Oakland A’s podcast with Jerry Feitelberg: A’s Bassitt and Olson make appearances during All Star game

Oakland A’s pitcher Chris Bassitt seen here pitching in the first inning against the Texas Rangers on Sun Jul 11, 2021 in Arlington the day before the All Star break. Bassitt pitched for an inning on Tue Jul 13, 2021 against the National League All Stars in Denver (AP file photo)

On the Oakland A’s podcast with Jerry F:

#1 Before we get started with the A’s podcast Jerry do you think that ESPN’s Stephen A Smith has lost credibility with his audience or will has apology regarding his remarks that Los Angeles Angels designated hitter and pitcher Shohei Ohtani can’t speak English and his needing an interpreter is ruining baseball.

#2 American League and Oakland A’s pitcher Chris Bassitt pitched an inning, one hit, and two walks, one strikeout talk about Bassitt’s outing against the National League.

#3 Matt Olson whose been hitting home runs was 0-1 striking out twice playing first base for the American League Olson was eliminated in the first round

#4 Oakland A’s president Dave Kaval acknowledged that the City of Oakland City Council needs to pass the vote for Howard Terminal or the A’s are leaving Oakland for good. The A’s and the City are half a billion dollars apart on infrastructure costs so much so that Kaval is prepared to take a flight to Las Vegas the day after the July 20th vote to explore relocating the A’s to Vegas.

#5 Jerry just to get your impressions on the kind of second half the A’s are expected to have.

Join Jerry for the A’s podcasts each Thursday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

American League brings the pitch and the pop to Denver in All-Star Game win

By Morris Phillips

DENVER–Vladimir Guerrero didn’t get the start in his first All-Star Game at Fenway Park in 1999. And he didn’t do much: Guerrero–facing Texas’ Jeff Zimmerman–saw three pitches and grounded out to end the seventh inning. The Hall of Famer was 24 years old in 1999, and he would make eight more All-Star appearances, turning the game into his own personal showcase on more than one occasion.

Guerrero’s son, Vladimir Jr. might not be that impressed.

The 22-year old Vlad Jr. shocked the sold out Coors Field crowd on Tuesday by hitting the third All-Star pitch he saw 468 feet to get the American League headed in the right direction in their 5-2 win. Guerrero Jr. was named the starter at first base, and in the fifth inning struck again, driving in a run on a ground out to put the AL up 3-0.

Oh, and did we mention the reaction of Fernando Tatis Jr. to Guerrero’s blast, his jaw dropped and unable to turn and look as the blast headed into the left field bleachers. These days, television replays tell the whole story: Guerrero’s homer was the 200th of All-Star Game history and it left the diamond traveling well over 100 mph. Thus Tatis’ reaction.

The victory was the American League’s eighth consecutive in the series, and 15th of the last 18 meetings. How is that dominance demonstrated? Future NL rosters with the numbers expanded for the All-Star occasion will have no players that have beaten the AL on the All-Star stage. Quite staggering.

Xander Bogaerts of the Red Sox added an RBI single in the fifth, and Tampa Bay catcher Mike Zunino homered in the sixth to cap the American League scoring. The National League got a home run from J.T. Realmuto in the fifth, and Manny Machado scored on a past ball in the sixth.

Shohei Ohtani was the AL starting pitcher in an unmatched feat of pitching and batting leadoff at the All-Star level. He pitched just one inning, not allowing a hit, and eight AL relievers each handled an inning of work after Ohtani’s exit.

Bogaerts was the only batter to get a pair of hits, and Corbin Burnes of the Brewers was the only pitcher to throw two innings. Burnes allowed the home run to Guererro.

Locally, Brandon Crawford and Matt Olson saw action, but didn’t factor in the game’s outcome. Crawford had one at-bat, and Olson two, but neither slugger got a hit.

