Minnesota Twins Podcast

The Twins Clubhouse Podcast features Twins favorites from past and present, as we relive specific moments from their career and catch up with what they are doing today. These new Twins shows will be available every Thursday wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts, or by subscribing at twinsbaseball.com/podcasts.

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Inside Twins: 8/14/22
Twins manager Rocco Baldelli joins Kris Atteberry for Inside Twins this week. In a wide-ranging conversation, Rocco addresses the club's plan for keeping Chris Archer healthy through a full season for the first time in several years, and how they plan the rest of the pitching plan around him. Plus, how a skipper can avoid the rollercoaster of a season and keep calm as the captain of the ship. Rocco shares his view of reading a clubhouse, interacting with his staff and players, and professes his affinity for Liverpool Football Club. That and more with Rocco Baldelli on this edition of Inside Twins.
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Inside Twins: 8/7/22
It was a wild week with the trade deadline, and bench coach Jayce Tingler joins “Inside Twins” to talk about helping the new faces get acclimated.
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Inside Twins: 7/31/22
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Inside Twins: 7/24/22
Giddy is the word Sean Johnson used to describe the feelings of the Twins being able to select Brooks Lee with the 8th pick in the recent 2022 draft. The Vice President Amateur Scouting joins “Inside Twins” this week to discuss the team’s 2022 draft class, include all the qualities they love about Lee. He also looks at a couple of the other selections and what are the next steps to getting guys signed and out on the field for the organization
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Inside Twins: 7/17/22
Twins General Manager Thad Levine sends us to the All Star Break with a recap of the first half of the season as well as a look at the trade market for pitching and a more recent positional need in the Twins lineu
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Inside Twins: 7/10/22
It is a week to the All-Star Break, and also the draft. Assistant General Manager Daniel Adler joins “Inside Twins” this week to chat about draft prep and alignment of roles and responsibilities leading up to the Twins selection. He gives an update on Miguel Sano’s rehab and when the first baseman may make his return. He also admits the team is looking for some pitching help, and why internal arms are not the answer right now.
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Inside Twins: 7/3/22
The Twins have hit the midpoint of the season in first place in the central. Manager Rocco Baldelli joins “Inside Twins” to talk about that success, and an up and down week which included the departure of and replacing of pitching coach Wes Johnson.
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Inside Twins: 6/26/22
As the season gets close to July, and with the Twins sitting on top of the division, we check in with Twins President of Baseball Operations Derek Falvey in this week’s “Inside Twins.” Chris Archer picked up the win on Saturday, but he has not worked deeper than 5 innings in his 14 starts this season. Derek discusses the plan the team has for the righty this season. He also touches base on what possible rule changes we could see as soon as 2023, Kenta Maeda’s rehab from Tommy John surgery, Byron Buxton’s knee issues and more
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Inside Twins: 6/19/22
Manager Rocco Baldelli swings by “Inside Twins” this week to touch base on a variety of topics. He discusses Trevor Larnach getting penciled into left on a regular basis, how Alex Kirilloff will be used since his recall, adjusting to the roster limit of 13 pitchers and more. He also reflects on celebrating his first Father’s Day as a dad
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Inside Twins: 6/12/22
Bench coach Jayce Tingler stops by “Inside Twins” to talk about the team's recent success.
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Inside Twins: 6/5/22
Assistant General Manager Jeremy Zoll joins “Inside Twins” this week and provides updates on Jorge Alcala, Royce Lewis and Miguel Sano. He also dives in player development and discusses how to identify guys who will be receptive to change, and then how the change is implemented. Jeremy also touches base on former number one overall pick Tim Beckham being on the team’s radar as his season is getting going for the triple-A St. Paul Saints.
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Inside Twins: 5/29/22
The Twins will be going to Toronto later this week and will have to navigate Canadian Covid-19 protocols. General Manager Thad Levine joins “Inside Twins” to discuss how they handle the roster shuffle, with some players not being eligible to play.
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Inside Twins: 5/22/22
What goes into deciding when Byron Buxton is not in the lineup? Manager Rocco Baldelli discusses the dynamics on this week’s “Inside Twins”. He also looks at why they sent Royce Lewis back to the minors, as well as pros and cons to next year’s schedule which will reduce the number of games vs. divisional foes. Plus, find out who is really happy every time the Twins drop down a sacrifice bunt.
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Inside Twins: 5/15/22
We are talking pitching on this week’s “Inside Twins” as Wes Johnson joins us. The pitching coach dives into slider usage going up, especially among some of the Twins young starters. Wes also talks about what he hopes Joe Ryan can take away from a start which wasn’t smooth, gives on update on the plan for Dylan Bundy’s return and highlights a few of the promising arms in the Twins system.
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Inside Twins: 5/8/22
Inside Twins: 5/8/22
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Inside Twins: 5/1/22
We are one month into the 2022 season, so Twins’ President and CEO Dave St. Peter stops by this week’s “Inside Twins” to discuss the state on the team and the game. He touches base on the nice start for the first place ball club and looking forward to resuming some great traditional interactions with the fans and community. He also peers into the future of the game on topics like pace of play and highlighting the athleticism of the players. He also tells us why legendary broadcaster Bob Costas will be making a stop at Target Field this season.
