Headline Sports podcast with Jessica Kwong: Astros Alvarez beats M’s with one swing of the bat in walk homer; Yanks Cole and Rizzo provide help in 4-1 win over Cleveland; plus more

The Houston Astros Yordan Alvarez watches flight of his home run in the bottom of the ninth to defeat the Seattle Mariners at Minute Maid Field in Houston on Tue Oct 11, 2022 (AP News photo)

On Headline Sports podcast with Jessica:

#1 Jessica lets look at the MLB playoffs from Tuesday night. The Houston Astros took the first game of the ALDS getting by the Seattle Mariners at Minute Maid Field in Houston 7-5. The Astros Yordan Alvarez crushed a three run walk off homer in the bottom of the ninth for the win.

#2 The New York Yankees got a 4-1 win past the Cleveland Guardians at Yankee Stadium. Yankees pitcher Gerrit Cole pitched 6.1 innings, four hits, one earned run, one walk, and eight strikeouts for the win. Anthony Rizzo hit a home run and had two RBIs in the win.

#3 The Philadelphia Phillies just got by the Atlanta Braves 7-6 at Truist Park in Cobb County. The Phils held onto to the win despite the Braves scoring three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning in a last attempt to come back.

#4 The Los Angles Dodgers drew first blood in game one of the NLDS defeating the San Diego Padres 5-3 at Dodgers Stadium. The Dodgers scored early with two runs in the bottom of the first inning and three runs in the bottom of third inning.

#5 Lastly Jessica the Guardians pitcher Nick Sandlin will miss the rest of the 2022 post season after going through an MRI that showed he has a major muscle injury in the right shoulder. How will Sandlin’s absence impact the Guardians pitching in the post season?

Join Jessica Kwong for Headline Sports Wednesday night at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

That’s Amaury News and Commentary podcast: 3 game Wild Card format favorable; Chapman cut from Yankees after Friday workouts no show; plus more

New York Yankees pitcher Aroldis Chapman is lifted by manager Aaron Boone in the top of the eighth inning at Yankee Stadium against the Boston Red Sox on Thu Sep 22, 2022. Chapman has been cut from the roster for the ALDS during the 2022 post season. (AP News file photo)

On That’s Amaury News and Commentary podcast:

#1 Amaury, how much of an improvement is it that the Wild Card went from one and done to a best of two out of three format?

#2 The New York Mets and San Diego Padres NLWS had some excitement when that series ended it up a in a 1-1 tie something you wouldn’t see in Wild Card games past.

#3 On Sunday the New York Yankees pitcher Aroldis Chapman did not show up for a mandatory workout Friday at Yankee Stadium manager Aaron Boone said that Chapman has been removed from the post season roster.

#4 Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said that you have to be all in at this time of the year and the Yankees have players who are fighting for a spot on the roster and Chapman not only let the team down by not showing up but he chose to be absent.

#5 Amaury, I know you occasionally get an invitation to call the play by play on either the MLB Network or Telemundo for post season after the regular season is completed where are you on that and I know you look forward to that each post season?

Amaury Pi Gonzalez is the play by play voice for Oakland A’s Spanish radio network and does That’s Amaury News and Commentary at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

That’s Amaury News and Commentary: Why Aaron Judge will stay a Yankee

Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees has lots to smile about. Here is Judge in the Yankees dugout on Wed Oct 5, 2022 in Arlington. The Yankees host the Cleveland Guardians at Yankee Stadium in New York for game 1 of the ALDS Tue Oct 11, 2022 (AP News photo)

Why Aaron Judge will stay a Yankee

That’s Amaury News and Commentary

By Amaury Pi-Gonzalez

Aaron Judge will be named the MVP of the American League. He had one of the most remarkable seasons ever for a player in the major leagues. Ending with a new American League record of 62 home runs and without any doubt the most valuable of all players on his team.

Judge was hitting throughout the whole season when his teammates were also hitting early in the season and later when the Yankees struggle to score runs. He was the only Yankee hitting the ball and driving in runs.

