Headline Sports podcast with Daniel Dullum: Fox’s broadcaster turns down offer to voice over porn flicks; Garrison off ventilator and on the mend; plus more

Fox Sports broadcaster Joe Buck was offered voice over work to narrate porn movies for $1 million which he turned down (file photo from New York Post)

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

Coronavirus concerns:

1 MLB: A’s minor league manager Webster Garrison off ventilator in fight with Coronavirus; new details released about Roy Halladay plane crash

2 NHL focused on flexibility as Dr. Fauchi sets parameters for return of sports

3 NFL: ESPN. NFL Network prepare for challenges of remote draft telecast

4 NBA: Adam Silver says league not in a position to make decisions on return; NBA and Players Association agree to 25 percent salary cuts starting May 15

5 RIP Bobby Winkles, College HOF coach, former A’s manager

6 Joe Buck turns down $1 million offer to narrate porn flicks

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

That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary: The Baseball Situation

Dr. Anthony Fauci said MLB and sports needs to take a very cautious approach to re-opening the season that players, working personnel, and family do not infect each other. (file photo from minnpost.com)

The Baseball Situation

That’s Amaury News and Commentary

By Amaury Pi-González

Even if there is a 2020 season,under the most recent plan by Major League Baseball of some kind of a season with 15 teams in Arizona and 15 in Florida playing with no fans in attendance,all the powers-to-be at this time do not seem to agree on issues pertaining to a season. MLB, the owners,the players.

Why owners are hesitant to start the season? Teams have already lost money, no ticket sales,no sales of parking lot spaces, no sales of souvenirs, food, suite rentals,the advertising (signage) inside the stadiums. If season is shortened, players would get paid portion(pro-rated)per their contracts. However they will not receive their full salaries if the season takes place with the regular 162 game schedule, something that is very unlikely at this time.

Because we are in unprecedented situation,these issues are very fluid. MLB is listening not only to politicians who have the power to declare stay at home policies and all the other stuff that we by now have become accustomed to, for the first time in our lives, but also most of these decisions are under the guidance of the medical experts. For example,this is what renown Dr.Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases believes has to be done: “Nobody comes to the stadium. Put (the players) in big hotels, test them every week, and keep them very well under surveillance. Make sure they don’t wind up infecting each other or their families and let them play the season out.”

Some players might not want to take their families to Arizona or Florida.Two of the higher profile players,both from Los Angeles area teams, Mike Trout of the LA Angels and Clayton Kershaw of the LA Dodgers already objected to the long time separation from their families.

According to Major League Baseball the original March agreement did not protect clubs in the event games were played in empty ballparks.The union says salary issues were clearly covered. The main trust of the issue by owners (as it seems) is that nobody ever anticipated playing games in empty ballparks.

Millions of people are currently unemployed,some might never get their jobs back. Across the country thousands of businesses are trying to survive,some might, some might not,they are racing for loans and grants from the government.

In the best scenario,suppose teams go back and play May and June in Florida and Arizona with no fans and then if the situation greatly improves they return to their respective cities across the country and let the fans in. But how about the fans? Going to the park,if you do not have a job baseball is not going to be a priority anyway, it is a luxury.

A unique and different challenge to all the people in the business of baseball who has never been in this situation, but the country also has never been in this situation. According to a report by Forbes,  Major League Baseball grossed a record $10.7 billion in revenue for the 2019 Season an increase from the $10.3 billion the prior year

So I leave it to your imagination. At the end this might be too big to solve, for the National Pastime at least for 2020.

Join Amaury Pi Gonzalez for News and Commentary each week at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary: Sports in Limbo

Amaury Pi Gonzalez (left) and Manolo Hernandez-Douen Spanish play by play announcers for the Oakland A’s working at the Oakland Coliseum radio booth might see limited or no action at the Coliseum due to the current pandemic shutdown (file photo from twitter)

Sports in Limbo

That’s Amaury News and Commentary

By Amaury Pi-González

As individual states begin to gradually open up their economy across the country, after 22 million people have filed for unemployment during just the last three weeks, the country is getting is eager to go back to work. Never in our history all 50 States were declared in an Emergency.

But sports (as we are used to, with thousands of people in the seats) could be the last thing to come back,maybe not at all this year. We are a long way for most people in the country to be tested for Covid-19 and probably much longer until somebody develops a vaccine.

