That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary podcast: With Covid cases rising will there even be a MLB season?; Greatest double play combos of all time; plus more

sfgate.com file photo: The Oakland A’s second baseman Marcus Semien fields a grounder hit by the San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey in the August 13th 2009 game. Semien signed a contract for $13 million last season which equates to a $7.1 million raise.

On That’s Amaury’s pod:

#1 According to Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred the season could be pushed back to start as early as late May or early June. With Covid-19 cases multiplying will there even be a season?

#2 Marcus Semien the A’s second baseman will he get a new contract before the season starts or will the A’s wait until they get the clear when baseball comes back to negotiate terms with Semien?

#3 Taking  a look who was the best all time double play combinations in the game let us know your thoughts on these favorites double play combinations, From the Chicago Cubs Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers, and Frank Chance, From the Brooklyn Dodgers Pee Wee Reese, Jackie Robinson, and Gil Hodges, From the New York Yankees Phil “Scooter” Rizuto, Jerry Coleman, and Moose Skowron, from the Los Angeles Dodgers  Bill Russell, Davey Lopes, and Steve Garvey, and finally from the Cincinnati Reds Dave Concepcion, Joe Morgan, and Tony Perez.

#4 Who to you were the greatest Oakland A’s teams the 1972-74 A’s? or the 1988-90 A’s?

#5 The A’s have transgressed they could very well lose most of this season to the virus shutdown, they have not secured Howard Terminal during this delayed season, and they will not broadcast any of their games on English radio.

Amaury Pi Gonzalez is the vice president of the Major League Baseball Hispanic Heritage Musuem please visit the Museum at the Oakland Coliseum during all A’s home games also Amaury does News and Commentary at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

 

 

 

Headline Sports podcast with Morris Phillips: How improved are the Bucs with Brady on board?; Marbury trying to donate 10 millions masks to NYC; plus more

file photo from newengleandpatriots.com: Tom Brady addresses the press in this file photo, Brady spoke to the press via telephone at his press introductory to the Tampa Bay media on Friday Mar 27th.

Morris Phillips on Headline Sports podcast:

#1 Morris how improved are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with their acquisition of Tom Brady and at 42 years old did he make the right choice to go to Tampa Bay.

#2 The Chinese Basketball Association’s Stephon Marbury who coaches the Royal Fighters says he wants to send 10 million N95 face masks to New York City as the break out there is stratospheric Marbury who played 13 seasons in the NBA and five with the New York Knicks is trying to buy the masks at $2.75 each negotiations with the manufacturer in China has been stiff.

#3 Agent Scott Boras says the MLB draft is sending the wrong message by shortening the draft and limiting the financial pool for amateur players. Baseball takes the position that the terms of the agreement are in place and the Commissioner Rob Manfred can reduce the draft from 40 rounds to five. Manfred is also considering cutting the amount of drafts to 20 in 2021

#4 The estimated start of the MLB season could be realistically in June. Flu season should be well over with by then and shelter in place could be done by mid May. On the other hand some medical experts say with a vaccine not available Coronvirus could revive again halting the season again.

#5 While the Utah Jazz Rudy Cobert and Donavon Mitchell and the Utah Jazz and front office have been cleared of Coronvirus the New York Knicks owner James Dolan is self isolating after being diagnosed for the disease. Dolan is the first pro sports owner to come up positive for Covid-19.

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

 

Headline Sports podcast with Daniel Dullum: Second Ottawa player tests positive for Covid 19; NFL draft still on for Apr 23-25; plus more

file photo from tellerreport.com: Ottawa Senators goalie Marcus Hogberg’s father Peter had passed away on Saturday of Coronvirus that after learning a second unnamed Ottawa player had also got the disease

On Headline Sports podcast with Daniel Coronavirus concerns:

1 NHL: Second Ottawa player to test positive for COVID-19, also 2nd Avalanche player tests positive; possible Stanley Cup run into August

2 NFL: Goodell alerts owners that draft will remain April 23-25

3 MLB: A’s minor league coach, ex-Angels & Cardinals outfielder Jim Edmonds taking a test positive for COVID-19 no results yet; World Series in December?

