Oakland A’s assistant general manager Billy Owens is looking to join the Los Angeles Angels as their new general manager. Owens is waiting for an interview with the Angels and former A’s first baseman Scott Hatteburg said Owens is an encyclopedia of baseball knowledge (photo from San Francisco Chronicle)
#1 Oakland A’s executive Billy Owens who is being considered for the Los Angeles Angels general manager job. Owens is a known for his vast knowledge of talent in MLB.
#2 If Owens was to leave Oakland and so with A’s vice president Billy Beane who is considering joining the Boston Red Sox this would be the dismantling of some of the best baseball minds in the game for the A’s.
#3 A’s owner John Fisher said he has preserved 90% of the A’s personnel for next season but with no fans returning that would put into question the A’s budget to keep employees, it’s real wait and see until spring training.
#4 MLB will have a Curt Flood Award which will be presented to either a living or deceased player who exemplified selfless devotion to the MLB Players Association, and advancement for players rights.
#5 Jerry for this World Series your getting two of the best teams in the game with the Tampa Bay Rays and Los Angeles Dodgers.
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Oakland A’s vice president Billy Beane is exploring leaving the A’s for the Boston Red Sox which would give him a large partnership up to 25% with owner John Henry (file photo from (truthfinder.com)
On the MLB The Show podcast with Jerry F:
#1 Jerry taking in account that Oakland A’s vice president Billy Beane is seriously considering leaving the A’s how much would the A’s miss his talents, his ability to put together competitive teams and frankly was the best part was his ability to find talent at low under market baseball prices?
#2 Jerry, the Boston Red Sox owner John Henry is merging the Red Sox with Fenway Sports Group and RedBall Acquisition Corp but MLB rules do state against public ownership and Henry does plan to trade the company publicly could that be the one sticking point that would keep Beane in Oakland if baseball clearly tells the Red Sox and their merging companies can not be publicly traded which would impact any investment Beane would be involved in?
#3 The investment number at 25% is what reportedly Beane would invest in the merged group at the Red Sox there is very little doubt that this is profit driven and that Beane to avoid a conflict of interest would sell his 1% ownership of the A’s to join the Red Sox.
#4 Looking at the success of Beane 11 post seasons out of the 21 years that he’s been with the A’s. With a Beane departure and keeping the payroll down and having a post season caliber club how much will that culture change without Beane?
#5 The A’s seem to think without Billy Beane at the top the A’s general manager David Forst has got this, that Forst has been at this quite awhile and can manage without Beane and still make the team a success on a low budget?
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Oakland A’s left hander AJ Puk will sit out the next two weeks due to left shoulder pain. Puk took an injection in the left shoulder to ease the pain (athleticsnation.com file photo)
Oakland A’s podcast with Jerry F:
#1 A’s left handed pitcher AJ Puk received a injection on Monday for his left shoulder that was giving him pain he’s expected to be out for two weeks. What will it be like for Puk to recover from an injury like that.
#2 Jerry, talk about Ramon Laurenano he was in the A’s line up against the Giants on Tuesday night after sitting out the night before on Monday night with a calf injury how did he look on Tuesday and how the calf feeling?
#3 Trump criticized San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler and the club for taking a knee during the national anthem on Monday night saying “the game is over for me” or the other hand Kapler said nobody should stop us from doing the right thing.
#4 Former A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell was asked what he thought of Kapler and the Giants taking a knee ironically where Maxwell became the first MLB player to do it at the Oakland Coliseum Maxwell said he “felt joy”
#5 The Giants Mike Yastrzemski went deep in the first inning at Oracle Park Tuesday night nearly putting the ball into the Cove but landed in the left field stands.
#6 On Monday night the A’s outfielder Stephen Piscotty went deep with his swing and where the ball landed it looks as he hasn’t missed a step.
Jerry is a beat writer for the Oakland A’s and does A’s podcasts each Thursday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com
Oakland A’s pitcher Mike Fiers says the Astros sign stealing scandal is behind him and it’s time to move forward (athleticsnation.com file photo)
On Headline Sports with Jerry F:
#1 Jerry talk about how the Oakland A’s will workout at the Oakland Coliseum and the club will also use the San Jose Giants single A affiliate park Excite Park for other players who most likely will not be with the club during opening week.
#2 Oakland A’s pitcher Mike Fiers says he’s putting the Houston Astro scandal behind him. It was Fiers who came out and said that the Astros were using electronic devices and using a garbage can to drum to the hitters the next pitch coming some players called him a snitch and to look out has all this time off cooled that thinking?
