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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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Why Buster Posey Opted Out
In this news-breaking conference with reporters, the Giants’ celebrated catcher explains why he chose not to play the 2020 baseball season. Also, president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi and manager Gabe Kapler discuss possible backup options.
32 min
Farm Director Kyle Haines on Prospects' Challenges
Kyle Haines, the Giants’ director of player development, tells John Shea about the top prospects working out at Oracle Park and the players the Giants drafted and signed as undrafted free agents.
28 min
Gabe Kapler on Canceling Tuesday's Workout
Late Tuesday morning, the Giants canceled the day’s two workouts because they had not received the result of tests administered Saturday. Here are excerpts from manager Gabe Kapler's press conference.
9 min
Bill Gould’s Baseball Life: Players, Owners and...
Part 2: Bill Gould, professor emeritus at Stanford, who offers John Shea insights on declining African American numbers in baseball, his thoughts on anti-trust laws and his heroic great grandfather.
31 min
Bill Gould’s Baseball Life: From Integration to...
Bill Gould, professor emeritus at Stanford, offers insights on baseball’s labor woes, living through the game’s integration, his role in ending the 1994-95 strike and his heroic great grandfather.
35 min
Preparing for a June Draft in the COVID-19 Era
Amateur-scouting director Michael Holmes tells Henry how the Giants are adapting to a draft that will last five rounds, instead of the usual 40, followed by a scramble to sign undrafted players.
29 min
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
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:
13 min
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.
10 min
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 homers twice for SoCal, but the North snarls back, tying it on Rickey Henderson's triple and taking the lead on Joe DiMaggio's sac fly. With two outs in the ninth, it's Dennis Eckersley vs. Ted Williams — who can't re-create Kirk Gibson's heroics. | Follow the I-5 Series:
13 min
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
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 pitting all-time rosters of NorCal and SoCal players in simulated games
12 min
I-5 Series Game 1 Postgame Show
Northern California manager Bruce Jenkins joins Henry Schulman to talk about Game 1 of Golden Greats: The I-5 Series, an APBA Baseball simulation between all-time all-star teams from Northern California and Southern California.
9 min
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.
9 min
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
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.
25 min
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
Huey Lewis Talks Album, Mays and The Sporting G...
In the second of two parts, rocker Huey Lewis gets into detail with John Shea about his new album, his new musical, the artistic influence of being raised in these parts, and, as always, Willie Mays.
24 min
Huey Lewis' News: Giants Fan Has New Album
In the first of two parts, rocker Huey Lewis talks to John Shea about his new album, his childhood love for Willie Mays and the Giants, singing the anthem before games, and his days playing baseball.
25 min
Tim Flannery Sheltering in a Cool Place, Part 2
In the second of two parts, ex-Giants coach Tim Flannery opens up to John Shea on his music, Jackson Browne, his years with Bruce Bochy, and his memories from the 2010 title season a decade later.
17 min
Tim Flannery Sheltering in a Cool Place
Ex-Giants coach Tim Flannery talks to John Shea on his life during the coronavirus pandemic, his music, his remote cabin and his feelings on an uncertain future in the first of two parts.
21 min
Chronicle Subscriber Zoom Q&A, Part 2
Henry Schulman and Susan Slusser answer subscribers' questions about the Giants and A's in the second of two parts. Could robo umps be near? Will the White House have any say on baseball's restart?
38 min
Chronicle Subscriber Zoom Q&A, Part 1
The baseball crew of Henry Schulman, Susan Slusser 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
Gabe Kapler Motivated During Coronavirus Downtime
The manager tells John Shea how the players still get instruction from the coaching staff and how everyone’s communicating. And how does Barry Bonds and Will Clark fit in?
25 min
Brian Sabean Looks Back on 2010 Champs
Giants executive vice president Brian Sabean reminisces with Henry Schulman about the 2010 Giants, the first S.F. team to win a World Series, and how the baseball shutdown might affect the 2020 team.
22 min