Brian Cashman, the Yankee’s General Manager on behalf of the Yankee ownership, offered Judge a 7-year deal worth $213.5 million, prior to the start of the 2022 season. Judge did not swing at it. This past June, the Yankees and Judge agreed to a one year (2022) deal, signed for $19 million just to play this season and avoid arbitration.

Now that Judge established the new AL record, his price has skyrocketed to be much more than the $213 million (peanuts contract) that the Yankees originally offered him. We are looking at minimum of between $300 to $400 million, to start, for his services in a multi-year deal.

There are rumors that some teams will go after Aaron Judge this off season, among those mentioned are the San Francisco Giants. Judge was born in the town of Linden in San Joaquin county, a small town of around 1,700 residents, some 95 miles from San Francisco, a two hour drive.

The Giants haven’t had a real slugger since the days of Barry Bonds, and Judge would be a great improvement for the Giants, or in the middle of other teams lineups.

However, it makes all the sense in the world to expect the Yankees to retain Aaron Judge. The storied franchise now can claim how they got to 62 home runs, after all it was Babe Ruth who originally established the record of 60 in 1927, to be broken by another Yankee, Roger Maris 61 home runs in 1961 and yet to be broken again with another Yankee, this time Aaron Judge, this season 2022 with 62.

All three Yankees! It sounds so good and rhythmic that it could be written, and probably will, into a song. I doubt the Yankees want to break that chain.

The New York Yankees can now offer Aaron Judge the money he wants in order for him to end his career as a Yankee, the only team he has played for. Judge will make the Yankees all the money and then some, to easily give him that great contract, marketing, merchandise, publicity and prestige plus.

The Yankees in my opinion offer Judge a better opportunity to be in a World Series than the San Francisco Giants. Why? Because they are the Yankees! They spend all the money and each and every year they have only one goal, to win the World Series, and they have won 27 of them.

The Yankees won the AL east, and this Tuesday. the 11th will host the Cleveland Guardians, who won the AL Central Division, at Yankee Stadium for the ALDS best of five.

Aaron Judge led the Major Leagues in runs scored with 133 in home runs with 62, runs-batted-in 131, on-base percentage .425, slugging percentage, total gases, led in walks with 111. Was second in the American League in batting average with .311, missing the Triple Crown by six points.

It was the Minnesota Twins Luis Arraez who won the batting crown in the American League with a .316 average. Without Arraez winning the batting title, Aaron Judge would have been the first man to win the Triple Crown since Miguel Cabrera (Detroit) in 2012.

“Pot of Gold awaits Aaron Judge, it’s yet to be determined how much it weighs, but it’s a pot of gold, no doubt about it” -Yankees GM, Brian Cashman.

Amaury Pi Gonzalez does News and Commentary at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

That’s Amaury News and Commentary: Roger Maris Jr. Says Barry Bonds Home run record is Illegitimate

Mother and child reunion: New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge celebrates home run number 61 with mother Patty at Rogers Centre in Toronto on Wed Sep 28, 2022 against the Toronto Blue Jays. Judge becomes tied for the American League single season lead with Yankee Roger Maris Sr (AP News photo)

Roger Maris Jr. Says Barry Bonds Home run record is Illegitimate

That’s Amaury News and Commentary

By Amaury Pi-Gonzalez

Roger Maris Jr. was in attendance in Toronto on Thursday, September 28, when Yankee slugger Aaron Judge hit home run No.61 to tie his father Roger Maris who established the Home run record in the American League hitting 61 in 1961. This is what Roger Maris Jr. told the Associated Press – “He should be revered for being the actual single-season home run champ,” Maris said after Judge hit his 61st on Wednesday night to match Roger Maris’ record-setting total with the Yankees in 1961. I mean, that's really who he is if he hits 62, and I think that's what needs to happen. I think baseball needs to look at the records and I think baseball should do something.'' Asked Wednesday whether he considers McGwire and Bonds home run totals to be illegitimate, Maris answered yes.I do,'' he said.I think most people do.” What Mr.Maris Jr said is much like what I wrote during my last article.

