being an old veteran now. Plus: Whether he thought he would be in the majors this long, why he stays eternally positive in a clubhouse filled with defeat, his second chance with the Giants and, of course, pitching.
16 min
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
A's Plus: Bay Bridge Series Preview
In this bonus presentation of our fellow Chronicle podcast A's Plus, 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, the Bay Bridge World Series teams, 30 years later.
25 min
Report From the Farm
Giants farm director Kyle Haines talks about the prospects Giants fans care about the most: Heliot Ramos, Joey Bart, Sean Hjelle, Marco Luciano and more. Plus: The health of the farm system.
28 min
Why the Giants Are Hitting
Hitting coach Alonzo Powell talks to beat reporter Henry Schulman about the team’s major offensive upswing; how the club can look so different at the plate now than before; growing up in San Francisco; and beating cancer.
23 min
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
Dave Flemming on Staying With the Giants
The youngster of the Giants’ legendary broadcast quartet could have left for a national career, but Dave Flemming signed on for another four years. He talks about why he loves working in San Francisco, why he quit Twitter, and more.
23 min
Johnny Cueto on His Rehab and Comeback
John Shea interviews the right-hander about his long road back from Tommy John surgery, how he's a mentor to younger players, his relationship with David Ortiz, and his amazing Instagram feed. Giants broadcaster Erwin Higueros interprets.
8 min
Bonus: Entrevista con Johnny Cueto en Español
Para esos que quieren escuchar a Johnny Cueto en sus propias palabras, aquí está su conversación con John Shea y el intérprete Erwin Higueros. / For listeners who want to hear Johnny Cueto in his own words, here’s his conversation with John Shea and interpreter Erwin Higueros. This accompanies today's episode, which omits most of Cueto's answers in Spanish.
13 min
1989 World Series Nostalgia With Terry Kennedy
The Giants’ 1989 catcher, now a Cubs scout, reminisces about the Loma Prieta earthquake, who he looks forward to seeing at the 30-year reunion, having Bruce Bochy as his backup, and the year he spent in Oakland when his dad managed the A’s.
15 min
Will Smith, Fresh Prince of Saves
He's been one of the best closers in the majors this season. Without him, San Francisco's bad record might be a lot worse. Smith talks about becoming a closer, his leadership role, trade rumors, being hooked on strikeouts, and more.
18 min
Pablo Sandoval, Elder Statesman Panda
The Kung Fu Panda is an old veteran now. Pablo Sandoval talks about that, and about whether he thought he would be in the majors this long, why he stays eternally positive in a clubhouse filled with defeat, his second chance with the Giants and, of course, pitching.
16 min
Will Clark: Still Wearing the Giants Uniform
"The Thrill" talks about his role as a Giants instructor, the Hall of Fame, why he retired when he did, his biggest hits with the Giants, how he “broke in” host Henry Schulman as a beat writer, and more.
21 min
The Giants Broadcaster You Might Not Know
Spanish-language announcer Erwin Higueros tells Henry Schulman about his eccentric partner in the booth, Tito Fuentes; his role as official translator; his friendship with Johnny Cueto; and Pablo Sandoval's maturation.
20 min
Farhan Zaidi on Derek Holland, May Roster Remake
In a conversation with reporters, Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi responds to pitcher Derek Holland’s criticism of front-office decision-making. Zaidi also addresses the big flurry of roster moves in May and what could happen in days ahead.
12 min
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.
13 min
Follow Charley Steiner to Freedom!
Henry Schulman chats with Dodgers radio voice Charley Steiner about his early years at ESPN, when he starred in the network’s now-famous “Follow Me To Freedom” Y2K ad. Steiner also talks about Vin Scully, working for Donald Trump and how he nearly became the voice of the Giants
21 min
Meet New Giants Outfielder Kevin Pillar
Beat writer Henry Schulman talks to just-acquired center fielder about his return to Toronto with the Giants, his background as a three-sport star in high school who was not sure he would ever be a professional athlete, playing at a college few people heard of, a DiMaggio-esque hitting streak and how his childhood differed from most kids who wind up in the majors.
21 min
F.P. Santangelo and the Spillygoat
In this episode of Giants Splash, beat writer Henry Schulman talks with two of his favorite former players-turned-broadcasters. Nationals TV color man F.P. Santangelo discusses his lone season as one of the Giants “Fighting Hydrants” and gives his thoughts on Bryce Harper. Rockies broadcaster Ryan Spilborghs (@spillygoat19 on Twitter) reveals a personal story behind a home run he hit to beat the Giants.
19 min
Bruce Jenkins and Henry Schulman Talking Baseba...
