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Pregame Radio Interviews

Pregame Radio Interviews
Joe Ritzo interviews players, coaches and staff throughout the 2017 season on the San Jose Giants Pregame Show



July 20 - Nestor Rojas
The Giants manager reviews the just-completed Southern California road trip, preaches the need for improved consistency, goes in-depth on Aramis Garcia and gives an update on Steven Duggar's rehab process

July 18 - Mike Couchee
Pitching coach Mike Couchee drops by the pregame show and shares his thoughts on Madison Bumgarner's two appearances in San Jose, the evolution of Dylan Rheault as the club's closer and what's behind Grant Watson's recent surge in the starting rotation

July 17 - Steven Duggar
Top prospect outfielder Steven Duggar talks his long rehab process as he returns from multiple injuries this season, the experience of playing in big league camp during the spring and his memories of the 2016 season in San Jose

July 15 - Grant Watson
Starting pitcher Grant Watson discusses his dominant outing from a few days ago, the key to a good pick-off move and winning a national championship at UCLA

July 14 - Heath Slatton
Pitcher Heath Slatton chats about the mindset needed to be a successful reliever, his recent experience in Triple-A and watching Bumgarner

July 13 - Nestor Rojas
Manager Nestor Rojas provides insight on Madison Bumgarner's two rehab starts in San Jose, reflects on his days as a minor league teammate of Bumgarner and looks ahead to the rest of the Giants-Quakes series

July 12 - Todd Linden
Hitting coach Todd Linden talks the Giants' home versus road offensive numbers this season, working with rehabbing major leaguers as well as gives updates on the progress of Bryan Reynolds, Ryan Howard and Heath Quinn

July 10 - Alex Pavlovic
NBC Sports Bay Area Giants Insider Alex Pavlovic joins the pregame show with thoughts on Madison Bumgarner's rehab, the upcoming trade deadline and which prospects may receive a call-up to San Francisco later this season

July 3 - Jake McCasland
Pitcher Jake McCasland discusses what's been behind his recent run of successful starts, recalls the no-hitter he threw in Augusta last season and looks forward to watching Madison Bumgarner pitch in San Jose

July 1 - Aramis Garcia
Aramis Garcia breaks down his busy game behind the plate last night, reflects on his experience in the home run derby at the California League All-Star Game and provides an outlook for the second half of the season

June 30 - Bryan Reynolds
Top prospect Bryan Reynolds talks about his All-Star experience last week, playing in the College World Series while at Vanderbilt, getting drafted by the Giants and what's behind his recent success at the plate

June 29 - Nestor Rojas
Manager Nestor Rojas discusses the rehab plan for Steven Duggar, gives a health update on Heath Quinn and breaks down the club's recent offensive surge

June 24 - Mike Connolly
Starting pitcher Mike Connolly reflects on the honor of making the All-Star team, shares his goals for the second half and describes his experience of milking a cow during the All-Star festivities in Visalia

June 23 - David Owen
Reliever David Owen drops by the pregame show to discuss the start of the second half, having an established role out of the bullpen and the key to his success on the mound

June 22 - Nestor Rojas
The Giants manager looks ahead to the start of the second half, attempts to explain the club's road success versus home struggles and gives his thoughts on the San Jose players that were named California League All-Stars

June 14 - Jonah Arenado
Jonah Arenado joins the pregame show and talks his return to third base, the developing Giants team chemistry and his memories of getting drafted

June 13 - Mike Couchee
Pitching coach Mike Couchee gives a report on the Giants All-Star pitchers Mike Connolly, Ryan Halstead and Conner Menez

June 12 - Matt Pare
Giants catcher Matt Pare talks about taking advantage of his opportunities, why he believes the club has played better on the road this season and what's ahead for his YouTube channel, "Homeless Minor Leaguer"

June 11 - Shane Turner (Part 3)
The final installment of Joe Ritzo's interview with Director of Player Development Shane Turner features the farm director's thoughts on Aramis Garcia and Jonah Arenado and a look back at the first San Jose Giants championship team

June 10 - Shane Turner (Part 2)
The progress of San Jose outfielders Bryan Reynolds, Heath Quinn and Gio Brusa along with a look ahead to next week's draft highlight part 2 of Joe Ritzo's interview with farm director Shane Turner

June 9 - Shane Turner (Part 1)
San Francisco Giants Director of Player Development Shane Turner provides insight on the development of former San Jose standouts Chris Shaw and Tyler Beede and shares his thoughts on the promotion of Austin Slater to the major leagues

June 8 - Nestor Rojas
Manager Nestor Rojas explains how his team has improved since the beginning of the season, discusses Jonah Arenado's all-around game, talks replacements for Ryan Halstead at closer and looks ahead to the home stretch of the first half

June 5 - Heath Quinn
Outfielder Heath Quinn chats about returning from his spring training injury, the camaraderie with his teammates, his experience of getting drafted a year ago and the feeling of hitting a home run

June 3 - Tom Brennan/Sandy Wihtol
On a "75 Years at Municipal Stadium" celebration day at the ballpark, former major leaguers and San Jose Bees legends Tom Brennan and Sandy Wihtol stop by the pregame show and reminisce about their time in San Jose

June 2 - Matt Solter
Pitcher Matt Solter discusses his most recent start, compares pitching in independent league ball versus affiliated baseball and explains his keys to success on the mound

June 1 - Nestor Rojas
Giants manager Nestor Rojas makes his weekly radio appearance and shares his thoughts on the club's recent improved play, the addition of Ronnie Jebavy and Bryan Reynolds' season to date

May 27 - Yordy Cabrera
Reliever Yordy Cabrera chats about his recent success on the mound, joining the Giants organization this year and his past transition from shortstop to pitcher