All-Star Game post game wrap: Ohtani main event as AL defeats NL 5-2

The American League’s lead off hitter Shohei Ohtani takes a cut for a ground out against the National League’s pitcher Max Scherzer in the first inning action at Coors Field in Denver at the 2021 All Star Game (AP News photo)

By Morris Phillips

DENVER–Vladimir Guerrero Jr and Shohei Ohtani were two of the top feature in Tuesday night’s All Star Game at Coors Field in Denver. Ohtani who was the lead off hitter for the American League also pitched two innings of shoutout ball to start off the game.

In the top of the third inning Guerrero hit a deep drive 468 feet for two RBIs at games end Ohtani had picked up the game victory with a 5-2 win over the National League All Stars. Guerrero was elected the MVP and was the youngest player to receive the All Star Game MVP Award in baseball history.

In the top of the second the Toronto Blue Jays Marcus Semien hit into a ground out for an RBI that gave the AL the lead. Guerrero hit a ground out that gave the AL two more runs. The Red Sox Xavier Bogaerts knocked in another run with an RBI single.

The Philadelphia Phillies TJ Realmuto hit a home run in the bottom of the fifth for the National League for the NL’s first run of the night. The AL struck back when the Tampa Bay Rays Mike Zunino hit a home run in the top of the sixth and in the bottom of the sixth the NL added one more run on a passed ball.

The win by the AL is their eighth straight All Star Game victory the win is the second longest winning streak in All Star history. The all time All Star winning streak is held by the National League at 11 straight from 1972-1982.

Morris is a San Francisco Giants beat writer and does the Giants podcasts each Monday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary with Jeremiah Salmonson: Stephen A. Smith’s Ohtani can’t speak English comments weighing heavy; Olson and Bassitt representing A’s

ESPN’s Stephen A Smith apologized for saying that Los Angeles Angels designated hitter and pitcher Shohei Ohtani shouldn’t be the face of Major League Baseball that he’s a foreign player, can’t speak English and he’s contributing to harming the game (USA Today file photo)

Jeremiah filled in for That’s Amaury podcast this week:

#1 Jeremiah, please tell us your thoughts on New York Mets Pete Alfonso winning the home run derby two years in a row and the Oakland A’s Matt Olson participating in the derby as well.

#2 ESPN’s Stephen A Smith sure hit a nerve when he said that the Los Angeles Angeles Shohei Ohtani shouldn’t be the face of Major League Baseball, that he’s foreign player, can’t speak English, and he’s contributing to harming the game. Smith issued an apology for his comments on Tuesday.

#3 All Star game tonight in Denver A’s representatives first pitcher Chris Bassitt (9-3 ERA 3.28) is looking forward to participating in the mid summer classic particularly after having a fine first half.

#4 Matt Olson .282, 88 hits, 23 homers and 59 RBIs he’s seeing the ball well needless to say and participated in the home run derby on Monday night.

#5 The A’s first round draft pick Max Muncy 18 is hoping to be their future shortstop. Muncy no relation to the LA Dodger Max Muncy who was drafted fifth by the A’s in 2012 and shares the same birth date with the Dodger Muncy on Aug 25th.

#5 Jeremiah, the All Star game is tonight in Denver many a player who is there worked hard to get this far in the first half of the season who are the All Stars that we’ll see tonight that impressed you most?

Jeremiah Salmonson filled in for Amaury who is on La Mejor Musica on the Oakland A’s flagship station 1010 KIQI LeGrande San Francisco and look for his News and Commentary at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Oakland A’s Mid-Season analysis for first half 2021 season

American League slugger Matt Olson representing the Oakland A’s watches the flight of the ball he hit during the first round of the Home Run Derby at Coors Field on Mon Jul 12, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Jerry Feitelberg

The Oakland A’s are off for the next four days as MLB holds its annual All-star game festivities this week. Monday night’s activities include the annual Home Run Derby. A’s first baseman, Matt Olson, will compete against seven other sluggers for the crown.

