Headline Sports podcast with Morris Phillips: IOC says moving games to 2021 possible; What could have been baseball openers were suppose to happen this week; plus more

photo: Official Summer Olympic games insignia for 2020 games in Tokyo

On Headline Sports podcast with Morris:

#1 The International Olympic Committee are considering moving the Olympic games to 2021 in light of everything in sports being shutdown and the training of the athletes, the sponsors, and arranging the schedule for July seems unlikely

#2 The IOC also mentioned on Saturday that with 11,000 athletes from 205 nations, 8 million tickets sold and being in close quarters would not be such a good idea. That it was the IOC’s priority to insure everyone’s health and safety during this pandemic.

#3 Baseball season was suppose to start this week. The Twins were going to open in Oakland with the A’s and the Giants were going to open in L.A. That’s all gone now opening day is usually an exciting time of the year.

#4 Some baseball fans said they were done with the game for good over the Houston Astros sign stealing scandal. Will this extra time off cool these feelings and fans will return?

#5 The 2020 All Star break that was suppose to be held at Dodger Stadium is very likely to be canceled or rescheduled at best. Baseball could be back in June or July after the flu season.

Morris does Headline Sports each Monday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com


Headline Sports podcast with Daniel Dullum: First NHL player tested positive; Bruins announce Covid 19 worker fund; plus more

The home of the Ottawa Senators Canadian Tire Center sits quietly. An unnamed player from the Senators had contracted Coronavirus the Senators are considering checking and testing all their players as the NHL suspended the season on March 12 is expected to possibly be canceled if the suspension lasts into May (ap photo)

Coronavirus concerns:

1 Ottawa player is first in NHL to test positive for COVID-19

2 Bruins’ owner last in NHL to announce COVID-19 worker fund

3 AP Report: MLB considers skipping annual amateur draft

4 NBA is uncertain about withholding player salaries due to coronavirus pandemic

5 Kentucky Derby, PGA, NASCAR, WNBA rescheduling updates

Daniel Dullum does Headline Sports each Sunday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary: MLB big decisions remain like All Star game in Los Angeles

The All Star game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles most likely will be called off in July 15th due to the nationwide lockdown due to Coronavirus. If held the Dodgers were planning to unveil a statue for former Dodger pitcher Sandy Koufax whose statue would be right next to former Dodger second baseman Jackie Robinson in photo (cbslosangeles.com photo)

MLB: Big Decisions remain like All Star Game in Los Angeles

That’s Amaury New and Commentary

Amaury Pi-González

Decisions loom in the horizon regarding the possibility of cancelling the All Star Game at Dodger Los Angeles, scheduled for July14 this year. Think for a moment this: let’s say the season begins June 1st. It will be a challenge to pick the players for the All Star Game,when they have only played one month of baseball.

The ASG will be cancelled. Such scenario in a way, would mean, at least the season will begin during the first half and not the second half. Dodger Stadium has renovations of approximately $100 million- “Centerfield Plaza”. Legendary southpaw Sandy Koufax will have a statue next to Jackie Robinson whose statue was unveiled last July. Dodgers (unlike many other teams) have not been an organization that have built statues for some of their great players. But that could be changing beginning this season.

In 1945 the All Star Game scheduled for July 10, was cancelled on April 24, just two weeks into the season. This was due to WWII and wartime travel restrictions.That was the only year since 1933 when the first All Star Game took place that the mid-season event has not been played.

The future of this 2020 season is resting on how fast we get a handle on this deadly virus, Covid-19. There will probably be at least a week for players to stretch their legs and take a few swings and pitchers get into the groove they were getting-into a couple of weeks ago.

It is not like you can sit down 600 plus players, then “turn the switch on” and they can begin the season. I do not envy the Oakland Athletics great traveling secretary Mickey Morabito, one of the most competent and experience traveling secretaries in baseball.

The first game in the Bay Area was scheduled for Tuesday when the Giants were to host the Athletics in the first game of the Bay Bridge series, signaling the end of Spring Training. Both clubs were to begin playing for real Thursday the 26th.

The A’a at home against the Twins. Giants in Los Angeles vs.Dodgers. The best scenario for the A’s would be to open their season mid-April. They already postponed the first home-stand of seven games, four vs Twins and three vs Astros.

