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FORMER SJ MERCURY COLUMNIST MARK PURDY ON GIANTS, A’S, SHARKS, USC/UCLA TO BIG TEN

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Mark Purdy spent 33 years as a sports columnist at the San Jose Mercury News. Today he joins us to chat about the Bay Area sports scene.  He might be retired, but he still has plenty of opinions about sports. We talk about an unhappy 4th of July outside of sports, then dive into the state of the Giants and issues with the A’s stadium project. Mark gives his thoughts about new Sharks GM Mike Grier and the future of the team. Plus, we discuss USC and UCLA moving to the Big Ten Conference.

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FORMER KNBR HOST RAY WOODSON ON NBA FINALS, GIANTS

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Sportscaster Joe Castellano talks to a variety of sports figures from around the country about the latest news. These in-depth conversations take you inside the personalities of the people involved in the sports we love to watch, listen and read about.

Former KNBR talk show host Ray Woodson details why the Warriors took a 3-2 lead over the Celtics in the NBA Finals on Monday night. We discuss the spectacular play of Andrew Wiggins and talk about how Steve Kerr has handled Draymond Green. An NBA Finals MVP evaluation is also on the docket, as Steph Curry went from a 43-point Game 4 to an 0-9 three-point shooting performance in Game 5. Plus, Ray gives Farhan Zaidi credit for the San Francisco Giants recent resurgence.

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FORMER GIANTS 3B COACH TIM FLANNERY ON MLB, ANALYTICS, PANIK/POSEY

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Tim Flannery spent 36 years in the major leagues as a player for the Padres and coach for San Diego and the San Francisco Giants.  Following retirement, does he miss being in uniform? How does he feel about the way analytics are controlling the way front offices evaluate players? And, what made Buster Posey and Joe Panik great before they decided to hang ’em up in 2022. The answers are all found here on this week’s TheSportsVirus Podcast!

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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: George Kontos On Reliever Mindset/SF ‘Pen, Buster Posey HOF Resume

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On this week’s Inside China Basin San Francisco Giants podcast former SF reliever George Kontos takes us inside the mind of a relief pitcher as he analyzes the Giants somewhat shaky bullpen. We also discuss the Hall of Fame resume of catcher Buster Posey while  addressing the question of whether or not Buster should play more games.

Kontos assessed the Giants bullpen struggles: “It’s a very difficult situation and kinda dicey because there’s a clear separation on who Kap (Gabe Kapler) and (Andrew) Bailey trust right now…Everyone goes through (pitching struggles). Sergio Romo, Javier Lopez, Jeremy Affeldt, Santiago Casilla – I can remember all of those guys at some point went through a funk, but they always got back on the horse, because they were professionals, they worked at it and the confidence came and got right back in their corner.”

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: Ray Woodson Reacts To Buster Posey Opting Out Of 2020 Season

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Former KNBR talk show host Ray Woodson joins us as we get ready for the shortened 2020 season.

Ray reacts to the news that Buster Posey has chosen to opt out of the Giants season. We discuss the impact on Posey’s legacy and how Major League Baseball might be effected as it attempts to play through a pandemic.

Ray on Posey’s decision: “He showed where his priority is and I think it’s a message to all of us of what’s most important here, it’s safety and especially those who are more vulnerable in our population. Care about them first, we can deal with others later on, but first you have to live to fight another day…That statement he made yesterday is the most important as far as the Giants season, but also the most important as far as his career because he’s setting an example. The stuff he’s done on the field of course has made millions of people happy over the years…Those games were great moments in a lot of people’s lives, but in the end it’s about saving lives and Buster is making a strong statement about that. I think that’s something that will resonate as part of his legacy a long time after his playing days are over.

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: SF Chronicle Columnist Ann Killion On MLB Return, Her 30-Year Career

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San Francisco Chronicle columnist Ann Killion joins Inside China Basin to talk about Major League Baseball getting set to return, the Giants relationship with Aubrey Huff and her 30-year career covering sports.