In 1999 St Louis Cardinals Mark McGwire hit 65 while Sammy Sosa had three seasons of over 60 home runs, from 1998 to 2001 hitting, 66, 64, 63. While McGwire admitted to using steroids, Sosa and Bond maintained they did not use it knowingly. It wasn’t until 2004 that Major League Baseball began testing for PED’s/drugs with penalties that same year.

The records and history are there for everybody to see, especially now in this age of high technology when all the information you can get in your cell phone within seconds. That was not the case in 1961, when nobody doubted if Roger Maris’s record was legitimate or not.

How much have times changed in baseball? Consider this, the biggest “controversy” in 1961 was when Roger Maris hit 61 home runs to break Babe Ruth’s 1927 record of 60. The argument was: While Ruth hit 60 home runs in the 1927 season that was 154 games long, Maris hit 61 but when the season was 162 games long.

Will Major League Baseball do something to “adjust” the situation, of who is the real holder of the one-season home run record? Probably not. I believe MLB is leaving this controversy to the record books, to history, to votes in the Hall of Fame and many asterisks to follow.

Aaron Judge needs one more home run to be the undisputed home run king for one season and he will have seven (7) more games left to do it. And then, there will be another discussion. I think.

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

That’s Amaury News and Commentary: Chasing No.61 — You Be The Judge

New York Yankees’ Aaron Judge, right, launches his 50th home run of the season as Los Angeles Angels catcher Matt Thaiss, center, and home plate umpire Quinn Wolcott watch in the top of the eighth inning at the Big A in Anaheim on Mon Aug 28, 2022 (AP News photo)

Chasing No.61 — You Be The Judge

That’s Amaury News and Commentary

By Amaury Pi-González

On October 1, 1961 New York Yankee outfielder Roger Maris hit his home run No.61 of the season breaking the (at that time) major league record for most home runs in one season of 60 established by Babe Ruth in 1927. Today Yankee center fielder Aaron Judge is challenging Roger Maris record as well as making a bid to become the Most Valuable Player in the American League.

Roger Maris still holds the home run record for one season in the American League and another Yankee, Aaron Judge today, 95 years later is on a pace to break that record with his first-place team.

The major league record is that of Barry Bonds of 73 home runs in 2001. However because Bonds played during the much maligned ‘steroids era’, a period of time when a number of players were believed to have used performance-enhancing drugs, resulting in increased offensive numbers, Barry Bonds record is kind of hollow, compared to the historic 61 of Roger Maris.

Bonds was not alone during that era, there are other “regular suspects” like Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, José Canseco, Rafael Palmeiro whose records are also considered suspicious and therefore have lessen their impact. As a result these players with Hall of Fame statistics so far have fallen short of induction.

Beginning this Tuesday August 31, the Yankees have 33 games left this season. The Yankee have a very even schedule the rest of the way; 17 games on the road and 16 at Yankee Stadium.

The race for the MVP in the American League will be between two men, NY Yankees Aaron Judge and LA Angels Shohei Ohtani, who won it last year. In 2017 many believe that during his rookie year Aaron Judge was robbed of the MVP as he hit for .284 with 52 home runs and 114 runs batted in.

José Altuve of the Houston Astros won the MVP that season hitting for a .346 average with 24 home runs and 81 runs batted in. By the way that 2017 was also the last of the three batting titles Altuve has won so far.

I believe (and I do not have a vote) the MVP voting will be close this season. I am from the school of thinking that it should go to the player that helps his team win the Division; the Yankees are on the way to do that, while the Angels are finishing in fourth place this season.

The mere fact that Ohtani is a unique two-way player, (the most relevant since Babe Ruth) the Japanese super star, a very good hitter and a very good pitcher is going to seduce many writers to vote for him again. Let’s face it.

The national baseball media has a love affair with the Japanese super star. A relatively new baseball stat WAR, wins against replacement figures big today in the major leagues and applies to these two guys, when it comes to the MVP.

As of today Aaron Judge 50 home runs is on a pace to hit 62 home runs this year and therefore establish the new American League record. Can he do it? You be the Judge!

