Inside Twins: Inside Twins begins Sunday, March 31, and runs every Sunday one hour prior to first pitch. The show features chief baseball officer Derek Falvey, senior vice president Thad Levine and Twins manager Rocco Baldelli as they provide fans an inside look at the inner workings of Twins baseball. You can listen to the show live on the Treasure Island Baseball Network, WCCO 830 AM or download the show to listen at your convenience.Hot Stove Show: The Twins Hot Stove Show airs every Wednesday throughout the off-season from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m. CST. Kris Atteberry hosts as he brings you exclusive interviews with the Twins' front office and current Twins players. We'll keep you up to date on news and notes across the league and details key to the Minnesota Twins. You can participate in the show by tweeting at us through our @TwinsRadio handle. Listen to the show live on the Treasure Island Baseball Network, WCCO 830 AM or download the show to listen at your convenience.
After clinching the AL Central, manager Rocco Baldelli joins Cory Provus on this week's "Inside Twins" to discuss postseason prep, the roster for the playoffs and more. There are a lot of variables into setting the roster, starting with health. So Rocco discusses that, including an update on Luis Arraez who was injured in Saturday's game in Kansas City. The Skip also takes some time to reflect and evaluate his incredible rookie season at the helm. Finally, we find out that he will have a "special assistant" with his managerial duties in the regular season's finale.
With the Twins closing in on the Central Division and a trip to the postseason, CBO Derek Falvey stops by "Inside Twins" to discuss the pursuit. He takes a look at the process and variables that go into assembling the roster for the first round of the postseason, including the number of arms needed. Plus Max Kepler has been swinging the bat, although he has not been in the lineup for over a week. That and more on this week's show.
Meeting on the Mound with Kyle Gibson returns with an in-depth interview with Randy Dobnak. Dobnak goes through his incredible path beginning with youth baseball and finally to the Majors. He provides sound advice for any ballplayer at any stage still looking to achieve their dream of playing in the Majors. Randy also provides a glimpse of if he'll continue his career as an Uber driver in the offseason and what his wedding plans look like on September 28. A fantastic interview about continuing to believe in yourself.
Bench Coach Derek Shelton joins Cory Provus for this week's "Inside Twins" as they look back on a "Statement Saturday" from the Twins. Having to piece together 2 bullpen games, the Twins used a 2-run homer from Jorge Polanco to defeat Mike Clevinger in the first game and Miguel Sano's 8th-inning grand slam in game two to sweep the doubleheader in Cleveland. The daily double reduced the Twins magic number to 9 games. Shelton also discusses some controversial comments Clevinger made after yesterday's first game. That and more on this week's show.
"Beside a pretty big series with Cleveland, the 1st place Twins are also dealing with starting pitcher Michael Pineda being suspended 60 games for use of a banned substance. General Manager Thad Levine joins "Inside Twins" to discuss the circumstances to Pineda's situation, how Michael has handled it and how it could be a moment that galvanizes the team in the stretch run towards the postseason. He also fills us in on the latest with Byron Buxton, as the center fielder has seen a shoulder specialist in California. To add some depth to the roster, the Twins acquired outfielder Ryan LaMarre - who spend part of 2018 with the team. Thad discusses that move and more on this week's show."
Kyle Gibson's Meeting on the Mound makes its ever appearance out of the bullpen as Gibby catches up with Taylor Rogers. Rogers talks us through his career arc and how he's become one the best relievers in the game! The topic transitions to Taylor's twin brother Tyler Rogers and how Tyler's road to the show differs from Taylor's. Finally, Taylor recounts an emotional phone call from his brother when Tyler got the call to the majors.
"The calendar has flipped to September, so here come the call-ups. Manager Rocco Baldelli joins Cory Provus on this week's "Inside Twins" and they take a look at the players joining the big league team. It has also been a record setting week for Rocco's first place ball club, including establishing the new MLB mark for home runs by a team in a single season! They look at that special accomplishment, and then we get some unique insight on the instant artifacts from that monumental homer."
The Twins' pursuit for the postseason is hitting high gear and CBO Derek Falvey wants guys in the clubhouse who embrace the pressure and challenge of the push for the playoffs. He touches base on that and dives into the team's approach for the upcoming September callups. Byron Buxton could be close to returning to action, while the Twins need Jose Berrios to return to his 1st-half form. Derek weighs in on both of those topics and then we take a look at Brad Steil, the Twins director of pro scouting.
