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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: Lance Niekro Reminisces About Time In SF, Knuckleball Family

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On this week’s Inside China Basin former Giant Lance Niekro (2003-2007) joins us. He is now the head coach at Florida Southern University and one of his players, OF Vaun Brown, was recently drafted in the 10th round by San Francisco. We reminisce about his career and talk at length about the knuckleball, which made his dad Joe and uncle Phil (a Hall of Famer) famous.

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: Kontos on Giants All Stars, Ohtani, What Draft Picks Can Expect

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On this week’s Inside China Basin San Francisco Giants podcast former SF reliever George Kontos takes us inside the Giants clubhouse to learn more about the personalities of All Stars Brandon Crawford and Buster Posey. He also analyzes why All Star Kevin Gausman has been dominating this season and gives his thoughts on Shohei Ohtani.

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: Baseball Writer Tim Brown On SF Success, MLB/Dodgers Handling Of Bauer

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On this week’s Inside China Basin San Francisco Giants podcast former Yahoo Sports national baseball writer and author Tim Brown tells us about a new book he’s writing and shares his thoughts on the Giants, Trevor Bauer’s plight, MLB’s new rules to prevent foreign substances on baseballs and what Shohei Ohtani means for baseball and the upcoming All Star game. Brown has covered baseball for more than 25 years and has written two New York Times bestsellers — “The Phenomenon” with Rick Ankiel and “Imperfect” with Jim Abbott. In 2016, he was awarded first place in beat writing by the Associated Press Sports Editors. Follow him on Twitter: @ByTimBrown.

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: Kontos On Giants/Dodgers, Sticky Hands, Relationship With Catchers

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On this week’s Inside China Basin San Francisco Giants podcast former SF reliever George Kontos is back to talk about some key calls and decisions in Monday night’s Giants/Dodgers game. Plus we analyze Steven Duggar and Brandon Crawford, discuss MLB’s pitcher’s checks for foreign substances and get into the relationship between pitcher and catcher..

Kontos on the way MLB is checking pitchers: “It’s been silly from the first day they implemented all of this stuff because it’s been done so backwards and so amateur hour when you’re talking about Major League baseball, the best players in the world and this is how they are being treated coming off the field because of the inability of MLB to do this in the proper manner.

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: Shawn Estes On Sammy Long, MLB Foreign Substance Crackdown

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On this week’s Inside China Basin San Francisco Giants podcast former Giants pitcher and current NBC Sports Bay Area analyst Shawn Estes gives his thoughts about the Major League Baseball crackdown on pitchers using foreign substances on baseballs. We also talk about why Sammy Long was so good in his first career start and discuss LaMont Wade, Jr. and Jason Vosler being demoted to AAA.

Estes says the stricter rules won’t impact the elite pitchers as much as the average pitcher: “…Better spin on the fastball and breaking ball definitely provides an advantage. It takes them to that next level. The average pitcher becomes above average. The good breaking ball becomes great. The spin on the fastball up in the zone becomes less hittable.”

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: Kontos On Sticky Substances -“Better Grip” vs “Distinct Advantage”

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On this week’s Inside China Basin San Francisco Giants podcast former SF reliever George Kontos is back to talk about the Giants reversing course offensively, going from barely scoring in DC to bombs away vs. Arizona. We discuss Brandon Crawford’s All Star case and dive deep into MLB’s crackdown on pitchers using foreign substances on baseballs.

Kontos on pitchers using Spider Tack: “Going out of your way to get something that will make (the baseball) significantly stickier is where we have the problem.. I think it’s good for baseball to not use blatant cheating substances.”

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: Ray Woodson & Brad Mangin On Present & Past Giants

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Former KNBR talk show host Ray Woodson and sports photographer Brad Mangin join Inside China Basin this week. Woodson and Joe Castellano discuss why the current Giants have surprised the baseball world. Mangin takes us down memory lane as we remember a grand slam in 1978 by Mike Ivie against the Dodgers and other great moments that he has experienced as a photographer.

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: Kontos On Best Team In NL, Bauer/Dubon, ‘Pen Roles, Facing Cubs

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On this week’s Inside China Basin San Francisco Giants podcast former SF reliever George Kontos is back this week to talk about the Giants entering June with the best record in the National League. He explains why bullpen roles are important, discusses the Giants winning three out of four in LA and shares some Cubs stories.

Kontos on the Trevor Bauer/Maurico Dubon showboating rivalry: “If you’re going to dish it you need to be able to take it. After Dubon hit the homer and put his sword back in the sheath they asked Bauer about it and the response he gave was little hypocritical when he said you are barking up the wrong pitcher’s tree. I hope Dubon does it again and every single time after that. There’s always a two-lane street.”

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: John Shea On Posey/Craw/Belt, Giants Chances In Loaded NL West

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On this week’s Inside China Basin San Francisco Chronicle columnist John Shea, who is also the co-author of the Willie Mays book 24 joins Inside China Basin to discuss what we learned from the Giants getting swept at home by the Dodgers. He gives his thoughts on Buster Posey, Brandon Crawford and Brandon Belt in the final year of their contracts with San Francisco. We also take a look at why the modern game has former Major Leaguers concerned about its future.

Shea talked about Posey staying fresh: “What they’re doing with Posey is fascinating. It’s not put him out there until he needs a rest, it’s plan rest in advance and don’t be surprised if he sits out at least one game out of every three….Kapler’s theory is I’d rather have him at 100% two out of three days or three out of five days than play him four out of five, five out of six and not have his leg strength at the plate.”

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: George Kontos On Reliever Mindset/SF ‘Pen, Buster Posey HOF Resume

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On this week’s Inside China Basin San Francisco Giants podcast former SF reliever George Kontos takes us inside the mind of a relief pitcher as he analyzes the Giants somewhat shaky bullpen. We also discuss the Hall of Fame resume of catcher Buster Posey while  addressing the question of whether or not Buster should play more games.

Kontos assessed the Giants bullpen struggles: “It’s a very difficult situation and kinda dicey because there’s a clear separation on who Kap (Gabe Kapler) and (Andrew) Bailey trust right now…Everyone goes through (pitching struggles). Sergio Romo, Javier Lopez, Jeremy Affeldt, Santiago Casilla – I can remember all of those guys at some point went through a funk, but they always got back on the horse, because they were professionals, they worked at it and the confidence came and got right back in their corner.”

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