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Aaron Gleeman and John Bonnes talk about that baseball team in Minnesota over a beer at this week's favorite watering hole. Many THANKS to James Richter for his music and technical support & Kirsten Brown of kbrobaseball.com for our logo.

Aaron Gleeman and John Bonnes


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    Episode 590: Time To Step Up

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2022 85:15

    Aaron and John talk about the Twins falling out of first place, Rocco Baldelli's ejection, releasing Tyler Duffey but not Emilio Pagan, the need for Carlos Correa and veteran pitchers to produce, Alex Kirilloff's wrist surgery, and Byron Buxton's knee injury.

    Episode 589: Going For It

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2022 115:27

    Aaron and John talk about the Twins' deadline day trades for Tyler Mahle, Jorge Lopez, and Michael Fulmer, why giving Emilio Pagan and Tyler Duffey more chances to blow leads is a bad idea, the likely end of the Miguel Sano Era, and ever-ending outfield injuries.

    Episode 588: Will They or Won't They

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2022 94:41

    Aaron and John talk about the Twins' obvious need for pitching help at the trade deadline, the difference between good value and good players, how many current pitchers can be trusted in the playoffs, never-ending injuries knocking out Josh Winder, Bailey Ober and Jorge Alcala, and why no one actually wants to live in a $60,000 house.

    Episode 587: Twins Trade Deadline Targets

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2022 82:53

    Aaron and John frame the upcoming trade deadline season by going through both obscure and obvious trade targets for the Twins, such as Luis Castillo, Frankie Montas and David Robertson, and what it will cost the team.

    Episode 586: Limping Into The Break

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2022 100:04

    Aaron and John talk about the Twins ending the first half on a low note, the need for pitching help before the trade deadline, Ryan Jeffers' thumb surgery, Miguel Sano's ticking clock, and why Brooks Lee and Connor Prielipp were a best-case scenario on draft day.

    Episode 585: Zen and the Art of Bullpen Patience

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 7, 2022 98:49

    Aaron and John discuss the Twins' growing divisional lead, the latest bullpen implosions, and how soon fans can expect some relief.

    Episode 584: Bullpen Blech

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2022 93:51

    Aaron and John talk about the Twins' bullpen meltdowns in Cleveland, the shocking departure of pitching coach Wes Johnson for LSU, and why the need for more relief talent is a bigger issue than anything else.

    Episode 583: First Place, But ...

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2022 98:32

    Aaron and John discuss how the Twins can "Find a Reliever," Byron Buxton's knee injury, and more about the "drunken bar fight" series versus Cleveland.

    Episode 582: Showdown with Cleveland

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2022 90:32

    Aaron and John talk about the Twins' eight upcoming games vs. the Guardians, Royce Lewis' torn ACL and the future at shortstop, when Alex Kirilloff will return from crushing Triple-A, the domino effect of the rotation getting healthier, and how ready the world is to see more of John Bonnes dancing.

    Episode 581: Damn Yankees 2022 Edition

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2022 97:00

    Aaron and John talk about the Twins-Yankees series, Byron Buxton breaking out of his slump in a huge way, the state of the bullpen, how close the rotation is to getting healthy, why the lineup is showing good signs against high-end pitchers, and Josh Donaldson's return to Minnesota.    

    Episode 580: Twins Travel Plans and Royce's Knee

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 3, 2022 88:15

    Aaron and John talk about the Twins' ugly series in Detroit, the unvaccinated players skipping the series in Toronto, Royce Lewis avoiding another worst-case scenario, and Jhoan Duran's role in the bullpen.

    Episode 579: The Gong Show

    Play Episode Listen Later May 27, 2022 107:15

    Aaron and John talk about Byron Buxton's slump, the vibes in the Twins clubhouse, taking the long-term view with short-term decisions, Devin Smeltzer's place on the roster, and telling managers about promo codes.

    Episode 578: Lewis, Buxton and Kirilloff

    Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2022 92:46

    Aaron and John talk about Carlos Correa returning, Royce Lewis being sent back to Triple-A, Byron Buxton getting days off, Alex Kirilloff trying to get right in St. Paul, and Chris Paddack having elbow surgery.

    Episode 577: Horse Memes and Flushing It

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2022 90:42

    Aaron and John talk about Chris Paddack's elbow problem, Yennier Cano's debut, the Twins getting swept by the Astros, the roster having a Triple-A feel because of so many injuries, the odds of Royce Lewis sticking around, and Alex Kirilloff's struggles.

    Episode 576: The Future Is Now

    Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2022 104:01

    Aaron and John talk about the Twins' streak of one-run wins, Carlos Correa's injury and Royce Lewis' debut, Jose Miranda stepping in for Miguel Sano, Gilberto Celestino swimming instead of sinking, and Josh Winder and Jhoan Duran remaking the pitching staff on the fly.