He will have to beat the likes of Shohei Ohtani, who leads MLB with 33 dingers, Toronto’s Vladimir Guerrero, Jr, and San Diego’s Fernando Tatis. It will not be easy, but the contest will be fun. The A’s best pitcher, Chris Bassitt, will also be in Denver as part of the American League’s pitching staff.

The rest of the A’s will be at home getting a well-deserved four-day rest. The baseball season, as fans know, is a grueling, grinding marathon for six months. There are not very many off-days throughout the season. The four days give the players to rest their weary bodies.

The A’s season did not start well. They lost the first six games of the season. Fans were concerned the team would not be able to overcome the poor start. A’s manager, Bob Melvin, would have liked the team to get off to a fast start, but that didn’t happen.

What made matters worse was the first four losses were to their main division rivals, the Houston Astros. The A’s then lost two more games to the LA Dodgers.

Things improved when they beat the Dodgers for their first win. The A’s got back on track with an amazing 13-game winning streak. The A’s were able to continue to play winning baseball. They found themselves in first place in the AL Western Division.

After the first 70 games of the year, they owned a two-game advantage over the Astros. However, they were 8-13 since then and now trail the Astros by three and 1/2 games. Their problems started when they went on a 4-6 on a ten-game road trip to New York, Dallas, and San Francisco.

They came home to face the Rangers and the Red Sox for a short six-game homestand. They went 2-4. They placed the next six games on the road against the Astros and Rangers. Houston took two out three and owned a 9-4 record against Oakland with six games left to play late in the season.

The A’s lost the first game of the three-game set to the Rangers last Friday night. They outlasted the Rangers 8-4 in eleven innings on Saturday and beat Texas 4-1 on Sunday to finish with a 50-42 record.

What are the takeaways for the season? At this point, the A’s have to be very pleased with the pitching staff’s performance. Chris Bassitt has been their ace. Bassitt has a record of 1-2 with an ERA of 3.28. He has gone seven innings in several of his last ten starts and leads the A’s with 118 pitched.

Being able to go seven innings has allowed the A’s to keep the bullpen fresh. Sean Manaea has pitched well. The Big lefty’s record is 6-6 and has an ERA of 3.19. Frankie Montas is 8-7, and his ERA is 4.41. Montas has pitched, but a couple of rocky starts has pushed his ERA to over four runs per game.

Lefty Cole Irvin has been a pleasant surprise. Irvin is 6-8 with an ERA of 3.65. The A’s hitters failed to give him support in some of the games that he lost. Righty James Kaprielian has been another find. The big righty who pitched his collegiate ball at UCLA is 4-3 with an ERA of 2.90. Kaprielian came to Oakland in the trade that sent Sonny Gray to New York in 2017.

Kaprielian was sidelined with injuries, and he is now showing the A’s why the Yankees made him a number one draft pick several years ago.

Bob Melvin has to be pleased with the A’s bullpen’s performance. The A’s lost their All-Star closer, Liam Hendriks, to free agency last winter. They signed Trevor Rosenthal to a one-year $11 million contract to replace Hendriks. Rosenthal injured his shoulder in spring training and, hopefully, will return in August. Bob Melvin decided to use lefty Jake Diekman and righty Lou Trivino as the closer.

Diekman had a wonderful 2020 season. He was lights out. Not so much this season. He still has done well and has recorded seven saves. Lou Trivino, a sensation in 2018, struggled the last two seasons. Trivino worked to improve, and Sweet Lou has responded to the challenge. Trivino has 14 saves and an ERA of 1.84 for Oakland. Yusmeiro Petit has been good again. J.B. Wendelken, Deolis Guerra, Sergio Romo all have come through for Oakland.

The A’s offense has been a work in progress. The A’s lineup on Sunday had just two players hitting over .250. Matt Olson leads the A’s with a .282 batting average with 23 home runs and 59 RBIs. Jed Lowrie was second on the team with a .263 average.