We are in uncharted territory. If the economy continues to be closed, the population could lose more people to unemployment at the end to Covid-19. Because of depression, mental issues, drugs, suicide and other stuff that only God knows.

As much as we who love and work in sports for a long time would hate to admit. Sports are not essential in life. It is psychological to have sports back as people would always need a escape. However, you might be able to open a restaurant or other business and develop a system where you could space people six feet apart, but for a 40,000 seat arena, that is totally another problem.

The best analogy of the importance of sports, is my personal experience as a TV Sports Anchor.I used to prepare approximately three minutes of sports for the 30 minutes 6PM Newscast,they were usually at the end after the weather segment.

I cannot remember how many times those three(3) minutes which I worked for eight hours produced, wrote and anchored (and sometimes edited) became 1.5 minutes or less. There will be breaking news stories and they would usually, cut my sports segment. In some cases, the news director will tell met to tape a segment and go home.There will be no live sports today. Yes, folks, although sports is big business in our culture remains the ‘toy department’ in the media world.

So what would have to happen? To go to a sporting event, might be a much bigger challenge than to get on a plane at the airport. People’s temperature (individually) would probably have to be taken at the gate, everybody would have to be separated by at least six feet, but the seating would be the biggest challenge for obvious reasons, i.e. people proximity,eating, talking, screaming, going to the restrooms.

There are no drive-thru windows at the park so you can eat at home or bring your food and eat it inside the car in the parking lot. Needless to say if you want to go to a game that begins at 1PM on a Sunday afternoon, you better be at the park at eight in the morning. Teams will have to hire more attendants at the park. I am sure you can come up with many other scenarios, but none is very pleasant and if we want the fans to have a nice experience, some of these changes will be anything but nice, actually it would create more stress and less enjoyment. .

The most logical option for sports to resume, MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL and MLS. For Baseball.Using the model proposed by the Office of the Commissioner of Major League Baseball. 1-Play in empty stadiums (Arizona and Florida) 2-Players quarantined in hotel rooms nearby the area where they play(Arizona and Florida)as proposed 3-Coverage: Games televised live with the announcers not at the park location but at a television studio, separated by individual booths Print Media and Radio Broadcast probably determined by individual publications and radio stations.

Eric Garcetti, the Mayor of Los Angeles, second most populous city in the country said: “Coronavirus will likely halt sporting events with crowds until 2021”

Stay well. Adios.

Amaury Pi Gonzalez is the Spanish radio voice for Oakland A’s baseball at 1010 KIQI San Francisco and 990 AM Sacramento for 41 home games and on tunein.com for 41 home games and does News and Commentary each week at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary: Jackie Robinson Legacy is International

Jackie Robinson who broke the color line in Major League Baseball in 1947 with the Brooklyn Dodgers takes a swing at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn (jackierobinson.com file photo)

Jackie Robinson Legacy is International

That’s Amaury News and Commentary

Amaury Pi-González

April 15,2020 marks the 73rd Anniversary of Jackie Robinson as the first African-American player in MLB,with the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn. His legacy and career was honored and his uniform number 42 retired by Major League Baseball by Commissioner Bud Selig 33 years ago on April 15,1997.

Robinson’s #42 was the first and only number retired by all MLB 30 teams. Generally people focus on African Americans who followed Robinson into baseball,but the great pioneer also opened the door for Black Latino players.

Jackie Robinson’s legacy goes beyond US borders.  Because of Robinson, Latino players of dark skin were also able to come and play in the big leagues with their American brothers.

Today almost 33 percent of all players in MLB are born in Latin America(higher percentage in the minor leagues)and after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier,some great Latino black players,like Cuban-born Orestes(Minnie) Miñoso who signed as a rookie in 1949 with the Cleveland Indians, before becoming the last player in baseball history to play for five (50 years) different decades.

Minnie played from 1949 until 1980. The Cuban-born Miñoso was the first unquestionable black Latin American in the major leagues, although some others with some black ancestry had played in MLB. By early 1950’s other Latino’s of black skin included, Luis Márquez(Puerto Rico)signed by the Boston Braves and Cuban catcher Rafael(Ray)Noble with the New York Giants as well as Ozzie Virgil Sr.from the Dominican Republic.