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Inside Twins: 4/24/22
Inside Twins: 4/24/22
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Inside Twins; 4/17/22
Inside Twins; 4/17/22
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4/10/22 Inside Twins
Inside Twins – The 2022 Inside Twins podcast debuts featuring Twins Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey. Derek details roster moves to start the season, the identity of the 2022 Twins and who picked up the check in a dinner between he and Twins Shortstop Carlos Correa.
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10/03/21: Twins Today
The final Twins Today looks ahead to the 2022 season as we feature conversations with Alex Kirilloff and Royce Lewis plus a special beat writer roundtable.
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10/03/21: Inside Twins
Inside Twins wraps up the season with a discussion between Justin Morneau, LaTroy Hawkins, Dan Gladden & Cory Provus that looks back on the Twins season, looks forward to the offseason and discusses the upcoming CBA.
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9/26/21: Twins Today
Twins Today closes out the Twins Hall of Fame weekend with exclusive interviews with Rod Carew, Tom Kelly, Brad Radke and Joe Vavra.
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9/26/21: Inside Twins
Twins manager Rocco Baldelli joins the program in the midst of the team’s final homestand. Rocco sheds some light on what exit interviews will look like to close the season and how the team will address “the need to rebuild this offseason.”
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9/19/21: Twins Today
Twins Today brings the energy as we hear about some of the Twins young arms from St. Paul Saints Pitching Coach Mike McCarthy, the voice of the Wind Surge Tim Grubbs prepares us for a Wichita postseason run & Bally Sports North broadcaster Marney Gellner is simply herself.
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9/19/21: Inside Twins
What is the Twins’ identity as they wrap up a disappointing season and look towards 2022? President of Baseball Operations Derek Falvey sheds some light on that in this week’s “Inside Twins”. He also discusses routes for the team to improve, still believing in Max Kepler, how a full 2021 Minor League season will be beneficial and more
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9/12/21: Inside Twins
Recently inducted into the Professional Scouts Hall of Fame, Twins V-P of Player Personnel Mike Radcliff joins us for this week’s “Inside Twins”. Mike recalls his first memories of several current and former Twins stars, chats about how the role and responsibilities are evolving for scouts and more
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9/12/21: Twins Today
This week’s Twins Today goes around the diamond as Nick Gordon joins the show after his first start at short. Then we visit with St. Paul Saints 3rd baseman & Twins prospect Jose Miranda on his impressive season.
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9/5/21: Twins Today
Twins Today focuses on the future of Twins baseball as we hear from St. Paul Saints Hitting Coach Matt Borgschulte on his work in Triple-A including the impact that Jose Miranda has made on their team
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9/5/21: Inside Twins
The Twins are exploring multiple options when it comes to building a rotation and full pitching staff in 2022.
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08/29/21: Twins Today
The Twins look for a 3-game sweep of the NL Central Leading Milwaukee Brewers and this week’s Twins Today has a Border Battle theme as well hear from a number of people from the two states. The Legendary Bob Uecker shares some memorable stories about his time in the movies and then current Twins Radio Play-by-Play Analyst Cory Provus shares his own Uecker stories from his time in the booth with him in Milwaukee.
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08/29/21: Inside Twins
As the Twins get set for the final month of the season, could Joe Ryan find his way on to the big league mound in September? Manager Rocco Baldelli dives into that when he joins “Inside Twins” this week. The skipper also explains why he favors the current limits on roster expansion for September, discusses the impact Kenta Maeda needing surgery has on the 2022 rotation and more
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8/22/21: Twins Today
8/22/21: Twins Today
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8/22/21: Inside Twins
8/22/21: Inside Twins
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8/15/21: Twins Today
Twins Today puts a bow on a weekend which celebrated the 30th anniversary of the 1991 Minnesota Twins Championship Season. The Star Tribune’s Patrick Reusse is one of the most respected Twins historians around and he joins us for some candid memories of that team that you won’t find in an article
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8/15/21: Inside Twins
The Twins look to win three consecutive series for the first time this season, and all three would be against division leaders. Manager Rocco Baldelli joins “Inside Twins” to talk about the nice ball his squad has been playing.
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8/8/21: Twins Today
On the heels of the closing ceremonies in Tokyo, Twins Today is joined by former gold medalist Jessica Mendoza. Jessica received a firsthand scouting report on Twins new pitching prospect Joe Ryan.
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8/8/21: Inside Twins
8/8/21: Inside Twins
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8/1/21: Inside Twins
Now that some of the dust has settled President of Baseball Operations Derek Falvey has an opportunity to reflect on what was a busy deadline.
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8/1/21: Twins Today
Fresh off the trade deadline, Twins Today takes a deep dive on some of the prospects that the Twins acquired this past week with JJ Cooper, the Executive Editor of Baseball America
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7/25/21: Twins Today
With the Trade Deadline looming Twins Today checks in with MLB Network Insider Jon Heyman who gives us the latest on Twins trade rumors including Jose Berrios and a player that Heyman says is “more likely than not to be traded.” Bally Sports North analyst LaTroy Hawkins discusses the deadline from his perspective as well as some of the memorable pitching performances that he’s seen firsthand. MLB.Com Angels beat writer Rhett Bollinger builds on last night’s pitching performance to help us reset the Twins/Angels series. Finally, we also have the pleasure of introducing you to one of the Twins best pitching prospects Jordan Balazovic and speaking of prospects, Twins Senior Manager of Baseball Operations, Brian Maloney shares the intake process of the Twins recent draft picks.
