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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: Baseball Writer Tim Brown On SF Success, MLB/Dodgers Handling Of Bauer

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On this week’s Inside China Basin San Francisco Giants podcast former Yahoo Sports national baseball writer and author Tim Brown tells us about a new book he’s writing and shares his thoughts on the Giants, Trevor Bauer’s plight, MLB’s new rules to prevent foreign substances on baseballs and what Shohei Ohtani means for baseball and the upcoming All Star game. Brown has covered baseball for more than 25 years and has written two New York Times bestsellers — “The Phenomenon” with Rick Ankiel and “Imperfect” with Jim Abbott. In 2016, he was awarded first place in beat writing by the Associated Press Sports Editors. Follow him on Twitter: @ByTimBrown.

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: Shawn Estes On Sammy Long, MLB Foreign Substance Crackdown

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On this week’s Inside China Basin San Francisco Giants podcast former Giants pitcher and current NBC Sports Bay Area analyst Shawn Estes gives his thoughts about the Major League Baseball crackdown on pitchers using foreign substances on baseballs. We also talk about why Sammy Long was so good in his first career start and discuss LaMont Wade, Jr. and Jason Vosler being demoted to AAA.

Estes says the stricter rules won’t impact the elite pitchers as much as the average pitcher: “…Better spin on the fastball and breaking ball definitely provides an advantage. It takes them to that next level. The average pitcher becomes above average. The good breaking ball becomes great. The spin on the fastball up in the zone becomes less hittable.”

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: Kontos On Sticky Substances -“Better Grip” vs “Distinct Advantage”

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On this week’s Inside China Basin San Francisco Giants podcast former SF reliever George Kontos is back to talk about the Giants reversing course offensively, going from barely scoring in DC to bombs away vs. Arizona. We discuss Brandon Crawford’s All Star case and dive deep into MLB’s crackdown on pitchers using foreign substances on baseballs.

Kontos on pitchers using Spider Tack: “Going out of your way to get something that will make (the baseball) significantly stickier is where we have the problem.. I think it’s good for baseball to not use blatant cheating substances.”

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: Marc Delucchi From Around The Foghorn On SF Hot Start/Prospects

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Mark Delucchi from Aroundthefoghorn.com joins Inside China Basin to talk about the Giants great start to the season that has them tied for first in the NL West entering play on Tuesday. He also updates us on the progress of the Giants prospects.

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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: 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: 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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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: 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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