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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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. A great guy, a great guy, and a great story teller, enjoy this show with Mike Radcliff. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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. Then we talk pitching with the Durham Rays Pitching Coach Rick Knapp. Rick provides a unique perspective on two of the newest Twins pitchers in Joe Ryan and Drew Strotman. Finally, Twins Radio's Kris Atteberry reflects on his 15 years with the Twins organization. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The Twins are exploring multiple options when it comes to building a rotation and full pitching staff in 2022. General Manager Thad Levine joins “Inside Twins” to discuss the possible approaches to the biggest need facing the organization. Joe Ryan could be a part of those equations, Thad chats about the prospects' big league debut and more on this week's show. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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. Twins pitcher Andrew Albers discusses his incredible path through baseball as he continues his 3rd tour of duty with the Twins Organization. Finally, Sports Talk Host and Comedian Ramie Makhlouf provides listeners a perspective from the Milwaukee market while MLB.com's Do-Hyoung Park gives us insight on the Twins recent play and what we can expect in the final month of the season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The last couple of weeks Twins Today has been introducing you to Minor League prospects throughout the Twins Organization and this week's show highlights BJ Boyd. Boyd isn't necessarily a house hold name yet but definitely has an incredible story with a mentor who may surprise you. We also hear from Twins Head Groundskeeper Larry DiVito on how he maintains the Target Field playing field through an upcoming concert and we catch up with Taylor Rogers Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Who are some Twins' minor leaguers who should be on your radar? Assistant General Manager Jeremey Zoll joins “Inside Twins” and puts the spotlight on some prospects. He also discusses the impact of the rookie league being eliminated from affiliated MLB teams. Plus, he dives into the evolution of the strength and conditioning department for the Twins and across baseball. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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. Big Train, Carl Willis was a member of that world series season and he points out the impact that TK has had on his career. We also hear from Paul Molitor as the Baseball Hall of Famer comments on his recent stint in the broadcast booth as well as his current role as Twins roving instructor. Finally, we introduce you to silver medalist and Twins prospect Joe Ryan fresh off his Olympic trip to Tokyo. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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. With Tampa Bay in town, the skipper also reflects on his time with them and the evolution of when they became a top tier organization on and off the field. He and Rays manager Kevin Cash spent a brief time together as teammates in Tampa in 2005, but it had a profound impact and shaped a very unique friendship. That and more on this week's episode. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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. She explains what is the most underrated element to Joe's game and how she sees the Twins rebounding from a disappointing 2021 season. Speaking of prospects, Austin Martin has been fantastic since joining the Wichita Wind Surge after coming over to the Twins organization in the Jose Berrios trade. We introduce you to him while breaking down his swing and his favorite position to play. We then preview a couple of upcoming notable events in Twins Territory as the lead Director of MLB on FOX, Matt Gangl, describes what fans will see in Thursday's Field of Dreams game in Dyersville, Iowa. We also preview next weekend's 30th anniversary of the '91 Reunion as Dan Gladden catches up with Chili Davis. Finally, we close out the program with The Athletics' Dan Hayes as he dives into great detail on where Byron Buxton and the Twins stand Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
We cover a lot of ground this week on “Inside Twins” as team President Dave St. Peter joins the show. He addresses the impact on the business side from the trades of Nelson Cruz and Jose Berrios, as well as adjustment the team is making due to the Delta variant and the Covid-19 pandemic. The organization is going to honor the 1991 World Champions this coming weekend, Dave talks about the festivities along with what stands out to him the most from these celebrations. Plus, the Twins will have an extra day off for the All-Star break in 2022, Dave explains why when he looks at next season's schedule which was just released Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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. He sits down with Cory Provus to talk about the thought process of the moves and how the timeline played out over the course of the week. Derek also provides his perspective on contract extension discussions with Byron Buxton and what he's learned about the deadline during his tenure with the Twins. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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. We also look at the relationship impact of the deadline with Twins Interpreter Elvis Martinez. Speaking of prospects, we check in with Cedar Rapids Kernel and Forest Lake native Matt Wallner to learn how his season is going. We'll also look ahead to the 1991 World Series Reunion on August 13th & 14 with Dan Gladden as we celebrate the 30-year anniversary of that memorable season. Finally, the Star Tribune's Phil Miller helps us reflect on the weekend and offers his perspective on the club's future. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.