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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: NY Times’ Tyler Kepner On Book, “K: A History Of Baseball In 10 Pitches”

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New York Times baseball writer Tyler Kepner gives his thoughts on the Giants and the NL West and we talk about his Thursday story detailing an alarming strikeout rate in MLB and the possibility of K’s surpassing hits this season. Click to read Tyler Kepner’s story

We talk about his new book, K: A History Of Baseball In 10 Pitches, which has some interesting references to Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner and former Giants pitcher Gaylord Perry.

We also go down on the farm again with Augusta Green Jackets play-by-play announcer Joe Laurendi and Melissa Lockard from The Athletic joins us to talk about the entire Giants minor league system.

In his book, Kepner focused Madison Bumgarner:

“…I go really deep into the final pitch of the ’14 World Series and the sequence to Sal Perez and why Bumgarner went only fastballs there, why he didn’t try anything else and why his fastball even though he doesn’t throw it 97 is so good and why it was the only pitch that he relied on in that whole at bat.”

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Join us again next week when we chat with Ray Woodson and Seth Everett from iHeart Radio about the Giants road trip.

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: Ray Woodson On Giants Series Opening Win Vs Dodgers

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Ray Woodson joins us to talk about game 1 of the Giants/Dodgers series. We analyze the Giants 9th inning comeback and decisions made by managers Bruce Bochy and Dave Roberts. Just when Brandon Belt is set to make his return, the Giants might be without Brandon Crawford, who is going through concussion protocol. Plus, a little follow up on Barry Bonds’ number retirement ceremony.

Joe Panik was also a topic of conversation. Joe Castellano said he looked like he was “perpetually seething” sitting on the bench. Ray stated the importance of his presence:

“…It’s been an injury-plagued season…You could just see he was grinding, he was chewing nails. He should be in there, that’s what he’s thinking. He’s an every day player and to have to sit against a lefty, especially in a marquee game like this against (Clayton) Kershaw, it’s got to hurt your pride…This is a guy they’re absolutely going to need to have and be right down the stretch if they have any hope of making the playoffs.”

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Join us again Thursday when Tyler Kepner from the New York Times is our guest. Plus we will check on the Giants farm system with Melissa Lockard from The Athletic and hear from Augusta broadcaster Joe Laurendi.

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: Longoria Calls His Defense “Poor,” Slater Talks Hitting, Miller On Bonds

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Giants 3B Evan Longoria talked about his defense and the urgency to win now, Austin Slater chatted about hitting and playing first base. Jon Miller discussed the Giants season and Barry Bonds’ great moments. It’s all part of the Thursday podcast before the first game of a four-game series against the Pirates.

Longoria knows time is running out for the Giants to contend for a playoff spot:

“…I think we need to play with a little more urgency. This is the time that we really need to buckle down…I really do believe that we have the guys in here to win. This is a good baseball club. This is a team that knows how to win with a bunch of guys who have been around for a long time. We need to take that collective group effort out there on the field with us every night…Every team has a turning point, positive or negative and I don’t think we’ve reached that yet. There will definitely be a point in the next week or two where we look up and say we didn’t play well enough and we don’t have a chance anymore or the chance has become very real, we’ve put ourselves in a situation where the post-season hopes are right in front of us and that will flip the switch the other way.

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Join us again next week when Ray Woodson is our guest during the road trip.

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: Ray Woodson, Plenty Of Laundry/Thick Beards, Not Enough Giants Offense

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Ray Woodson joins us from an East Bay laundromat of all places as the Giants season continues to be stuck on the .500 spin cycle. Getting swept by the Astros left many fans blaming the Giants late-inning relievers, but the offense could only muster 2 runs in those 2 games. Joe and Ray contemplate who deserves playing time and have a discussion about the thickest beards in sports, providing a nice diversion during a rough start to the homestand. They also chat about the upcoming number retirement ceremony for Barry Bonds.

Joe thinks the lineup is a collective disappointment. Ray has optimism regarding center field but points out issues with run production:

“…The thing I do like is they’ve got Steven Duggar in centerfield. They’ve been leading him off. Get this guy at bats. That’s a guy that they’re going to hope  can take to that role and be the guy to lead off and set things up. But, you also need guys to drive him in and nobody on the Giants has 50 runs batted in. What’s the date today? August 8th? And nobody on the Giants has 50 runs batted in. That’s pathetic.”

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Join us again Thursday when we podcast from AT&T Park.