According to SABR (Society for American Baseball Research) in 1947; 98.3 perfect of players were white,0.9 percent African-American, 0.7 percent Latinos and 0.0 percent Asian. Decades later, especially in the mid 1950’s the great Roberto Clemente (Puerto Rico) and 1960’s many more came from Latin America, like Juan Marichal, Orlando Cepeda, Manny Mota, Felipe, Jesús and Mateo Alou, Tony Oliva, Luis Tiant, Leonardo(Leo) Cárdenas, Tony González, Francisco(Panchón)Herrera, José Cardenal, Dagoberto(Campy)Campaneris and more not mentioned.

Some of these Latino players are remembered with statues in the cities where they played,the one and only Roberto Clemente not only with a Statue at PNC Park but with the Roberto Clemente Bridge in downtown Pittsburgh over the Allegheny River.

Today all baseball fans around the world honor the great #42 Jackie Robinson,because he is also a historic figure in countries like Cuba, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Panamá, Puerto Rico, México,Nicaragua,Venezuela, Jamaica and all countries where baseball is a major sport, not to mention in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan.

“I never cared about acceptance as much as I cared about respect” -Jackie Robinson.

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

Tony Renteria for That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary podcast: Best hitters in baseball missing out on making big numbers; Can MLB make it back by June?; plus more

wikipedia file photo: New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge just one of many big league players missing out on improving their numbers this season as the shut down continues

Tony Renteria filled in for Amaury Pi Gonzalez:

#1 Taking a look at some of baseball’s big  boppers how badly are they missing this season names like New York Yankees Aaron Judge and the Philadelphia Phillies Bryce Harper.

#2 From the Oakland A’s Matt Chapman who had such a fine hitting season last year .249, 145 hits, 36 home runs, and 91 RBIs, he’s another player missing the opportunity to tee off this season.

#3 How possible could it be for MLB to start the season in June, play in two different states, hold fan interest, and hope that curve has been flatten in order to play this season?

#4 This was going to be the season that MLB was going to have a shot at increasing it’s attendance, getting a younger demographic and looking forward to improved TV ratings could that all be for not with an abbreviated season and most fans not having access to their local team?

#5 The A’s got criticized for not signing on with their former flagship radio station KTRB 860 and decided to stream all of it’s games home and away on itunes.com. Then came the shutdown for Covid 19. In hindsight considering all the advertising and business that has dried up and the A’s wanted to save money from buying air time it could very well be a good move and it might be a trailblazer move for other MLB teams.

Tony Renteria filled in for Amaury Pi Gonzalez who does News and Commentary podcasts each Tuesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary: 2020 Baseball Optimism vs. Realism

photo of MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred will he move to allow all 32 teams to play the 2020 regular season in front of empty spring parks?

2020 Baseball Optimism vs. Realism

That’s Amaury News and Commentary

Amaury Pi-González

As an optimist I have always look at he glass hall full and not empty. However, even the greatest hitters in baseball could not hit the curve balls of Sandy Koufax, Camilo Pascual or Bert Blyleven (the three best curve ball pitchers I have ever seen)so we must also be realistic.

Life, throws many curve balls which we are just not prepared and sometimes can’t hit. You can physique yourself to say “today will be a wonderful beautiful day with the sun shinning the birds chirping and everything in harmony,” then you open the door and you see a dreary windy day, raining and lightning.

Major League Baseball is considering playing this season in Arizona with all the teams and with no fans in the parks. This,in my book, is a perfect show made for television. May I say a Reality Show. The ultimate Reality Show. Reality is the world or the state of things as they actually exist, as opposed to an idealistic or notional idea of them.

Regardless of what happens,this 2020 season will be remembered as the Coronavirus Season and in baseball, the first time in our history that a worldwide medical event stop not only MLB but most of the world.

The plan calls that all 30 teams play their games at a stadium with no fans in attendance in the Phoenix area. This includes the regular season home for the Arizona Diamondbacks in Phoenix,Chase Field. Plus the other ten Spring Training facilities where a total of 15 teams hold their Spring Training.

This plan seems to have the approval of the Federal officials at the CDC, because will continue with the narrative by the Federal and State governments to have “separation”of people and the travel would be only from the hotels in the Phoenix area -where all 30 teams will be staying- by bus to the park.

