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49ERS EXTRA: Bono Says Rest Jimmy G, Start Mullens Over Beathard

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Every week former 49ers QB Steve Bono analyzes the Niners game. This week we chat about the loss to the Eagles which featured critical mistakes by QB Nick Mullens. Still, Steve feels SF should give Jimmy Garoppolo another week to heal and start Mullens over CJ Beathard who  almost led the team to a late-game comeback win on Sunday night: “If it’s me I go with Nick, but I would have to tell him if you struggle or we struggle I may go to CJ. I don’t want to put that pressure on him but he’s got to understand that if we’re struggling offensively that as a head coach I need to make that change to see if we can create a spark. I think if you pull Nick and not start him right now then you’ve crushed him.”

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49ERS EXTRA: Bono Says Mullens’ “Footwork, Touch and Anticipation Really Good”

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San Francisco has won two games in a row after a decisive 36-9 win in New Jersey against the Giants. Former Niners QB Steve Bono was impressed with Nick Mullens who threw for 343 yards on Sunday: “The footwork, the touch and the anticipation were really good in the second half of the game.”

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: Ray Woodson Assesses Giants Playoff Push, Risky MLB NLCS/WS Fan Plans

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Former KNBR talk show host Ray Woodson joins Inside China Basin to give his thoughts on the Giants outlook for the post season with six games to go in the regular season. We also discuss MLB’s plans to have fans in the stands at the NLCS and World Series.

Woodson on Giants pitching during the final playoff push: “They’re going to have to cobble it all together with the bullpen because it really is all hands on deck now. You’re going to have to manage like it’s a playoff game and I think you’ll see that reflected in how Gabe Kapler gives starting pitchers a much shorter leash.”

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49ERS EXTRA: Bono Recommends Basketball Shoes For Jimmy G If He Plays Against Giants

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The Niners were decimated by injuries during their week 2 win at the New York Jets. How does the team still succeed with a whole new set of players? Our weekly analyst Steve Bono tackles that question and has some advice for Jimmy G. if he plays with his bad ankle on Sunday on the same Met Life Stadium turf against the Giants: “I would go with basketball shoes from my experience. It worked for me and I know it would work for him as far as not grabbing as much.”

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: Mariners TV Voice Dave Sims on Smoke and Smoak, Seaver and Brock

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Seattle Mariners television play-by-play announcer Dave Sims joins Inside China Basin to talk about the mid-week series against the Giants which was moved from Seattle to San Francisco due to unhealthy air quality in the Pacific Northwest. He gives tells us a bit about new Giant and former Mariner Justin Smoak and reminisces about Hall of Famers Tom Seaver and Lou Brock who recently passed away.

Sims on new Giants acquisition Justin Smoak who played for the Mariners 2010-2014: “For a big man he’s got good hands and good feet around first base…His deal is power. He’s going to swing and miss and he’s not going to hit for much of an average (career .229 batting average), but he can run into some fastballs.”

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49ERS EXTRA: Week 1 – Bono On “Flat Footed”Jimmy G/Shanahan’s Time Out Management

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The Niners didn’t start their “Revenge Season” the way they wanted as they dropped game one to the Arizona Cardinals. Former SF QB Steve Bono joins us every Tuesday again this season. This week he explains areas where QB Jimmy Garoppolo and head coach Kyle Shanahan can improve.

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: John Shea on Giants “Are You Kidding Me” Offensive Improvement

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San Francisco Chronicle columnist John Shea joins the Inside China Basin podcast to analyze the Giants offensive prowess, scoring over 5 runs a game for the first time since the Barry Bonds/Jeff Kent era. Plus, we discuss the closer situation and tell some stories while reminiscing about Hall of Famers Tom Seaver and Lou Brock, who passed away this past week. Shea recently co-authored the book 24, Life Stories and Lessons from the Say Hey Kid with Willie Mays.

Shea on the Giants new-look offense: “Are you kidding me? What? This we have never seen. I guess we have to go back to the early 2000’s with (Barry) Bonds and (Jeff) Kent when they were scoring 5+ runs a game. But, now they’re doing it with guys that, well, they’re not Bonds and Kent…They’re scoring runs at a clip that nobody expected.”

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: Ray Woodson On Giants Final Month Outlook, Joey Bart’s Progress

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Former KNBR talk show host Ray Woodson joins Inside China Basin to give his thoughts on the Giants outlook for the post season as they begin the final month of the regular season. He also evaluates rookie catcher Joey Bart and discusses who should be the closer.

Woodson on Joey Bart: “There’s no doubt that when he makes contact that it is loud contact to all fields. He’s got impressive power…It’s just going to take some time. He’s a smart player. He’s definitely coachable. You’ve got to have him go out there and learn the hard way.”

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: SJ Giants Announcer Joe Ritzo On Joey Bart, Logan Webb, Hunter Pence

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The Voice of the San Jose Giants Joe Ritzo joins Inside China Basin to discuss the promotion of rookie catcher Joey Bart and chat about Logan Webb’s development, the emergence of Austin Slater as an offensive force and the Giants designating Hunter Pence for assignment. Joe also describes his MLB debut emotions from 2019 when he was called on to do four games on the radio for San Francisco.

Ritzo on Joey Bart: “He is a very special talent and that was very obvious from the first week of last season when he was with us in San Jose. All the different ways that he can impact a game. I love watching him hit because a lot of his power can go out to center and right. It’s power to all fields which isn’t very common for such a young hitter. He can also make an impact defensively.”

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: Tyler Heineman, From UCLA Walk-On To Giants Starting Catcher

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Giants catcher Tyler Heineman has embraced his underdog role. He went from being a walk-on at UCLA to starting catcher in the Major Leagues after Buster Posey opted out of the season. Heineman tells the Inside China Basin podcast about playing during the pandemic and his goals as a player. He also addresses the three catcher’s interference calls that have gone against him.

Heineman on his journey to the Major Leagues: “You’re in control your  own destiny if you really feel like you deserve it and you’re willing to put in the work. There’s going to be ups and downs. There’s a down for me right now, I’m not hitting the ball very hard. Instead of focusing on what I haven’t done in the past 20-something at bats, it’s what can I do starting from today on.”

On the three catcher’s interference calls that have gone against him: “It’s me being aware of who’s hitting and being aware of my stance and my distance from the beginning and knowing that I am going to be able to get to the pitch at the bottom of the zone and still frame it for a strike without being super turned and close to the hitter.”

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