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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.... Show More

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August 13, 2020 32 min
In a joint A’s Plus-Giants Splash podcast, Chronicle baseball writers Susan Slusser, Matt Kawahara, John Shea and Henry Schulman delve into the vastly different states of the local teams before this weekend’s Bay Bridge series in San Francisco. | A’s Plus Newsletter: sfchronicle.com/asnewsletter Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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A's second baseman Tony Kemp, a former Astro, talks with Susan about the rivalry brewing between Houston and Oakland after Sunday's melee; and he weighs in on the A's recent 9-game winning streak. | A’s Plus Newsletter: sfchronicle.com/asnewsletter Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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August 6, 2020 28 min
Houston Chronicle beat writer Chandler Rome talks about the fallout from the Astros cheating scandal, and he and Susan break down the big series between the division’s top two teams starting Friday at the Coliseum. | A’s Plus Newsletter: sfchronicle.com/asnewsletter Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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August 5, 2020 40 min
A's radio play-by-play man Ken Korach joins Susan to talk about the team's new radio deal, walk-off homers, Jesus Luzardo's first big-league start and the difficulties of calling games from Oakland when the team is on the road. | Coronavirus updates: sfchronicle.com/coronavirus | A’s Plus Newsletter: sfchronicle.com/asnewsletter Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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July 31, 2020 33 min
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: sfc...
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July 28, 2020 32 min
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? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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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...
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July 21, 2020 21 min
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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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July 14, 2020 26 min
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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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July 10, 2020 26 min
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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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July 7, 2020 28 min
Former A's slugger Jose Canseco describes his new power-hitting tool for baseball, softball and golf - and he takes some shots at Major League Baseball, reminisces about Oakland's 1990 team and the new popularity of the Bash. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Oakland’s pitching coach talks with Susan about the A's many fresh arms, what the pitchers have been doing during the shutdown and some of the safety precautions Emerson, a Type-2 diabetic, will need to take as baseball gets underway again. | Coronavirus updates: sfchronicle.com/coronavirus | A’s Plus Newsletter: sfchronicle.com/asnewsletter Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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A’s manager Bob Melvin talks with Susan about the trickiest aspects of getting baseball up and running, plus how well is his team set up for a very short season? Trying to get off to a good start will be one major key. | Coronavirus updates: sfchronicle.com/coronavirus | A’s Plus Newsletter: sfchronicle.com/asnewsletter Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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June 23, 2020 31 min
The former A’s manager details his recent hospital stay and discusses the possibility of baseball returning to action in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. He also reminisces about some of the fine A’s playoff teams he managed, and the 20-game winning streak. | A’s Plus Newsletter: sfchronicle.com/asnewsletter | Full Chronicle access: sfchronicle.com/pod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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June 18, 2020 40 min
Stats expert David Feldman joins Susan Slusser to talk about the potential to start the season and what that might look like, and about A's owner John Fisher's reversing some financial decisions. Plus: David and Susan have a rare major difference of opinion. | A’s Plus Newsletter: sfchronicle.com/asnewsletter | Full Chronicle access: sfchronicle.com/pod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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The former A's outfielder talks about some of his experiences dealing with prejudice in the major leagues. He also talks about playing for Oakland in the postseason with a broken hamate bone, as well as the steroid allegations at the end of his career. | A’s Plus Newsletter: sfchronicle.com/asnewsletter | Full Chronicle access: sfchronicle.com/pod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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June 9, 2020 36 min
Baseball America's executive editor, J.J. Cooper joins Susan for a look at this week's truncated draft -- and what happens with all those undrafted players? Plus: a look at the A's draft and some unique issues they might face. | A’s Plus Newsletter: sfchronicle.com/asnewsletter Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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The former A's catcher discusses his life since becoming the first and so far only MLB player to take a knee to protest police violence against African Americans, and his thoughts on major-leaguers' reactions to the current protests. | Get full Chronicle access: sfchronicle.com/pod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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June 2, 2020 27 min
Former A's starter Bobby Witt recalls losing a perfect game to a bad call at the Coliseum in 1994 and talks with Susan Slusser about his work as a player agent during a period with no baseball, weighing in on the shortened draft and the predicament minor-leaguers face. | Coronavirus updates: sfchronicle.com/coronavirus | A’s Plus Newsletter: sfchronicle.com/asnewsletter Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adcho...
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June 2, 2020 15 min
The I-5 Series ends in defeat for NorCal, as SoCal completes its comeback with a Game 7 rout. North manager Bruce Jenkins is fired midgame and replaced by Billy Martin, who later walks off the job himself in disgust. Henry Schulman has the details and Jon Miller calls the highlights. | Follow the I-5 Series: sfchronicle.com/sports Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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