Category Archives: San Francisco Giants

INSIDE CHINA BASIN: SF Chronicle’s Susan Slusser On Giants Thriving “Under The Radar”

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San Francisco Chronicle reporter Susan Slusser details the Giants season and why chemistry has been so important to a team that “kind of likes a little bit going under the radar.” We discuss why the front office, Gabe Kapler, veteran players including mainstays Buster Posey, Brandon Crawford and Brandon Belt, unexpected heroes like Lamonte Wade Jr., a rotation that has been stellar at times and a workhorse bullpen have all contributed to the best team in baseball.

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: Kontos Passionately Responds To ESPN’S Karl Ravech “Talent” Comment

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George Kontos takes exception to comments by ESPN’s Karl Ravech on a recent Baseball Tonight podcast about the Giants talent level compared to the Dodgers. We give complete analysis of the residual effect of the Giants taking two out of three from the Dodgers last weekend in San Francisco with only one starting pitcher going in the series for the Giants. We tell you why San Francisco is in first place after a brief slip. Also, with Derek Jeter set to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Wednesday, George tells a story about his time with Jeter as a New York Yankee.

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: Brian Anderson Praises Gabe Kapler/ Craig Counsell

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Milwaukee Brewers TV announcer Brian Anderson who also calls MLB games for Turner Sports joins Inside China Basin to give us details about the amazing Brewers season under Craig Counsell. He also remarks on why the Giants and Gabe Kapler have been special. Plus, he takes us behind the scenes of how MLB broadcasters have been calling games without being on site for road games during the pandemic.

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: Kontos On Why Team Chemistry Is So Important To SF Giants

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On this week’s Inside China Basin San Francisco Giants podcast former Giants reliever George Kontos explains why he thinks team chemistry has been important to the Giants during his playing days and currently. He also gets us set up for the Mets series and goes in depth about Kevin Gausman’s search for his first half splitter.

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: SF Chronicle’s Steve Kroner Gives Complete Analysis Of Giants Success

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Steve Kroner from the San Francisco Chronicle joins Inside China Basin to assess the Giants season and explain why they are the best team in MLB in mid-August. He evaluates Giants manager Gabe Kapler and talks about his key moves. We also ask Steve to put on his “Commissioner” hat so he can give his opinions on what’s good and bad about recent MLB changes.

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: Kontos On Pluses and Minuses Of Social Media For MLB Players

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On this week’s Inside China Basin San Francisco Giants podcast former Giants reliever George Kontos talks about the Giants winning series against contending teams as some of their veteran players return. He also analyzes the Giants rotation and explains “dead arm.” And, we get into a deep conversation about how fans interact with players on social media and at the ballpark.

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: Jerry Crasnick From MLB Players Association On SF Vets/Bryant

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MLB Players Association Senior Advisor Jerry Crasnick joins Inside China Basin to recognize the accomplishments of Giants mainstays Buster Posey, Brandon Crawford and Brandon Belt. He also weighs in on why Kris Bryant is a valuable addition to the team and discusses where the modern game is headed.

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: Kontos on Dodgers/Giants, Trade Deadline, Gausman Slump

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On this week’s Inside China Basin San Francisco Giants podcast we go inside the mind of former Giants reliever George Kontos to find out what it’s like for a Major League player at the trade deadline. Kontos goes back to 2016, remembering the Matt Duffy/Matt Moore trade and tackles questions about whether or not the Giants will be active this week. He also analyzes Kevin Gausman as the San Francisco ace looks to return to All Star form.

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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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