That’s Amaury’s Podcast, News and Commentary Part 2: Is the fixing up of the Coliseum a prelude to selling the A’s?; Kaval exploring Lake Merritt or Jack London Square for new A’s stadium

sfgate.com photo: Oakland A’s computer animation of A’s Jack London Square Waterfront ball park at the Howard Terminal is one plan for the A’s new stadium in downtown Oakland

On the podcast with Amaury Part two:

I’m a fan of A’s team president David Kaval not because I do the Oakland A’s Spanish broadcasts on radio. The man has a vision for his team he’s a young man he’s in his 40s. He married a lady from the Bay Area, he went to Stanford he’s a very smart person. He will reach his goal of building a new park for the A’s. He did the same thing for the MLS San Jose Earthquakes with Avaya Stadium he built a beautiful park for pro soccer.

Things are changing yes it’s like putting lip stick on a pig but we know that Kaval is trying. I remember when the San Francisco Giants former team managing partner Peter Magowan when he had the team move to AT&T Park . When Magowan first took over he did do a lot of team renovations to Candlestick Park when he and team president Larry Baer first took over the team in 1993. Kaval is taking action much in the same way making the park inviting for kids and families. Making it affordable with $15 seats on the third deck and for fans who want to see the A’s take batting practice letting them in early on Tuesday nights at 4:30PM. It’s going to be interesting to see how the A’s get their new park.

Amaury Pi Gonzalez is the Oakland A’s Spanish radio talent, the LA Angels Spanish TV talent and does News and Commentary at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

 

 

That’s Amaury’s Podcast, News and Commentary: There’s a lot of pain involved pitching for Oakland

Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Sean Manaea, left, and catcher Stephen Vogt talk after Manaea loaded the bases against the Seattle Mariners in the first inning of a baseball game, Monday, May 15, 2017, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

On That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary podcast with Amaury:

The Oakland A’s pitcher Sean Manaea left Monday night’s game in Seattle with more arm trouble that is also shared with a number of starters on the A’s rotation. A’s pitcher Sonny Gray just came back, Kendall Graveman had been on the DL and is back, Jharel Cotton who started for the club is in Triple A Nashville. The A’s have not been able to have a healthy rotation at all it’s been difficult to compete like this in the big leagues this year if you don’t have a healthy pitching staff.

Pitchers have been hurt and this is not only at the Oakland A’s but it’s an epidemic throughout Major League Baseball. If they’re not 100% their 98% at the very best. On Monday night it was a Mariners 6-5 one run win to open this three game series at Safeco Field. Manaea took the loss in that game and the A’s are in situation right now where the main thing right now is to get the pitchers healthy.

Amaury takes a look at the A’s pitching DL situation and their current series with the Mariners plus more of the latest in MLB on the podcast at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Amaury Pi Gonzalez is the LA Angels TV Spanish talent, the Oakland A’s Spanish radio talent, and does News and Commentary each week at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

 

 

That’s Amaury’s Podcast, News and Commentary: If Warriors want to go down in history as one of the greatest they have to start winning multiple championships

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant smiles as he sits on the bench in the second half during Game 4 of the NBA basketball second-round playoff series against the Utah Jazz Monday, May 8, 2017, in Salt Lake City. The Warriors completed a second-round sweep of the Utah Jazz with a 121-95 victory. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

On That’s Amaury’s Podcast (static for the first few minutes):

I never remember seeing a basketball team like the Warriors I used to be the Warriors play by play announcer and I covered the era where Michael Jordan, Scotty Pippin, Dennis Rodman, Steve Kerr and that legendary Bulls team was playing. Those Bulls teams won six titles, this Warriors team is a very, very good team but to compare them with those Bulls teams their going to have to win this year to get their second championship and win a few more after that.

They need to win this year or else they’ll go down in history as the team that was almost the greatest but just couldn’t win the title and more than likely they’ll be facing the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Finals who also just finished sweeping to advance to the next round. The Warriors are like a machine right now this team is better than they used to be because they have Kevin Durant a superstar. They have a great combination of stars and they seem to do everything right and they need to get the championship this year if they want to go down in history as the greatest franchise but right now those Chicago Bulls teams of the 90s have nothing to worry about.