April had the most games at home for the Athletics a total of 18 and against very popular drawing teams, aside from Twins and Astros, Yankees and Boston scheduled to make their only appearance at Oakland. Then comes Seattle for four and Tampa Bay for one game before we turn into May.

It doesn’t look pretty either for the Giants who open their season in Los Angeles and Arizona and are schedule to open their season at home on April 3 for three vs Dodgers and four vs.Arizona. That first home-stand for the Giants is very much in jeopardy.

MLB states: “The league will continue to evaluate ongoing events leading up to the start of the season. Guidance related to daily operations and workouts will be relayed to Clubs in the coming days. MLB and its Clubs have been preparing a variety of contingency plans regarding the 2020 regular-season schedule. The league plans to announce the effects on the schedule at an appropriate time, though MLB also said it “will remain flexible as events warrant, with the hope of resuming normal operations as soon as possible.”

All the experts. CDC professionals, who study and manage this type of crisis agree that this next two weeks are crucial for the country, and which way this is headed. As we speak, some laboratories per instructions from the CDC and the US Federal government are working with a couple of well known drugs that could have some good results.

It may not to solve the problem, but in the sense of therapy in trying to alleviate those afflicted,(treatment) until eventually in the future a vaccine is developed and available. When it comes to medicine, the US is very innovative and is result oriented country and we should all stay positive and think that better days lie ahead. Everybody is this country wants a quick solution, but not every problem in life has a quick resolution.

In the meantime, enjoy more time at home, listen to the instructions take care of yourself and your family and hope for the best.

Amaury Pi Gonzalez is the Oakland A’s Spanish radio talent heard on KIQI 1010 San Francisco and does News and Commentary each week at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Headline Sports podcast with Matt Harrington: Minor league baseball and hockey players getting hit the hardest without any work

file photo from yelp!.com by Myke Y: This photo taken on June 11, 2016 gives you an idea what Municipal Stadium in San Jose home of the San Jose Giants will look like during the shelter in place policy for the duration of at least the next two months and maybe more

On Headline Sports podcast with Matt:

#1 There are the big leaguers who don’t have to worry too much about getting by financially but there are the minor leaguers who will struggle through the epidemic.

#2 Many minor league players in baseball have not received a check since August and it’s going to go on longer to with shelter in place which could end as early as May.

#3 According to AP News minor league players are expected to get a check that pays them through April 8th at $400 a week but what happens to them after that?

#4 In minor league hockey the AHL suspended play on March 11th. The AHL players could be getting paid through the rest of the month of March. Fortunately for the AHL the season was just cut off by one month so the players got most of their salaries.

#5 In sports journalism assignments are getting cut like nobodies business since most the leagues are closed down. The only sport that is still operating is professional bowling.

Matt does Headline Sports each Saturday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Headline Sports podcast with London Marq: Sports is inconsequential at a time like this; Kansas will finish No.1 in AP polling; plus more

Udoka Azubuike who goes for the the throw down and the Kansas Jayhawks finished first in the AP poll for the 2019-20 season (ap photo)

On Headline Sports with London:

#1 It’s true sports is inconsequential in times like these says one SF Chronicle columnist Ann Killion

#2 How risky is it for anyone to be out after hearing about NBA players Rudy Cobert, Donavon Mitchell, Kevin Durant, an NHL player from the Ottawa Senators who was not identified and a minor league baseball player.

#3 They didn’t win the National Championship but Kansas finished on top of the AP polling going 29-3. The Jayhawkls received 63 out of 65 first place votes.

#4 The Jacksonville Jaguars traded quarterback Nick Foles to the Chicago Bears, the Carolina Panthers released former 49er safety Eric Reid, Reid was with Carolina for 13 months on a three year, $22 million contract.

