cbssanfrancisco.com photo: The Oakland Raiders might play the 2020 season at the Oakland Coliseum because construction has stopped on their new Las Vegas stadium due to the shelter in place law On That’s Amaury’s News… More
Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry interviewed Dr. Anthony Fauci on Thursday March 26th during the early days of the sheltering in. Fauci said without a vaccine opening up will not bring down the curve. Protesters say it’s their constitutional right to leave the house and go back to work. (file photo from npr.org)
On the podcast with Jerry F:
#1 We all know in order for baseball to return they must play in empty stadiums, check temperatures, there will be no showers for the players, social distancing for all players and employees while working in the park. How practical is this going to be.
#2 There have been a number of high profile athletes and celebrities coming out for Dr. Anthony Fauci. Dr. Fauci simply said that continuing to open up America will lead to a second wave, raising the curve, and those who are screaming that it’s unconstitutional to shelter in will be the very same people that will have to shelter in in a second wave.
#3 The San Francisco Giants have said they will be keep their 350 full time employees at least through September. The ball club will furlough it’s 60 part time workers and employees who make over $75,000 a year will get a 25% pay cut.
#4 The A’s have a Cornavirus relief fund for their contract employees from ProPark, Aramark, Landmark, Allied Universal and AEG have applied for the tax free grant. Oakland A’s full time employees are being paid through May. Everyone on board at the A’s are hoping that the players vote to come back by July 4th which means if the games are in Oakland. However with games played in front of an empty stadium it will still be a skeleton crew if the players comeback.
#5 Jerry with all this opening up going what chances is there that a spike of the virus could repeat itself and could force everyone back to shelter in?
Join Jerry each Thursdays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com for Headline podcasts.
Former Baltimore Orioles manager Earl Weaver (left) and former umpire Ken Kaiser (right) get into it during their MLB active days (New York Times photo file)
Umpires: Impartial Pillars of Judicial Dignity
That’s Amaury News and Commentary
By Amaury Pi-González
It should not be lost during the baseball negotiations between owners and the players union, that the Umpires are “all in” and ready to go,if there is a 2020 season, Let’s give the umpires some love, because slowly but surely their jobs will not exist.
While distrust exist between the owners and the players union during these negotiations, trying to bring baseball back and save the season, the umpires reached a deal weeks ago to cover the 2020 season during the Covid-19 pandemic. In that agreement umpires took a 50 percent cut in pay in May and nothing more if no games are played. They usually make between $150,000 and $450,000. They agreed to play with masks and to abide on whatever new restrictions are put in place.
On July 10,2019 in York, Pennsylvania the independent Atlantic League became the first American professional baseball league to use a computer call balls and strikes, this was during their All-Star Game. The umpire behind the plate wore an earpiece connected to an iPhone in his pocket and then relayed the call after receiving it from TrackMan computer system that uses a Doppler radar In other words, during this “experiment”the umpires was like a baby-sitter, because he depended on a computer to tell if the pitch was a ball or a strike. During the 2018 season the MLB umpires at home plate were wrong by 20 percent of the time, that is the most important umpire on the field and he sees hundreds of pitches during each game.
Umpires never get any love from the crowd,unless they get hurt, as they walk out of the field, or if they are trying to stay in the game after they get hit by a ball a bat or collusion with a player. In some parks (including Oakland) umpires sometime get booed just when their names are announced before the game. It is a ungrateful profession, by any means. They get a lot of verbal abuse and it takes a special man to be an umpire. I always admired the baseball umpires, they are part of the game we love.
Quotes about umpires.
-I didn’t mean to hit the umpire with the dirt, but I did mean to hit that bastard in the stands. -Babe Ruth -Umpire’s heaven is when he works third base every game. Home is where the headache is., -Ron Luciano(Umpire) -I never questioned the integrity of an umpire. Their eyesight yes. -Leo Durocher -In a way an umpire is like a woman. He makes quick decisions and never reverses them and doesn’t think you are safe when you are out. -Larry Goetz – I’ll never forget the time he came out there to argue, and he turned his hat around. I turned my hat around, too, and he said he wanted to punch me. I said, ‘Go ahead you midget, you’ll hit my knee.’ (talking about Orioles manager Earl Weaver) -Umpire Ken Kaiser.
Stay tuned and stay well.
Amaury Pi Gonzalez is the Oakland A’s Spanish play by play announcer on 1010 KIQI San Francisco and Tune In and does News and Commentary at http://www.sportsradioservice.com
The Anaheim Ducks Ryan Miller is hoping the NHL season will continue at some point so he would have a chance at catching former Detroit goalie Dominik Hasek who is two wins ahead of Miller on the all time wins for goalies list (file photo from nhl.com)
On Headline Sports with Marko:
#1 Marko the NHL are considering using eight different sites that would be able to accommodate teams in one location
#2 At the beginning of the Covid-19 shutdown Saskatchewan and North Dakota were mentioned as sites but they maybe on a short list.
#3 Commissioner Gary Bettman is studying what will work with for teams in one location, working with local governments, social distancing, and what will work in Covid-19 prevention measures.