Amaury Pi Gonzalez is the lead play by play announcer on the Oakland A’s Spanish radio network and does News and Commentary at http://www.sportsadioservice.com

Oakland A’s podcast with Barbara Mason: A’s Martinez good pitching beat Yankees good hitting on Sunday

Oakland A’s starter Adrian Martinez was dealing against the New York Yankees at the Oakland Coliseum on Sun Aug 28, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the A’s podcast with Barbara:

#1 Barbara talk about the pitching efforts by Oakland A’s starter Adrian Martinez against the New York Yankees line up on Sunday going 5.1 innings, three hits, one earned run and struck out six hitters.

#2 Martinez has been called up by the A’s triple A affiliate in Las Vegas four times and this was his best appearance of the four with a great mix of pitches and keeping the hitters off balance with off speed pitches.

#3 A’s manager Mark Kotsay said. “This kid just seems to feed off big environments or the Triple-A numbers don’t show how he’s able to go out and perform here. He did that today against one of the best lineups in the league.”

#4 Martinez even had control over Yanks superstar Aaron Judge striking him out one three pitches. Judge even chased a few pitches and had to go down for them.

#5 The A’s head to Washington to face the Nationals at Nationals Stadium in Washington. Starting pitcher for the A’s on Tuesday night left hander Cole Irvin (6-11, 3.16) and for the Nationals right hander Erick Fedde (5-8, 4.88) a 4:05 pm first pitch.

Join Barbara for A’s podcasts Mondays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Oakland A’s podcast pt 1 with Charlie O: Old pro Vogt hits 10th inning tying 2 run blast; Oakland wins in 11innings 3-2

Oakland A’s Tony Kemp (5) jumps on the back of Chad Pinder (10) after Pinder hits a ground ball to Yankee shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa who throws it away to first base and allows ghost runner Shea Langeliers to score from second base in the bottom of the 11th inning at the Oakland Coliseum on Sat Aug 27, 2022 (@Athletics photo)

On the Oakland A’s podcast with Charlie O:

#1 Charlie it was Nickelodeon Night at the Coliseum and if you like a good pitching match up the New York Yankees Domingo German and Oakland A’s starter Adam Oller pitched a gem for both teams, both pitchers had a no hitter going until the sixth inning.

#2 For the Yankees German he went 7.2 innings three hits and five strike outs, German had a nice mix of pitches going from him and kept the A’s hitters off balance.

#3 For the A’s Oller eight innings one hit, one walk, and three strike outs he pitched like he was a veteran he had his struggles but he kept the Yankees in check all night.

Join Charlie O every other Sunday for the Oakland A’s podcasts at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Oakland A’s podcast pt 2 with Charlie O: Vogt could end up coaching or managing one day; Today’s pitching matches

Oakland A’s Stephen Vogt slugs an RBI single in the top of the eighth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Field in Houston on Jul 17, 2021 (AP News photo)

#1 Oakland A’s pinch hitter Stephen Vogt came up with a ghost runner on board and hit a two run blast to tie up the game 2-2 in the bottom of the tenth. In the bottom of the 11th Chad Pinder hit a a double play ball that was thrown away by Yankee shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa it allowed Shea Langeliers score the winning run for the 3-2 win.

#2 A’s and Yankees conclude this four game series Sunday afternoon at the Oakland Coliseum starting for the A’s right hander Zach Logue (3-8, 6.04) and for the Yankees right hander Clarke Schmidt (5-2, 2.18) a 1:07pm PDT

Join Charlie O every other Sunday for the Oakland A’s podcasts at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Vogt’s 10th inning home run keeps A’s alive in eventual win over Yankees 3-2 in 11th

Oakland A’s pinch hitter Stephen Vogt is congratulated by third base coach Darren Bush after hitting a two run home run in the bottom of the 10th inning at the Oakland Coliseum on Sat Aug 27, 2022 (AP News photo)

New York (78-49). 2. 1. 2

Oakland (47-81). 3. 6. 2. 11 innings

Saturday, August 27, 2022

By Lewis Rubman

OAKLAND-Often while watching a game between two mismatched baseball teams, I think of an afternoon in 1952 when the New York Yankees, who won every World Series from 1949-1953, played a double header against the lowly St. Louis Browns, who after the following season would become the Baltimore Orioles.