#5 San Francisco Giant Hunter Pence advised everybody to have “love, kindness, and humanity aren’t taking a break treat everyone with love” Pence also added “can’t wait to get back to baseball”

London Marq does Headline Sports each Friday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com



Obituary: Ralph Gora former voice over talent dead at 90

file photo from fanbuzz.com: Former San Francisco 49er wide receiver Terrell Owens twice interviewed with Ralph Gora when Owens was with the Cowboys at the NFL Pro Bowl in Honolulu calling him over to do an exclusive something that was unheard of at the time

By Michael Wang (SRS Staff writer)

SAN JOSE–He was an incredible voice for introducing radio talent during restaurant remotes in San Jose. Ralph Gora voice over talent read copy before all shows introducing Sportstalks’ talent right here on sportsradioservice.com from Chachoe’s Mexican Restaurant, Picasso’s Spanish Restaurant and many more in downtown San Jose. His voice would carry over the entire restaurant when he read his copy introductions.

Ralph had been having a bout with a broken hip and passed away at the age of 90. Ralph was born in Honolulu Hawaii well before it became the 50th state in 1930. He moved to San Jose and attended San Jose State University and graduated as a space engineer. Ralph worked at Ford Aerospace after graduating and retired.

After retirement Ralph took work doing voice overs at 1430 KVVN starting in 2002, besides doing many voice overs and radio introductions at various South Bay restaurants and locations promoting fine dinning and introducing Sportstalk talent from the likes of Michael Duca (mlb.com), David Zizmor (SF 49ers analyst), Shawn McCullough (webmaster and site photographer), Jeremy Kahn (Oakland Raiders beat writer), Amaury Pi Gonzalez (Oakland A’s Spanish radio),  and many more Ralph got to cover Fight Nights in the Tank at SAP Center along with co-writer Michael Wang.

Both Ralph and Michael covered boxer Andre Ward who came from Oakland to fight in San Jose. Ward was very gracious with his interviews with Ralph. Ralph covered two Pro Bowls in Honolulu and interviewed many NFL All Stars.

One former Dallas Cowboy wide receiver Terrell Owens called over to Ralph Gora to go ahead and interview him and also asked Ralph to sit with him. A rarity from someone like Owens who had a on and off again relationship with the media.

Ralph was one of a kind never bashful, a pitchman, a host introducing guests on the radio, a salesman in marketing, Ralph could do it all. Ralph worked at sportsradioservice.com from 2002-2010.  RIP Ralph we can only imagine your introducing saints and angels now in the big podcast in the sky.


Headline Sports podcast with Tony Renteria: Did Warriors make a mistake not testing their players for Covid 19; PGA Championship cancelled in San Francisco; plus more

photo file from coachingclipboardl.com: Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers says it was not necessary to test players for Coronavirus because they are not interacting

Headline Sports podcast with Tony R:

#1 Are the Golden State Warriors making a big mistake not testing their players for Covid 19

#2 Warriors general manager Bob Myers said that there isn’t enough testing for Covid 19 and that the players aren’t interacting so Myers said there is no need for testing.

#3 The PGA Championship in May at Harding Park in San Francisco has been called off due to the Coronavirus epidemic. The PGA says their pushing to get it rescheduled.

#4 New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft shared his thoughts about losing former quarterback Tom Brady to the Tampa Bay Bucaneers saying that it was unfortunate to lose a great talent like Brady.

#5 The San Francisco Giants and Oakland A’s have pledged to fund $1 million towards covering payment for their employees. The Giants CEO Larry Baer said he wants to provide peace of mind for the employees and the A’s said their working on a $1 million fund for their laid off employees in Oakland.

Tony does Headline Sports each Thursday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary: A’s 1981 season short and bittersweet

Tony Armas as an Oakland A sitting on the dugout steps for a Mother’s Cookies baseball card photo (Mothers Cookies baseball card photo)

A’s 1981 Short and Bittersweet

That’s Amaury News and Commentary

Amaury Pi-González

In 1981 there was no baseball in the major leagues from June 12 to August 10. A total of 713 games were lost. The strike was about free agent player compensation.The owners were in favor of a system in which they got a player of similar value for each player they lost in free agency.

The Oakland Athletics ended the 1981 season with a 64-45 the best record in the American League and second best in all of baseball, and also they qualified by posting the AL West’s best record in the first half (37-23) of the shortened season.

In 1981 the Athletics had one of the best outfields in the game, with Rickey Henderson in left-field, Dwayne Murphy in center and Tony Armas in right-field. Henderson led the club in batting average with .319 as well as in stolen bases with 56, Armas led the club in home runs with 22 home runs and with 76 RBIs, while Murphy was second with 60 RBIs. That was a top notch outfield offensively as well as on defense.

