Synopsis

Twins beat writers La Velle E. Neal III and Phil Miller join Michael Rand every week to turn the marathon of a baseball season into a series of short sprints. The Twins are worth talking about, and we hope you'll listen.

Episodes

  • Podcast: Neutral site World Series? Saturday doubleheaders?

    Podcast: Neutral site World Series? Saturday doubleheaders?

    27/03/2020 Duration: 22min

    Chip Scoggins and Michael Rand reflect on what would have been opening week for MLB and the Twins by examining what baseball could look like in 2020 when and if it returns. How many games can they fit into the regular season? If they push the regular season back, what does that mean for the playoffs? And what's the last date they could conceivably start the season?

  • Podcast: Memories of Opening Day -- and hopes for Twins in 2020

    Podcast: Memories of Opening Day -- and hopes for Twins in 2020

    27/03/2020 Duration: 22min

    Phil Miller and Michael Rand trade stories about their favorite memories of baseball Opening DFays in the past. Thursday would have been opening day for the 2020 Twins, and whenever the season starts there will be great expectations.

  • Podcast: Add any Twins player to any Twins playoff team, 2002-present

    Podcast: Add any Twins player to any Twins playoff team, 2002-present

    25/03/2020 Duration: 24min

    With what would have been opening day just 24 hours away, Michael Rand and Jim Souhan dive into Twins history with two questions: 1) What was the best Twins team of the last 20 years? and 2) If you could take any Twins player from any Twins season, 2002-present and add him to a different Twins team, who would you pick?

  • Podcast: When play resumes, Twins are loaded in majors -- and minors

    Podcast: When play resumes, Twins are loaded in majors -- and minors

    23/03/2020 Duration: 23min

    Michael Rand chats with La Velle E. Neal III about the top 10 Twins minor league prospects -- some of whom should be on the doorstep of contributing at Target Field once MLB play resumes. Is Royce Lewis really No. 1? Is there some major pitching help on the way?

  • Podcast: Will Byron Buxton be ready for the start of the season?

    Podcast: Will Byron Buxton be ready for the start of the season?

    10/03/2020 Duration: 20min

    La Velle E. Neal checks in with Michael Rand from Florida, where Byron Buxton stood in for live batting practice on Tuesday as he takes steps toward getting back on the field. They also discuss the impact of coronavirus on clubhouse access.

  • Podcast: Confident Twins are talking about World Series

    Podcast: Confident Twins are talking about World Series

    26/02/2020 Duration: 20min

    Phil Miller joins Michael Rand from Florida with a glowing review of veteran pitcher Jhoulys Chacin's debut. Also on the docket: Miguel Sano's fitness (very good) and transition to first base (work in progress), Josh Donaldson's impact and a World Series-level confidence that is permeating Fort Myers.

  • Twins podcast: Avoiding regression from 2019s breakout players

    Twins podcast: Avoiding regression from 2019's breakout players

    20/02/2020 Duration: 20min

    La Velle E. Neal III joins Michael Rand from spring training to talk about Max Kepler and a slew of other Twins players who exceeded expectations in 2019 -- and how they can sustain that level while avoiding regression.

  • Twins podcast: The Twins suddenly have a lot of starting pitching options

    Twins podcast: The Twins suddenly have a lot of starting pitching options

    14/02/2020 Duration: 23min

    Phil Miller and Michael Rand discuss the Twins' sneakily active offseason on the starting pitching front and where it might leave them once all their arms are available.

  • Podcast: Gonzalez apologizes for cheating, but story far from over

    Podcast: Gonzalez apologizes for cheating, but story far from over

    12/02/2020 Duration: 21min

    La Velle E. Neal III joins Michael Rand to talk about the opening of Twins spring training, which featured the intrigue Tuesday of Marwin Gonzalez addressing his role in the Astros sign stealing scandal. La Velle also gave a Byron Buxton health update and boasted about the Florida weather.

  • Twins podcast: Exactly what happened in the Graterol trade saga?

    Twins podcast: Exactly what happened in the Graterol trade saga?

    10/02/2020 Duration: 24min

    La Velle E. Neal and Michael Rand walk through the on-again, off-again deal that finally will result in Brusdar Graterol being traded and Kenta Maeda joining the Twins. Did it work out well for Minnesota in the end? And do the Twins have enough pitching for October?