Plus Amaury has discussions on the A’s and their miracle walk off comebacks

Amaury Pi Gonzalez is the Angels Spanish TV talent, the A’s Spanish radio talent, and does News and Commentary each week at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

 

 

 

That’s Amaury’s Podcast, News and Commentary: Giants get a turnaround to kick off May; It’s a Gray day for Oakland and that’s a great thing: Sonny Gray is back starts in Minnesota

San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Johnny Cueto celebrates as he gets out of the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Monday, May 1, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

On That’s Amaury’s Podcast, News, and Commentary:

LOS ANGELES–The Giants got by the Los Angeles Dodgers Monday night getting a jump start on the month of May after one their worst April’s in recent history with a one run 4-3 victory and getting past the pitcher in the National League Dodger starter Clayton Kershaw who dropped his record to 4-2 after coughing up a third inning homer to Giants hitter Buster Posey that put the Giants in front for the rest of the game. It was Posey’s second homer of the season.

The Minnesota Twins are a game over .500 host the Oakland A’s for the first of three games Tuesday night. The Twins are a game back in the American League Central behind Cleveland and Chicago. The Twins Miguel Sano is in the AL top ten and is the key show case in the Minnesota line up hitting a whopping .316, with 17 runs, 25 hits, and seven homers. The A’s Khris Davis is leading the AL with ten home runs and is fifth with 18 runs scored.

The A’s are happy to have starting pitcher Sonny Gray back making his first start of the regular season. Gray is coming off a lat injury he suffered in spring training and after much rehab in Nashville the A’s triple A system is feeling up to pitching back in the big leagues again. He struck out seven hitters for Nashville in his last outing for the Sounds. The A’s have also sent down outfielder Ryan LaMarre to Nashville and Rajai Davis who had been on the DL will rejoin the A’s in Minnesota to fill in for injured A’s pitcher Sean Manaea’s roster spot.

Amaury Pi Gonzalez does is the Angels Spanish TV talent, the A’s Spanish radio talent, and does News and Commentary each week at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

 

 

Breath of fresh air: Arroyo, Morse lead Giants to dramatic, 4-3 win over the Dodgers

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By Morris Phillips

When it comes to Giants-Dodgers baseball, the emotions are all over the place.  You don’t necesarilly need to track Michael Morse circling the bases, tounge wagging, hair swinging to know that.

Manager Dave Roberts was tight-lipped, but you could literally see the decisions replaying in his head after his Dodgers saw their 3-0 lead evaporate on Wednesday, and morph into a frustrating 4-3 loss to the Giants. Did Roberts lift starter Alex Wood too soon? Did Pedro Baez literally go from unhittable to just-got-hit that fast? Did Adrian Gonzalez make the right play on Nick Hundley’s difficult grounder that would load the bases ahead of Hunter Pence’s game-winning, sacrifice fly? And what of that pitch sequence to Pence that allowed the free-swinging slugger to escape 0-2 and get a pitch elevated?

Ten pitches, all above the belly button with pace.  To Pence?

“I don’t like to second-guess sequencing too much,” Roberts said, after noting the similarity in Ross Stripling’s two-strike offerings.

Roberts and Morse weren’t the only ones reacting to the game’s dramatic turn.

Sergio Romo wanted to be today’s news in his return to AT&T Park. But he wasn’t that after allowing Christian Arroyo’s first major league home run, and seeing his ERA jump to 10.57. Romo’s 80-mph slider unleashed the 21-year old’s big swing, a certain reminder why no one in the Giants’ organization was willing to entertain trade offers involving their top-tiered prospect.

Arroyo’s quick, powerful swat was reminiscent of 23-year old Buster Posey’s swing in 2010, when the Giants’ catcher deposited 18 balls beyond the fences in his first, full big league season.

While Morse’s game-tying shot in the eighth provided the game’s signature moment, Arroyo not-so-quietly made it possible with his shot in the seventh.

“We were down three. Now we’re down one.  We were just not doing anything against Wood,” manager Bruce Bochy admitted.

Dodgers’ starter Alex Wood didn’t allow a hit until Drew Stubbs led off with a single in the sixth. But Wednesday’s outing was Woods’ first one of any length since the end of spring training. Roberts approached it cautiously just as he did when Stripling flirted with a no-hitter a year earlier in similar circumstances.  So with a 3-0 cushion in the seventh, Roberts pulled the plug on Wood, looking to gain confidence in his reconfigured bullpen outside of reliable closer Kenley Jansen.  Roberts’ move didn’t work.