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7/25/21: Inside Twins
Was the trade of Nelson Cruz the only deal the Twins will make before Friday’s 3pm deadline? Twins’ General Manager Thad Levine joins “Inside Twins” to discuss the tough decision to move the slugger to Tampa, and how this week could play out. He said the team is not actively shopping guys who are not approaching free agency after this season, like Berrios and Buxton. Thad thinks the core of this team will be able to compete for the postseason in 2022, a belief that is supported by the teams who are calling and inquiring about making a deal. As Thad put it “if other teams think our players can help them win a championship, we believe they can help us win a championship.” He also gets into some of the factors that are making this a unique trade deadline, such as the timing of the draft.
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7/18/21 Inside Twins
11 of the 21 players the Twins selected in the 2021 Draft were pitchers, including their first round pick Chase Petty. Director of Amateur Scouting Sean Johnson joins “Inside Twins” to talk about the high school right-handed flame thrower from New Jersey. It was a draft deep in arms, but even Sean thinks that the Twins ended up with more pitchers than they thought. With 19 of the Twins’ selections coming from college, Sean explains the focus on this direction – especially with the pitchers. He also gives his thoughts on what he considers the ideal time and location for the draft.
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7/18/21: Twins Today
Twins Today is coming out of the All-Star Break with a recap of the festivities. First we introduce you to Twins Prospect and St. Paul Saints Starting Pitcher Josh Winder. Winder talks about his Futures Game experience as well as how he’s maintained success on the mound. Then 4-Time All-Star Justin Morneau recaps his time in Colorado last week as well as relives his 2008 Home Run Derby Championship. Finally, Twins Senior Director of Communications Dustin Morse shares his perspective of All-Star Week as well as looks ahead to what his responsibilities could be come the trade deadline
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7/11/21: Twins Today
Twins Today hits the halfway point as Twins Reliever Tyler Duffey joins the program for an extended conversation on his season, trends in the game and his thoughts on who should be going to Colorado as an All-Star. It’s also draft day and Brit Minder, Coordinator of Amateur Scouting, paints us a picture of who is in the room making the decisions and how debates on a selection are handled. We flashback on the week with a great conversation with former Twin and World Series Champion A.J. Pierzynski. Finally, we check in with a couple of broadcasters as Cedar Rapids play-by-play Chris Kleinhans-Schulz takes us on Kernels winning streak while Twins television Play-by-play Dick Bremer helps us wrap up the 1st half of the season.
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7/11/21: Inside Twins
The first half of the season has not gone according to plan for the Twins. The team’s principal owner Jim Pohlad joins “Inside Twins” to discuss the 2021 season so far and admits everyone expected different outcomes, but he still has faith in his baseball operations department now and going forward. When asked if the Twins can keep Jose Berrios and Byron Buxton long term, Jim says “I think the answer is a definitive yes.” He dives into watching some of the young players who will be part of the future coming up and already playing key roles. Plus, he has been pleased with the relationship with St. Paul as the new triple-A affiliate, and is in favor of participating in one of the Saints time honored tradition.
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7/4/21: Inside Twins
Fifteen games under .500 is not where the Twins expected to be at the midway point of the season. General Manager Thad Levine joins “Inside Twins” and admits that they have to re-evaluate how to determine if 2021 is a successful campaign. A key reason for the struggles has been the pitching and how it has regressed from the prior two seasons. Thad starts with issues in the bullpen, saying they built it the same way as in the past, but it did work out here in 2021. The front office is remaining optimistic, but also objective – meaning yes, they are engaging in trade talks, but they what to avoid “over-correcting”, still believing the core will be competitive in 2022
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7/4/21: Twins Today
Twins Today welcomes in 8 decades of baseball knowledge as we chat with 16 time Gold Glover winner Jim Kaat about today’s game. We also hear from Kansas City Royals MLB.com beat writer Anne Rogers as the Twins wrap up a series in KC. Then we look forward to the upcoming homestand with Eric Hudson, Twins Senior Director of Ticket Service and Retention, who helps us preview “Welcome Back Week” as well as tell you about what promotions are in store for this week. Plus, Sean Aronson, St. Paul Saints Vice President, Director Media Relations/Broadcasting, gives us a unique perspective on what was a memorable homestand at CHS Field in St. Paul this past week.
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6/27/21: Inside Twins
What is the day in a life for a big league manager? Rocco Baldelli walks us through that when he joins Kris Atteberry for “Inside Twins” this week. The skipper also dives into how he is handling the merger of the current core of Twins with players who should be part of the next wave. Also, Rocco has been used to waking up and having his teams near the top of the standings since 2017. He tells us what he is learning from this 2021 season as his squad keeps searching to get back on track
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6/27/21: Twins Today
Target Field Executive Chef Kurt Chenier provides the menu for this week’s Twins Today program as Chef helps you plan out a meal for your trip to the ballpark no matter who your guests are. Chef also helps us celebrate 100 percent capacity at Target Field with an All You Can offer for the entire ballpark. But for starters we take a look at Nelson Cruz’s season and put in perspective against baseball history. On the side, we bring in Wichita Wind Surge Broadcaster Tim Grubbs as he provides in-depth analysis on this week’s player and pitcher of the week. We also hear from MLB.com Do-Hyoung Park on how the team could approach the trade deadline over the next month. For desert, we welcome in Cleveland’s Broadcaster Jim Rosenhaus who treats us to his take on how the AL Central will play out this year and in the future.