The Twins' catching tandem of Jason Castro and Mitch Garver have combined to deliver the Twins nearly an extra 4 wins this season, Top 4 in the league. Kyle Gibson brings both catchers into this week's edition of Meeting on the Mound as they dish about how they've produced at a high level. The two discuss how they began catching at a young age and how their ability to call a game has evolved through the different stages of baseball. The conversation then turns to their offensive production and how their intentional approach at the plate has brought success. Gibson wraps up the show with a changeup to his typical trivia round.
No oranges were harmed in the production of this week's "Inside Twins", but they are a big topic on the show. Manager Rocco Baldelli joins the show and explains how the fruit has played a role in Nelson Cruz' rehab, and the slugger could be back as soon as Monday. The skipper and Cory Provus also take a dive into some of the game's unwritten rules after those surfaced in the series in Texas. All that and more as the Twins look to complete the sweep of the Rangers.
The battle for the top spot in the Central has been as good as advertised. Twins bench coach Derek Shelton is the guest on this week's "Inside Twins" and he discusses the series with Cleveland. He admits that Kepler's power supply has been a little surprising, and how it feels that Luis Arraez has played more than just 51 big league games. Finally, he discloses what he is looking forward to the most on the upcoming road trip. All that and more on a very entertaining show.
It's a Twins Hall of Fame edition of Meeting on The Mound as Kyle Gibson is joined by Michael Cuddyer. Cuddyer reminisces about the 6 division winning teams that he was apart of in Minnesota and how the 2019 Twins can find more success in October than they did. Cuddyer also discusses the mental part of the game and how he was able to use 'self talk' to help him overcome challenges in the game. Finally, Gibby puts Cuddy through a round of teammate trivia to wrap up this episode of Meeting on the Mound
The Trade Deadline may have come and gone but Twins general manager Thad Levine joins Inside Twins for an episode chock full of reaction from moves over the last week. Thad also reacts to newly acquired reliever Sam Dyson visiting the IL and how the exchange of medical information works during the trade process. Additionally, the August waiver wire is a thing of the past but Thad clues us in on how the Twins can still acquire certain players over the next few weeks.
Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey joins Cory Provus as the MLB Trade Deadline rapidly approaches. They discuss the recent acquisition of RHP Sergio Romo from the Miami Marlins, the prospects that were swapped within the deal, and how the Twins front office will continue to monitor the "trade landscape" as the deadline nears. They also dive into some of Romo's "intangibles" and how he'll impact the Twins in their playoff-push, plus Falvey breaks down some of the other recent roster moves, and so much more!
Meeting On The Mound with Kyle Gibson returns from the All Star Break with a couple of All Stars! American League Starting Shortstop Jorge Polanco and Pitcher Jose Berrios join Kyle to talk about their All Star Experience. The three also discuss adapting to the US, their path through the minors and how each of them give back to the community where they grew up. The conversation finishes on the field as they discuss players they model their game after as well as their own career goals.
What does purple hair have to do with handling the Twins' toughest loss of the season so far? Bench coach Derek Shelton explains that when he joins Kris Atteberry for this week's "Inside Twins". He also discusses who is helping the clubhouse stay even-keeled during this rough stretch. Derek has a unique connection to a guy who will be inducted into Cooperstown today, and he talks about how special it has been to have his son Jackson with him for the last month. That and more on this week's show.
The Twins come out of the break taking the first 2 from division rival Cleveland as Twins Manager Rocco Baldelli chats with host Cory Provus about the start of the 2nd half of the season. Rocco also discusses the injuries to Eddie Rosario and Byron Buxton while trying to predict when we might see the two outfielders return to action. They wrap up the show by talking bullpen management and how roles continue to evolve.
The Twins hit the break on top of the AL Central. General manager Thad Levine stops by "Inside Twins" to discuss the extremely successful first half of the season and what it will take to stay in first. Fans may be talking and thinking trades, but Thad points out some players internally who can make an impact in the second half. That and more on this week's program.