May 26 - Matt Krook
Pitcher Matt Krook discusses his win in Lancaster from the previous night, the development of his sinker and reminisces about growing up a Giants fan in the Bay Area

May 25 - Nestor Rojas
The Giants manager analyzes how hitting can be contagious, Gio Brusa's recent offensive surge, working with switch-hitters and Matt Krook's improvement on the mound

May 24 - Conner Menez
Pitcher Conner Menez reviews his most recent start, talks his season to date, playing for a small college and the impact of his grandfather, former major leaguer Bill Plummer, on his baseball career

May 23 - Jason Schwartz
Lancaster broadcaster Jason Schwartz joins the pregame show to preview the Giants-JetHawks series, provide insight on top Rockies prospects and discuss the first half races in the California League

May 22 - Mike Couchee
Pitching coach Mike Couchee offers his thoughts on Jake McCasland's most recent start, the development of Matt Krook and the make-up of the Giants bullpen

May 18 - Nestor Rojas
Manager Nestor Rojas makes his weekly radio appearance and discusses the need for a spark, the addition of Heath Quinn to the club and also shares the story of his transition from playing to coaching

May 17 - Matt Winn
Catcher Matt Winn chats about his experience in big league camp the last two springs, the art of handling a pitching staff and the team's mindset during the current losing streak

May 16 - Todd Linden
Hitting coach Todd Linden talks the impact of newcomer Heath Quinn to the Giants lineup, how Aramis Garcia has improved as hitter this year, Bryan Reynolds' development in his first full pro season and also provides a general analysis of the San Jose offense

May 13 - Jeff Tackett
San Francisco Giants minor league catching instructor Jeff Tackett joins the pregame show with thoughts on San Jose's season to date, the development of Aramis Garcia and also reflects on his favorite moments in the minor leagues as a player

May 11 - Nestor Rojas
Manager Nestor Rojas takes stock of his team at the midpoint of the first half detailing the latest pitching struggles, young players fighting through adversity and how the club can improve going forward

May 9 - Caleb Simpson
Giants pitcher Caleb Simpson discusses his most recent outing, the challenges of battling through several significant injuries in recent years and his keys to success on the mound

May 5 - Dylan Rheault
Reliever Dylan Rheault shares the story of how he signed with San Francisco last offseason, his experience playing Independent League ball and the advantages of being a 6'9" pitcher

May 4 - Nestor Rojas
Manager Nestor Rojas makes his weekly radio appearance and shares his thoughts on the recent homestand, Ryan Howard's hot start to the season, keys to batting with runners in scoring position and the Giants-Ports rivalry

May 1 - Dillon Dobson
Dillon Dobson reflects on his record-setting three-homer game, transitioning to second base this season and shares his thoughts on San Jose's powerful lineup

April 27 - Nestor Rojas
The Giants skipper discusses the ups and downs of the road trip, his experience managing Christian Arroyo in rookie-ball and the significance of Dillon Dobson's return from injury

April 25 - Mike Connolly
Giants starting pitcher Mike Connolly explains how he's evolved as a pitcher in recent years, describes the challenge of facing the same opponent in consecutive starts and reminisces about his time as a position player in college

April 24 - Jalen Miller
Jalen Miller talks the Giants ability to overcome deficits, his baseball idols growing up, transitioning from high school to professional baseball and keys to being a successful leadoff hitter

April 22 - Ryan Halstead
Giants reliever Ryan Halstead drops by the pregame show to discuss his early-season success on the mound, pitching in late-inning situations and looks ahead to his homecoming in Rancho Cucamonga

April 21 - Zack Bayrouty
Stockton radio voice Zack Bayrouty helps preview the Giants-Ports series, talks top A's prospects and gives his thoughts on the new-look California League

April 20 - Nestor Rojas
Giants manager Nestor Rojas makes his weekly radio appearance and talks the opening homestand, the routines of baseball and what his young players can learn from rehabbing big leaguers Michael Morse and Mac Williamson

April 19 - Dan Orum
San Jose Giants President/CEO Dan Orum chats about the start to the season, early standout players, the improvements to Municipal Stadium this year and exciting new promotions at the ballpark

April 18 - Gio Brusa
Outfielder Gio Brusa analyzes his early-season power surge, discusses how he learned to switch-hit, recalls growing up a Giants fan in Lodi and what it's like to play with the rehabbing Michael Morse this week

April 13 - Nestor Rojas
Giants manager Nestor Rojas reflects on the season-opening road trip, recalls the longest games he's every been a part of and looks ahead to the home opener at Municipal Stadium

April 12 - Ryan Howard
Ryan Howard drops by the pregame show to discuss the emerging team chemistry on the club, his early success at the plate, having versatility on the infield and also looks ahead to the home opener

April 11 - Aramis Garcia
Aramis Garcia talks his hot start to the season at the plate, catching all 16 innings on opening night, his experience in major league spring training and his role as a team leader

April 10 - Todd Linden
Hitting coach Todd Linden discusses San Jose's deep lineup, the successful opening series at Inland Empire and Aramis Garcia's keys to success in 2017

April 9 - Dusten Knight
Reliever Dusten Knight chats about his first appearance of the year, the 16-inning game on opening night and working as a kids baseball instructor during the offseason

April 8 - Mike Couchee
Pitching coach Mike Couchee makes his first pregame show appearance of the season and talks his time in big league camp this spring, establishing bullpen roles, how to have success on the mound in the California League and his expectations for Conner Menez this year

April 7 - Steve Wendt
Inland Empire broadcaster Steve Wendt drops by the pregame show and chats with Joe about last night's 16-inning opener, Angels top prospects and the new-look California League in 2017

April 6 - Nestor Rojas
New Giants manager Nestor Rojas describes the emotions of opening night, returning to San Jose and his hopes for the 2017 season