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6/20/21: Twins Today
Twins Today heads down to the lone star state in the first hour as we visit with Saturday’s Twins starter Randy Dobnak. Dobnak talks about adjustments he needs and is making on the mound as well as how pitchers will have to adapt with the league formally checking on foreign substances this upcoming week. Twins Assistant General Manager Jeremy Zoll is also with the team and he addressed how challenging the trade deadline will be as a result of most prospects not playing in 2020. We then get you ready for the upcoming homestand as Enquirer’s Reds beat writer Bobby Nightengale Jr. previews the Twins/Reds series. We also visit with former Red Pete Rose in an interesting conversation about sports gambling. We wrap up the program with Executive Director of ACES 4 Kids Christina Saunders as she talks about how the Twins & ACES are teaming up to help provide opportunities to kids while the Star Tribune’s Mike Rand closes out the program with analysis on how the Twins should be approaching the next month.
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6/20/21: Inside Twins
Twins President of Baseball Operations Derek Falvey admits he was a bit naïve when it comes to the extent pitchers have been doctoring the ball. He makes that admission on this week’s “Inside Twins” as he looks at when things crossed into performance enhancing territory along with the new penalties which will be implemented starting this week. This has also thrown a new variable when it comes to evaluating players you may acquire via trade or the draft. With his team still towards the bottom of the division, Derek looks at where things went off the rails, and how pitching will be the key to a potential turnaround
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6/13/21: Inside Twins
Spider tack has crossed the line when it comes to putting illegal substances on the baseball, that is what Twins’ Pitching Coach Wes Johnson says on this week’s “Inside Twins”. Doctoring the ball has been a part of the game forever, but what makes this situation so different? Wes explores that, along with if a pitcher can reach next level success without assistance from illegal substances and/or new theories on mechanics. He also gets into the pros and cons of catchers setting up behind the plate on one knee, and takes a look at the struggles of some of his starters this season. It is more than pitching 101 on this week’s show.
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6/13/21: Twins Today
This week’s Twins Today features guests that combine for 25 All Star Appearances and 10 different Batting Titles. First, Rod Carew makes a special visit to the program to talk about his venture into Twitter, his relationship with Tony Oliva and his book One Tough Out. Then Joe Mauer stops by to preview which one of his former teammates will win the Mauer & Friends Kid’s Classic Home Run Derby this week. Finally, 1988 Twins All Star Tim Laudner joins us to talk catching philosophy in today’s game. Those conversations are accompanied by an interesting look at the how the new rules are impacting the game in Low A as we talk with Fort Myers Mighty Mussels broadcaster John Vittas as well as continued conversation on the foreign substance issue with The Athletic’s Dan Hayes.
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6/6/21: Twins Today
This week’s episode of Twins Today spends a lot of the time in different clubhouses. First we dive into the St. Paul Saints clubhouse as Manager Toby Gardenhire describes his first month on the job and the challenges of an ever changing roster. Plus, Toby shares how different and unique each story is every time he gets to tell a ballplayer that he is getting called up to the majors. Then we visit the Twins Clubhouse where Josh Donaldson gives a thoughtful and detailed analysis on baseball’s foreign substance issue. Trevor Larnach also joins the program to discuss when data is valuable and when being a ballplayer puts you in a better position to succeed. We wrap up “Twins Today” as the Star Tribune’s Phil Miller joins the last part of the show and Mike Clough, Senior Vice President of Ticket Sales and & Brand Partnerships, shares how fans can continue to take advantage of hospitality areas at Target Field throughout June.
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6/6/21: Inside Twins
The Twins find themselves 12 games under .500 as they approach the 60 game point of the season. Assistant General Manager Daniel Adler joins “Inside Twins” this week to discuss the struggles. He says the front office needs to figure out what areas they control and how to improve those areas. They also dive into the hot topic of pitchers using substances on the baseball. Adler addresses comments from Twins Third Baseman Josh Donaldson on the subject while also identifying other numbers and factors to support some of the recent pitching success in the majors. Also, injuries are a concern for every team, and Adler says the Twins and all organizations are searching for answers.
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5/30/21: Twins Today
When do the Twins decide if they are buyers or sellers? Twins Today brings in MLB.com Executive Reporter Mark Feinsand to discuss the timeline to make that decision. If the Twins do become sellers, Mark offers up the obvious pieces that the team will move as well as the not so obvious trades. Former All Star and Television Analyst Roy Smalley also visits the program to break down short stop play and to share some laughs about a memorable Kent Hrbek story. The voice of the Cedar Rapids Kernels Chris Kleinhans-Schulz shares his perspective on a few future Twins while the Founder and Executive Director of Project Success, Adrienne Diercks, tells us how they are teaming up with the Twins to provide a future for young students.
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5/30/21: Inside Twins
Baseball has a sticky situation to deal with regarding pitchers using substances on the ball, Twins manager Rocco Baldelli dives into that when he joins “Inside Twins”. The skipper also talks about trying to cap off his squad’s best week of ball with another series victory, and provides injury updates on several key player. Plus, it’s a confluence of nostalgia and modern thoughts when he is asked if he would like to have an everyday set lineup. That and more on this week’s episode.
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5/23/21: Inside Twins
Are the Minnesota Twins already looking to sell? President of Baseball Operations Derek Falvey joins Cory Provus on Inside Twins to answer that question and to discuss the state of the team. Derek also provides fans some indicators on how to evaluate player effort throughout the game. The two close out the conversation by looking at the scope of the game, what the Twins Front Office has learned about the new rules at the Minor League levels and what all the no-hitters say about today’s game.