4 NBA: Owner, ESPN announcer test positive for coronavirus

5 Prominent hockey manufacturer gets green light to make protective medical gear

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

That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary: 2020 Major League Baseball season scenarios

March 28, 2012 photo shows both the Seattle Mariners and Oakland A’s standing for the US and Japanese national anthems at the Tokyo Dome on opening day 2012 (AP photo)

2020 Major League Baseball season: Scenarios

That’s Amaury News and Commentary

Amaury Pi-Gonzalez

Some of the most affected States (except Washington,one team Mariners where the first Covid-19 case was reported) are large States with multiple teams. The first coronavirus case was in a convalescent home in Kirkland, a suburb east of Seattle. But nobody is close to California. We lead the way with five teams: Angels, Athletics, Dodgers,Giants and Padres. We could be a country by itself with a population higher than France. Florida with two: Marlins and Rays. Texas with two: Astros and Rangers; Illinois with the Cubs and White Sox. Since this virus is afflicting the whole nation, we can also throw-in Pennsylvania where the Phillies and Pirates play and Ohio with the Indians and Reds. This developing story makes it hard to predict if the major league season could begin during these following dates. Here are my four most logical scenarios. From best to worst

Here are some scenarios that have been shared by others regarding this season. I generally agree with these options. 1-Late May,which would mean the All Star Game in Los Angeles Dodger Stadium in mid-July could take place. The best scenario (pending the situation of a virus who has a mind of its own) would mean 100 to 105 games season. 2-Begins in middle of June, no All Star Game and about 70-75 games. 3-Nothing more American than the National Pastime beginning with Fireworks the 4th of July. With some necessary schedule adjustments like 80-81 games, basically half a season. 4-Cancel the Season, anything after that day. It would be unreasonable to believe MLB will play a season of just August and September.

Thought history Major League Baseball seasons have been disrupted by wars,strikes/work stoppage by owners and players, national events like September 11,2001 from a terrorist attack in New York City. In 2003 Athletics vs Mariners in Japan,was postponed until later in the season,because of the threat of a military action in Iraq. That year the opener did not take place the Tokyo Dome in Japan. First game of the season was on March 30 between Seattle and Texas. We all remember the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake when then intern Commissioner Fay Vincent Jr.postponed the World Series between the A’s and Giants for 11 days. And if you research all the history of incidents that have stopped or delayed games,or seasons, I do not think a Virus is what comes to our mind. But that is the case during this 2020 season. One of the casualties is the Olympics in Japan,where that country has been preparing for years to showcase the best athletes in the world in. Yes,we can go back to 1918 and the deadly Spanish Flu, but that was a different world of much less populations as well as sports leagues. As a matter of fact KDKA Pittsburgh was the world’s first commercial radio station began broadcasting in 1920. And also the first radio station to broadcast a major league game, the Pittsburgh Pirates. Adios. Stay well.

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

Headline Sports podcast with Matt Harrington: What teams could have gone the furthest in the NHL?; 49ers GM Lynch will be working the draft from his living room; plus more

San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch speaks during a media availability, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, in Miami, for the NFL Super Bowl 54 football game against the Kansas City Chiefs (AP photo)

On Headline Sports with Matt:

#1 How far does some NHL teams could have gone if the NHL season was not suspended ?

#2 The San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch said he has his big screen set up for the NFL draft and said that the business of football must continue and he’ll work from home to see how the Niners come out in the draft.

#3 Empty ballparks wherever you look this was supposed to be the first weekend of the regular season. MLB did say they would not return to action until all restrictions for travel and mass gatherings were all allowed again.