All three starting outfielders for the Twins should be in Cleveland for the All-Star Game, at least that is the opinion of Twins' Bench Coach Derek Shelton. He explained his thoughts on that and on other Twins' who deserve consideration when he joined Cory Provus for this week's "Inside Twins". Miguel Sano has had some better results at the plate, Derek discusses what Sano has been working on and how is has been paying off. Plus, find out why Shelton was an Oriole fan even though he grew up in the Windy City.
The Twins are the first team in the American League with 50 wins this season, manager Rocco Baldelli looks at that, how resilient his squad has been and more when he joins Cory Provus on this week's edition of "Inside Twins". He chats about the 4 Twins who are on the "All-Star Starters Election" ballot, and looks at if Byron Buxton will need a rehab assignment as the center fielder is getting close to returning. Plus, he has some interesting thoughts on the news that Tampa Bay has been given permission to explore splitting their games between Florida and Montreal
Meeting on the Mound returns! Kyle Gibson sits down with catcher Mitch Garver fresh off a huge go-ahead, two-run homer this past Friday. The two discuss Mitch's growth since he joined the team in 2017 and a number of people who have influenced that growth. They also discuss Mitch's new approach at and behind the dish. The conversation concludes with Kyle's patent round of trivia. You can hear how Mitch fared in his knowledge and comparison in this fun and informative episode.
"It's a Father's Day edition of Inside Twins. Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey joins Kris Atteberry and reminisces about the role his Dad played in his career. The two then transition to discuss processes for a Baseball Operations team including Data Validation and how it uses historical data to help predict how players will perform in the future. The show also includes a couple of transactions at the minor league and International level and, yes, they wrap up the show by talking about Bullpen help and what that market looks like at this stage in the season."
Bench coach Derek Shelton stops by this week's "Inside Twins" as the Twins look to wrap up their 10 game road trip with a winning record. How many days in advance are the Twins' making out their lineup card? Derek discusses that along with all the variables that go into lineup construction. He also offers some insight on the fantastic roll Jake Odorizzi is on right now. That and more on this week's show!
The Minnesota Twins have the 13th overall selection in the June 3rd MLB Draft. Director of Scouting Sean Johnson joins Kris Atteberry to discuss how the organization prepares for different scenarios when it comes to making that pick. Sean talks about the process in determining what names are on their list and who has a voice when making the final selection. The two also go into depth about the makeup of a young baseball player and if showcase games and travel leagues really do put young adults in a position to succeed at the professional level.
The best team in baseball is enjoying and feeding off of the energy of their fans! General Manager Thad Levine stops by "Inside Twins" this week to chat about that and all of the layers that have went into the success so far here in 2019. He also covers the very interesting topics of visual learning, the ability of coaches to teach across a variety of spectrum and to also allow the players to "co-author" their plan."
Kyle Gibson returns with another edition of Meeting on the Mound as Jake Odorizzi joins Gibby for a conversation on the team charter. The two discuss growing up as baseball fans in the Midwest and how their mutual respect for each other has led to beneficial off-season programs. Odorizzi goes into great detail about the adjustments he's made on the mound this year and how he attacks a lineup based on what he sees from the first batter of the game. Finally, the two spend the back half of the program discussing the final season of Game of Thrones and how the current Twins roster stacks up to the characters from the show.
Inside Twins airs live from Seattle as CBO Derek Falvey joins Cory Provus to discuss the production from the Twins offense this year and how much of their success was expected. Falvey provides details on the injuries to Mitch Garver and Miguel Sano, while offering background information on the two most recent callups in Austin Adams and Luis Arraez. Additionally, Twins Hall of Famer Tony Oliva made his first road trip in almost 30 years. Derek talks about how that came to fruition and the impact Tony O not only has on the team, but all of baseball.
What is Rocco Baldelli's favorite part of his job managing the Twins? The skipper answers that as he joins Kris Atteberry for this week's "Inside Twins." He discusses Willians Astudillo being activated from the Injured List and provides an update on Miguel Sano's rehab at Rochester. Lastly, as we pay tribute to moms everywhere, Rocco reflects on the supportive, caring role his mom has in his life
Meeting on the Mound returns as Kyle Gibson sits down with center fielder Byron Buxton on the team's charter for some in-flight entertainment. The two reminisce about Byron's high school career including a what could have been on the gridiron. They also take a deep dive on Byron's success at the plate this year and provide a great perspective on expectations as well as how a good support system helps you overcome challenges. The episode wraps up with a discussion regarding being dads of five-year-old kids and Byron answers questions submitted by fans through Twitter.