    Episode 575: First Place! (Seriously)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2022 100:30

    Aaron and John talk about the Twins' rise to first place in the AL Central, Aaron's return from the injured list, Jose Miranda's big-league debut, Miguel Sano's knee injury, Jhoan Duran's first chance in the closer role, and how this team is starting to resemble the early 2000s version.

    Episode 574: Throwing Smoke and Slinging Sliders

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2022 103:58

    Aaron and John talk about the Twins' ongoing hitting issues, Byron Buxton's return, Joe Ryan's slider, Nick Gordon's upside, Jhoan Duran's new bullpen role, and Lewis Thorpe's release.

    Episode 573: Buxton and Kirilloff Deja Vu?

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 16, 2022 95:52

    Aaron and John talk about Byron Buxton's knee injury, Alex Kirilloff's wrist injury, Trevor Larnach's return to the majors, Jhoan Duran's future role, and Clayton Kershaw's perfect game that was never going to happen.

    Episode 572: Opening Weekend

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 11, 2022 96:49

    Aaron and John compare notes on the Minnesota Twins' opening weekend, including Byron Buxton's superhero origin story, the surprising trade of Taylor Rogers, and Gary Sanchez's redemption tour. 

    Episode 571: Season Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 3, 2022 108:04

    Aaron and John evaluate the addition of Chris Archer, speculate on the Minnesota Twins' final roster moves, and then give their over/under picks on the American League teams, including the Twins' 2022 win total. 

    Episode 570: Carlos Correa Arrives

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 28, 2022 78:55

    Aaron and John recap all things Carlos Correa, wonder if help is still coming for the Twins' rotation, and discuss other notes from spring training.

    Episode 569: That's What The Money Is For

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 18, 2022 90:38

    Aaron and John (from Dublin!) recap a wild week of Twins moves, including trading away Josh Donaldson, Mitch Garver, and Chase Petty, and look ahead to the remaining moves that could/should be coming, from Trevor Story and Frankie Montas to uncertain pivot plans.

    Episode 568: Play Ball!

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 11, 2022 82:48

    Aaron and John (live from a ferry!) talk about the long-awaited end of the MLB lockout, the upcoming start of the Twins' season, and the many changes to the CBA, big, small, and unintended.

    Episode 567: The Vanilla Cupcake

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 6, 2022 85:46

    Aaron and John (from Scotland!) talk about MLB canceling Opening Day, how the lockout puts Royce Lewis and the Twins in a tough spot, why the Rule 5 draft could be in jeopardy, and whether the Twins or the Timberwolves are ready to do more winning.

    Episode 566: Ticking Clocks and Teacher's Pets

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 28, 2022 84:36

    Aaron and John revert back to their normal roles while evaluating the potential delay of the MLB season, weigh options for an extended postseason, and discuss the Twins' prospects who are getting extra attention this year in spring training. 

    Episode 565: Baseball ... Soon?

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 21, 2022 81:23

    Aaron and John talk about a critical week for CBA negotiations, the 10th anniversary and initial reaction to Twins Daily, how underdogs win championships too, and variations in Twins' prospect rankings.

    Episode 564: Projecting the AL Central

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 15, 2022 78:01

    Aaron and John review ZIPS' projections for the AL Central, discuss Byron Buxton's career path and wonder how close we are to spring training. 

    Episode 563: Taking the Twins Fan Survey

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 7, 2022 106:59

    Aaron and John take The Athletic's Twins fan survey and review the results, plus talk about the signings of Tim Beckham and Daniel Robertson.

    Episode 562: Big Papi and Trading Pitchers

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 31, 2022 89:00

    Aaron and John discuss David Ortiz's election into MLB's Hall of Fame, what offseason starting pitching trades look like, the rhetoric surrounding a nerd being named the Vikings new GM, and why Aaron is once again excited about an in-person event. 

    Episode 561: Twins Hall of Fame

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 24, 2022 88:19

    Aaron and John discuss the additions of Cesar Tovar, Ron Gardenhire and Dan Gladden to the Twins Hall of Fame, along with where "prospects plus" rank in the prospect hierarchy and the disturbing lack of absolutes present in following a career path.

    Episode 560: Aaron's Twins Prospect Rankings

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 17, 2022 96:10

    Aaron and John discuss Aaron's rankings of the Twins' 40 top prospects. 

    Episode 559: How to Build a Bullpen

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 10, 2022 90:01

    Aaron and John talk about the Twins' best path to building a better bullpen, the New York Times buying The Athletic and what it means, and why so many starter prospects become relievers. 

    Ep 558: Best of Patreon Interviews

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 2, 2022 55:28

    Aaron and John compile clips of their interviews with Glen Perkins, Parker Hageman, Patrick Reusse, Dan Hayes and Betsy Helfand. 

    Episode 557: The Myth of the Rebuild

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 19, 2021 90:56

    Aaron and John discuss the pros and (mostly) cons of rebuilding, the Minnesota Twins current starting rotation, and the Church of Baseball.

