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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: Ray Woodson On Ever Changing Giants Roster, Madbum Trade Talk

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The Giants have been making a lot of changes this season with Farhan Zaidi as the new person in charge. When will they find some roster stability? We tackle that question with Ray Woodson. Plus, we start to look ahead to the possibility of Madison Bumgarner wearing a different uniform later this summer.

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: Bill Laskey On Mac Williamson and Giants Rotation Woes In Cincy

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After the Giants split in Cincinnati saw SF starting pitchers get shelled, we bring in former Giants starter Bill Laskey to try and make sense of what transpired at Great American Ballpark. The KNBR host and NBC Sports Bay Area/Sacramento RIver Cats analyst also gives us the scoop on Mac Williamson, who just got called up to the Giants for the Rockies series starting Tuesday night.

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: May Brings Optimism For Joe Panik, Tony Watson & Tyler Austin

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As the Giants reached May with a 12-18 record, we went into the clubhouse at Oracle Park to get the mood of Joe Panik, Tony Watson and Tyler Austin. Panik has made some adjustments and appears to be coming out of his early season slump. Watson is part of a tight knit bullpen. And, Austin is dealing with the challenges of learning how to play the outfield and fit in with a new team.

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: Mark Purdy On 2019 Giants, Bochy, Triples Alley & McCovey Cove

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Former Bay Area News Group columnist Mark Purdy might be retired now, but he still has opinions and insights on the 2019 Giants. Mark joins us to talk about the current roster makeup, Bruce Bochy’s final season, the possibility of Triples Alley being eliminated and the legacy of the late Hall of Famer Willie McCovey. Included is a review of the story of how McCovey Cove got its name.

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: Bruce Macgowan On McCovey, Greenwald And Magowan

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Bruce Macgowan from KCBS radio in San Francisco joins us to give his thoughts on the 2019 Giants. He also talks about three men from the Giants family that passed away over the last year, Hall of Famer Willie McCovey, former broadcaster Hank Greenwald and former owner Peter Magowan.

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: Home Opener Chats With Panda, Holland, Kratz And Arroyo

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The Panda is back with the Giants, still providing clutch hits and energy in the clubhouse/dugout. Derek Holland is a valuable member of the rotation. Erik Kratz is a veteran backup catcher who recently came over in a trade with Milwaukee. And, former Giants infielder and first round pick Christian Arroyo is back in town in a Rays uniform. They all joined Joe Castellano for the home opener on Friday at newly named Oracle Park in San Francisco.

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: Ron Wotus “Hopefully We’ll See The Buster Posey Of Old”

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The 2019 regular season begins on Thursday in San Diego for the Giants. 3B Ron Wotus gets us ready with a conversation that we had just prior to spring training.

Wotus saw Buster Posey a lot during the off-season as they both rehabbed from surgeries at the same facility. He’s optimistic that Buster will be back to top form:

“He hasn’t really been himself, Buster Posey-like stats, especially last year.  You know that thing (hip) was bothering him and he had to end the season. So, it’s encouraging that he’s got that hip fixed and hopefully we’ll see the Buster Posey of old.”

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: Panik Focusing On “Contact”-Meulens: Core “Expected To Produce”

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Injuries derailed the Giants 2018 season. 2B Joe Panik was one of the walking wounded last year, but now he’s healthy and has been tearing up the Cactus League hitting over .400. Bench Coach Hensley Meulens is optimistic about this season, especially because Buster Posey should be back to his All Star form.

Unlike many hitters in the Major Leagues, Panik is not concerned with launch angle :

“Everybody wants to hit home runs, but the moment I start thinking about that, that’s when I go bad. I’ve been really trying to focus on contact point. If I hit the ball in the right contact point that’s when the ball will go. Don’t think about lifting the ball because that’s when bad things will happen.”

Meulens talked about Posey coming off hip surgery:

“Hitting wise it restrained him (last season) from being at his best, powerful and driving balls. Catching as well he wasn’t feeling like himself…I’m hoping he can get back to where he was the year before (hit .320 with .400 on base percentage).”

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: Brandon Crawford and Evan Longoria Optimistic About 2019

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The Gold Glove left side of the Giants infield is back healthy and ready for a productive season. After injuries derailed SS Brandon Crawford and 3B  Evan Longoria in 2018, they are poised to produce at previous career levels both at the plate and in the field.

Crawford told TheSportsVirus that a knee issue hindered his swing in the second half of last season and he had other problems:

“The biggest thing was swinging at good pitches…When you’re going through a little bit of a dry spell you start getting a little more anxious and you’re swinging at pitches that you that you don’t necessarily want to be swinging at and getting yourself out because of it.”

Longoria has developed a strategy for hitting at Oracle Park:

“You’ve just got to take your base hits here. It is a tough ballpark to leave the yard and it’s just an overall more difficult ballpark to hit in with the weather. I think it’s more about trying to grind through at bats here and hit line drives. It took me probably three quarters of the year to get into that mind set…I’m positive that I’ll be more comfortable stepping into the box in game one this year than I was last year and I think that will translate into some better production.”

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: Buster Posey On 2018 “I Wasn’t Able To Swing The Way I Always Had”

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Giants catcher Buster Posey and outfielder Mac Williamson join us for our first Inside China Basin podcast of 2019. Both players are trying to get back to normalcy. Posey underwent hip surgery and is getting back to 100%, while Williamson feels great after dealing with concussion symptoms for much of the 2018 season.

Posey explained to TheSportsVirus about his swing not having as much power in 2018:

“I think mechanically I wasn’t able to swing the way that I always had and I’m sure that had something to do with it overall, but I was kind of having to tweak things to change my mechanics which I hadn’t had to do in the past.”

Williamson thought back on the circumstances that caused his concussion last season:

“I’ve thought back on that night countless times, but I wouldn’t change it. I was going after a ball, trying to catch a ball in foul territory that was a meaningful out in our game…What are you going to do, let it drop? Pack my bags to Triple-A? It’s an unfortunate series of events…I just need to be more athletic and not trip (over the bullpen mound).”

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