What do Twins' bench coach Derek Shelton and manager Rocco Baldelli chat about in the dugout during a game? Shelton sheds some light on those conversations when he joins this week's "Inside Twins". He also helps dissect the lineup construction which, at times, has had Mitch Garver leading off. There is also conversation regarding the bullpen and the unique ways of using Taylor Rogers and Blake Parker and more
Kyle Gibson returns this week with a name for the Podcast and a new guest. Meeting on The Mound features non-other than Twins Manager Rocco Baldelli. Kyle executes a very prepared interview that allows you to meet Rocco the person. You'll hear about Rocco's introduction to Minneapolis, his growth as a young prospect, a mindset in overcoming challenges in his career and his love for horses. Gibby finishes the interview with his patented rapid fire questions regarding the individual's home town. The Meeting on the Mound podcast can be found right here whenever the Twins have a game on Monday.
After watching his club sweep a double header Saturday at Baltimore, including crushing a Twins record-tying 8 homers in game two, manager Rocco Baldelli stops by for this week's "Inside Twins". He talks about the power surge, how important it was to have his starters both go deeper into the games Saturday and what he hopes to see Sunday from starter Kyle Gibson. He also discusses some of the dust ups and sportsmanship controversies that occurred recently in the game.
Kyle Gibson debuts his new Podcast and wants your help with the show name and future guests. Tweet @kgib44 and @TwinsRadio with your thoughts and suggestions! In the inaugural episode, Gibby chats with the ever popular La Tortuga, Willians Astudillo. Find out how Willians earned the nickname and who he looked up to while growing up in Venezuela. Gibby also fires off rapid fire questions that reveal items like the Turtle's favorite movie and find out how Willians faired in a round of trivia questions. Gibson's podcast can be found right here whenever the Twins have a game on Monday!
What is the role of the manager in the game today? A recent article asks if the skipper is a "puppet" to a team's front office. Twins' CBO Derek Falvey refutes that notion and dives into the topic on this week's edition of "Inside Twins". The White Sox are the only team from the central the Twins have not faced yet this season, Derek discuss the division heavy early schedule. Plus, we hear what is next for Miguel Sano as he heads to Fort Myers for rehab on his foot.
Inside Twins airs live from Philadelphia as bench coach Derek Shelton makes his debut on the show a day after a Twins win. After that win, Twins Manager Rocco Baldelli credited "Shelty" with a late-inning strategic decision to put the team in a position to win. Shelton goes into depth on the way that game played out and the nuisances of managing a National League game with an American League team. He also provides a very transparent perspective on what takes place in the clubhouse when the team needs to make a roster move.
Rocco Baldelli makes his debut on Inside Twins to talk about his first couple games as a Manager. He discusses the significance of the "golden fungo" as well as what the biggest challenge is early into his Managerial career. Baldelli also talks in-depth about the mentality of hitting early in a season and about matching up with the defending America League Central Champions. For the first time you can get to know the new Twins Manager in long form interview about his team.
How does Twins' CBO Derek Falvey feel about his team on the eve of the 2019 opener? He chats about that on our season finale of "The Hot Stove Show". Derek discusses that building the squad is about more than the 25 players who came north, and he offers up an assessment of the first Spring Training under Rocco Baldelli.
As we approach Opening Day, we start to wind down the "Hot Stove Show". Cory Provus hosts this week's episode, as he chats with reliever Trevor May, who is finding his role in the bullpen and admits the job as closer would be a big deal. May also dishes on who could, and could not, whip up a gourmet meal. Plus, Dan Gladden introduces Bill Evers to Twins Territory. Evers describes his job as the Twins' major league coach, and reflects on when he gave some pretty decent ball players the news they were called to the show.
What has Martin Perez chatted about with former Twin Johan Santana? The new Twins pitcher details those conversations when he joins this week's "Hot Stove Show". We also dive into Perez's interesting choice of footwear when he is back on his ranch. Plus, hitting coach James Rowson weighs in on some of the technical advancements available to his hitters, who has impressed him so far this spring and more.
