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PODCAST: San Francisco Chronicle Columnist John Shea Part 2

Posted on April 23rd, 2015 by TheSportsVirus

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John Shea from the San Francisco Chronicle is our regular guest throughout the season. Today in part 2 of our chat we discuss Alex Rodriguez being poised to pass Willie Mays on the all-time home run list and we get into a discussion about the rant heard around the country from Cincinnati Reds Manager Bryan Price.

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.Come back MONDAY when hear from Dodgers television reporter Alanna Rizzo.

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PODCAST: San Francisco Chronicle Columnist John Shea, Part 1

Posted on April 22nd, 2015 by TheSportsVirus

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John Shea from the San Francisco Chronicle is our regular guest throughout the season. Today in part 1 of our chat we discuss the Madison Bumgarner/Clayton Kershaw Wednesday night matchup, Tim Lincecum’s success and Brandon Crawford’s defense. Plus we talk about the mental aspect for pitchers returning from injuries with new regular guest and sponsor Angel Borrelli, who is a pitching mechanics expert.

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.Come back FRIDAY when have part 2 of our conversation with John Shea.

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CATCH IT! Bryan Price Has A Good Point

Posted on April 21st, 2015 by TheSportsVirus

Welcome to CATCH IT!– My observations of the sports world. Basically it’s something to read and comment about in between podcasts. By the way, INSIDE CHINA BASIN continues to go full throttle again this season with podcasts three times a week. Not only do we have Jeremy Affeldt as our regular player guest most homestands, but we also once again feature San Francisco Chronicle Columnist John Shea as an expert contributor along with many other pertinent guests. We continue to bring you various Giants player interviews. Last season we talked to almost every player on the team.

Most of you have probably heard the rant by Reds Manager Bryan Price on Monday. Listen Here

Price is a good guy caught in a difficult situation. Everyone in the media knows he is very candid and accommodating. I pricefound that out first hand when I hosted a baseball show on Sirius/XM Radio for five years. He would never hesitate to do an interview on my show and it was always an insightful conversation.

I was glad to see that he apologized for his language but not his message. You see, Price has a great point about the whole dynamic going on right now. Why do we need to know EVERYTHING that goes on with a baseball team RIGHT NOW? As fans, I don’t think we really do.

Price gets paid to try to win games and if the other team knows who he has available and who might not be able to switch-hit, etc. he is at a competitive disadvantage. Sure the play-by-play announcers should know about these injuries so they can understand why Price doesn’t use a certain player and the news will be broken at that time–much too late for the other team to react to it. The announcers need this information so that they are not criticizing the manager unfairly. The other team wouldn’t know about it BEFORE the game.

reds lineupI’ll never forget my first year as a AAA announcer in Syracuse in 1996 when I didn’t bother to ask the manager about injuries. I was critical of him not using a pinch runner late in the game. It turned out that the player I thought could pinch run was not available because of a sore hamstring. From that day forward I always checked with the manager about availability. The difference then was that I would be saving that information for the broadcast, not tweeting it out three hours before the game.

Twitter can be a great tool for the media and fans to follow a team. But, I agree with Price that we don’t really have to know everything right away. Who cares if a certain reporter is the FIRST to get the scoop? As a fan, do you really care that much before the game? Can’t you wait for the game broadcast and game story? What’s the rush?

I’m sure that the timing of revealing injuries can be debated, but one point that Price made that you almost have to take his side on is player transactions. It’s a sensitive issue, and for a player to find out that he is going to the minors on Twitter is really a shame. Once again, why does a reporter have to jump the gun on that story?

I’m not expecting reporters to be shills for the team or the manager. Media members have a job to do and they have a lot ofnotepad pressure from their bosses to get the story first. A Cincinnati reporter is not paid to help the Reds win. But, how about just making it a priority to get the story right and using some ethics not only in the report itself, but also in its timing? In the long run, working with the manager on this will help the journalist develop a great relationship that will lead to more inside stories and better journalism.

Lost in the array of F-Bombs in the Price rant is the fact that we should all think about the effect of the timing of standard reporting and social media reporting.

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PODCAST: Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki

Posted on April 17th, 2015 by TheSportsVirus

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Rockies Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is one of the top players in the game and the All-Star and Gold Glove winner joined TheSportsVirus.com on Monday from AT&T Park in San Francisco.

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PODCAST: Giants Vice President and Assistant General Manager John Barr

Posted on April 15th, 2015 by TheSportsVirus

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Today we hear from Giants Vice President and Assistant General manager John Barr, who is in charge of scouting and international operations. Under his guidance, San Francisco has drafted an important list of current players including Buster Posey, Brandon Crawford, Brandon Belt, Joe Panik, Matt Duffy and Chris Heston. John joined us just prior to the home opener on Monday.

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.Come back FRIDAY when we chat with Colorado Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki.

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PODCAST: Bonus Coverage, Nick Hundley after Rockies Beat Giants

Posted on April 13th, 2015 by TheSportsVirus

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Nick Hundley had a couple of hits and scored a run on a close play at the plate in the Rockies 2-0 win over the Giants in the home opener for San Francisco on Monday. After the game Hundley joined us for Sirius/XM Satellite Radio.

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PODCAST: Giants Home Opener, Brandon Crawford and Matt Duffy

Posted on April 13th, 2015 by TheSportsVirus

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Just prior to the Giants home opener against the Colorado Rockies Joe Castellano caught up with DUFFYBrandon Crawford and Matt Duffy, two homegrown infielders who helped the Giants win the 2014 World Series.

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.Come back WEDNESDAY when we hear from Giants VP and Assistant GM John Barr.

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PODCAST: Mariners OF Nelson Cruz, SS Brad Miller and P Tyler Olson

Posted on April 11th, 2015 by TheSportsVirus

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Welcome to the GRAND SALAMI  Mariners Podcast

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cruzToday our Mariners podcast features Nelson Cruz, Brad Miller and Tyler Olson after the Seattle Saturday win in Oakland. Our regular guest Jon Wells, the founder and publisher of Grand Salami Magazine, also joins us from the Coliseum.

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PODCAST: MLB.com Giants Reporter Chris Haft

Posted on April 10th, 2015 by TheSportsVirus

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Following an eventful 12-inning, 1-0 win for the Giants in San Diego, Chris Haft from MLB.com joins us to talk about the game and current state of the pitching staff. Chris tells us that Brandon Crawford is a gold glove caliber shortstop and he gives his thoughts on the newest Giants.

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PODCAST: SF Chronicle Columnist John Shea, Part 2

Posted on April 9th, 2015 by TheSportsVirus

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John Shea from the San Francisco Chronicle is our regular guest throughout the season. Today in part 2 of our opening week conversation we discuss Giants newcomers Casey McGehee and Nori Aoki. Plus talk about the Matt Cain and Jake Peavy injuries with new regular guest and sponsor Angel Borrelli, who is a pitching mechanics expert.

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.Come back FRIDAY when we chat with Chris Haft from MLB.com.

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