That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary podcast: Former Red and ESPN analyst Joe Morgan memories; Sox mgr Renteria fired; plus more

The Cincinnati Reds former second baseman Joe Morgan who passed away at 77 on Monday is seen here at the MLB Hall of Fame in Cooperstown during the time he asked the Hall to keep steroid users out of the Hall (file photo from

On Amaury’s podcast:

#1 Amaury, former Cincinnati Reds second baseman Joe Morgan who had worked as an ESPN analyst with San Francisco Giants announcer Jon Miller who passed away on Monday at 77 was best remembered for his days with the Big Red Machine in the 1970s

#2 Morgan and Miller left Sunday Night Baseball in 2010 and started out his broadcast career with the San Francisco Giants doing analysis before moving onto the national scene.

#3 Morgan could be surly at time with reporters at times and was pretty stubborn on his opinions but those were his opinions at the end of his broadcasting careers he received quite a bit of criticism for not moving with the changes in baseball but also fans said he never moved the needle of the way he saw the game and a group of comedy writers formed a group called “Fire Joe Morgan” towards the end of Morgan’s broadcast career because of those on air traits.

#4 The Chicago White Sox and manager Rick Renteria have parted ways after the White Sox had lost the ALWCS to the Oakland A’s 2-1. Renteria finished his tenure with the Sox with a record of 236-309 (.486).

#5 Amaury talk about the how close, how similar do you see how the Tampa Bay Rays and the Houston Astros who should play a number of one run games and maybe some slugfests in this series?

Amaury Pi Gonzalez is the vice president of the Major League Baseball Hispanic Heritage Museum and does News and Commentary podcasts each week at

MLB The Show Championship Series podcast with Larry Crino: The passing of the Reds Joe Morgan at 77; Rays just get by Astros in game 1

Former Cincinnati Red second baseman and former ESPN analyst Joe Morgan who passed on Monday due to nerve related conditions at age 77 ( file photo)

On the MLB The Show podcast with Larry:

#1 The passing of former Cincinnati Reds second baseman and former ESPN Sunday Night Baseball analyst Joe Morgan

#2 Tampa Bay Rays and Houston Astros started out playing a pretty close game in game 1 first Larry wanted to ask you about Astros pitcher Framber Valdez who made a no look behind the back pick up of a ball hit back to him by the Rays hitter Kevin Kiermaier for an out talk about a defensive play.

#3 The Houston Astros Jose Altuve hit a leftfield first inning home run to get the Astros on the scoreboard talk about Altuve’s homer you can hear it off the bat that the Astros were going to get on the scoreboard a 388 foot blast.

#4 Larry in watching this game it was close from start to finish after Altuve’s home run the Rays Randy Arozarena whose been key for the Rays getting to this second round of the post season hit a bottom fourth inning solo shot to centerfield to tie the game.

#5 With the score tied at 1-1 in the bottom of the fifth inning Willy Adames scored on a Mike Zunino single to center and the Rays held a 2-1 lead to take game 1 of the ALCS.

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A’s explode for 10 runs to win second in a row over the White Sox in Chicago

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by Charlie O. Mallonee

No, you did not read the headline wrong. The Oakland Athletics beat the White Sox 10-2 on Saturday and have now won back-to-back games on the road in Chicago. This A’s team had won just nine game on the road this season going into the series with the Chisox. They are now 11-25 on the road after winning on Friday and Saturday. Winning on the road is key for the A’s to even their record at .500 which is the most important goal for this team right now.

This was a game of record setting first

MLB: Oakland Athletics at Chicago White Sox
Rookie Franklin Barreto celebrates his first home run*
  • Three Oakland A’s rookies hit their first major league home run in this game. That had never happened in Major League history.
  • Matt Olson hit his first career home run in the top of the first inning off the very tough veteran pitcher James Shields. Matt Joyce was on base so the HR was a two-run shot. Olson was not done. He hit another two-run round-tripper in the top of the seventh off Jake Petricka. Olson finished the game going 2-for-3 with four RBI and two walks.
  • Rookie center fielder Jaycob Brugman stepped in the batter’s box to face Shields in the top of the second inning with one out and the bases empty. Brugman hit the ball over the wall in right center field for his first career home.
  • Franklin Barreto — the A’s number one rated minor league prospect — played for the Nashville Sounds in Oklahoma City on Friday night. After the game, he was told to report to the big club in Chicago. Barreto was initially told he would not play on Saturday. That situation changed and he was inserted into the starting lineup. In the third inning Barreto hit a one out, two-run home run off James Shields for his first major league hit and home run. Barreto finished the day going 2-for-5.
  • There was one more first in the game. Starting pitcher Daniel Gossett recorded the first win of his career in the contest. Gossett (1-2) pitched 6.0-innings giving up two runs (no earned runs). He struck five while walking just one White Sox batter. He threw 93 pitches — 64 strikes.
MLB: Oakland Athletics at Chicago White Sox
Daniel Gossett recorded his first win of the season*

Every batter in the A’s lineup recorded a hit

MLB: Oakland Athletics at Chicago White Sox
Rosales had a 2-for-5 game*

The A’s pulled off a rare feat on Saturday when every player in the lineup picked up a hit. They scored 10 runs on 15 hits that included four home runs (all hit by rookies) and one double. They drew six walks. Oakland left 13 runners on base and was 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position as a team.

Catcher Bruce Maxwell who was called back to the majors when Stephen Vogt was DFA’d went 3-for-5 and scored two runs in the game. He also did another fine job in handling the pitchers in the game.

The number nine hitter — Adam Rosales — had a big day at the plate. Rosales went 2-for-5, scored two runs and had one RBI for the A’s.

Oakland relievers do their job

A trio of A’s relievers each worked one inning after Gossett was done for the day. Daniel Coulombe, John Axford and Michael Brady combined to hold the Chisox to no runs on no hits in final three frames. In fact, they did not allow a base runner in their relief efforts.

There was a negative — three Oakland errors

The A’s did commit three errors in the game. They were very fortunate that they happened in a game where they scored 10 runs and could compensate for them.

Errors were charged to Barreto (1, fielding), Rosales (6, fielding) and Healy (13, throwing).

The White Sox committed two miscues of their own on defense.

Chicago notes

MLB: Oakland Athletics at Chicago White Sox
Rick Renteria watched the end of the game from the locker room*

James Shields took the loss and his record drops to 1-1.

Alen Hanson had the only multi-hit game for the White Sox going 2-for-4.

Todd Frazier and manager Rick Renteria were ejected from the game in the seventh inning for arguing with the umpires after a video review went against the Sox. It was the first ejection Frazier’s career.

A’s go for the sweep on Sunday

Sonny Gray (2-3, 4.84) will take the ball for A’s on Sunday. Gray lost his last start on Wednesday when he gave up five runs on seven hits to the red hot Houston Astros.

LHP Derek Holland (5-7, 4.48) will go to the hill for the White Sox. Holland also made his last start on Wednesday and he lost that game to the Minnesota Twins. The Twins roughed him up for seven runs on nine hit in just 2.2-innings.

First pitch is scheduled for 11:10 a.m. PDT.

*Photos by Patrick Gorski of USA Today Sports