How do you 'build' a pitch? Twins pitching coach Wes Johnson joins the Hot Stove Show this week to discuss this unique concept, building relationships with his pitchers and more. Jake Odorizzi then joins us and tells us he had more "clunkers" than ever last season, but feels a key addition to his off-season routine is going to lead to better results.
How is manager Rocco Baldelli feeling after his first week of Spring Training Games? He joins the "Hot Stove Show" to discuss that, the impact of the big signing of Marwin Gonzalez and just the overall rhythm of camp. We will also hear from Marwin on what led him to the Twins, his unique skill-set of being able to play many positions at a high level and some lofty expectations he has for the team this season.
Fresh off signing a 5-year contract extension, Max Kepler joins "The Hot Stove Show" to discuss the deal and the beginning of Spring Training. You may be surprised by which part of Max's game he focused on this offseason and he drops the b-word… bunting! Jason Castro is coming back from a lost season due to knee surgery. He chats about his return, getting acclimated to the new faces on the coaching staff and embracing the different feel to camp.
The Twins' pitchers and catchers reported today to kick off the start of Spring Training, and what a different Spring Training it will be. Twins bench coach Derek Shelton runs camp and he joins us to discuss several key changes to its overall structure. Shelty also mentions a new Twins coach that he has always held in high regard. Twins Hall of Famer Jim Kaat is set to rejoin Twins' broadcasts this season and it begins with the Hot Stove Show tonight! Kaat talks about this return to the Twins' airwaves, the current Twins team headed into camp and a memorable Twins team from 50 years ago.
Top prospect Royce Lewis was invited to his first big league camp and tonight he accepted the invitation to join us on the Twins Hot Stove Show. A guy who Lewis impressed often last year was Twins director of Minor League operations Jeremy Zoll. Zoll stops by to offer pomp and circumstance on recent graduates at the Twins Dominican Academy. Additionally, he updates listeners on the newly formatted Instructional League and how it is already paying dividends.
We do our best to take your mind off the Polar Vortex with the Twins Hot Stove Show. You'll never believe who lives down the street from new Twins reliever Blake Parker? He'll talk about his neighbor, role in the bullpen and what drew him to the team. Kohl Stewart also joins us on the show tonight as he discusses his offseason and the excitement that some of the new faces bring to the clubhouse. It's a great night to escape the cold and talk Twins baseball.
MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince (@castrovince) and Twins reporter Do-Hyoung Park (@dohyoungpark) analyze Byron Buxton and Jonathan Schoop and their outlook for the upcoming season. Plus, they break down the battle at first base and could Craig Kimbrel be a fit in the Twin Cities?
It is a Caravan edition of the "Hot Stove Show" this week. We have hit the road, as we hear from manager Rocco Baldelli on his "initiation" to this great Twins winter tradition, his interactions with the fans and how Twinsfest will be important for his coaching staff. Jose Berrios is also on the road trip, as he chats about getting to know the new skipper, some colorful apparel, ways he is preparing for the 2019 campaign and more. Plus, we catch up with some folks, who were hoping to have a nice haul during the second annual Twins Ice Fishing Classic.
MLB.com Twins reporter Do-Hyoung Park (@dohyoungpark) sits down with pitcher Jose Berrios (@JOLaMaKina) during the team's Winter Caravan to highlight his goals for the 2019 season and talk about using social media to promote his offseason workouts.
This week's edition of The Twins Hot Stove Show hits the road in a couple of different ways as we catch up with Trevor Hildenberger live from the Twins Caravan. Hildenberger recants stories from his caravan visits while contemplating additions to his pitching repertoire during this offseason. We then introduce you to the 'Weapon,' which is the new Twins assistant pitching coach, Jeremy Hefner. Jeremy discusses his expectations for a transition from a behind-the-scenes role to the impact he'll have in the bullpen. Additionally, Jeremy informs us of how his relationship with new pitching coach Wes Johnson has evolved as well as their personal hometown visits to several different pitchers on the team.
New Twins manager Rocco Baldelli returns to the Twins Hot Stove Show to get us caught up on his recent hometown visits of Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano. Baldelli provides his perspective on the addition of Nelson Cruz as an opponent of his as well as what has been the biggest surprise in his first two months on the job. We hand the ball to reliever Taylor Rogers in the second segment to discuss the new skipper, the evolution of his slider in 2018 and how happy the Twins' pitching staff is to see Nelson Cruz in its dugout. Rogers closes out the show by taking three cuts, which includes his take on "spin rate" in a sport other than baseball.