“The bullpen’s been great all year for us,” Wood said.  “It was a tough one for us tonight.”

How tough? Flamethrower Pedro Baez, summoned in the eighth, had not allowed a run in six, previous appearances. Morse, on the other hand, just returned to town for the first time as a Giant in three years.  Part of the club’s early season shakeup, Morse and Kelby Tomlinson were recalled from AAA Sacramento earlier in the day.

One pitch after Morse waved at Baez’ 95-mph heat, he sent one into the left field bleachers, setting off the slugger’s unbridled celebration.  You can’t make this stuff up: The game score on Wednesday was exactly the same before and after Morse’s shot as it was in the Giant’s 2014 NLCS clincher against St. Louis.

“It was cool and not only for me,” Morse said. “I think for the team, it was a really big moment.”

The Giants conclude their series with the Dodgers on Thursday at 1245p in a matchup of Matt Moore and 20-year old Julio Urias, making his season debut.

That’s Amaury’s Podcast, News and Commentary: A’s-Angels one run games keeping things interesting; Astros expected to be the top team in the A.L. West

Oakland Athletics’ Sonny Gray throws during a spring training baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Tuesday, March 7, 2017, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

By Amaury Pi Gonzalez

OAKLAND–Let’s see how the A’s can play as a cohesive unit because your competing in a very tough division you have the Astros with Jose Altuve and Carlos Carrea. The Astros who can do a lot of damage with players like George Springer, Nori Aoki, and Carlos Beltran. There are future MVPs on the Astros who have batting titles like Altuve who has two titles under his belt. Then you have the Texas Rangers that won the division and are loaded with talent.

For the A’s they aren’t expected to compete but they like to beat the underdog and right now their playing competitive baseball with the Angels through the first two games. There in a situation that one expects them to do much and the national media are expecting the A’s to be another last place team. The Angels have Albert Pujols and Mike Trout and look forward to break out year.

Amaury Pi Gonzalez is the Spanish Angels TV talent, the Spanish A’s radio talent, and does News and Commentary at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

  

That’s Amaury News and Commentary: Dave Kaval is the right man at the right time in A’s history

csnbayarea.com photo: Oakland A’s team president David Kaval

By Amaury Pi Gonzalez

OAKLAND– As a veteran working in baseball I have seen plenty. From the late mid to late 1970’s when Mr Charlie O Finley told me “Yes Amaury you can broadcast in Mexican”, until now. Obviously Charlie forgot it was Spanish. Mexican is not a language, is a nationality. Plus, even if Mexican was a language I would not understand it, since I was born in Cuba. But that is how I’ve got my start and I have been fortunate to see this franchise through the good and the bad years.It is called history.

A new era for Oakland Athletics baseball was launched when Mr Dave Kaval was introduced as new President of the Oakland Athletics. His primary mission is to build a new ballpark for the Athletics inside the Oakland city limits. He has admitted that is his main focus. The Athletics need a new park and a new look. Since he took the job as President, he has named the Oakland Coliseum Rickey Henderson Field, has renovated areas inside the Coliseum, make it much more fan-friendly, and then we have heard some of the great players of the A’s during the glory years of the team in the 1980’s like Dave Stewart, Jose Canseco getting involved, Dennis Eckersley is now a special assistant to Mr Kaval.

Why not retire Dagoberto(Campy)Campaneris #19? he was a great shortstop during the three-consecutive World Championship titles in 1972 to 1974. And when you have great and popular players like Yoenis Cespedes and Josh Donaldson(a few years back) you must keep them. It is part of the business of baseball, keeping your star players, and the fans involved with their local heroes.

“Rooted in Oakland”is a good way to start. Since they moved from Kansas City in 1968 they won four World Championships here, for those that are counting that is one more than the San Francisco Giants. Plus while in Philadelphia (where the A’s were born back in 1901) they won five more championships for a total of nine World Series titles, Yankees 27, Cardinals 11, Athletics 9. The New York Yankees have won 40 American League titles, the most in the league’s history, followed by the Philadelphia/Kansas City/Oakland Athletics(15) and the Boston Red Sox 13.

