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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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