What kind of heat can Blake Parker bring to the bullpen? MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince (@castrovince) and Twins reporter Do-Hyoung Park (@dohyoungpark) break down his value and discuss where the Twins stack up in the American League Central.
Jack Morris' 24-year wait to get into the Hall of Fame came to an end in 2018. MLB.com's Tim McMaster sat down with Jack, National Baseball Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson and MLB Network insider Jon Paul Morosi to discuss all of the emotions and events surrounding Morris' induction into Cooperstown.
What does Nelson Cruz add to the Twins' lineup? MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince (@Castrovince) and Twins reporter Do-Hyoung Park (@dohyoungpark) break down Cruz's impact on the club. Plus, what's next for the Twins in 2019? They discuss the team's biggest needs ahead of Spring Training.
We are on Cruz control with our first show of 2019, as newest Twin Nelson Cruz joins this week's show. While sitting on the beach in the Dominican Republic he chats about who, and what, had a hand in him signing with the team. "The Boomstick" then takes three cuts, including how he picked up that nickname. General manager Thad Levine is familiar with Nelson from their time together in Texas and is very excited about adding Cruz's bat to the lineup and the impact he can have on some of the club's younger players. Could the Twins be looking to add a closer next? Thad looks at that possibility and more on this week's Hot Stove Show.
It was a big week in Twins Territory as the team announced they are going to retire Joe Mauer's No. 7 during the 2019 season. We were at the ceremony to chat with Joe about the honor and also caught up with some of the other guys who have their number's displayed at Target Field. The now longest-tenured Twin, Kyle Gibson, joins the show to discuss new pitching coach Wes Johnson, a busy offseason and more. And we have a challenging "What's Brewing" contest for you this week! Join us for the final show of 2018, as we will be back on January 2, 2019!
What's next for the Twins this offseason? MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince (@Castrovince) and Twins reporter Do-Hyoung Park (@dohyoungpark) recap Rocco Baldelli's first Winter Meetings as manager. They also discuss the club's closer options for 2019 and Joe Mauer's jersey retirement.
What has been the Twins' approach so far at baseball's Winter Meetings? General manager Thad Levine joins us from Las Vegas to discuss that. He talks about how Rocco Baldelli will be making the rounds and meeting face to face with his players, and offers a candid look at the all the factors to consider when signing a player to a one-year contract, such as the team did last week with free-agent second baseman Jonathan Schoop. We are then joined by the newest Twin, who is excited for a fresh start after he struggled in 2018. We then make Thad take three cuts, including which member of the Twins' baseball operations would be a rodeo star. That and more on this week's episode.
New manager Rocco Baldelli speaks to the media at the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas and discusses the challenges of being a first-time manager and how he looks to handle them. Plus, he hopes to visit some players and and connect with them as they prepare for 2019.
Could the Twins sign Nelson Cruz? MLB.com's Tim McMaster and Twins beat reporter Do-Hyoung Park (@dohyoungpark) sit down with Hall of Famer Jack Morris at the Winter Meetings to break down it all down. They also discuss the club's expectations for Miguel Sanó and Byron Buxton in 2019.
Why does newest Twin C.J. Cron wear No. 24? He discusses that important connection on this week's "Twins Hot Stove Show". He also chats about a unique trait shared by Joe Mauer and Mike Trout, and explains why you may have spotted him at a Phoenix Suns game or two during the 2017-2018 NBA season. Then we catch up with the Twins' new pitching coach, Wes Johnson, who is excited to employ a lot of his philosophies, which were extremely successful at the collegiate level. We also recall the Twins' trip to the White House in 1991 and the reception with George H. W. Bush as we pay tribute to the late 41st President of the United States. All that, and our "What's Brewing" contest on this week's show.
Would Marwin González be a fit in Minnesota? Could Jonathan Schoop fill the Twins' middle-infield needs? MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince (@Castrovince) and Twins reporter Rhett Bollinger (@RhettBollinger) break down potential free-agent candidates. They also discuss the club's goals ahead of the Winter Meetings and the decision to non-tender Robbie Grossman.