Two longtime Chronicle sportswriters, columnist Bruce Jenkins, and Giants beat writer and Giants Splash podcast host Henry Schulman, sit down before Friday’s home opener and talk about the club, a book that Jenkins wrote about his famed music-arranger dad and much more.
17 min
Duane Kuiper on His Favorite Stories, Postgame ...
Duane Kuiper, half of one of the most popular baseball television broadcast teams in the country, dishes on his favorite story involving partner Mike Krukow, how he really feels about the postgame wrap, growing up on a farm in Wisconsin, his one year from hell as a braodcaster, why his greatest day as a hitter involved... Jane Pauley? And even the most difficult ballpark to reach the bathroom and back between innings.
28 min
Wrapping Up Spring Training With Marty Lurie
KNBR host Marty Lurie joins Henry Schulman for the second and last time this spring training to talk about how the Giants are looking as they prepare to open the season in San Diego Thursday. Marty says he's more optimistic than he was a month ago.
16 min
Ray Black and Jeff Samardzija: 2 Approaches to ...
Henry Schulman talks to two Giants pitchers who have very different points of view on advanced pitching analytics. Reliever Ray Black is an evangelist for sophisticated tracking data. Starter Jeff Samardzija isn't hostile to data, but he says, "For me it's just kind of keeping it simple, stupid."
14 min
Introducing Joey Bart
Joey Bart, the No. 2 overall pick in last year’s amateur draft, has had a great spring training amid high — and maybe unfair — expectations that he will be the next Buster Posey. Bart is not just here in big-league camp to get at-bats. He’s getting an education as well in the complicated and high-pressure role as an everyday catcher in the major leagues. Bart explains how he is handling it, his highlight of spring training so far, getting ribbed by Posey and much more.
18 min
Lee Smith on being a Hall of Famer
People tell relief great Lee Smith: “Hey man, you’re a Hall of Famer now!” But Smith, who's been with the Giants for 20 years as a roving pitching instructor, says going into Cooperstown this summer won’t change his personality. Chronicle national baseball writer John Shea caught up with him at spring training. Smith has a million great stories, including the ones he tells about teenage Madison Bumgarner and Tim Lincecum.
26 min
Bryce Harper: The One That Got Away
Bryce Harper signing a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies makes it two years in a row the Giants didn't land the big fish. Henry Schulman talks about how serious San Francisco's offer was, why Harper chose to stay in the NL East, and who'll play the outfield for the Giants.
15 min
Tim Flannery Unplugged
Since Tim Flannery retired as the Giants third-base coach two years ago, this renaissance man — songwriter, singer, activist, surfer, fundraiser — has not been shy about sharing his views on the state of society. His thoughts on the country, his Love Harder project and music career and his best bud Bruce Bochy’s retirement announcement.
23 min
Buster Posey on Bruce Bochy’s retirement
The Giants' All-Star catcher shares his thoughts with Giants reporters about manager Bruce Bochy’s announcement that he’ll retire after this season. Plus: Henry Schulman talks to reliever Dereck Rodriguez, who had a good enough rookie season to become his own man and not just “Ivan Rodriguez’s son.”
12 min
Turning the Tables on Marty Lurie
Marty Lurie, a retired defense attorney, has found his niche as a weekend sports-talk host on KNBR Radio in San Francisco. He's extremely popular and his shows can go on for hours. A frequent guest on Mary's show, San Francisco Chronicle Giants beat writer Henry Schulman turns the microphone around so Lurie can talk about how he got into radio, what he likes about his job, growing up in Brooklyn but rooting for the Baltimore Orioles, Martyisms such as “That guy can HIT” and how he views the 2019 Giants.
22 min
Live! The Chronicle Talks Baseball
San Francisco Chronicle Giants beat writer Henry Schulman and A's beat writer Susan Slusser 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 clubhouse, and answer questions from the audience about openers, free agents and ballpark food.
61 min
5 Questions Going Into Spring Training
Will Madison Bumgarner be traded? Is this Bruce Bochy’s last year? What sport will Kyler Murray play? What will Oakland’s starting rotation look like? In this combined episode of Giants Double Play and A’s Plus, San Francisco Chronicle baseball writers Henry Schulman and Susan Slusser tackle those and other questions as they prepare to head to Arizona.
28 min
Remembering Peter Magowan
Giants beat writer Henry Schulman talks to producer King Kaufman about the broad legacy of former Safeway Chairman and Giants Managing General Partner Peter A. Magowan, who died Sunday at 76. He was a lifelong Giants fan who had his adopted city of San Francisco in his blood. Henry and King discuss parts of Magowan's legacy that go beyond helping save the Giants for San Francisco and building what now is called Oracle Park, including his outreach to the LBGTQ community and spearheading the pioneering Until There's a Cure Day in 1994 to raise money and awareness for AIDS research.