Like many arrogant 11 year old New Yorkers, we figured the Yanks would walk all over the second team of the gateway city. But the Brownies pulled off a win in the second game against the Bronx Bombers, bolstered by three innings of shutout relief by a member of their bullpen staff.

That bit of trivia came back to me again last night when Jared Koenig’s three inning stint of scoreless pitching held the Yankees in check long enough to give Oakland a chance to defeat their powerful rival, even though the home team finally succumbed, 3-2.

Of course, today’s Yankees aren’t the 1949-53 Yankees, and Jared Koenig isn’t Satchel Paige, for he was the 46 year old wizard who stumped the champs that Sunday seventy years ago.

The more of my mental meanderings is that you should never take the outcome of any baseball game for granted.

Saturday night game recap: This evening’s tilt between the grey clad pinstripers and the green and gold featured some pretty exciting fielding, but it was the pitching that, at least during the first nine innings, stole the show. That, however,was upstaged by the home halves of the 10th and 11th frames of the A’s dramatic come from behind 3-2 victory.

The pitchers at game time seemed as mismatched as the teams, with New York’s Domingo Germán’s acceptable 2-2, 3.89 overshadowing Adam Oller’s inadequate 2-6, 6.41). Germán ended up going 7-2/3 excellent innings, in which he allowed no runs and onythree hits, one of them to the infield. He didn’t walk anyone, but did hit one batter.

He struck out five and threw 79 pitches, 66 for strikes. For this, he got a no decision and lowered his ERA to 3.19. Oller did an even better job, although he, too, left without a decision.

The Athletics’ starter threw eight frames of one hit ball, blanking the Yanks while striking out three and granting only one base on balls. 65 of his 88 deliveries were counted as strikes. His ERA was reduced to 5.66.

Before the game, the A’s announced that they had put right handed reliever Dany Jiménez on the 60 day IL with a strain in his pitching shoulder. They replaced him with Austin Pruitt, who had been DFA’d last Monday, the day after he earned his first major league save.

The opening innings featured a few surprises. Aaron Judge got picked off after walking in the first. Less surprising but certainly not routine events followed.

Chad Pender robbed Oswaldo Cabrera of an extra base hit in the third with a leaping, crashing against the wall catch against the right field wall, just to the left of the foul pole, a catch he made after a long run. Jonah Bride made a spectacular backhand grab and throw to prevent what looked like a sure up the middle single by the next batter, Isiah Kiner-Falefa.

Bride led off the bottom inning by getting hit by a pitch. No surprise there. What was surprising was Bride letting a bounding ball by Andrew Benintendi, leading off the fourth, go through his legs in shallow right for an error.

The first hit of the game for either team didn’t come until Oswaldo Cabrera smacked Oller’s 65th offering for a double off the Kaiser Permanente sign in right center to open the top of the sixth. And he got caught stealing, pitcher to third. The Curse of the Leadoff Double strikes again!

Judge foiled Cal Johnson’s bid for a lead two bagger in the bottom half of the frame with a running, jumping catch in left center, which would have been outstanding had it not paled in comparison with Pinder’s third inning heroics.

Nick Allen followed with a high bounder to the mound. Germán made a nifty play to catch it, but Allen reached base safely with Oakland´s first hit. Germán’s throw to first went wild, allowing Allen to advance to second on the error.

The A’s threatened again in the eighth. Stevenson smacked a one out leg double to second. Allen advanced him to third with a grounder to second that looked for a moment as if it would go through to center for a tie breaking single. That ended Germán’s labors for the night. Jonathan Loasiga relieved him and got Tony Kent bounce into an inning ending ground out to second.

One Domingo left, and another, Domingo Acevedo, entered the game. Oakland’s Dominican Domingo relieved Oller to face the bottom of the Yankee order in the ninth. He set them down one, two, three on pitches.