It's our season debut of the Twins Hot Stove Show, and we catch up with Twins CBO Derek Falvey and manager Rocco Baldelli fresh from a team meeting in Fort Myers. Derek details how the team approached their search for a new skipper and what stood out for Baldelli. We then visit with Rocco regarding the meet and greet with the coaching staff, how he views the managerial role in the modern game and on creating an identity for the team. He then takes three cuts which covers horse racing, his home state and more. Plus, your chance to play our "What's Brewing?" contest. Join us for the season debut of the Twins Hot Stove Show!
MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince and Twins reporter Rhett Bollinger discuss team's decisions ahead of the non-tender deadline. They also break down the Twins' pickup of C.J. Cron, Rocco Baldelli's hiring of Bill Evers and the latest Hot Stove rumors.
MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince and Twins reporter Rhett Bollinger discuss Joe Mauer's career and debate if he belongs in the Hall of Fame. They also break down who will play first base and the latest with Rocco Baldelli's coaching staff.
MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince and Twins reporter Rhett Bollinger break down how the club will address its payroll in 2019. They also discuss Derek Shelton returning as the Twins' bench coach, the acquisition of Michael Reed, Joe Mauer's pending announcement and possible free agent targets to bolster the bullpen.
With Rocco Baldelli in town, how will the rest of his coaching staff shake out? MLB.com's Darwin Zook and Twins reporter Rhett Bollinger discuss the possible scenarios. Plus, the Twins make some roster moves with the Hot Stove season in full swing.
Paul Molitor joins Jack Morris & Kris Atteberry for the season finale of "Inside Twins." The season did not unfold how Paul had hoped, but he is proud of the effort from his team, especially coming down the stretch. He also discusses how the offseason will start to play out, and yes - the two Hall of Famers from St. Paul also chat about another of St. Paul's finest - Joe Mauer.
Twins' CBO Derek Falvey joins the show with a week left in the regular season. He address some injury situations, as even though it is September the team is playing a little short-handed right now. We hear about some adjustments to how the team is handling instructional league, and could the Twins be on the move and looking for a different Double-A affiliate? That and more on this week's Inside Twins.
What is in the future for Joe Mauer? Twins CBO Derek Falvey joins the show this week to discuss that hot topic. There is more conversation regarding the "opener" concept, looking at how it layers into potential pursuit of free-agent pitching and if there are other variations of the theory to employ. Plus, we scratch the surface on the structure for offseason organization meetings and planning.
Paul Molitor joins Jack Morris and Kris Atteberry and Jack wants to talk about the "opener" concept. Mr. Morris has his opinion on this evolution in the game, and Paul provides details on the research involved and the desired results from this approach. Jorge Lopez' flirtation with a perfect game on Saturday has Jack and Paul reflecting on their involvement in some of those rare memorable moments. Paul also discusses some of the late season callups, including the guy he is giving the ball to today - Chase De Jong. That and more on this week's show.
The decision by the Twins to not recall Byron Buxton for the final month of the season has raised many questions, and general manager Thad Levine joins the show to provide some insight and answers. The front office has not been successful in reaching Buxton directly to discuss their decision and they recognize the importance and welcome that conversation. Thad also discusses the Twins rolling out "the opener" concept in the series finale vs. Texas and more on this week's Inside Twins.
September callups and the direction for the team in that month is a hot topic on this week's edition of "Inside Twins." Twins CBO Derek Falvey discusses the possibility of the team using a six-man rotation over the final month of the season, along with if the team will consider the concept of "an opener". The game has always evolved from era to era, and Derek feels it's a new way to prevent runs. The team is anxious to see Byron Buxton play in his third straight game for Rochester today, but there are a ton of variables which will go into if Byron is called up or just focused on a reset in Spring Training. Derek also provides an update on Michael Pineda, Matt Belisle and Ervin Santana.
Manager Paul Molitor joins Jack Morris and Kris Atteberry on this week's show. There is some really interesting conversation regarding the club's recent run of good play at Target Field, players bringing their best every day, still valuing the "little things" and how to truly play for the team. They also cover some roster moves as Ervin Santana is on the DL and Stephen Gonsalves will make his big league debut on Monday. Jack and Paul also reflect on the special pregame ceremony from Saturday which honored the Hall of Famers from St. Paul.