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: Ray Woodson “Bonds Was Going To Be A HOF Level Player No Matter What”

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Ray Woodson joins us to talk about the Giants non-activity at the trade deadline, what Dereck Rodriguez pitching well means to the club and he gives his take on the Giants retiring Barry Bonds’ jersey number 25 during the next homestand, as well as his Hall of Fame candidacy:

“…When he left the game I think he was all square with the Giants. Whatever disgrace (referring to Steve Bitker’s comment on Inside China Basin on Wednesday) he brought to the Giants he brought a lot of fans too and brought a lot of excitement. If you’re going to talk about the character clause, you might as well take half the people out of the Hall of Fame…Barry Bonds was going to be a Hall of Fame level player no matter what.”

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Join us again next week when we talk about the Giants homestand.

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: KCBS Anchor Steve Bitker Says Bonds “Disgraced The Giants Uniform”

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KCBS Sports Anchor Steve Bitker joins us with strong opinions about the Giants retiring Barry Bonds’ jersey number 25 during the next homestand:

“…whenever the Giants talk about Bonds, whenever the announcers talk about Bonds it’s as though the entire steroids run never existed. I don’t like it. Nothing I can do about it…Bonds was an extremely intelligent and sophisticated steroid user and he knew what he was doing and he knew how it was benefitting him. For me, he disgraced the Giants uniform, he disgraced the game and he did so for nearly a decade. For them to welcome him back doesn’t sit well with me.”

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: Duggar: “Check Off A Box A Night” – Rodriguez: “I’m My Own Person”

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Midseason promotions from the minor leagues have had a huge impact on the Giants season. CF Steven Duggar was ticketed for San Francisco ever since spring training when he performed well in the Cactus League. Dereck Rodriguez was a great find for the Giants after signing a minor league contract before the season. Now he’s a National League Rookie of the Year candidate. Duggar and Rodriguez join us from AT&T Park.
Plus, we get an update on the California League Giants prospects with the Voice of the San Jose Giants Joe Ritzo.

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Duggar told The Sports Virus he’s trying to “find a way to check off a box a night, whether it’s a walk, a stolen base, a defensive play. Just one thing to help the team win a night.”

Rodriguez told The Sports Virus about his current relationship with his Dad, Hall of Famer Ivan Pudge Rodriguez: “Lately he’s been letting me do my own thing. I’m my own person. He had his career, it was a great career, Hall of Fame career. Now it’s my turn to show everybody what I got.”

Join us again next week when we chat with Ray Woodson.

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: Ray Woodson On Giants Scoring In “Weird” Ways, Belt Slump, Pence Status

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Ray Woodson celebrates his birthday by joining us to talk Giants baseball! We chat about Tuesday’s Giants win in Seattle, Brandon Belt’s slump, Hunter Pence’s homer and what the club is thinking heading towards the trade deadline. We also discuss the impact of the younger players and how much playing time Austin Slater deserves. And, with the Brewers coming to town on Thursday, we guess what the AT&T Park reception will be like for Milwaukee reliever Josh Hader.

 

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Join us again on Friday. We’ll be at AT&T Park for the Giants/Brewers game.

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: Ray Woodson On All Star Game, Hader & Giants Trade Deadline Options

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Ray Woodson joins us to talk about the 2018 All Star Game. Brandon Crawford was the lone Giants player in the Midsummer Classic, so we discuss his performance and  analyze the entire game. Brewers reliever and NL All Star Josh Hader took center stage after the game for all the wrong reasons so we discuss his actions. Plus, we examine the Giants outlook heading into the trade deadline and what the Dodgers acquisition of Manny Machado means in the division race.

 

We also continue to track the progress of the Giants minor leaguers and catch up with San Jose Giants 1B Gio Brusa and OF Heath Quinn. Brusa is one of the top home run hitters in the California League and Quinn has made a major improvement from 2017 to be the SJ Giants top hitter this season.

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Join us again next week. Ray Woodson will join us again to talk about the road trip, then we’re at AT&T Park for Giants/ Brewers. Plus, we’ll hear from San Jose Giants announcer Joe Ritzo.

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: USA Today’s Jorge Ortiz From The All Star Game In Washington, DC

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USA Today reporter Jorge Ortiz is our guest from Washington, DC prior to the 2018 All Star game. We chat about Brandon Crawford’s first half success that led to him getting the nod as the starting shortstop for the National League. Jorge recently did a piece on Crawford’s NL double play partner Javier Baez.  We also discuss the impact of the young players for the Giants so far this season. After the All Star game, Ortiz is moving over to the news department at USA Today. He spent 31 years as a sportswriter and the Giants celebrated his time covering the team with a tribute that included a cake and jersey (courtesy of Giants Senior Director of Broadcast Services Maria Jacinto).

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Join us again later this week when Ray Woodson joins us to talk about the All Star game.

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