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5/23/21: Twins Today
Twins Today introduces you to new St. Paul Saints Broadcaster Andy Helwig as they discuss Andy’s path to St. Paul. We also hear about the homestand highlights including the 2021 debut of Twins pitching prospect Jhoan Duran. Then Senior Manager of Special Events and Promotions Mitch Retelny provides a detailed look at what unique memorabilia you can find at Target Field this summer
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5/16/21: Inside Twins
Twins’ pitching coach Wes Johnson has been working overtime lately with all the struggles going on with the staff. He joins “Inside Twins” to discuss the measures being taken to try and turn things around for the Twins’ arms, including reliever Alex Colome. Wes also explains the origin of his perpetual positivity, dives into how Kenta Maeda has been impacted by mother nature and a funny story of Twins’ 1st base coach Tommy Watkins being sidelined due to his Peloton.
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5/16/21: Twins Today
After a very big, emotional win, “Twins Today” examines if that can be a springboard to turning things around. Twins legend Tony Oliva swings by to share stories about his friend Rod Carew, the Cuban influence on the central division rival White Sox and some advice for Miguel Sano. The winningest team in the organization right now is Double-A Wichita. Wind Surge play-by-play announcer Tim Grubbs checks in to highlight the success, the first home stand at Riverfront Stadium and his recommendations for best barbeque when you are in town. Rob Refsnyder joins us from the Twins clubhouse, Megan Ryan of the StarTribune discusses her transition to the Twins beat, and Danny Gladden catches up with Jose Canseco.
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5/9/21: Twins Today
With a scheduled noon start for the series finale in Detroit, it’s an abbreviated, but informative edition of “Twins Today”. Twins’ Sr. Vice President of Operations Matt Hoy provides a detailed plan to ramp up attendance over the next two months, hopefully culminating with 100% capacity by the 4th of the July. St. Paul Saints Vice President of Media Relations/Broadcasting Sean Aronson jumps on the mic to discuss the first week to the minor league seasons and the Saints’ plans for their home opener. Finally, the White Sox beat writer for The Athletic – James Fegan – helps us preview the upcoming Twins series at Guaranteed Rate Field.
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5/9/21: Inside Twins
Things have not gone according to the script through the first 32 games for the Twins. General manager Thad Levine joins Inside Twins to break down the rough start to the season. He describes some of the issues plaguing the team as unsustainable, but presents data which would indicate hopefully an upcoming change in the trends. The bullpen has been a big area of concern, Thad addresses that along with his continued belief in the relievers. Injuries and struggles have resulted in a ton of roster shuffling, more than he anticipated making through the first several months of the season.
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5/2/21: Inside Twins
The Twins Organization is one month into the 2021 season and Team President Dave St. Peter joins Inside Twins to share his learnings from this unique season. Dave shares both positive and negative feedback from Twins fans on their experience at Target Field as well as what adjustments will stay beyond 2021 and what accommodations will be short-term. Dave also previews the upcoming Minor League Season and what new rules he is excited to see tested at that level and how they may impact the game.
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5/2/21: Twins Today
Twins Today recaps a week that saw the Twins begin to find their stride this season. This week's show features an exclusive interview with Twins Catcher Ben Rortvedt fresh off his debut on Friday night. The rookie shares some fun stories about his interactions on the field in addition to a couple notable achievements from his performance. Senior MLB Writer for The Athletic Britt Ghiroli gives her highlights and perspective on MLB's 1st month in 2021 as well as how the Twins are being viewed from a national level. Then we narrow the focus with Twins MLB.com writer Do-Hyoung Park who provides his insight on how the next month will play out.
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4/25/21: Twins Today
A guy who closed games for the Twins and Pirates joined “Twins Today” as Matt Capps talks about his time on the mound and now his time on the mic. He certainly still has fond memories of 2010 as he helped the Twins win the A.L. Central. Derek Wetmore also chats with Twins’ Assistant General Manager Jeremy Zoll, touching base on some guys recently called up to the big leagues and what is to be the final week of activities at the alternative site. We also welcome in and learn the road to the show for Annie Sabo, of Bally Sports North and Betsy Helfand - who covers the Twins for the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
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4/25/21: Inside Twins
Skipper Rocco Baldelli joins Cory Provus for this week’s “Inside Twins”, as they navigate a unique course- the state of the game of Baseball right now. From the strikeout rate, pace of play, the new rules which will be implemented in the Minor Leagues and more, they take a deep dive on issues around the game. They also have time to cover the latest in the friendly jousting between Rocco and Pirates manager Derek Shelton. A real interesting, fun conversation on this week’s show.
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4/19/21: Twins Today
The Twins have had multiple games postponed due to COVID-19 protocols and that is certainly a topic on this week’s Twins Today. Angels MLB.com writer Rhett Bollinger discusses the postponement of the series and covering a star-studded team in LA. We then introduce you to the Twins' new Double-A affiliate Wichita Wind Surge as play-by-play voice Tim Grubbs shares the incredible story of their organization. LaTroy Hawkins also shares the importance of finding the right catch partner. Twins Today airs every Sunday from 10am to 12pm CT.