Lowrie, who hadn’t played in the last two years as a New York Met, returned to Oakland the third time. Jed can still swing the bat. Ramon Laureano and Tony Kemp are hitting about .240. Laureano has some pop in his bat with 13 dingers and 31 RBIs.

Kemp was hitting about.280 a couple of weeks ago, but his bat went cold. Sean Murphy and Matt Chapman are at the .220 mark. Murphy homered in the last two games against Texas.

Chapman missed the last part of last season with a hip injury. He had surgery. Matt struggled early in the season. He has been doing better lately. Elvis Andrus arrived via a trade with the Rangers. The A’s needed to replace Marcus Semien, who left to play second base with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Semien is having a terrific season and made the All-Star team. Andrus struggled early in the season. He has been hitting well the last six weeks, and his average is about .238. Mitch Moreland is currently on the 10-day IL. It is the second time this season for Moreland.

The A’s need his bat back in the lineup. Stephen Piscotty’s average is slightly above the Mendoza line. Piscotty has been injured a couple of times and has not returned to the player that he can be. He did have a huge pinch-hit home run to help win the game last Saturday against Texas.

Billy Beane and David Forst will have to make some decisions regarding the team before the July 30th trade deadline. Rumors are floating around that they are interested in acquiring slugger Nelson Cruz from the Minnesota Twins to fill the DH slot.

Another possibility is trading for Texas Rangers’ outfielder Joey Gallo. Gallo has one year of arbitration left and will be a free agent after the 2022 season. The Rangers are paying him 6.2 million dollars. The A’s could handle his salary easily.

Those two big bats would put a lot more power into the A’s lineup. Right now, the only consistent power hitter in the A’s lineup is Matt Olson. The A’s may also be looking to acquire help either for the starting rotation or the bullpen.

The A’s want to win the division. If the season ended today, the A’s would be the second Wild Card. They would have to travel to St. Petersburg to face the Tampa Bay Rays.

The A’s hitters need to improve if they want to make the playoffs and win the pennant. Right now, the team has not been able to hit with men in scoring position.

The team, as a whole, strikes out too much. They need to put the bat on the ball. In the past few years, the A’s have played better in the second half of the season. Let’s hope the A’s will do well. The fans in the Bay Area would love to see another World Series between the A’s and the San Francisco Giants. It could happen.

Jerry Feitelberg covers Oakland A’s road games for the 2021 season for http://www.sportsradioservice.com

San Francisco Giants podcast with Morris Phillips: Crawford and Gausman looking forward to All Star Game; Posey looking forward to resting thumb

San Francisco Giants catch Buster Posey leaves the field after getting hit in the thumb against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the bottom of the sixth at Chase Field in Phoenix (AP file photo)

On the Giants podcast with Morris:

#1 Catcher Buster Posey’s thumb has landed him on the ten day Injured List he’ll take the All Star break and then some the timing of the All Star break couldn’t have come at a better time.

#2 Posey is one of the notable players at the All Star game hitting a first half, .328, 12 homers, 28 RBIs in 58 games a decent first half.

#3 Posey was all set to go to the All Star game in Denver but said the thumb injury won’t allow him to hit or catch and his kids who were coming on the trip were disappointed.

#4 San Francisco starting pitcher Kevin Gausman has had a terrific first half (9-3 ERA 1.73) he’s also had a successful number of strikeouts at 124.

#5 Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford has had a great first half with the bat and glove hitting .282, 48 runs, 74 hits and 18 home runs.

Join Morris for the Giants podcasts Mondays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Oakland A’s podcast with Barbara Mason: All Star picks Oakland gets no love; Bassitt lone representative of second place team

Oakland A’s pitcher Chris Bassitt seen pitching against the Texas Rangers on Wed Jun 30, 2021 will be the A’s lone representative at the 2021 All Star Game in Denver on Tue Jul 13, 2021 (AP file photo)

On the A’s podcast with Barbara:

#1 If your Oakland A’s pitcher Chris Bassitt (10-2 ERA 3.28) you had to work you tail off to get some attention in order to be selected by Tampa Bay and American League manager Kevin Cash as Bassitt is the lone A’s representative at the All Star game.

