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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Giants-Dodgers Series Preview
Susan and John break down the Division Series with the Dodgers and the strengths of both teams; plus, a look at all of the historical numbers that make this rivalry matchup all the more significant.
23 min
Coaching a Winner
Giants bench coach Kai Correa breaks down some of the reasons for the team's success, who might deserve Gold Gloves, plus the future outlook. And how much is he scoreboard watching, anyway?
28 min
Buster Posey on the '21 Giants: "A Collective E...
The star catcher, whose resurgent season has been key to the team's stunning success, has a wide-ranging conversation with host Susan Slusser about the pitching staff, his own schedule, and breakout stars like LaMonte Wade Jr. and Logan Webb.
15 min
How Logan Webb Changed Into an Ace
The Giants starter talks to Susan Slusser about his breakout season, how he developed his killer changeup, and his ongoing effort to hit a home run. Plus: The right-hander reflects on the team exceeding expectations, and his resemblance to actor Jesse Plemons.
19 min
Buzz on Giants’ Draftees
Scouting director Michael Holmes updates John Shea on this year’s top draftees, who’s looking good from recent drafts and how the Giants’ versatility at the big-league level translates on draft day.
15 min
Baysball Stretch Run
Wrapping up the Bay Bridge Series at the Coliseum, Susan Slusser and Matt Kawahara chat about the concerns for the Giants and A's over the final weeks of the season on this combined episode of Giants Splash and A's Plus.
25 min
Wotus' Wisdom
Giants coach Ron Wotus, who just passed 2,000 wins with the club, talks to John Shea about the title teams, why Kris Bryant is more comfortable in the outfield and what makes Brandon Crawford so cool.
18 min
View from the GM: A Trade Recap
General manager Scott Harris breaks down the Giants' moves at the trade deadline, and tells Susan how much his previous relationship working in the Cubs organization played into acquiring Kris Bryant.
23 min
Giants, A’s Buzz at Trade Deadline
Susan Slusser, Matt Kawahara and John Shea discuss the upcoming trade deadline and who’d be good fits for the Giants and A’s.
25 min
Bay Bridge Series Wrap-Up
Susan and Matt talk about the just completed Bay Bridge Series, All Star possibilities and speculate on the trade deadline. And what about Sergio Romo and his unexpected moment during a spot check?!
28 min
Baseball, Bitker and the Bay
In a special Giants Splash-A’s Plus combo podcast, Steve Bitker, the retired long-time sports anchor at KCBS, shares Giants and A’s memories on the field and in the broadcast booth with John Shea.
28 min
A Cool July Draft
Director of Amateur Scouting Michael Holmes talks to Susan about what the later draft this year means in practical terms, and what the team might be looking at with the 14th pick.
25 min
Farhan Zaidi: View from the Top
Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi talks about his first-place team, the potential for re-signing some big names, the trade deadline and the upcoming draft.
26 min
Mustache Mike
Outfielder Mike Yastrzemski stops by to talk to Susan Slusser about what he's working on offensively, the team's dynamite defense, their recent superb road trip — and, of course, Yaz ranks Mustache May staches.
19 min
Crawford Crushing It
Shortstop Brandon Crawford talks to Susan about his hot start to the season and why he's kind of miffed at social media polls about top free-agent shortstops: He's playing better than all of them.
21 min
Infield Chatter
Bench coach Kai Correa talks with Susan about Brandon Crawford’s sterling defense, the challenges of using multiple second basemen, Mauricio Dubón’s steps forward and much more.
22 min
An Amazing Journey
Giants minor-leaguer Drew Robinson, who survived a suicide attempt last year but lost an eye, talks to Susan about playing at Triple A after thinking he would never be back in baseball.
22 min
Fifth & Mission: Happy Birthday, Willie Mays
S.F. Giants great Willie Mays celebrates his 90th birthday today.
24 min
Up Close and Personal with the Closer
Giants lefty Jake McGee talks with Susan about his season, his unusual fastball and why he gets two different kinds of movement, working with the best catching tandem in the game, and much more.
24 min
The Shutout King
Giants backup catcher Curt Casali discusses being behind the plate for five consecutive shutouts, analyzes each starter, and provides his thoughts on Buster Posey and the team's fast start.
34 min
How the Giants Farm System Looks
Giants director of player development Kyle Haines talks about preparing for minor-league games in May after more than a year and a half without competition. He discusses the team's top prospects and where they might start the 2021 season.
29 min
The Wisdom of Wotus
Third base coach Ron Wotus, the one holdover from the Bruce Bochy era and the oldest member of the staff, talks about the return of the fans and what it means for him, and he talks new-age data vs. his old-school ways, plus what it's like working for Gabe Kapler.
26 min
Larry Baer Welcomes You Back to Oracle
The Giants CEO joins Susan to talk about the preparations for Friday's home opener as fans finally return. Plus: Thoughts on the CBA, politics and baseball -- and his favorite player.
28 min
Giants and A's 2021 Season Preview
Susan Slusser, Matt Kawahara and John Shea look ahead as MLB returns — hopefully — to a 162-game schedule in this 2021 season preview for the Giants and A's. A combined episode of Giants Splash and A's Plus.
31 min
A Kazmir Komeback
Giants nonroster pitcher Scott Kazmir, a three-time All-Star, is working on his second career comeback; he talks to Susan, who covered his first comeback with the A's, about why he stepped away for three years, how he got back into the game and how he's liking Giants camp and his own performance.
26 min
Executive Decisions
Giants GM Scott Harris joins Susan to discuss who’s standing out during spring training and how the different units are shaping up. Plus: How likely is S.F. to make major additions at midseason?