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4/19/21: Inside Twins
The Minnesota Twins have had a challenging week due to COVID-19 protocols and an evolving schedule. President of baseball operations Derek Falvey gives us the most up-to-date information on contact tracing and some of the processes the team is taking while on the road. Derek also discusses how the upcoming schedule could shape up and how the roster may be impacted. Check out this exclusive conversation on the latest status of the team.
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4/11/21: Twins Today
Twins Today returns and it more than circles the bases. Host Derek Wetmore begins with 5 thoughts that starts around the league but then narrows in on the Twins' bats. Derek is also joined by 3-time All Star Glen Perkins, The Athletic’s Dan Hayes and Twins outfielder Kyle Garlic as each conversation gets you up to date on the start of the season. A hot topic with each guest was how the extra inning rules impact the game. We also hear from St. Paul Saints manager Toby Gardenhire on catching his dad’s 1st pitch and how the first week of work has gone at CHS Field.
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4/11/21: Inside Twins
When were the seeds planted on how Rocco Baldelli sees and thinks about the game of baseball? The Twins’ manager details the roots of some of his philosophies when he joins “Inside Twins”. The skipper also looks at the delicate balance of managing for the game today versus managing for tomorrow and beyond. Plus, he dives into the team’s strategy of having relievers focus on what hitters they will face instead of what inning they will be used. Join us for a jam packed show.
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4/4/21: Twins Today
Twins Today debuts in 2021 as host Derek Wetmore gathers insight and perspective from seven different guests on this long form podcast. Twins starter Jose Berrios was dominate in his first start of the season as he dials into the program to replay Saturday’s outing. Twins Hall of Fame inductee and Broadcaster Justin Morneau tells us what he’s seen through the Twins first couple of games and we get a St. Paul Saints preview with Sean Aronson, Vice President, Director Media Relations/Broadcasting. Finally, you won’t want to miss a conversation between Dan Gladden and legendary broadcaster Bob Uecker. Twins Today is produced every Sunday throughout the Twins season.
90 min
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4/4/21: Inside Twins
What can Twins fans expect on their return to Target Field? Team President and Chief Executive Officer Dave St. Peter has the important information and more as he joins the season debut of “Inside Twins”. He also addresses fans concerns about returning to downtown Minneapolis, and the topic of players and staff possibly being vaccinated. That and more on our first show of the year.
21 min
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2/24/21: Twins Hot Stove
“We wrap up this season’s “Hot Stove Show” with a great, insightful conversation with Max Kepler. Is it possible the Twins’ right Fielder does not dig the long ball? He chats about his swing, reflections on more than a decade in Fort Myers, his constant pursuit to grow mentally and more. He also shares what teammate is his pick to click for this year’s squad. It is a candid, fun chat for our season finale.”
25 min
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2/17/21: Twins Hot Stove
“As the Twins get ready to begin spring training they will do so without bench coach Mike Bell as it was announced that Bell is battling cancer. Tyler Duffey reacts to that news when he joins “The Hot Stove Show”. The righty reliever also chats about how mother nature has kept him from getting to Fort Myers, life with a 10-month old and the changes to the baseball. He also explains why he was even missing hecklers last season. That and more on his week’s show.”
24 min
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2/10/21: Twins Hot Stove
We are a week away from the start of Spring Training, but a lot of Twins are already in Fort Myers and that is where we caught up with Ryan Jeffers on this week’s “Hot Stove Show”. The catcher chats about working on his swing and his unique positioning behind the plate which has him throwing from his knees. We also ask the physics major to dissect the changes made to the baseball here in 2021. Plus, Nelson Cruz is officially on board for this season, could this be his final campaign? The boomstick provides an answer.
25 min
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2/3/21: Twins Hot Stove
This week’s “Hot Stove Show” features one of the most powerful and impactful conversations we have ever had on the program. Jeff Passan from ESPN joins us to discuss his story on Drew Robinson in addition to new Twins shortstop Andrelton Simmons’ battle with depression. It is a heavy topic, but one that needs to be addressed. There are some diamond notes later on in the show, such as Jeff thinking the Twins and White Sox will be the best fight for a division title here in 2021, Nelson Cruz’s return to the Twins and more.
33 min
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1/27/21: Twins Hot Stove
The Hot Stove is starting to heat up, and on this week’s show we chat with newest Twin pitcher J.A. Happ. He discusses his route to the team, what lefty was a big influence on him, his only big league homer and more. He also gets into some of his new teammates, including the prospect of taking the mound with Andrelton Simmons behind him at short. Then we take a moment to honor and say good-bye to the legendary Hank Aaron.
24 min
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1/20/21: Twins Hot stove
Pitching Coach Wes Johnson is the guest on this week’s “Twins Hot Stove Show”. We dive into how to examine and manage work flow for this season after the 60-game 2020 campaign, hear about some young arms in the system and Wes’ thoughts from Kenta Maeda’s first season with the team. Plus we hear about supinate and pronate as Wes throw’s a curve on the philosophy of when a youngster should start throwing the breaking pitch. We also give you the first peek at the upcoming Virtual Twinsfest.
25 min
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1/13/21: Twins Hot Stove
He made history by picking up his first MLB hit in a postseason game, outfielder Alex Kirilloff reflects on that accomplishment and more on this week’s “Hot Stove Show”. The Twins took the lefty with their first round pick in the 2016 Draft because of his bat, so Alex talks about his hitting approach and philosophy at the plate. Then a fan drops in the zoom to ask some questions – including having Alex pick from a list of interesting challenges.