25 min
Winter Meetings wrap-up
Reporting from the the last day of the MLB Winter Meetings, San Francisco Chronicle 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. 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.
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 Henry Schulman and Susan Slusser discuss the possibility of Troy Tulowitzki landing in Oakland and talk about 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 Giants Double Play and A's Plus podcast, San Francisco Chronicle beat writers Henry Schulman and Susan Slusser review the first day of the 2018 MLB winter meetings. The Giants and A's may be pursuing the same starting pitchers. The Giants have a new outfielder and may have the inside track on Japanese free-agent lefty Yusei Kikuchi. The A's may be pursuing 2B D.J. LeMahieu, and they're trying to sign a catcher. Nick Hundley? Plus: Susan and Henry work out a Giants-A's trade. Pack your bags, Shark.
16 min
Remembering Willie McCovey
San Francisco Chronicle baseball writers Henry Schulman and John Shea pay tribute to Giants great Willie McCovey, who died at the age of 80 on Oct. 31. Big Mac said fans made him feel like a landmark in San Francisco, like the Golden Gate Bridge. Schulman and Shea remember the man who was worthy of that kind of affection.
33 min
Pumpsie Green, the last man to integrate a team
Pumpsie Green is a baseball treasure who grew up in Richmond and lives in El Cerrito. In 1959, he became the first black player for the Boston Red Sox, who were the last big-league team to integrate. Pumpsie sat down with The Chronicle’s John Shea and Scott Ostler and discussed his career and life, including his first big-league at-bat, when the ump said, "You better swing, son."
11 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 high school city championship games at Dodger Stadium. Kerr remains a Dodgers fan, and says he learned the word "Schadenfreude" when Joe Morgan thrilled Giants fans in 1982 by hitting a home run that knocked the Dodgers out of the playoffs.
22 min
Puig vs. Hundley: Slappy Fight 2018
A breakdown of the epic battle that resulted in the Dodgers outfielder's two-game suspension. Plus: Injured Giants pitchers, anemic Giants offense, what's wrong with Joe Panik's bat and more as San Francisco Chronicle beat writer Henry Schulman and...
25 min
Hall (and Wall) of Fame edition
Giants beat writer Henry Schulman and Janny Hu break down the Giants' options at the trade deadline and look ahead to Saturday's Wall of Fame ceremony at AT&T Park. They also talk Cooperstown, where Hall of Fame inductions take place this weekend...
28 min
Are the Giants buyers or sellers?
San Francisco Chronicle Giants beat writer Henry Schulman and assistant sports editor Janny Hu talk about the Giants' options at the trade deadline, the health of their pitching, who's been a disappointment so far — and travel tips for the upcoming...
19 min
Can the Giants' hitting catch up to their pitch...
San Francisco Chronicle Giants beat writer Henry Schulman and assistant sports editor Janny Hu break down the first half of the Giants' season, including Schulman's picks for biggest surprise and disappointment so far. The two also explore the...
30 min
Injuries and the NL West
Giants beat writer Henry Schulman checks in from Philadelphia, where the Giants are without Johnny Cueto, Joe Panik and others. Are Alen Hanson and Andrew Suarez the real deal? How is Madison Bumgarner coming along? Find out how injuries are...
25 min
The struggle to score
Henry Schulman checks in from the Giants' road trip in Arizona, breaking down the team's ongoing offensive struggles, and how Hunter Pence and Brandon Belt have become lightning rods for their scoring woes. Schulman and assistant sports editor Janny...
26 min
A historic Opening Week (for better or worse)
Giants beat writer Henry Schulman and assistant sports editor Janny Hu breakdown the Giants' opening week highs and lows, including Joe Panik's power burst, a near no-hitter by Johnny Cueto, the team's worst offensive opening series ever, and early...
29 min
Rotation Blues
San Francisco Chronicle beat writer Henry Schulman and assistant sports editor Janny Hu break down the Giants' outlook following injuries to Madison Bumgarner and Jeff Samardzija. Who will step into the rotation, and how will it affect the bullpen?...
31 min
Spring training preview
Join San Francisco Chronicle Giants beat writer Henry Schulman and A's beat writer Susan Slusser as they break down the top five questions heading into spring training.
23 min
The McCutchen trade
Giants beat writer Henry Schulman and assistant sports editor Janny Hu break down Monday’s trade for Andrew McCutchen, and how the longtime Pirates outfielder – along with third baseman Evan Longoria – fit the Giants’ offseason strategy....
22 min
Slow-moving hot stove
Giants beat writer Henry Schulman and assistant sports editor Janny Hu discuss why this has been the slowest moving Hot Stove season in MLB history, and what Giants fans can expect from new third baseman Evan Longoria. The three-time All Star and Gold...
21 min