No charter flights at all. All with be localized to the Phoenix area, Some call it a “pipe dream”, others call it “the best option to play this season” and you might have another opinion. Opinions (just like in the game of baseball) are not like toilet paper today, opinions are abundant. So, if you have a better one, send it to the Commissioner.

Above seems to have the approval of MLB,the Players Union and most of the Federal and State governments involved in this unprecedented situation this country is in today.

Let’s hope the best is yet to come,but remember that just like baseball, we live “day to day” anyway.

Stay well.

Amaury Pi Gonzalez does News Commentary podcasts each Tuesdays at http://www.sportsradsioservice.com

That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary: MLB International Cancellations, plus more

London Stadium in preparation of last year’s London Series between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox on June 27, 2019. This years meeting between the Cubs and Cardinals has been canceled for Jun 13-14 series. (AP file photo)

MLB International Cancellations,plus.

Amaury Pi-González

The London Series, between the St Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs on June 13-14, has been canceled due to the COVIC-19 pandemic. These were going to be the second set of teams to play at London, after the Yankees and Red Sox had played two regular season games there in 2019.

According to MLB this series will not take place at any time this season. Also canceled previously other international baseball events that were scheduled for this 2020 season like the Mexico City Series between the San Diego Padres and the Arizona Diamondbacks,as well as the New York Mets vs. Miami Marlins in Puerto Rico.

Major League Baseball latest directive, states that the 2020 season will not begin until at least mid-May. This is a very fluid situation and there will be more information coming from Commissioner Rob Manfred in the days to come.

(Tennis)Wimbledon Cancelled:  This was scheduled to run from June 29 to July 12.This is the first time it will not be played during peacetime. Wimbledon was canceled from 1915 to 1918 because of World War I and from 1940 to 1945 due to World War II.

Amaury Pi Gonzalez does News and Commentary and catch Amaury’s podcasts Tuesdays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

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




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

That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary: Without Sports? Things to do.

mecurynews.com file photo: An alternative of going to see professional sports is to go to the Alameda County Fair this July in the event that the MLB or MLS season is cancelled

Without Sports? Things to do.

That’s Amaury News and Commentary

Amaury Pi-González

Let’s face it.No country on the face of the earth has more variety of sports,and great leagues than the USA. The best players in the world,that play baseball play in Major League Baseball, in Basketball in the National Basketball Association in Football, in the National Football League, in Hockey in the National Hockey League.

They all come to the USA,the most talented athletes in most sports in the world. Except in Soccer (Fútbol) with all respect to the US Major League Soccer, the only thing Major is their name,because the best soccer in the world is played in Europe i.e,Premier League (England) Bundesliga (Germany) and La Liga (Spain) are three of the very best in the world,with most of the best players in the world.

Many addicted to sports in our great country,might be looking to replace the vacant left by the Coronavirus pandemic cancellations.

Here are 10 thing to do. I am sure you have thought of these and many others,or maybe not.

1-Read a good book,it is relaxing.Don’t want to buy it,Libraries still open,check a book. Free. 2-Go to the beach,take a nice long walk in the sand next to the ocean,is as relaxing as anything. Free. 3-At home.Binge on sports movies,baseball movies are the best,there are many,so what if you have seen it?

Free 4-Support and visit your local Little Leagues most are still operating. Free 5-ESPN and other sports channels will be running big sporting events from the past. Free. 6-Car Racing. NASCAR already announced they are still doing the races, with no people in the stands, but they are televised LIVE.

Free 7-You might like Horse Racing. Go to a race,even if you are not a gambler. Alameda County Fair and others coming soon.You do not have to bet on a horse. They way this sport is going,with so many dead horses,it might not be around much longer.Free, if you’re not betting. 8-Batting Cages,it is always fun with a friend to see if you can hit the ball thrown from a machine,it is fun.

I have done it. Reasonable. 9-Bowling still open.Take the family or a friend,or join a league. Bowling is the “game”sport with more popular participation in the US with around 43 to 45 million people going at least once a year. Reasonable. 10-Fishing. Dusty Baker favorite.We live in the Bay Area,ocean,lakes, rivers,you name it. Reasonable.

Finally, like most Cubans,if they are not eating,playing music or talking politics,more than likely they will be playing Dominoes for pleasure,but you can lose money too.

Have fun!

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