24 min
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01/06/21: Twins Hot Stove
After a two week break for the holidays, “The Twins Hot Stove Show” makes it’s 2021 debut. Reliever and team player rep Taylor Rogers gives the latest on when players will report to spring training, his unique connection to new teammate Hansel Robles, reflections on the team’s postseason struggles and how now is the time for the Twins core players to deliver. Then a classic zoom drop in, as a surprise guest questions Taylor’s effort on the basketball court, foosball battles and more.
24 min
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12/16/20: Twins Hot Stove
The big restructuring of the minors leagues presents new challenges and opportunities for the Twins, and Assistant General Manager Jeremy Zoll joins “The Hot Stove Show” to discuss those and how the organization may have been ahead of the curve. He dives into the shift away from the short season leagues and how Fort Myers will now be the hub for the organization’s lower level. Jeremy also talks about a curve ball the pandemic threw to him and his fiancée. We also hear manager Rocco Baldelli’s thoughts on who could replace Eddie Rosario in left field, the White Sox moves this off-season and the things to navigate when a Covid vaccine becomes available to baseball. Join us for our final show of 2020!
25 min
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12/9/20: Twins Hot Stove
Baseball’s winter meetings are taking place virtually this season, Twins’ Assistant General Manager Daniel Adler discusses how those are unfolding as he stops by this week’s “Hot Stove Show”. He weighs in on the challenges of this off-season, how the team may have altered their approach to it, and his role as the team signed several of their arbitration eligible players last week. Then when a guest drops in the zoom, Adler is asked to pit analytics vs. the eye test in regards to the controversial decision Tampa made when they removed Blake Snell from game 6 of the World Series. Join us for a fun and informative edition of the show!
28 min
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12/2/20: Twins Hot Stove
The Twins Hot Stove debuts as things are starting to heat up around baseball. Trevor May has left for the Mets and Eddie Rosario may not be back, Twins President of Baseball Operations Derek Falvey stops by to discuss those moves. He also touches base on tendering deals to other eligible players and the new lineup of minor league affiliates. Then a fan gets to drop by the zoom to chat with the Twins’ boss, as we launch a new segment to the show this season. That, and a look at items up for bids in this month’s Twins Community Fund auction.
24 min
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9/27/20: Inside Twins
This very unique 2020 regular season has reached the finish line, with a lot on the line. Twins’ manager Rocco Baldelli joins Cory Provus on the season finale of “Inside Twins”, to talk about all the scenarios that are in play on the final day of the regular season. The Twins will be hosting in the Wild Card Round of the playoffs – but who will they play? Will they be the Central Division Champs? With all of these questions, how will Rocco manage in this 60th and final game of the season? He has to balance decisions between what is best for today vs. best for the first round of the postseason. He also provides an injury update on Josh Donaldson and Byron Buxton.
21 min
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9/20/20: Inside Twins
The Minnesota Twins have clinched their 2020 Postseason bid and we asses this unique season with President of Baseball Operations Derek Falvey. With still more to accomplish this year, Derek breaks down how the Postseason Rosters, Taxi Squad and Bubble will work over the next couple of weeks. We also hear the Front Office’s take on Josh Donaldson’s interesting week as well as how a few Twins coming back from injury could make an impact in the Postseason.
21 min
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9/13/20: Inside Twins
There are just two weeks remaining in this very unique season, and Twins’ General Manager Thad Levine stops by “Inside Twins” to look at the sprint to the finish. The Twins have been one of the best teams at home this season, Thad discusses the Target Field advantage – even with no fans. With the team on track for the postseason, what will the playoffs look like logistically? He dives into the layers of the bubble scenario. That and more on this week’s program.
21 min
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9/6/20: Inside Twins
Mike Bell knew there would be a learning curve for himself, the players and the staff, when he became the Twins bench coach this season. He joins Kris Atteberry for this week’s “Inside Twins” to discuss the fit, and how this season’s team is more than just “Bomba’s”. The Twins will see Cincinnati in a couple of weeks, which means a reunion of the Bell brothers, as David is the Reds’ skipper. What happened the last time the two of them were on the field together? Find out on this week’s show!
21 min
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8/30/20: Inside Twins
It’s a trade deadline edition of “Inside Twins” when General Manager Thad Levine joins Cory Provus. With the deadline set for 3pm central on Monday, Thad discusses the multiple layers going into possible deals, including the impact of the extended playoff format this season. He says the team is set to receive a big boost – but in the form of guys like Donaldson, Buxton and Odorizzi returning from the injured list. Thad also reflects on the decision by the team to not play last Thursday as a way to push for racial and equality.
21 min
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8/23/20: Inside Twins
A tough ending to the week, with a ton of roster moves and guys landing on the injured list. Twins’ President of Baseball Operations Derek Falvey joins Kris Atteberry on “Inside Twins” to discuss the various moves and provide updates on the injured players including Homer Bailey and Josh Donaldson. Derek likes the depth his team has beyond the 28 guys on the active roster, and the promotion and success of Ryan Jeffers is a prime example. Plus, the trade deadline is approaching at the end of the month, and Falvey looks at several variables which will be in play this season.
20 min
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8/16/20: Inside Twins
A member from one of the first families of baseball joins “Inside Twins”, as Twins bench coach Mike Bell joins Cory Provus this week. He talks about his road to the Twins, including great conversations he had with his dad Buddy regarding the opportunity and manager Rocco Baldelli. He has been learning somewhat on the fly and absorbed additional roles. Bell also shares his thoughts on the league’s collective slow start offensively and more.