#2 Bassitt has had such a outstanding year losing only two games and winning ten he’s had some strong outings this season.

#3 Although he’s has a 3.28 ERA in the last seven games he’s got a 12.46 ERA so his earned run production has been elevated a little.

#4 In Bassitt’s last loss turned out to be against the Houston Astros 9-6 on Tue Jul 6th at Minute Maid Field. Bassitt doesn’t want to have a second half where his ERA get too inflated.

#5 Oakland A’s slugger Matt Olson will be representing the A’s in the home run derby on Monday. Olson is hitting .282, 23 home runs and 59 RBIs it should be a competitive contest for Olson.

Join Barbara for the A’s podcasts each Monday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

MLB All Star Game Report: Housekeepers’ sharp eyes stop sharpshooters in Denver hotel

A vehicle in front of the Maven Hotel located just a block away from Coors Field home of the 2021 All Star Game where thousands were to attend the mid summer classic Monday and Tuesday. Police seized a huge amount of weapons and ammo on the eighth floor of the hotel on Friday Jul 9, 2021 arresting four suspects (AP News photo Denver)

By Morris Phillips

DENVER–Thanks to a housekeeper working at a nearby hotel near Coors Field in downtown Denver just a block from Coors Field home of the 2021 All Star game four suspects were arrested after the housekeeper spotted ammunition, dozens of long arm rifles, dozens of weapons and thousands of rounds in one of two rooms where suspects were staying.

The tip from the housekeeper might have save thousands of lives of fans, workers, employees and baseball personnel from injury or death. The housekeeper made the discovery at the Maven hotel on the eighth floor on Friday while doing cleaning duties. For some a flashback to what happened at the Las Vegas hotel that took place at the Mandalay Bay Hotel on the 32nd floor on October 1, 2017 which killed 60 when suspect Stephen Paddock took shots from that floor. Paddock later killed himself inside the hotel room.

It’s mind boggling to think how many lives that housekeeper could have saved after making such a discovery. Denver police removed 16 long guns, body armor, and thousands of rounds of bullets. Major League Baseball moved the All Star game from Atlanta to Denver because of voter suppression laws that were passed in Georgia which restricted voters particularly minorities and people of color’s access to vote in Georgia and that was questioned as a motivating factor for the suspects. Police noted however that one of the suspects had posted a message on Facebook that he was recently divorced and said on his page that he wanted to go out in a big way.

Police are still investigating what the actual intent of the suspects were. It was reported that one of the suspects had a child, a long criminal history, and worked construction. The suspects rooms were located on the eighth floor at the Maven Hotel. The Maven was closed as police combed through the hotel and it was reported by a witness that he saw a car being put on a flatbed. Police concluded there is no further threat to the public.

Morris Phillips is a San Francisco Giants beat writer and is covering the 2021 All Star Game in Denver for http://www.sportsradioservice.com

MLB All Star Game podcast with Larry Crino: Bauer looks like he’s done; Was MLB right for moving All Star Game to Denver

2021 MLB All Star Logo hangs at Coors Field in Denver as the mid season classic will be played on Tue Jul 13, 2021 (AP News photo)

MLB podcast with Larry:

#1 The Trevor Bauer situation hangs over the All Star Game as his administration leave extends through July 15th. Bauer could very well be done with baseball.

#1 Larry were on the eve of the MLB All Star Game the stage is set to see some of the best players in the game at the Home Run Derby on Monday and then the game itself on Tuesday night.

#2 Larry how important how big of a statement did baseball send when it moved the game out of the state of Georgia because of voter suppression laws. Georgia Governor Brian Kemp said that the laws to vote were made easier baseball sees that another way.

