174 episodes

San Francisco Chronicle beat writer Susan Slusser interviews past and present players, managers and executives of the trend-setting franchise. She also regularly talks with The Chronicle's national baseball writer, John Shea, about happenings around the league.

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    • 4.9, 146 Ratings

San Francisco Chronicle beat writer Susan Slusser interviews past and present players, managers and executives of the trend-setting franchise. She also regularly talks with The Chronicle's national baseball writer, John Shea, about happenings around the league.

    Should Baseball Shut Down?

    Should Baseball Shut Down?

    Chronicle sports columnist Ann Killion joins Susan Slusser to provide her impressions of the atmosphere at the fan-less Coliseum this week, and whether baseball should even be scheduled during this coronavirus wave. Do the multiple game postponements signal the pending end of this experiment? And have any sports, anywhere, done this in a safe way? | A’s Plus Newsletter: sfchronicle.com/asnewsletter | Unlimited Chronicle access: sfchronicle.com/pod
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    • 33 min
    Dipping Into the San Jose Pool

    Dipping Into the San Jose Pool

    Director of Player Development Ed Sprague talks to Susan about Oakland's pool player camp up in San Jose. Who might be ready to help the A's? How are high-profile young prospects such as Tyler Soderstrom and Robert Puason doing? In the midst of a pandemic, what's the future of player development?
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    • 32 min
    Fifth & Mission: Will Coronavirus Baseball Work?

    Fifth & Mission: Will Coronavirus Baseball Work?

    On the Chronicle’s flagship news podcast, A’s Plus host Susan Slusser and Giants Splash host Henry Schulman join Demian Bulwa to talk about the season opening under the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic. They discuss what fans can expect in the 60-game sprint, Giants manager Gabe Kapler and two players kneeling for the national anthem, and whether the A's can avoid their usual slow start. | Unlimited Chronicle access: sfchronicle.com/pod | A’s Plus Newsletter: sfchronicle.com/asnewsletter
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    • 27 min
    View from the Top: GM David Forst

    View from the Top: GM David Forst

    How does the A's general manager approach putting together a 30-man roster? He also talks to Susan Slusser about the difficulties of getting training camp up and running and his thoughts on kneeling during the national anthem. | Coronavirus updates: sfchronicle.com/coronavirus | A’s Plus Newsletter: sfchronicle.com/asnewsletter
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    • 21 min
    How the A’s Hitting Is Shaping Up

    How the A’s Hitting Is Shaping Up

    Assistant hitting coach Eric Martins breaks down how many of Oakland's key hitters — especially slugger Khris Davis, coming off a down year — are looking a week into the team's training camp. Plus: Which young players might help the A's soon. | A’s Plus Newsletter: sfchronicle.com/asnewsletter
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    • 26 min
    Baseball's back!

    Baseball's back!

    The Chronicle's Susan Slusser and Matt Kawahara talk about the first week of A's training camp at the Coliseum, what safety procedures are in place, what it’s like covering the team, and all the top storylines so far, including Jesus Luzardo's positive coronavirus test. | A’s Plus Newsletter: sfchronicle.com/asnewsletter
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    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
146 Ratings

146 Ratings

AKlonghorn ,

Solid podcast

The show has a good assortment of guests and interesting discussions about the state of the A’s. It’s a must for A’s fans.

The podcasts during the shutdown with Micah Bowie and Rob Bowen have been super interesting! Keep up the good work! I relish anything baseball now.

Commerial stud ,

Consistently outstanding A’s podcast

Susan S is an excellent beat writer who has followed the A’s for many years. This podcast format gives her far more freedom to give fans the inside line than either Chronicle hard copy or Twitter word limits. Content is varied and interesting and Susan is always introducing fans to different perspectives from her colleagues, players and people she knows from her beat. One of the best local sports pods I’ve heard. Keep up the great work Susan

WAWKER ,

Excellent

I listen to lots of podcasts and I love Susan Slusser’s direct conversations and interviews. You can tell the respect she has from every interviewee.

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