Killion is not optimistic about games this fall in the face of Covid-19: 

“I don’t think that sports is going to come back this fall. I’ve been a skeptic especially ever since I’ve talked to a ton of experts…I can see it trying to and then stopping. That’s the debate. What’s worse, to start and stop and then maybe start again and have to stop again, or to just kind of have to wait it out and suck it up and get to a point where people feel safe and there is possibly a vaccine on the horizon?”

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Next week our guest will be former Giant and 2014 NLCS hero Travis Ishikawa.

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: CBS Sports Director Bob Fishman On His Career, Vin Scully & Sandy Koufax

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CBS Sports Director Bob Fishman, who is a Sports Broadcasting Hall of Famer, joins Inside China Basin to talk about his illustrious career which includes directing 2 World Series. His resume is highlighted by 37 NCAA Final Fours, 27 US Open tennis championships, 20 Daytona 500s, 3 Olympic Winter Games and numerous NFL, NBA playoffs and college football games. A diehard Dodgers fan, Bob tells great stories about his time in network television including opportunities to develop friendships with childhood idols Sandy Koufax and Vin Scully.

Fishman on why baseball is the hardest sport to direct: 

“Every other major sport is played left to right or right to left. So, basically you are on one  camera to document the play…Baseball is the only sport where you are making internal camera cuts in the middle of the play…You may have five or six cuts within a single play. ”

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: Jerry Hairston, Jr.-MLB “Missing A Huge Opportunity” To Start Season Soon

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Former Major Leaguer, now Spectrum Sports Net LA analyst Jerry Hairston, Jr. joins us to cover a variety of topics including his experience in the Giants/Dodgers rivalry. 

Jerry on racial prejudice he experienced early in his career in the minor leagues: 

“I had some run-ins playing in Winston-Salem I was called a lot of things. Playing in Vegas in a tournament I was called a couple of names. I understood that it’s nothing like what Jackie Robinson (and others) had to go through…or what my grandfather (Sam, who played in the Negro Leagues and the Major Leagues) had to go through. I was able to handle it because my father (Jerry, Sr. who also played in the Majors) prepared me for that. ”

On MLB not having an agreement yet to start the season: 

“I think baseball is missing a huge opportunity. I thought we’d be playing by July 4th. I’m just shocked the owners haven’t been able to come to an agreement. The players have proven that they want to play.”

On former Giants manager Dusty Baker being the Astros manager after the cheating scandal:

“I was hoping he wouldn’t get that job because Dusty really deserves better. Dusty is probably the best manager I ever played for, the most prepared manager I ever played for and probably the best communicator…He’s going to handle (the aftermath of the Astros issues) because he’s a people person and he’s going to be able to kind of shield his players the best he can.” 

We also chat with Annie Maciel, the manager of the Facebook group SF Giants Gamer Babes to get a fan perspective on missing Major League Baseball.

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Even in a shortened season, it’s shaping up to be a long year for the Giants. Every site reviewed on My Top Sportsbooks with divisional futures on offer has San Francisco with the longest odds to win the NL West, ranging from +5000 (2% chance) to +8000 (1.2% chance). FanGraphs projections had them finishing 20 games below .500 in a full season, six games behind the next-worst team in the division (Colorado).

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INSIDE CHINA BASIN: Ray Woodson on MLB and USA, HOF Mike Schmidt on Barry Bonds

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Today we revisit a March conversation we had with Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt on the Inside China Basin podcast. He was asked if Barry Bonds should go in the Hall:

Accomplishments on the field, absolutely. The whole steroid thing, we all have our opinions and the only opinions that matter are the sportswriters that do the voting. We don’t know, all we know is what we see. We look at somebody and how big they are and wonder sometimes how someone could get that big just by working out…I know he had a great deal of respect for me. We talked a lot when we played against each other. I would hope that some day it all gets ironed out and he and Roger (Clemens) and all of the people in the Hall of Fame can come together and give them their just reward.”

Now in early June, MLB players and owners are negotiating proposals to have a 2020 season. Former KNBR Talk Show host Ray Woodson give his thoughts on that and makes a statement about the current situation in the United States with protests occurring all over the country:

“This is a tipping point in our history…White people have to do some of the work now, maybe most of the work to bridge gaps.”

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