#3 Just to mention among some of the issues baseball had with the changing of the voting laws in Georgia, allowing less people less time to order request absentee ballots, making it illegal for election officials to mail out absentee ballots to all voters, drop boxes will be almost non existent, baseball saw that this impacted minority voters and had to move the game out of Atlanta.

#4 Larry I’ll just name some of the players who are participating in the Home Run Derby you can give us your analysis on those players and more: Shohei Ohtani Angels, Pete Alsonso Mets, Trey Mancini Orioles, Salvador Perez Royals, Matt Olson A’s, to name a few.

#5 Larry I’ll let you talk about the 2021 All Star players who will be featured in this year’s All Star Game in Denver on Tuesday night.

Larry Crino does the MLB podcasts each Saturday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

That’s Amaury News and Commentary: National Job Creators Network Suing MLB Say Commissioner is All Strikes and No Balls

Workers remove the MLB All Star Game sign back in April 6, 2021 after MLB pulled the mid summer classic from Trust Park in Atlanta and moved the game to Coors Field in Denver scheduled for July 2021 (AP News file photo)

National Job Creators Network Suing MLB: Say Commissioner is All Strikes and No Balls

That’s Amaury News and Commentary

By Amaury Pi-González

OAKLAND–Here in the Bay Area one of the main topics in the world of sports was the decision by Major League Baseball to the Oakland Athletics to start looking for another city in lieu of the impasse of the new Howard Terminal Ballpark. But there is another relocation battle going on in baseball right now.

More than 30 partners from the Nevada Chamber of Commerce to the National Restaurant Association and the Jobs Creation Network filed a lawsuit in Manhattan Federal Court this Tuesday. The national trade group founded by Home Depot founder Bernie Marcus, filed the lawsuit alleging that MLB decision to move the All Star Game from Atlanta to Denver, because of the new ID voting law in Georgia, has greatly hurt the business community who was hit very hard by the pandemic and was hoping to bounce back during the All Star Game.

Alfredo Ortíz, the President of Job Creators Network, a Hispanic, said that Rob Manfred, Commissioner of Baseball is “All Strikes and No Balls”. Ortiz, who is also a board member of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, noted that when it comes to identification, “Major League Baseball itself requests ID at will call ticket windows at Yankee Stadium in New York, Busch Stadium in St. Louis and at ballparks all across the country.”

Ken Blackwell, once Mayor of Cincinnati and Ohio secretary of state, a “mover and shaker” in Ohio politics, an African-American minority owner of the Cincinnati Reds said; “This action is not a surprise given the real damage that’s been done” and added “the Baseball Commissioner didn’t do his homework”.

The lawsuit will demand that MLB immediately moves the game back to Atlanta or pay damages to small businesses impacted by its decision. Spokesmen for the MLB and the players association had no comment. On April 6, Major League Baseball announced that Coors Field in Denver, Colorado, home of the Rockies, will play host to the 2021 All-Star Game after previously announcing that Georgia would not house the event.

Although it is unlikely at this late time (with just a month and a half for the ASG to take place) that the game will be moved back to Atlanta, this group of national business people hope to get a ruling in the Manhattan Federal Court where they will order MLB and the Players Association to pay damages to small businesses for the financial destruction they have caused.

The lawsuit will claim that Atlanta, Georgia like all the cities that get picked to host an All Star Game prepare for years, from the moment they get the rights to host the game and Atlanta (is not different) and has been preparing for the game for years prior to the event.

How early are cities picked by MLB to host and All Star Game? Here is an example: Philadelphia will host the 2026 All-Star Game as part of its celebration of the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence being signed. In 2020 for the first time since World War II an MLB All Star Game was postponed, due to the pandemic. It was to be held at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. The Dodgers are now on schedule to host the MLB Midsummer Classic next year, 2022.

Amaury Pi Gonzalez is the vice president of the Major League Baseball Hispanic Heritage Baseball Hall of Fame Museum and does News and Commentary at http://www.sportsradioservice.com