  • Podcast: Things the Twins must do to address pitching as offseason looms

    Podcast: Things the Twins must do to address pitching as offseason looms

    09/10/2019 Duration: 27min

    La Velle E. Neal III joins Michael Rand to break down the Twins as they head into the offseason sooner than expected after a three-game sweep by the Yankees. The series highlighted a need for high-end pitching. How can the Twins get more of it, and what will they prioritize this offseason?

  • Podcast: After poor play and worse decisions in New York, can Twins respond?

    Podcast: After poor play and worse decisions in New York, can Twins respond?

    07/10/2019 Duration: 30min

    Michael Rand and Phil Miller break down the lopsided weekend in New York, which saw the Twins outscored 18-6 on the way to a 2-0 ALDS hole. The Twins were outclassed in both games, and a handful of curious decisions by manager Rocco Baldelli contributed to the mess. Can the Twins, resilient all season, make a series of it back at Target Field on Monday?

  • Podcast: Live from New York, listen to a Twins Game 1 breakdown

    Podcast: Live from New York, listen to a Twins Game 1 breakdown

    04/10/2019 Duration: 23min

    La Velle E. Neal III checks in from New York with Michael Rand as the Twins prepare to start the playoffs against the Yankees. They break down the 25-player postseason roster and try to figure out how the Twins are going to piece together 27 outs per game.

  • Listen: The Twins arent intimidated, but will they beat the Yankees?

    Listen: The Twins aren't intimidated, but will they beat the Yankees?

    02/10/2019 Duration: 24min

    Phil Miller and Michael Rand discuss how confident the Twins are -- or at least say they are -- heading into the American League Division Series in New York. Should they fear the Yankees? Will they ever name a Game 1 starter?

  • Listen: Best guess is Luis Arraez is on the ALDS roster for Twins

    Listen: Best guess is Luis Arraez is on the ALDS roster for Twins

    01/10/2019 Duration: 35min

    Phil Miller joins Michael Rand after a news-filled, season-ending road trip. They try to sort out the Twins' playoff roster in light of several interesting decisions -- including a big one that will be determined by the health of rookie Luis Arraez.

  • Listen: A Twins celebration to remember -- and a pivot to playoff strategy

    Listen: A Twins celebration to remember -- and a pivot to playoff strategy

    26/09/2019 Duration: 19min

    Jim Souhan was on the scene in Detroit when the Twins clinched their first AL Central title since 2010. He checks in with Michael Rand as they discuss the Twins' earnest but business-like celebration as well as looming questions now that October baseball is official.

  • Listen: Is Jake Odorizzi the favorite to start Game 1 of a playoff series?

    Listen: Is Jake Odorizzi the favorite to start Game 1 of a playoff series?

    25/09/2019 Duration: 24min

    Phil Miller is in Detroit, where he joins Michael Rand to talk about the Twins on the verge of clinching the AL Central. Along with that are two big questions that emerged from Tuesday's win: Is Jake Odorizzi in line to be a Game 1 starter, and is Kyle Gibson pitching his way into the postseason mix?

  • Listen: Completely remade bullpen has become a strength for Twins

    Listen: Completely remade bullpen has become a strength for Twins

    24/09/2019 Duration: 25min

    La Velle E. Neal III and Michael Rand talk about the 180 the Twins have pulled with their bullpen this season. Remember Blake Parker? Adalberto Mejia? Those guys (and others) were supposed to be big contributors. They're long gone, and mostly in-house candidates have stepped up in their place.

  • Listen: Did Kyle Gibson pitch himself off the Twins postseason roster?

    Listen: Did Kyle Gibson pitch himself off the Twins' postseason roster?

    20/09/2019 Duration: 25min

    Phil Miller joins Michael Rand to talk about the Twins' comeback victory Thursday and Kyle Gibson's five-out start, which could jeopardize his spot on the playoff roster. If he's not in the mix, what does the playoff pitching staff look like?

  • Listen: Marveling at another comeback and wondering who is the Twins MVP

    Listen: Marveling at another comeback and wondering who is the Twins' MVP

    18/09/2019 Duration: 22min

    Chip Scoggins joins Michael Rand to talk about another big night for the resilient Twins, who cut their magic number to seven with a 9-8 victory over the White Sox. Also: A bold idea for the postseason rotation and a question: Who is the Twins' MVP this season?

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