#3 A’s pitcher Jesus Luzardo who tested positive for Coronavirus says he’s feeling good and is ready to come back. That said still is there a risk for anyone who was positive could have spread Covid-19 to teammates and team personnel. If one gets it is it risky to continue to even have a season?
#4 The A’s Franklin Barreto is trying to contend for a spot in the line up for second base. Barreto whose been hitting well in camp and back in March during spring training has been noted to fall off during the regular season?
#5 The Oakland A’s will host the San Francisco Giants on Mon Jul 20th at the Oakland Coliseum in a brief Bay Bridge Series and it’s off to the City at Oracle Park where the Giants will host the A’s to conclude exhibition play on Tue Jul 21st both are night games.
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San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey gets his two bats ready for workouts at Oracle Park last Sunday. Workouts were canceled through Tuesday pending test results which came back negative and Wednesday workouts resumed (photo from AP)
Headline Sports podcast with Jerry Feitelberg:
#1 Jerry baseball training camp is underway some of the players have expressed safety concerns.
#2 The San Francisco Giants received test results from July 4th that showed all players are negative for the virus on Tuesday. Two unnamed Giants personnel were reported to be positive from results they received on Monday. Tests like these has everybody keeping their fingers crossed in a sports that is played almost everyday.
#3 If things go wrong in baseball does the blames squarely rest on a White House that has encouraged opening up and in some cases no social distancing in a country now that is exploding in the virus? In the matter of the recent spike does the buck stop there?
#4 How concerned are you about the Utah lab that baseball uses. Over the Fourth of July weekend test results were hung up in Oakland the A’s test results from Friday were still at the Coliseum on Sunday that needed to be in Utah. Has baseball since last weekend straightened out this problem?
#5 The Giants open on the road in Los Angeles and play four of their first six series on the road. How do you look at this as big trouble for the team or they’ll be road tested and come out if it just fine?
Jerry Feitelberg does Headline Sports every other Saturday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com
The A’s 26th overall draft pick Tyler Soderstrom who can hit for average and has been said to be the A’s future catcher (spokeo.com/search-free file photo)
On Headline Sports with Jerry F:
#1 The Oakland A’s assistant general manager Billy Owens was proud assistant GM on Monday when the A’s announced that they signed catcher Tyler Soderstrom to a $3.3 million signing bonus and will be in training camp for the A’s.
#2 Soderstrom 18, was the A’s 26th overall pick and will be in camp this week. The A’s minor league starting pitcher Daulton Jefferies said he was taught by Soderstrom’s father Steve since age 9. Steve who played with the Royals and Rangers said Soderstrom is going to come into his own and could be a big help for the A’s.
#3 Soderstrom hit .450 hit for four home runs, 1.340 OPS, in 28 contests, Soderstrom hit an impressive .373 in 82 games at Turlock High School.
#4 With the Covid 19 pandemic spiking four MLB players former SF Giant Mike Leake, the Washington Nationals Joe Ross and Ryan Zimmerman, and the Colorado Rockies Ian Desmond have decided to sit out the 60 game 2020 season out of caution.
#5 Oakland A’s team president David Kaval said he objected to a letter that was written by the Sierra Club stating that the A’s motivation and plans for building at Howard Terminal were solely based on taking “shortcuts and exemptions from environmental laws to avoid strict remediation on the land to meet a residential standard, which could seriously harm environmental and public health.”
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Comerica.ticketoffice.org file photo: Comerica Park in Detroit will be welcoming back the Detroit Tigers as workouts start June 26th and the regular season begins July 3rd
On Headlines pod with Jerry F:
#1 The Detroit Tigers were wasting no time as they will open up Comerica Park in Detroit to players and staff, no media and fans were allowed access on Wednesday July 1st. It was spring training take two as Tigers general manager Al Avila is bringing the team back from Lakeland Fla.
#2 The Alameda County Health Care Services said on Monday that the Oakland Coliseum is ready for use and the A’s will be bringing the show back to Oakland but with no fans in the park.
#3 In a statement from the A’s HCSA director Colleen Chawla “We are pleased to share that the A’s may resume operations and on-field practice as of June 26, 2020, and games without spectators may commence after July 3, 2020.”
#4 Although the Tigers and A’s are ready to throw around the old horse hide there is another side of caution at hand with the Colorado Rockies Charlie Blackmon and other Rockie players coming up positive for Corona also Philadelphia Phillies staff members and players also came up positive. Three teams have closed their training facilities the Toronto Blue Jays, San Francisco Giants and Phillies.
