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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: George Kontos On SF Rotation Success, Camilo Doval & Extra Innings Rule

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Former Giants reliever George Kontos won two World Series rings with San Francisco. Now he’s an analyst for NBC Sports Bay Area and he’s helping us dissect the Giants on a regular basis this season. Our second 2021 podcast took place on Tuesday following back-to-back shutouts in Miami and Philadelphia and a San Francisco studio stint for George.

Kontos discusses the hot start for the Giants rotation and cold start for the lineup. He tells Joe Castellano why he doesn’t like the extra innings rule, how he got the number 70 and who convinced him to grow his trademark beard. Plus, he analyzes rookie reliever Camilo Doval: “It’s been impressive how he’s come in and done his job and managed his emotions…His slider is very, very good. He throws it with the same intent and arm speed as his fastball, so out of the hand it looks just like a fastball which is why he’s getting some of those swings that the hitters look a little bad on.”

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: Steve Bitker On The Giants Outlook, His Long Career At KCBS

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Steve Bitker from KCBS radio in San Francisco tells stories from his 30+ year career as he nears retirement and gives his thoughts on the 2021 Giants. Will Buster Posey, Brandon Crawford and Brandon Belt still be in San Francisco in 2022? Do the Giants have a chance to make some noise this season? It’s all discussed on this week’s Inside China Basin.

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: George Kontos Debuts As Regular Analyst Before Home Opener

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Former Giants reliever George Kontos won two World Series rings with San Francisco. Now he’s an analyst for NBC Sports Bay Area and he will  help us dissect the Giants on a regular basis this season. Our first 2021 podcast took place on Thursday before the Giants home opener against the Rockies.

We discussed the rotation being the strength of the team so far and how a manager like Gabe Kapler should decide when to take a starter out of the game: “My view is, every game should be viewed as an individual variable. You have to watch the game and you have to see how the flow of the game is going and you have to see the contact and how hitters are reacting to the pitcher’s offerings and if the guy is cruising, the numbers in the third time in the order don’t really mean much to me.”

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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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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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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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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: Shawn Estes On Gabe Kapler, SF Defense, Lineup & Career Memories

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Former Giants LHP and current NBC Sports Bay Area analyst Shawn Estes joins us to discuss manager Gabe Kapler’s head scratching moves, try to figure out why the defense has been failing and examine the slow starts for veteran hitters. Also, we go down memory lane and hear some entertaining stories about Shawn’s career.

Estes on Kapler pulling Kevin Gausman in the 7th inning on Sunday in LA with 80 pitches thrown: “You’re going to get more long term out of a pitcher like Gausman by allowing him to get through and battle through situations like that…Dusty Baker was really good at allowing his starting pitchers to work through some trouble, see what they’re made of mentally…If you’re not put in adverse situations then you never know what you can get out of that guy. I thought he pulled the plug way too soon in that situation.”

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