25 min
Bob Melvin, Gabe Kapler on When the Games Stopped
On March 12, 2020, MLB halted spring training and delayed the season, as sports pressed pause amid the growing pandemic. A year later, the Giants and A’s managers recall that uncertain time.
25 min
Bailey Pitching In
Pitching coach Andrew Bailey chats with Susan about how the rotation and bullpens are shaping up and how the many new guys look. Plus, he provides an injury update and talks changeups and analytics.
31 min
Hot Topics for Bay Area Baseball
Giants beat writer Susan Slusser and A's beat writer Matt Kawahara break down the first few days of spring camp, the flurry of recent moves by both teams, big expectations – and the return of fans.
36 min
The Henry Schulman Chronicles
Longtime Giants beat writer Henry Schulman, now retired, spins stories with John Shea and Susan Slusser about his remarkable career covering the team and some thoughts about the 2021 club.
36 min
Spring in Kapler's Step
Giants manager Gabe Kapler talks with Susan Slusser ahead of the team reporting to camp next week. Kapler discusses new additions, camp battles, and his new charity project.
36 min
Inside The Chronicle’s New Baseball Coverage
Giants beat writer Susan Slusser, A’s beat writer Matt Kawahara and national baseball writer John Shea discuss The Chronicle’s plans for covering the Giants and A’s and the teams’ outlooks in 2021.
33 min
A Conversation with Duane Kuiper
Giants broadcaster Duane Kuiper talks to new Giants beat writer Susan Slusser about broadcasting the 2021 season, 30 years with Mike Krukow and his thoughts on Hank Aaron, Joe Morgan and more.
41 min
Giants GM Scott Harris' Roster Insight
General manager Scott Harris shares with John Shea his thoughts on the team’s new players, direction of the farm system and final rotation spots.
30 min
Bruce Bochy on His Past and Future
The former Giants manager followed the team from afar in 2020, a year after stepping down. He talks to John Shea about what he's been doing away from the game and his thoughts on several of his former players.
26 min
Bill Greason, Negro Leagues Legend
Reverend Bill Greason, Willie Mays’ former teammate on the 1948 Birmingham Black Barons, talks with John Shea about MLB reclassifying the Negro Leagues as “major league,” and about his amazing life.
17 min
Alex Dickerson: Why the Ball Flies at Oracle Park
Alex Dickerson chats with John Shea about his unique theory on hitting at revamped Oracle Park, the team’s playoff hopes for 2021, his first-ever guaranteed contract and the beauties of fatherhood.
27 min
Renel Brooks-Moon’s Powerful Words
In part 2 of 2, popular Giants PA announcer Renel Brooks-Moon speaks with John Shea about baseball’s diversity issues and some cool stories about her folks and Willie Mays and Willie McCovey.
25 min
Renel Brooks-Moon's Crazy 2020
In part 1 of 2, Giants longtime P.A. announcer Renel Brooks-Moon chats with John Shea about calling games in an empty ballpark and a transformative year in baseball -- and American -- diversity.
28 min
Dan Shulman on Calling the Crazy World Series F...
Henry Schulman chats with the ESPN radio announcer — no relation! — about having to describe the wild play that gave the Rays the win in Game 4 of the World Series. Shulman made the call off a TV monitor in a studio in Bristol, Conn.
28 min
The Giants in 2020 and Beyond
Henry Schulman and John Shea discuss the Giants’ 29-31 season and look ahead to the greatest needs for 2021, the whether they need a closer, plus the challenge of covering ball in the year of COVID.
36 min
Baseball's Final Week Drama
Will the Giants make the playoffs? How far will the A’s go in the postseason? Susan Slusser and John Shea weigh the possibilities. Plus, each has a great Rollie Fingers story to tell.
35 min
Kruk & Kuip Grab Some Podcast Pine
Longtime Giants broadcasters Duane Kuiper and Mike Krukow sit down with Bruce Jenkins to discuss their nearly 30-year partnership, including their favorite moments and most memorable calls.
33 min
Giants Players’ Early Days
Johnny Doskow, radio voice of the Giants’ top farm team in Sacramento, tells John Shea minor-league stories about current Giants players and about his new book on baseball and life through Haiku.
31 min
The Giants at Midseason
Chronicle columnist Bruce Jenkins joins Henry Schulman at the midway point of the truncated 2020 season to talk about the excitement the Giants' potent offense and all the weirdness throughout the majors.
30 min
Four Ball Scribes Preview Bay Bridge Series
In a joint A’s Plus-Giants Splash podcast, The Chronicle’s Susan Slusser, Matt Kawahara, John Shea and Henry Schulman assess the vastly different local teams before this weekend’s Bay Bridge series.
30 min
Austin Slater Finally Hits The Big Time?
After four seasons as a role player, Austin Slater is making a strong case to be a permanent fixture with the Giants. He talks about his two-homer night against Clayton Kershaw and pandemic road life.
26 min
Farhan Zaidi on the Giants So Far
The president of baseball operations talks to John Shea about where the team stands and where it's heading at the one-quarter point of the season, plus Joey Bart's progress and the club's response to the coronavirus.
34 min
The Next Generation of Baseball Reporting
Mercury News beat writer Kerry Crowley is 26 and already one of the nation’s best multimedia beat reporters. He and Henry Schulman talk about his background and thoughts on the season’s first week.
28 min
Fifth & Mission: Will Coronavirus Baseball Work?
On the Chronicle’s flagship news podcast, Giants Splash host Henry Schulman and A’s Plus host Susan Slusser join Demian Bulwa to talk about the season opening under the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic. They discuss what fans can expect in the 60-game sprint, Giants manager Gabe Kapler and two players kneeling for the national anthem, and whether the A's can avoid their usual slow start. | Unlimited Chronicle access: | Giants Splash Newsletter:
25 min
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
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