Loasiga retired Langeliers for the first out of the home ninth. Then Murphy punched an opposite field single through the hole into right, and Losiga was pulledd in favor of Ron Marinaccio. Brown took three balls and then struck out. That brought up Pinder, who, in addition to his contribution with the glove, was one for three against the hit-stingy Domingo.

The game into the 10 the AJ Puk on the mound for Oakland and the Yanks’ catcher Higashioka placed on second. Benintendi an ill-advised attempt to bunt him over to third, and he was thrown out, Puk to Machín. It was power against power with Judge at the plate. Puk struck him out, but Benintendi stole second.

The A’s granted an intentional. walk to Donaldson. Puk then hit Rizzo on the shoulder with a pitch to load the bases. Murphy made two great saves to prevent wild pitches with LeMahieu at bat. Finally one got by him.

Benintendi scored. Donaldson scored.Murphy’s back hand flip went past Puk, who was slow to cover home. Rizzo went to third. LeMahieu flew out toright, but the Yankees had a seemingly insurmountable 2-0 lead.

Oakland, however, wasn’t done yet. With one out, Stephen Vogt, hitting for Bride, sent a change up 396 feet deep over the right field fence, driving Pinder, the zombie runner, in before him to tie the score. Marinacccio struck out Allen, but the third strike sailed wild and Allen reached first, moving up to second on Kemp’s single to right.

Marinaccio was through. In came Lou Trivino, the not too long ago Athletic reliever who once had been their closer. He got Langeliers to go down swinging in vain at an 82 mph slider.

We went into the 11th with Joel Payamps on the mound and Torres the ghost runner on second. He stayed there as Payamps retired Cabrera, Kiner-Falefa, and Higashioka, the last on a fine play by Allen, going into the hole at deep short and firing a bullet to first.

Trivino walked Murphy, who joined Langliers on the basepaths. Brown flew out to center, and both runners held. Pinder grounded to Kiner-Falefa at short, tailor made for a double play. His toss to LeMahieu forced Murphy at second, but LeMahileu threw wildly past second, allowing Murphy to dash home with the winning tally.

As the Cubans say, all we know about baseball is that it’s round and comes in a square box.

Payamps (3-3) got the win; Trivino P(2-8), the loss.

Sunday the A’s will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 20 game winning streak, followed at 1:07 with a chance for Oakland to even the series. Stranger thinks have happened; they did today. Clarke Smith(5-2, 2.18) will go for the Yankees; Zach Logue (3-8, 6.04) for the Athletics.

That’s Amaury News and Commentary podcast: Dodgers Spanish announcer Jarrin prepares for retirement after 65 years in baseball; plus more commentary

Los Angeles Dodger Spanish announcer Jaime Jarrin in his broadcast booth at Dodgers Stadium is good friends with Oakland A’s Spanish announcer Amaury Pi Gonzalez. Jarrin broadcasted Dodger baseball in Spanish from beginning to end of his career. (file photo Los Angeles Times)

On That’s Amaury News and Commentary podcast:

#1 In recent interviews Los Angeles Dodgers Spanish radio lead announcer Jaime Jarrin reflected back on a long 65 year career. Jarrin will call it quits after the Dodgers post season.

#2 Amaury, Jaime is a Hall of Famer in the Ford C Frick wing of the Hall of Fame in talking with him what does his enshrinement mean to him.

#3 Amaury, there are a number of fans who are calling out teams who aren’t traveling their play by play announcers because they can tell by the delay on a play that is in question and something they might notice while waiting for clarification on a play that an announcer who is at a live game can call and dial up right away.

#4 Amaury, is it a matter of saving a buck for MLB teams not traveling their broadcasters and how much have has the broadcast suffered not having play by play announcers on the road?

#5 During Friday night’s game at the Coliseum relief pitcher Lou Trivino was warming up in the New York bullpen when bat boy came up to him with a No. 56 jersey Trivino was warming up with a No. 50 jersey. Trivino said after the mishap he wasn’t paying attention and it wasn’t the first time and it won’t be the last. Trivino said he might try on the No. 99 jersey Aaron Judge’s number for a little run.

Join Amaury Pi Gonzalez for That’s Amaury News and Commentary at http://www.sportsradioservice.com