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INSIDE CHINA BASIN ’18 FINALE: The Future Is Now For Chris Shaw And Aramis Garcia

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In our final Giants podcast of 2018, we look forward to 2019 with September call-ups Chris Shaw and Aramis Garcia.

It was a season of many injuries and much disappointment. A second straight losing season with no post season berth cost GM Bobby Evans his job. But, the future is bright for some of the young Giants. Shaw blasted 24 home runs for AAA Sacramento and Garcia has been producing in San Francisco while playing catcher and first base.

Shaw talked about what he wants his approach to be in 2019:

“When I put the ball in play I’m usually putting it in play pretty hard. If I can come out next year and cut down my strikeouts by 30 strikeouts on the year, that could be 50 extra points on the slugging percentage, that could be 5 more home runs. I think that big guys, we just have to put an emphasis on just putting the ball forward…That’s ultimately my goal.”

Listen To Shaw and Garcia

Join us in 2019 for another season of Giants podcasts.

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: Bobby Evans Steps Down As GM, Plus Stratton & Powell Join Us

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Giants RHP Chris Stratton and Hitting Coach Alonzo Powell joined us from AT&T Park on Monday afternoon.

Plus, with the announcement that Bobby Evans will not return as Giants General Manager, we hear from Chief Executive Officer Larry Baer and Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Brian Sabean.

Baer on what the Giants will be looking for from their new GM :

“Somebody who’s going to come in and 24/7 is going to immerse himself or herself in the baseball operation and is going to be fully accountable for the results and putting together the blueprint of the future, sort of the Next Gen for the Giants.”

Listen To Chris Stratton and Alonzo Powell

Join us again later this week for our final podcast of 2018 featuring Giants rookies Aramis  Garcia and Chris Shaw.

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: Larry Krueger Part 2, What MLB Should Change / Not Change

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Larry Krueger from KNBR joins us to talk about what changes should and should not occur in Major League Baseball in  part 2 of our conversation.

Krueger on the possibility of mechanical umpires :

“The game is played by people and it should be officiated by people and it’s watched by people. If you start doing it any other way it loses an awful lot of spontaneity maybe. To me, maybe I’m old school, but I think a sport that goes back to 1870 to make overwhelming, sweeping changes to a sport that’s that old is kind of disrespecting the sport…It was a great, great sport and it doesn’t need massive alterations.”

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Join us again Monday when we podcast from AT&T Park in San Francisco.

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: KNBR’s Larry Krueger ’19 Success “Predicated On Who Plays OF”

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Larry Krueger from KNBR joins us to talk about what the Giants should do this off season in part 1 of a 2-part conversation.

For Krueger, the solution is pretty simple:

“If they came back next year with the same rotation, the same bullpen and the same infield, I think most people would be pleased with that. Their success or failure in 2019 is going to be predicated on who comes back and plays that outfield…Can you count on (Steven) Duggar? He’s a very good defensive player, but I think if he’s in your lineup, you’re hitting him 8th. He’s not a foundation piece outfielder at this point until he proves he’s a Major League hitter.”

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Join us again Thursday for Part 2 of the conversation with Larry.

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: Bob Nightengale From USA Today Sizes Up Giants Future

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As the Major League Baseball regular season winds down, Joe Castellano gives his thoughts on some areas of concern in the current game. Mechanical umpires? More or less replay? Limit defensive shifts?

Then Bob Nightengale from USA Today joins us to take a peek into the Giants future. Will it include Madison Bumgarner?:

“I think he’s staying, I really do. Let’s be honest, he doesn’t have same the trade value as he once did. He’s not that same guy. He’s still a very good pitcher, but not a bona fide ace type guy that he was…I think they hang onto him, then see where they are next July at the trade deadline.”

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Join us again next week as the Giants hit the road to visit San Diego and St. Louis.

 

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: Red Sox Scout Gary Hughes Says Panda Is “Still A Talented Guy”

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After the Giants losing streak reached 11 games, Joe Castellano gave his thoughts on what the ball club should do to improve in 2019. Our special guest is Boston Red Sox scout Gary Hughes, who is a Bay Area native. Here’s what he told The Sports Virus on Inside China Basin about Pablo Sandoval:

“He’s still a talented guy and it didn’t work. To our credit we ate the whole (contract) and that was a big meal. That’s why we are where we are now. We didn’t sit and hold onto that contract and keep hoping something would happen. We just went out and made something else happen.