#5 MLB is developing safety guidelines for staff, stadium personnel, players, coaches, managers, equipment and medical staff the basics, facemasks, six feet apart, and lots of handwashing.
Jerry joins us each Thursday for Headlines podcasts at http://www.sportsradioservice.com
Baseball America file photo: MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred (left) and MLB Players Representative Tony Clark (right) in 2017 at the World Baseball Classic sat down on Wednesday to discuss starting the MLB season in July sources report there is progress
On Headlines with Jerry F:
#1 Jerry Dr. Anthony Fauci said that baseball should wrap up it’s playoff season meaning the World Series by the end of September to avoid the coming second wave in the cold months.
#2 Dr. Fauci in an interview with the Los Angeles Times said he would end the season in September during the core summer months and avoid the cold months of October when temps can get down to the low 30s in some parts of the US and the flu season is back. Fauci felt the fall is the most vulnerable time for Covid-19.
#3 Baseball is at the tipping point and negotiations between the MLB players union and MLB are starting to show progress according to reports on Wednesday between the two sides. As MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred and Union Chief Tony Clark said one on one to iron out roadblocks to get the season started.
#4 One of those roadblocks is prorated play. The owners last offer a 70 plus game schedule at reduced pay for the players that was rejected by the union. In talks with Manfred and Clark on Wednesday the l proposal salaries will be at the full prorated pay and a 60 game schedule starting July 19th. Sources say they had a serious talk about expanded post season play.
#5 Clark and Manfred know there is really not much choice don’t play you already have a dwindling fan base you could lose more than 50% of your fans or play July through September and try to win more fans over. Choosing to play is really the only choice now.
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Arizona State University’s Spencer Torkelson is the center of attention as he’s MLB’s overall number one draft pick headed to Detroit (photo file from ASU Athletics)
On Headlines with Jerry F:
#1 The MLB Players Association has proposed an 89 game schedule with the players getting paid full prorated salaries. The season would begin on July 11th and the World Series would be completed on October 11th weather permitting.
#2 The owners last proposal called for a 76 game schedule with the players taking another pay cut on top of their prorated salaries. How the owners will see the players latest proposal is yet to be seen but one thing for sure they don’t want to pay anymore than the have to.
#3 In the baseball draft the top ticket is Spencer Torkelson who played for the ASU Sun Devils is the number one overall pick and joins the Detroit Tigers. The Tigers wasted no time selecting Torkelson whose expected to add punch to the Tigers line up for the future.
#4 Torkelson says he studied Barry Bonds style of hitting, he hit .337 with a .463 on base percentage. His ASU career home run total of 54 home runs puts him two behind Bob Horner who played for the Atlanta Braves and Japanese baseball.
#5 Turning to the NFL, the San Francisco 49ers Richard Sherman has been very vocal about events surrounding the George Floyd killing and has said that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodall apologizing to the league’s players for taking a knee was acceptable but the next step is to get former 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick a job in the NFL protect players from being punished for taking a knee during the national anthem going forward.
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Lee Grosscup who quarterbacked for Utah and was a color analyst with play by play announcer Joe Starkey for Oakland Invader games 1983-1985 and the Cal Bears from 1986 to 2004 passed away on Monday (photo Kelly L Cox KLC photos)
On Headline podcast with Jerry F:
#1 Jerry talk about former Cal Bears color announcer Lee Grosscup who called games with play by play announcer Joe Starkey. Joe said that “the Cupper” was always prepared and had all his notes down in his head and put on a fantastic broadcast game after game.
#2 Grosscup and Starkey worked Cal broadcasts from 1986 to 2004 and was a post game analyst from 2005 to 2018 and retired and came out of retirement and contributed to Bears broadcasts last season.
#3 A lot of people didn’t know this but Grosscup and Starkey both called Oakland Invaders of the USFL games on KGO Newtalk 810 during the 1983 to 1985 seasons and they had great ratings for the games until the league started to fold in 1986.
#4 He was chosen number 50 as one of the NBA’s greatest players in history, won a NBA title with the Washington Bullets in 1978 and remembered for his brawl with Golden State Warriors coach Al Attles in the 1974-75 NBA Championship game, Wes Unseld one of the NBA greats passed away at age 74.
#5 Jerry under the NBA’s 22 team playoff format the oddsmakers have the Boston Celtics as the best chance to win it all. The Celts are loaded with players such as Jason Tatum (ppg 23.6), Kemba Walker (ppg 21.2), Jaylen Brown (ppg 20.4 )and Gordon Hayward (17.3 ppg).
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