#4 The Utah Jazz Rudy Cobert and Donavon Mitchell have both been cleared of Coronavirus. On March 12th when the season was cancelled Corbert was touching everything and later diagnosed for the virus which lend to the suspension of the NBA season.

#5 The NHL in the meantime hopes to play out their games in the summertime and could play as late as August. Just one month before pre season starts.

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

 

Headline Sports podcast with London Marq: Giants announcer Jon Miller negative for Covid 19; Curry and Fauci warn fans to take it serious; plus more

file photo from sfchronicle.com: San Francisco Giants radio announcer Jon Miller introduces the team before the home opening game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday, April 7, 2016 in San Francisco, Calif.

On Headline Sports with London:

#1 San Francisco Giants announcer Jon Miller said after picking up his son and fiance after their trip to Europe they told him to be careful not to handle the luggage and not to hug them because they might have been exposed to Coronavirus and later as it would turn out they did. Miller and his wife Nadine did take a test for Covid 19 and the tests proved negative.

#2 With the NBA season canceled Golden State Warrior Stephen Curry and Dr. Anthony Fauci both held a on line Q and A streaming answering questions pertaining to the current pandemic crisis. Dr. Fauci talked medically about how the public should continue to shelter in place and Curry telling fans that they’ll be back when this is all over.

#3 This week was supposed to be opening week for the Oakland A’s hosting the Minnesota Twins at the Coliseum and the San Francisco Giants opening up in Los Angeles. As this season continues to be suspended and everyone is held up in their usual four walls it’s a matter of what could have been for baseball’s opening week.

#4 Sad news all time great Curly Neal of the Harlem Globetrotters has passed away at age 77. Neal did some of the fanciest moves on the basketball floor the Globetrotters and he was with the Globetrotters from 1963-1985. Also the passing of former Houston Astro and Los Angeles Dodger Jimmy “The Toy Cannon” Wynn at 78 years old, who had hit .250, 1665 hits, 291 home runs, and 964 RBIs career.

Catch London on Headline Sports each Friday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

 

Headline Sports podcast with Jerry Feitelberg: Giants Nakken getting used to meeting with the press; Bates College student in critical condition with Corona; plus more

file photo from sfgate.com: San Francisco Giants coach Alyssa Nakken (92) watches the Cactus League action on Mar 5th from the Giants dugout at Scottsdale Stadium in Scottsdale AZ some six days before the MLB season was suspended

On Headline Sports with Jerry F:

#1 San Francisco Giants coach Alyssa Nakken said that she was confident in one and one interviews as she was in group interviews.

#2 The Giants manager Gabe Kapler said he will focused on the step in front of him. For now that’s get past this pandemic lockdown and baseball next.

#3 Giants catcher Buster Posey said that “Baseball is secondary, let’s figure out the important stuff first” in regards to coming back safe and healthy from this pandemic and when the game will return.

#4 The Oakland A’s player representative Marcus Semien said that the Tokyo Olympics are done but MLB most likely will schedule as many games as possible once it returns to action.

#5 Former Bates College athlete, two time All American lacrosse player Jack Allard was reported in critical condition on Wednesday morning because of Covid 19. Allard came to the hospital on March 13th and is in a medically induced coma and breathing with the aid of a respirator. He is in line to have experimental treatment soon.

Join Jerry each Thursday for Headline Sports at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

 

 

Headline Sports podcast with Marko Ukalovic: Chiefs and Jets donated generously to charity to help struggling communities; Ionescu voted AP women’s player of the year; plus more

photo from sfgate.com file photo: The Oregon Ducks Sabrina Ionescu has her game face on as she wins the AP pick for player of the year in the women’s basketball poll

On Headline Sports pod with Marko:

#1 The Kansas City Chiefs front office said they will match the food donations of the Chiefs players towards families in the greater Kansas City area. Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill has donated 6,000 meals, and tight end Travis Kelce donated 12,000 meals and 15 weeks worth of food to Operation Break Through.

