Season Preview Podcast

Season 2 Episode 6 is now available

Hannah, Dom and I have put together a bumper season preview podcast that’s now available via all of the major outlets.

Among the many things we discussed were:

  • Looking at the likely Opening Day roster,
  • Sharing our thoughts on our AL West division rivals,
  • Putting forward our predictions for the season ahead,
  • Regular features like “Random A’s Fact” and “Roots News”.

I usually end up publishing the podcast the evening after we’ve recorded it and that can often tempt fate in terms of news make us look silly, wrong, or silly and wrong!

We didn’t really get hit by that this time around, although it’s worth noting that it’s been announced that Austin Allen will start the season in Triple-A, so the back-up catcher role is down to a choice of two: Aramis Garcia and Carlos Pérez.

We leaned towards Garcia getting the spot and I’m still going along with that. The only thing that might tip it in Pérez’s favour is if the team feels Sean Murphy may need a bit more rest than usual in the early weeks after his health scare over the off-season. That could mean Pérez’s greater experience at the Big League level factors more heavily into the equation.

We had a good time making the podcast so be sure to check it out and to subscribe via your favourite podcast source as we’ll be publishing a new episode on pretty much a weekly basis once the action gets going.

Which is now less than one week away!

By Matt Smith

Matt has been writing about baseball and football (soccer) for many a year. He's one of the three Oakland A's UK crew and the one you'll most often see blogging at and presenting videos on our YouTube channel. He also writes a blog about Norwich City Football club at

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