    Episode 556: Hall of Fame and Scratch and Dent

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2021 84:51

    Aaron and John discuss Tony Oliva and Jim Kaat entering the Hall of Fame, the Minnesota Twins' new coaching hires, and what the team's strategy should be when the offseason restarts.

    Episode 555: Buxton, Bundy and Bupkis

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2021 99:40

    Aaron and John discuss the Twins inking Byron Buxton to a 7-year extension, signing starting pitcher Dylan Bundy, and sitting on their hands as the free agent starting pitching market dries up.  

    Episode 554: It's Getting Late Early

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 28, 2021 90:21

    Aaron and John discuss the growing urgency of Byron Buxton's situation, the dwindling free agent starting pitching market, the likelihood of the Twins signing a top shortstop, and pending arbitration decisions.

    Episode 553: Berrios, Buxton, and Patrick Reusse

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 109:12

    Aaron and John discuss Jose Berrios' new contract, Byron Buxton's contract negotiations, the Twins' 40-man roster moves, and share audio of their discussion with Patrick Reusse about Billy Martin's most notorious dust-ups.

    Episode 552: The Shortstop Market

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2021 67:06

    Aaron and John talk about the Twins' shortstop options, including a star-studded free agent class and possible trade targets, plus the first front-line free agent pitcher goes off the board to a division rival.

    Episode 551: The Jayce Tingler Era Begins

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2021 85:26

    Aaron and John discuss the hiring of recently dismissed San Diego Padres manager Jayce Tingler as the Twins' bench coach, the departure of Alex Colome, the waiver claim pickup of reliever Jharel Cotton, and which prospects the Twins should protect to guard against the Akil Baddoo snafu. 

    Episode 550: Free Agent Starting Pitcher Tiers

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 31, 2021 86:47

    Aaron and John break down the free agent starting pitcher market into four tiers, discuss the Twins hiring 31-year-old David Popkins as their new hitting coach, welcome Parker Hageman for a cameo about Joe Ryan, and talk about the McDonald's dollar menu for some reason.

    Episode 549: On The Trading Block

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 109:22

    Aaron and John talk about eight players the Minnesota Twins could look to trade this offseason, Eddie Rosario's great October, and which areas the Twins absolutely must address this winter.

    Episode 548: Twins' Payroll Decisions

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 91:10

    Aaron and John set the stage for the offseason with a 360-degree discussion of  the Twins' payroll: how high their budget should be, the arbitration and contract decisions they need to make, trade candidates that could free up more money, and how much fans can expect them to spend this offseason. 

    Episode 547: 2021 Over-Under Review

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2021 89:31

    Aaron and John discuss Twins' coaching staff changes and 40-man roster cuts, and then review their preseason over-under picks.

    Episode 546: Dropping the Curtain on the 2021 Twins

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2021 95:00

    Aaron and John talk about the final week of the Twins' disappointing season, avoiding 90 losses, Byron Buxton's amazing present and uncertain future, Derek Falvey's comments about the offseason plans, and coaching changes on the horizon.

    Episode 545: More Wins and Morneau

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2021 101:51

    Aaron and John talk about the future of the AL Central, Joe Ryan's 11-strikeout game, Justin Morneau's Twins Hall-of-Fame induction and which Twins' relievers will play a role in the 2022 bullpen. 

    Episode 544: The March To 90 Losses

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 19, 2021 92:04

    Aaron and John talk about Joe Ryan avoiding a serious injury, Andrelton Simmons not being allowed into Canada, how this year's team compares to 1990 and 1986, Ryan Jeffers vs. Mitch Garver at catcher, and the 100th version of the same conversation about Miguel Sano.

    Episode 543: Joe Ryan, Nick Gordon and Jovani Moran

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2021 93:17

    Aaron and John talk about Joe Ryan's first impression, Nick Gordon's future role, Jovani Moran's upside, Byron Buxton's power display, and the difference between tanking and just being really bad.

    Episode 542: Losing My Rotation

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2021 92:12

    Aaron and John discuss Kenta Maeda's Tommy John surgery, Joe Ryan's debut, Randy Dobnak's return, the Twins' offseason payroll situation, and how all of the above impacts the rebuild of the team's starting rotation. 

    Episode 541: Buxton In, Maeda Out, Joe Ryan ... Up?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2021 91:18

    Aaron and John talk about Byron Buxton's return, Kenta Maeda's elbow surgery and where it leaves the 2022 rotation, Joe Ryan's odds of being a September call-up, Josh Donaldson's impossible task, and Miguel Sanó doing it again.

    Episode 540: Damn, Yankees

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2021 98:13

    Aaron and John talk about the Twins' winning ways predictably coming to an end vs. the Yankees, Trevor Larnach's demotion, Kenta Maeda's latest injury, Byron Buxton's impending return, the end of Bonnes' month-long road trip, and Joe Ryan's post-trade debut.  

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