The history of this franchise is great.In the early years, the A’s established themselves as one of the dominant teams in the new league, winning the A.L. pennant six times (1902, 1905, 1910, 1911, 1913 and 1914), and winning the World Series in 1910, 1911 and 1913. They moved from Kansas City to Oakland in 1968 and four years later they started a dynasty, winning three consecutive World Series. Then came the Haas(Levi Strauss)ownership in the 1980’s, and they were one of the most dominant teams.

It seems to me that Mr Dave Kaval is the right man at the right time in history for this Athletics franchise. His approach as a populist (I might say)mingling with the fans and taking suggestions an affable executive with a vision for this franchise. And that is all good. Baseball is a game to be enjoyed by the fans, yes television and radio rights, merchandise and marketing are all good and part of the business, but no player like to play in an empty stadium.

There are four (4) locations the new President is looking at for the construction of a new stadium. Howard terminal, Lake Merritt, Jack London Square and the current Oakland Coliseum. When I first met and spoke with Mr Kaval was during the Oakland Athletics Fanfest(which by the way returned to Jack London Square this year)and my simple suggestion –this was many weeks before the Raiders announced their move to Las Vegas, was the Oakland Coliseum.

There are few baseball facilities in the country more accessible that the Oakland Coliseum., We have one of the Bay Area main arteries, Highway 880 to the West and BART to the East. The main problem is that there is not much of a village there, they need restaurants, theaters, more entertainment build around there. Why not blow the Coliseum and build a new park right there? 41.000 seats right there in the heart of the Bay Area. I am not opposed to the other three locations, but I believe the current location might be the best. Of course, during the construction there(at the Coliseum site) the A’s would have to play someplace else for a couple of seasons. That, as I see it is the biggest negative. While in the other locations they could begin building as the A’s still would play at the Coliseum, until is time to move to the new park.

Plus, I believe that if you build it right there at the Coliseum, there will be less opposition from environmentalist and other groups that will always opposed a sports facility.

All I have seen from the new Oakland Athletics President is positive and headed in the right direction. This franchise needed this and now I believe they are in good hands with Mr Dave Kaval. It won’t be easy to build a new ballpark, we who lived in the Bay Area most of our lives now that, this is not Kansas City or Cincinnati, but I trust that Mr Kaval will reach his objective.

 

That’s Amaury’s Podcast, News, and Commentary: City of Oakland and Mayor Schaaf will take a huge hit over loss of Raiders

USA Today photo: Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf who addressed the media and Oakland Raider Nation said that her heart aches for Raider Nation today

by Amaury Pi Gonzalez

OAKLAND–In a way it’s not a surprise for all of us who’ve been following this story as Oakland now loses it’s second major league team the Oakland Raiders. The Golden State Warriors are the first to leave and who will have a new arena built in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood and will be leaving Oakland in two years. The NFL voted today 31-1 to move the team from the city with the Miami the only vote dissenting. Today it’s official the Raiders are headed to Las Vegas this is something that Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf confirmed after she had raised $750 million in private money to save the team but Raiders owner Mark Davis and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said they are committed to Las Vegas. The Raiders and the NFL confirmed that the team’s last season in Oakland will be 2019.

Here is a statement that Schaaf  released to the media regarding the Raiders leaving Oakland:

” I am disappointed that the Raiders and the NFL chose Las Vegas over Oakland when we had a fully-financed, shovel-ready stadium project that would have kept the Raiders in Oakland where they were born and raised.”

“I am proud that we stood firm in refusing to use public money to subsidize stadium construction and that we did not capitulate to their unreasonable and unnecessary demand.

“As a lifelong Oaklander, my heart aches today for the Raider Nation. These are the most committed and passionate fans any city or team could hope to have. They deserved better.”

Amaury Pi Gonzalez is the Oakland A’s Spanish radio talent, the LA Angels Spanish TV talent, and does News and Commentary each week at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

 

That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary: USA…USA…USA…Americans go all the way in the World Baseball Classic

The U.S. team celebrates an 8-0 win over Puerto Rico in the final of the World Baseball Classic in Los Angeles, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

by Amaury Pi Gonzalez

LOS ANGELES–Marcus Stroman pitched one of his better games at any level, dominating Puerto Rico to give that small but traditional in baseball island it’s first defeat of the 2017 tournament by a solid score of 8-0. Stroman, whose mother is Puerto Rican, could have chosen to play for that team, but the Toronto Blue Jays starter chose to play for the USA. Stroman claimed that his mother was harassed over social media for his decision.