#2 The New York Jets players and owners have donated $1 million to United Way agencies who are working hard during this crisis

#3 The San Francisco Giants have donated food toward the Scottsdale veterans. In turn the vets have donated portions of the food to other veterans in Arizona.

#4 The Oregon Ducks Sabrina Ionescu who was voted AP’s Women’s basketball player of the year. Ionescu scored 2,000 points, grabbed 1000 rebounds, and had 1,000 assists.

#5 The Los Angeles Rams are moving into So Fi Stadium and have changed their uniform logos just in time for their new digs. It will be the fifth season back in LA since moving from St Louis.

Marko does Headline Sports each Wednesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Headline Sports podcast with Barbara Mason: Ta’mau locks up deal with St Louis; Oakland would have largest capcity in IFL; plus more

file photo from khon2.com: St Louis Battlehawks quarterback Jordan Ta’mau (10) throws during an XFL game. Ta’mau a former Kansas City Chief quarterback signed a three year deal with St Louis.

On Headline Sports with Barbara:

#1 Quarterback Jordan Ta’mau signed with the St Louis Battlehawks of the XFL. Ta’mau was formerly with the Kansas City Chiefs. Ta’mau before the season was suspended threw for 1,050 yards and led the XFL with 12 touchdowns. The signing is expected to strengthen the XFL’s brand and gives players who didn’t get a chance to stay in the NFL to get some playing time and a contract.

#2 The Indoor Football League’s Oakland Panther’s like the rest of the IFL season is on hold during the pandemic but if they ever get this season off the ground which would be the inaugural season for the Panthers and the 11th season for the IFL the Panthers would be the proud team to have the largest capacity in the league with some 19,596 seats at Oracle Arena in Oakland.

#3 Granted that the pandemic would come to an end by June or July there is that possibility that baseball could return. The teams might need June to play some more exhibition games and open the regular season through September and play the post season in October.

#4 Major League Soccer also shares that interest that they could return after playing only two weeks of the regular season after being suspended. MLS could return by June or July and play through October.

#5 The New York Yankees Aaron Judge has gone through the mill suffering a number of injuries even last season he sat some time out. This season after the MLB season went on suspension Judge had to recover from a rib injury and collapsed lung Judge says his condition has improved and he’s anxious to get back to work. The state of Florida has not imposed an essential shut down so players can stay and work out and continue to try and get prepared.

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

 

That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary podcast: SF Mayor considering closing down parks; Pirates donate 400 pizzas to hospital staff; plus more

photo from sfgate.com: From March 16th press conference announcing shelter in place San Francisco Mayor London Breed (center) with police chief William Scott (left) and Dept of Public Health director Dr. Grant Colfax (right).

On That’s Amaury’s pod:

#1 San Francisco Mayor London Breed said that in some of San Francisco’s parks no one is paying attention to the shelter in place policy and people are picnicking and going about business as usual and the Mayor said she would close parks down if people continue to gather instead of practicing social distancing. The parks are kept open for those who want to exercise and then leave.

#2 Amaury it was reported that after a lot of people lost their jobs they have no turned to can collecting so they can as much buy a sandwich and survive the rest of the day. Also it should be noted after the NBA season was suspended on March 12th some 15,000 employees who worked at Chase Center are supposed to receive help benefits from the Warriors to cover the costs of lost wages.

#3 Amaury it’s a slow news day in sports so ESPN is going to show Made in America the OJ Simpson case which shows the Southland chase and the trial in two parts. The last time they showed it it was well reviewed.

#4 The Pittsburgh Pirates have donated some 400 pizzas to staff at Allegheny General Hospital to staff who are working up to their limits dealing with Coronavirus victims. Some medical staff have worked some 16-20 hours straight in dire conditions.

#5 Toronto Blue Jays team president Mark Shapiro said that it will take at least one month for everybody to get ready for the regular season once MLB is given the go sign to return. Baseball could return as early as June when the flu season is over and the regular season could start in July and the season could run for three months and post season abbreviated in October.

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