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Join us again Thursday when Bob Nightengale from USA Today is our guest.

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: Ryan Vogelsong Reminisces, Brian Anderson Talks Brew Crew

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Former Giants pitcher Ryan Vogelsong’s journey to the AT&T Park Wall of Fame is a story of great perseverance and determination. Now, he is passing on his knowledge to SF pitchers as a roving instructor. Recently he helped turn around the fortunes of RHP Chris Stratton. Here’s what he told The Sports Virus on Inside China Basin on Thursday morning:

“He was getting a little rotational and coming off the ball a little bit and that does two things, it’ll make the ball flatten out, it’ll make it cut. The biggest thing for me when you do that is the hitter sees the ball early…I just talked to him about two little keys that helped me stay on line and hide the ball.

Vogey also reminisced about dreams coming true in a Giants uniform:

“There’s probably not a day that I wake up now and kinda look at myself in the mirror and I’ll see a picture on the wall and I kind of don’t believe that’s me in those pictures. I know it happened, but it doesn’t seem possible that it happened.”

Brewers and Turner Sports TV voice Brian Anderson is also our guest, setting us up for the Giants series in Milwaukee this weekend. Even though San Francisco has dropped out the pennant race, Anderson still has a lot of respect for the Giants organization:

“The Giants are one of the gold standard organizations in baseball and it’s been a few down years here, but I think it’s gotta be 5 or 6 down years for people around the game including me to look at the Giants in any other way than this is a first class organization that has not made great decisions on players here recently, but made so many great decisions that they’re still way ahead of the game in that regard. I don’t question anything the Giants do.

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Join us again Tuesday when we’ll be at AT&T Park in San Francisco as the Giants take on the NL East leading Atlanta Braves.

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: Bruce Macgowan, Giants Will Contend In “A Couple Of Years”

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KCBS Sports Updates anchor Bruce Macgowan joins us to talk about the Giants season. We examine the young players on the current Giants roster and talk about what the future might look like at AT&T Park:

“I don’t think the Giants are going to be back as a contender next year. I think it’s going to be a couple of years. The fans around here, some people are impatient, let’s tear the whole thing down. That’s sort of the impulsive, fan reaction that unfortunately pervades a lot of times and sometimes there’s some legitimacy to that, but I just don’t think that’s going to work with this organization because you don’t have a lot of pieces that you can put out there and get a lot in return.

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Join us again Friday when former Giants pitcher Ryan Vogelsong and Brewers TV announcer Brian Anderson join us.

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: River Cats Voice Johnny Doskow On Chris Shaw’s “Massive Power”

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Sacramento River Cats play-by-play announcer Johnny Doskow joins us to recap the AAA season for the Giants Pacific Coast League affiliate. We evaluate the best San Francisco prospects at the top level of the minor leagues, including recently promoted Chris Shaw who hit 24 home runs this season, flexing his muscles on shots in all directions:

“I’ve seen home runs to left center, down the left field line. We saw one the other day 458 feet to deep right center, so it’s to all fields. It’s massive power. He’s got that big bat and he can crush it. I’d like to see what happens his first two weeks up there because that’s when a guy gets really hot sometimes and he’s really going to show the Giants fans.”

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Join us again next week during the Giants road trip.

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: Ray Woodson On Belt – “You’ve Got To Look At Possibly Dealing Him”

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Ray Woodson joins us to look ahead at what the Giants needs will be for the 2019 season. Brandon Belt’s future with the club was a focus:

“Belt’s been one of the very best defensively at first base in the Major Leagues this year. He’s very inconsistent with his bat, he’s very streaky.  The year ends, the numbers are there…He’s also got a contract that I don’t think is egregious. There are teams that look at Belt and say, hey he could hit 30 home runs at our place. So, you’ve got to look at possibly dealing him.

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Join us again Friday when Sacramento River Cats play-by-play announcer Johnny Doskow joins us to talk about the Giants AAA affiliate.

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