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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Will There Be Major League Baseball in 2020?
Henry Schulman and John Shea weigh the possibility that MLB will cancel the 2020 season due to COVID-19. What would the effect be for the Giants? If there is a ’20 season, what would it look like?
31 min
Kirk Rueter: Still Woody After All These Years
Kirk “Woody” Rueter, one of the most popular Giants ever, talks to Henry Schulman about nearing and pitching the first regular-season game at what is now called Oracle Park in 2000.
31 min
Is It Still OK To Laugh?
Henry Schulman talks to Hollywood comedy writer-turned-baseball announcer Ken Levine about laughter in dark times, plus a little Dodgers-Giants and Yasiel Puig.
31 min
Dusty Baker: Not His First Shutdown
As the coronavirus delays his debut as Houston Astros manager, the former Giants skipper tells Henry Schulman about earlier stoppages in his 53-year career, from the 1981 strike to the emotional delays after the 1989 earthquake and the 9/11 attacks.
24 min
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.
26 min
Barry Bonds and Willie Mays: An Ump’s View
Former umpire Ed Montague tells John Shea about growing up a Giants fan, being on the field when Bonds, Pete Rose and Lou Brock made history, and what happened to that ball that went between Bill Buckner’s legs. | Giants Splash Newsletter
30 min
Bruce Bochy a Manager Again
John Shea catches up with the former Giants manager a day before he was to leave camp to manage France in the World Baseball Classic. Bochy talks about his new role in the Giants' front office, managing his son Brett, and he weighs in on the Astros cheating scandal.
24 min
Brandon Crawford, Ten Years a Giant
The three-time Gold Glove shortstop tells Henry Schulman about his work to improve, even in the field. Plus his trip to South America and brother-in-law Gerrit Cole’s $324 million contract with the Yankees.
21 min
Marty Lurie on Baseball's Changing Game
In Part 2 of their conversation, KNBR weekend talk-show host Marty Lurie talks to Henry Schulman about the Astros scandal and how the game of baseball has changed over the years. | Get our Giants Splash newsletter
8 min
Marty Lurie, Still Going but Cutting Back
KNBR weekend talk-show host Marty Lurie talks to Henry Schulman about his decision to cut his schedule to pregames only, plus his thoughts on Gabe Kapler and the 2020 Giants. | Get our Giants Splash newsletter
15 min
Mauricio Dubon and Jaylin Davis
At spring training in Scottsdale, Henry Schulman talks to two players acquired last July: infielder Dubon and outfielder Davis. Both got their first taste of the majors last year and are considered part of the Giants’ future.
16 min
Buster Posey's Sense of Renewal
Chronicle national baseball writer John Shea visits with the Giants catcher ahead of spring training and talks about his health, the Giants' big changes and challenges, signs from Bruce Bochy and how he'll miss Madison Bumgarner.
16 min
Giants and A’s: 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
Gabe Kapler Meets Willie Mays
Chronicle National Baseball Writer John Shea stops by the new Giants manager's office at Oracle Park right after the skipper met the Say Hey Kid for the first time. Plus, roster discussions.
20 min
General Manager Scott Harris
The new Giants GM talks to Henry Schulman about Thursday’s signing of Drew Smyly, how the Giants view 2020, why they’ve been relatively quiet this winter, and Madison Bumgarner’s departure.
23 min
Spring Training Prospects, Part Two
Who is Chadwick Tromp? Farm director Kyle Haines answers that eternal question and tells Henry Schulman about the catcher and other prospects coming to spring training, including pitcher Sean Hjelle.
21 min
Spring Training Prospects, Part One
In the first of two podcasts with Giants farm director Kyle Haines, beat reporter Henry Schulman gets the lowdown on the minor-leaguers on the 40-man roster who will report to major-league camp next month, including hard-throwing relievers Melvin Adon and Dany Jimenez, plus infielder Kean Wong and 35-homer outfielder Jaylin Davis.
21 min
Madison Bumgarner, Arizona Diamondback
Henry Schulman talks to Arizona Republic Diamondbacks writer Nick Piecoro about the Big Fella’s defection to the desert on a five-year, $85 million contract, what went into the move, and what he might have really felt about leaving the Giants.
26 min
Best of Giants Splash: The 1989 Earthquake
Chronicle writers Henry Schulman, Ron Kroichick, Bruce Jenkins and John Shea share their memories of being at Candlestick Park during the 1989 World Series when the Loma Prieta Earthquake hit. First published Oct. 11, 2019.
36 min
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
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
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
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
Gabe Kapler Talks About 2020 Giants, L.A. Contr...
The new Giants manager discusses the fallout from his polarizing hire nearly three weeks ago, the coaching staff he wants to build, how he will manage "legacy players" like Buster Posey and Brandon Crawford and much more.
31 min
Best of Giants Splash: Report From the Farm
In an August interview, Giants farm director Kyle Haines tells Henry Schulman 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. First published Aug. 9, 2019.
28 min