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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: Ray Woodson On Gabe Kapler, SF Early Season Success, MLB Covid Issues

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Former KNBR talk show host Ray Woodson returns to Inside China Basin to give his thoughts on the Giants analytical approach by new manager Gabe Kapler. We also chat about the possibility of a Major League Baseball shutdown after recent positive coronavirus tests caused several games to be postponed.

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: George Kontos On Opening Series/Gabe Kapler’s Pitching Management

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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. On Monday he told us about his decision to retire and he reacted to the MLB coronavirus news, which led to two games being postponed.

We discussed the opening four games for the Giants in Los Angeles and how manager Gabe Kapler handled the pitching staff: “In these situations now where it’s kind of all hands on deck at any point in time, everyone doesn’t know what to expect quite yet…In order to give your pitchers the best chance to succeed, they have to have confidence going into these situations knowing their job and what’s expected of them…(Having a defined role in the bullpen) in my opinion is the best way that guys who are routine oriented like relievers are, function at their highest level.”

Kontos on Shaun Anderson: “He’s got a demeanor and a kind of presence on the mound that is a little bit for me Hunter Strickland like…You can see once he hones it in a little bit more, he’s already nasty, but he’s going to be really, really good. He’s not afraid and does not shy away from any situation.”

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: Bob Nightengale/USA Today: Gabe Kapler is “Perfect” for SF

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USA Today columnist Bob Nightengale joins the Inside China Basin podcast to share his reaction to Giants manager Gabe Kapler and some players kneeling during the national anthem before the exhibition game Monday against the A’s. As we approach the regular season opener Thursday, he gives his thoughts on the Giants chances in a short season without All Star catcher Buster Posey.

Nightengale on new manager Gabe Kapler, who made headlines on Monday when he knelt during the national anthem: “I think he’s the perfect manager for a city like San Francisco. A very liberal guy. Very wide open. Introspective. I’m not sure Gabe Kapler could have (knelt during the national anthem) in Philadelphia to tell you the truth. I’m not sure the fans would have gone for that, but I think in the Bay Area, perfect.”

Bob on the Giants chances to contend in a 60-game season: “It’s going to be a fun team to watch…I think the Giants could surprise people. The fact they have these veterans and everything else. I like the veteran teams rather than the young teams in a situation like this.”

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: NBC’s Amy G On MLB Return Adjustments, Favorite Career Moments

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NBC Sports Bay Area Emmy Award winning reporter Amy Gutierrez joins the Inside China Basin podcast to talk about the San Francisco Giants and Major League Baseball returning during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Amy G is heading into her 13th season covering San Francisco Giants games. This season, of course, will be very different than the previous 12. We chat about adjustments that will be made by players and the NBC crew as they try to stay safe during Covid-19. We also get her thoughts on new manager Gabe Kapler and get to hear about her favorite moments at the ballpark.

Amy G on the decision to play baseball during a pandemic:

“Is it worth it? If one person got it and died from it, was it worth it to play the baseball season? That’s an extremely hard question to answer because, of course not, and then you deal with this need to get back to normalcy and people have to do their jobs and support their families. So, it’s a really difficult question to pose and to try and answer.

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