20 min
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8/9/20: Inside Twins
“After starting the week with 3 straight wins, the Twins have dropped 3 in a row heading into the series finale in Kansas City. General Manager Thad Levine joins Kris Atteberry for “Inside Twins” to discuss the week on and off the diamond, including Josh Donaldson landing on the injured list and Mitch Garver’s slow start. With all the homers the Twins have hit so far, Thad covers if guys are trying to avoid first base coach Tommy Watkins. Plus, who would be in Thad’s dream section of cardboard cutouts to decorate the stands in place of fans right now? That and more on this week’s show.”
20 min
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8/2/20: Inside Twins
“A busy week on and off the diamond for the Twins, and manager Rocco Baldelli joins Cory Provus on this week’s “Inside Twins” to discuss all the topics. A focus stays on the fluidity and ever-changing landscape in the game due to the Covid-19 virus, including Rocco’s thoughts on if the “Bubble” format would have worked. As for on the field, Rocco talks about the team’s 6-2 start, the change to 7-inning double headers and more on this week’s show.”
21 min
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7/26/20: Inside Twins
“The 2020 season is finally underway! Twins President of Baseball Operations Derek Falvey joins “Inside Twins” this week to discuss the unique rules and feel to the return to play. He also shares his thoughts on the increased postseason format which will be implemented this season, including what element he thinks will be impacted most by the expansion to 8 teams in each league qualifying for the playoffs. Derek also provides on update on Byron Buxton and Jake Odorizzi. That and more on the “Inside Twins” season debut.”
21 min
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7/8/20: Twins Clubhouse
It is a Summer Camp edition of the Twins Clubhouse Podcast. Twins General Manager Thad Levine joins Kris Atteberry to discuss the team’s return to the diamond, how they are handling the new protocols, the ever changing environment and trying to focus on baseball. Thad dives into some of the unique methods and tools the team has been utilizing to assist in the preparations for a season like none other. He also touches base on the decision and conversations with Bob McClure and Bill Evers who will be remote contributors to the coaching staff in 2020. That and more on this week’s episode.
39 min
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6/25/20: Twins Clubhouse
The Twins Clubhouse Podcast continues as former Twins Starter Nick Blackburn joins host Kris Atteberry. Nick reflects on some of his major league accomplishments as he relives memories with live highlights and discussions centered around the memorable moments. Such moments include his game 163 start in 2008 against the Chicago White Sox as he details his mindset going into the game, along with the game plan against the impactful and deep Sox lineup. Other moments include his first career appearance in 2007 on September 3rd where he pitched a scoreless inning against Cleveland, his lone major league hit in Colorado in 2008, and his game 2 start against the New York Yankees in the 2009 playoffs. All of that and more in this week’s edition of The Twins Clubhouse Podcast.
63 min
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6/18/20: Twins Clubhouse
The Twins Clubhouse Podcast continues as former Twins Starter Scott Baker joins host Kris Atteberry. Scott reflects on some of his Major League accomplishments as he relives memories with live highlights and discussions centered around the memorable moments. Such moments include his 1-hit shutout against the Royals in 2007 where he carried a perfect game into the 9th inning in a 5-0 victory. Other moments include his start in the Twins' memorable game 163 victory in 2009 as he talks about the game from his point of view, along with his career-high 12-strikeout game against Colorado in 2010 and his first career MLB victory over Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers in 2005. All of that and more in this week’s edition of The Twins Clubhouse Podcast.
54 min
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6/12/20: Twins Clubhouse - Draft Special
It’s a special edition of the Twins Clubhouse Podcast as we thoroughly recap the 2020 Draft with director of scouting Sean Johnson. Sean provides in-depth detail on the scouting process of each of the Twins' 4 picks and where they’ll slot into the organization’s current depth charts. The conversation also includes how the uniqueness of this year’s Draft impacted the Twins' strategy as well as when/where they can expect these 4 picks can start playing.
30 min
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6/4/20: Twins Clubhouse
The Twins Clubhouse Podcast continues as former Twins Relief Pitcher Matt Guerrier joins host Kris Atteberry. Matt reflects on some his major league accomplishments as he relives memories with live highlights and discussions centered around the memorable moments. Such moments include his 1st career Major League victory in 2006 where he pitched in his 89th career game and helped the Twins defeat the Orioles in Baltimore 8-5. Other moments include his appearance in the Twins’ infamous game 163 against the White Sox in 2009, his first career RBI when he was a Dodger in 2011, and his memories of playing with many childhood heroes throughout his career. All of that and more in this week’s edition of The Twins Clubhouse Podcast.
57 min
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5/28/20: Twins Clubhouse
The Twins Clubhouse Podcast continues as Twins Legend Randy Bush joins Kris Atteberry. Randy reflects on some of his Major League accomplishments as he relives memories with live highlights and discussions centered around the memorable moments. Such moments include Randy’s infamous head-first slide at home in Game 2 of the 1987 World Series to help the Twins take a 5-0 lead at the time. Other moments include his career-high 8-RBI game at Texas, his first Major League hit in 1982 at Fenway, and even Bert Blyleven’s public promise following the 1986 season that the Twins could bring a World Series title to Minnesota. All of that and more in this week’s edition of The Twins Clubhouse Podcast.”
37 min