Tony Armas was a humble but very focus player on the field,with excellent power at the place and also a powerful arm from right field, he always told me that he was lucky, but he was really an underrated player who played hard all the time.

A couple of years after he left the A’s in 1984 with the Boston Red Sox,Tony led the Major Leagues with 43 home runs and drove 123. He was the only player in both leagues to hit over 40 home runs.A proud man from Venezuela,he was a gentleman and conducted himself professional all the time on and off the field.He retired with back problems,his son Tony Armas Jr, was a pitcher in the major leagues.

The 1981 A’s was the team of Mike Heath, Shooty Babbitt (now back with the A’s as a scout) Rob Picciolo, Cliff Johnson, Wayne Gross, Jim Spencer, and one of the all time favorites in Oakland Mitchell “The Rage” Page and many other players that contributed to that success.

Their pitching was one of the best, a very strong rotation that became even more famous the previews season (1980) with Steve McCatty, Matt Keough, Mike Norris, Rick Langford and Brian Kingman, five young starts that graced the cover of Sports Illustrated in April.

During the shortened 1981 season,Julio González (RIP) and yours truly were doing the Spanish broadcast. We traveled to Kansas City during the AL Divisional playoffs for the first two games,as the A’s swept the Royals in three games.

That was a good Royals team with George Brett, Frank White Willie Wilson,Dan Quisinberry and others,then we moved on to New York where the Yankees eliminated the A’s in a 3-game sweep.

A’s lost the first two in New York then back to Oakland where they lost 4-0 as Dave Righetti beat Matt Keough,to send the Yankees to the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Reported that World Series,with interviews,pre and post game stuff, for the three games that took place in Los Angeles for local bay area radio. It took six games for Tommy LaSorda’s Dodgers to beat Bob Lemon’s New York Yankees.

And that is how the crazy 1981 shortened season ended in baseball.

Headline Sports podcast with Marko Ukalovic: In spite of quarantine NFL does business as usual; NBA hoping to be back by June; plus more

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins in this January 11th photo throwing against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara in the NFC Division game has reupped with the Vikings for two more years (ap photo)

On Headlines podcast with Marko:

#1 The NFL was criticized for power brokering deals while the shelter in place law is in effect even Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins who signed a two year deal worth $66 million while quarantines continued.

#2 Wide receiver De’Andre Hopkins was traded to the Arizona Cardinals from the Houston Texans on Monday where he’ll be receiving from quarterback Kyler Murray

#3 The NFL has canceled a public event that is normally held on the Las Vegas strip at this time of the year but because of Covid 19 quarantines the event has been canceled. The event had over 600,000 people last year.

#4 The NBA will wait until June to resume play. The league expects to play it’s Championship games in August.

#5 Now to talk about the team your regularly cover the AHL’s San Jose Barracuda. Minor league players have to be suffering the financial brunt of the shutdown because all players don’t get paid top dollar and will have to figure things out.

Marko Ukalovic is doing Headline Sports podcasts each Wednesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Headline Sports podcast with Barbara Mason: Shelter in place, wash your hands, sing happy birthday two times

file photo from thehill.com: NBA floor displays the NBA Playoffs logo which the league plans to hold in August once the flu season is well over with

Headline Sports podcast with Barbara:

#1 Nine Bay Area counties have called for a Shelter in Place meaning to just stay at home and work from home what will that mean for millions of people who will be stuck at home.

#2 The NBA is already talking about having their season run through August if they can get back by either May or June and have the playoffs in August.

#3 14 to 15 Tahoe ski resorts have closed down due to the Coronavirus scare which have three to four feet of snow and skiers would have to leave the Tahoe Region. Some couldn’t leave because the roads were closed.

#4 The NFL approved a 17 game season and a three game pre season totaling 20 games. With higher salaries, more players on the roster and larger pensions for current and former players.

#5 Indoor Football League was the last league to cancel their games postponing their opening days last Saturday. The ban that allows 50 or less people to gather killed any chance for an indoor football opener.

Barbara Mason does Headline Sports each Tuesday night at http://www.sportsradioservice.com