Why was it so important for the American team to win it’s first World Baseball Classic tournament? Among the reasons is that the WBC is a son of Major League Baseball, under Fred Manfred, Commissioner with the mission to spread baseball to as many countries as possible. Baseball, unlike Soccer (Fútbol )is an American sport. For the American public to get involved in anything it has to be a winner, it is represents the country, even more. The WBC is still a young tournament. It began in 2006 with Japan taking the title, then in 2009, Japan won it again, Dominican Republic took it in 2013, and now come the Americans this year 2017.

The World Baseball Classic will never be like the World Cup of Fútbol/Soccer, simply that sport is played by most of the world. The WBC is trying to emulate the World Cup of Soccer in it;s presentation, the television music, with the International flavor, all the colors in the world and all the hoopla. Americans were not really interested in this classic, but now they have won it for the first time. Like colorful General Patton once said: “Americans play to win at all times”, or President Donald J. Trump during the campaign: “We do not win anymore”. It is part of the American attitude to win, and in baseball which is still considered by most historians as “America’s pastime”it is even more important.

Over 51,000 crowded Dodger Stadium for the final game of the 2017 World Baseball Classic. The United States of America dominated Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico had been discussed as a potential 51st state of the USA In a 2012 status referendum a majority of voters, 54%, expressed dissatisfaction with the current political relationship) of course this victory has nothing do to regarding politics between both countries but when it comes to bragging rights for both sides is a big deal.

This tournament had many controversies, some on the field, by strange decisions, others pout of the filed like when Yadier Molina and other players complained of lack of security while playing in Mexico, where some of the Puerto Rico’s player’s families were not really protected. The WBC still young but it needs to learn that when you play any sport around the world, things are different, than when you play here in the homeland.

Congratulations to manager Jim Leyland, a very emotional USA manager who said after the game this was for all in the US but mostly for those serving the country, Marcus Stroman won the MVP of the tournament, but Adam Jones, Eric Hosmer or Brandon Crawford also played to win it, as well as the rest of the American team. Both teams Puerto Rico and the United States showed a lot of good sportsmanship as they shook hands and hugged each other after the game ended, and now most of them are on the way to their respective teams in Spring Training in Arizona and Florida.

Amaury Pi Gonzalez is the LA Angels Spanish TV talent, the Oakland A’s Spanish radio talent, and does News and Commentary at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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That’s Amaury’s Podcast, News and Commentary: A’s spring training camp at Mesa and the players are gearing up for the season

SCOTTSDALE, AZ – MARCH 07: Oakland Athletics first baseman Yonder Alonso (17) and Oakland Athletics right fielder Matt Joyce (23) make their way to the dugout before the spring training baseball game between the Oakland Athletics and the Arizona Diamondbacks on March 7, 2017 at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, Arizona.(Photo by Kevin Abele/Icon Sportswire) (Icon Sportswire via AP Images)

by Amaury Pi Gonzalez

MESA AZ–There is no better sight than to walk into the ball park after the winter off and to see the players stretch and prepare for their next exhibition game at Hohokam Park the spring home of the Oakland A’s. A’s manager Bob Melvin will be my pre game guest for today’s column later on, it’s a wonderful, wonderful time at spring training in March. I’ve been to a couple of games the Angels and A’s and the sold out Cubs and Angels which was played a couple days ago that game was played at Diablo Stadium in Tempe it was a sold out crowd.

Wednesday I’m going to see the Angels and Giants at Scottsdale and every place you go for spring training and I’ve been coming here for over 30 years. Every place you go now you can expect a sell out crowd. It’s pretty amazing what Major League Baseball has been able to do here in the Phoenix area when you have half of the teams training here it’s just a wonderful experience.

Amaury Pi Gonzalez is the Oakland A’s Spanish radio voice, the Los Angeles Angels Spanish TV voice, and does News and Commentary each week at http://www.sportsradioservice.com