#4 The Anaheim Ducks goalie Ryan Miller is not sure if he will be back next season and is hoping the NHL season will continue at some juncture so he can pick up two more wins to catch former goaltender Dominik Hasek who is 14th on the all time wins list with 389 wins.
#5 The Edmonton Oilers Art Hemsky says it was time to retire after the NHL suspended due to the epidemic and said after 15 years of playing in the NHL he wanted to stay at home and enjoy his kids.
Marko does Headline Sports each Wednesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com
San Francisco catcher Buster Posey is expected to excel as the team’s DH when the universal designated hitter is put in place in the National League this season (mlbdailydish.com)
On Headline Sports podcast with Barbara:
#1 There is little doubt that San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey will take advantage of the universal designated hitter once that is put in place in the National League if and when the season gets started.
#2 It would give Posey a huge break from the beating he takes from behind the plate and give him the opportunity to exhibit his hitting prowess that much more
#3 There are a lot of fans and players of the National League that are not fans of the designated hitter but they might be outnumbered because from the business stand point it creates more jobs on a MLB roster to have the DH.
#4 Sadly former Los Angeles Dodger Carl Crawford had a five year old boy and a woman Bethany Lartigue who tried to rescue the boy that were guests at his house drown in his pool. Crawford tried to revive them through CPR but couldn’t. Lartigue was not related to the boy and was there at Crawford’s house to film music videos.
#5 Talks still remain as it’s been a week now since MLB owners have put a proposal on the table to get the players to start the season targeted for July 1st. The players concerns were getting their salaries cut to nearly 50 percent and for their safety.
Join Barbara Mason for Headline Sports podcasts each Tuesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com
Tune In image from tunein.com
That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary podcast:
#1 When baseball does return the A’s will be introducing it’s new non radio streaming casts on tunein.com. The A’s president David Kaval said this will be the state of the art way to listen to MLB games as he said the A’s are trying to reach for a younger demographic that will use their phones and computers to stream games.
#2 Critics of the A’s leaving their last two radio stations 97.5 The Game and 860 KTRB The Answer say traditional radio is the best way to listen to A’s broadcasts and how can you listen in the car or at the ball park?
#3 Tune In will be streaming A’s games in Spanish and English for all pre season and regular season games as the regular season is expected to return if negotiations with the players works out.
#4 Critics also say that the move to go to Tune In was solely done to save money from paying airtime to the local radio stations.
#5 If the A’s do not play their home games in Oakland and play them at their Cactus League location in Mesa will A’s English announcers Ken Korach and Vince Cotroneo and Spanish announcers Manolo Hernandez-Douen and yourself broadcast all games from Arizona?
Amaury Pi Gonzalez is the Oakland A’s Spanish play by play announcer on the A’s Spanish flagship station 1010 KIQI San Francisco and does News and Commentary at http://www.sportsradioservice.com
Former major league player Bob Watson talks about the selections made to the baseball Hall of Fame by the pre-integration era committee at the baseball winter meetings on Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn. Former New York Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert, longtime umpire Hank O’Day and barehanded catcher Deacon White have been elected to the baseball Hall of Fame by the committee. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Headline Sports podcast with Morris Phillips:
#1 Morris while MLB still is trying to work the details on how to return by July 1st the one big sticking point with the players are their salaries being cut again to just 50% of the revenue with the owners if and when they return.
#2 Fans, media, front office staff, trainers, medical staff, stadium employees, players, coaches and managers many more must take their temperatures, self distance, wear a mask, wash hands frequently before entering the park.
#3 Last week Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Blake Snell said “I’m risking my life” and also questioned why he should take a pay cut to risk his life. The sentiment was supported by Philadelphia Phillie star Bryce Harper. Although Baseball wants to insure safety a number of Coronvirus cases are spiking in the country.
#4 Baseball lost a great figure in former Houston Astro Bob Watson who passed away on Friday at age 74. Watson was the first black general manager to win a World Series in 1996, Watson played 14 seasons with the Astros, and is well known as the player who scored MLB’s one millionth run on May 4, 1975.
#5 From a media stand point what’s it like not be involved in baseball on that day to day schedule that you’ve had over the years you covered the Giants and A’s on an everyday basis.
Morris does Headline Sports each Monday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com
sfgate.com file photo: Former Oakland A’s manager Art Howe is resting in the hospital after suffering from Covid-19 he will be released if he doesn’t have a fever in the next 24 hours
Headline Sports pod with Daniel:
1 Rays pitcher Blake Snell declares ‘I want mine,’ said he won’t play for less than his full salary; Philadelphia Phillies star Bryce Harper supports him
2 Former A’s manager Art Howe in intensive care, battling coronavirus
3 Manfred: MLB could lose up to $4 billion if season is cancelled
4 If MLB plays, no high-fives, lots of Covid-19 testing, no spitting, no seeds
5 RIP Bob Watson, first black MLB general manager to win a World Series
6 The No Fun League strikes again, orders YouTube page to be shut down
Join Daniel for Headlines each Sunday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com
Former Cleveland outfielder Yasiel Puig (66) is looking to play on a big league team as he seeks his fourth MLB team of his career. Is his “Wild Horse” reputation making him less attractive to joining a club? (sportscasting.com file photo)
Yasiel Puig – A Showman without a Show
That’s Amaury News and Commentary
By Amaury Pi-González
If baseball returns in 2020 it will be without fans and maybe without Yasiel Puig. Puig still a free agent and there have been many rumors, one of them (seem like years ago) is that the San Francisco Giants were close to signing him. The talented Cuban-born outfielder is not in a hurry to sign as he said in an interview with Jorge Ebro of El Nuevo Herald in Miami. Puig indicated his focus is slowly turning toward 2021.
In the occasions I have been able to interview Yasiel, he always indicated to me that his love for the game was the key for him playing baseball, he likes to talk baseball he enjoys every second he is on the field and I cannot think of any other player that enjoys to play in front of a crowd, more than Yasiel Puig.
The first time I spoke with him was during his rookie season with the LA Dodgers. The Angels were visiting Dodger Stadium for an inter-league Freeway Series and at that time he was doing stuff as a rookie and, his name was getting compared to Joe DiMaggio. Of course he is no Yankee Clipper but his talents are well documented. A great arm from the outfield, great speed and good instincts. Puig generates excitement from the time he is in the lineup and he plays with abandon and a lot of passion. As much as he wants to play this year, I do not believe the notion of playing at empty stadiums excites him at all. .
Yasiel’s best years were with the LA Dodgers 2013 to 2018, and then in 2019 he played for Cincinnati and Cleveland. There are many nicknames in the game of baseball some are corky or some might be even tacky. But when the great Vin Scully named Yasiel “The Wild Horse” he could not have described him better.
If there is no 2020 season we will not see Yasiel Puig, if there is a season there is a chance a team like the Giants, who were not supposed to be a contender this year might take a chance with him on a one-year deal. Like many Latino players Puig wants to play every day and with a team like the Giants, there would be no reason he could not do that. Image Puig wearing a Giants uniform,facing Madison Bumgarner now with the Arizona Diamondbacks? Many fans would pay just to see that.
In a way it is sad that this Showman doesn’t have a show to perform. For the real baseball fan, not to see him play is not a positive. But this is no “regular” year in baseball, so anything goes and nothing should surprises us. I am sure Puig would be content returning in 2021. But in case you forgot, he was a free agent before the virus, and he is a free agent during the virus.
Stay tuned and stay well.
Join Amaury Pi Gonzalez for That’s Amaury’s podcasts each Tuesday on http://www.sportsradioservice.com
New Jersey’s PK Subban says he has every confidence the Devils can make it to the Stanley Cup and win a Norris Trophy (nhl.com photo)
On Headline Sports podcast with Matt:
#1 Not to beat his own drum New Jersey’s P.K. Subban said he’s one of the best defenseman in the NHL he says he’s confident New Jersey can win a Norris Trophy or a Stanley Cup in the future.
#2 Matt NHL.com asked in a recent article who did wear number 88 better was it the Chicago Blackhawks Patrick Kane, the San Jose Sharks Brent Burns or the Boston Bruins David Pastrnak?
#3 Montreal Canadiens forward Max Domi says he’s just fine with staying in Montreal and while he knows he could be a restricted free agent he would like to stay in Montreal and is not pushing for free agency.
#4 The Minnesota Wild’s Matt Dumba had his season end by an injury says he want to continue the season if and when it returns. Dumba had a great season going before he had to go in for pectoral surgery.
#5 The Boston Bruins Kevan Miller who had his third surgery on his knee and has not played for the Bruins in a year. He had his last surgery eight weeks ago how ready do you see Miller being by September?
Matt Harrington does Headline Sports each Saturday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com
photo by @herbling: The Oakland Coliseum as it looked when formerly called McAffee Coliseum will remain empty even if baseball were to return July 1st because of a mandated statewide shutdown in California
On Headlines podcast with Michael:
#1 Michael we wanted to ask you about the loses during this pandemic that local teams are taking we’ll start with the San Francisco Giants although they made their last payment for Oracle Park the team is losing about 60% of it revenue that’s normally generated by the gate.
#2 The Oakland A’s biggest break is the rent they get playing at the Oakland Coliseum but are still taking a loss at $21.6 million. They earned $225 million last season. The A’s have been known to cut operating costs this will be no different when they return at the possible earliest in July.
#3 The Golden State Warriors who are in the first year of paying for Chase Center and the pandemic was the last thing they needed. They had to lay off 1700 employees and are facing a $30.4 million loss in revenue when they were projected to gross $440 million this season.
#4 The San Jose Sharks who were not selling out their games in the first place are projected to lose $8.9 million in the event the NHL does not return this season. The loses would have been in the three figure margin if they had lost the whole season.
#5 The San Jose Earthquakes barley started the MLS season hosting just two games before their they had to suspend the season. There has been discussion to start training camps and hope to play all their games in Florida by June 1st. How a risky proposition is it for pro soccer to return?
Michael Duca does Headline Sports podcasts every other Saturday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com