The Twins' top pick in 2013, Kohl Stewart, makes his Major League debut, and general manager Thad Levine joins the show to discuss Stewart's long and winding road to the show. He also reacts to comments from Ervin Santana, who said the front office "gave up on us", respecting Ervin's opinion - yet detailing the decision-making process, which led to the moves the team made. Speaking of trades, Thad chats about sending closer Fernando Rodney to Oakland and the player the Twins received - Dakota Chalmers. He also provides on update on the chances that Michael Pineda and Byron Buxton will be called up in September, as Pineda has had a couple of good rehab assignments in Florida and Buxton is due to come of the DL and play for Rochester on Tuesday.
A week that started with the trade of Brian Dozier could be concluding with a sweep of the Royals. Manager Paul Molitor joins Kris Atteberry on this week's show, as they talk about how the team has moved forward since the trade. Paul looks at what could be Max Kepler's ceiling, discusses strides Jorge Polanco is making from the right side of the plate and trying to find the right ways to use the recently-returned Trevor May. They also chat about the interesting road Oliver Drake has taken to the Twins, his fifth team in 2018 which is a Major League record.
As you can imagine, trades are the hot topic as Twins CBO Derek Falvey joins this week's show. He discusses the unfortunate circumstances of how news broke of the trade of Eduardo Escobar to Arizona, and how Ryan Pressly made himself a pitcher in demand. Derek dives into the players the team received for Esco and Press, and how active the team will be in final two days before the Trade Deadline. We also touch base on Joe Mauer's future, and the special day in Cooperstown as Jack Morris, Jim Thome and others in the class of 2018 are inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Has the slow start out of the All-Star break made the Twins sellers as the Trade Deadline approaches? General manager Thad Levine joins "Inside Twins" to discuss that, explaining the team is always looking for "good baseball deals" whether selling or buying. Thad is ecstatic about Ervin Santana making his season debut on Wednesday in Toronto, and he sheds some light on the Rochester Red Wings employing the "opener" concept. We also receive updates on Miguel Sano, Byron Buxton and more on this week's show.
As the first half concludes, Twins CBO Derek Falvey stops by for a detailed discussion on his team at the break. This current successful homestand has given Derek more time to find the team's identity, and he likes to evaluate his squad in 10-game increments. The Trade Deadline is looming, but over the last three years, 80% of the acquisitions have occurred within the five days leading up to that date, so there is time to decide between buyer or seller. He also offers some injury updates on Byron Buxton and Nick Gordon, and touches base on the pitching trend of "the opener concept" Tampa Bay has rolled out of starting a relief pitching. It's a jam-packed edition of "Inside Twins."
We circle more than the bases when manager Paul Molitor joins Kris Atteberry and Jack Morris for this week's show. They really get into the value of wins for a pitcher, which in turn gives us a glimpse into a part of Jack's upcoming Hall of Fame acceptance speech. Jorge Polanco returned from his 80-game suspension this week and they chat about his impact so far. Plus, Paul shares his reaction to some comments from Tom Kelly and the impact TK had - and continues to have - for both Paul and Jack. That and more on this week's "Inside Twins".
Our old friend and colleague, and current member of the Cubs radio team, Ron Coomer slides over into our booth at Wrigley Field to join Cory Provus and Dan Gladden for a roundtable discussion on this week's show. It has been a hot and steamy weekend in Chicago, so the guys discuss heat-related issues in the game. They also chat about the struggles the Twins have had on this road trip and in the first half of the season, including injuries and guys who have not been around to contribute. It is a fun and interesting show from the North side of Chicago on this week's "Inside Twins".
Twins manager Paul Molitor swings by to chat about another up-and-down week for his club. There was a roster move for him to address, and some of baseball's unwritten rules came into play over the past few games. Plus, with the Twins heading to Wrigley Field next weekend, Paul reflects on some of his memories from that legendary ballpark, including a stint singing the 7th-inning stretch. Join us for this week's "Inside Twins."
A lot to talk about this week when Twins CBO Derek Falvey stops by the show. We start with hearing the vision, philosophy and what the Twins hope to see from sending Miguel Sano down to Class-A Fort Myers. Derek provides insights on that, along with updates on Jorge Polanco, Byron Buxton and Ervin Santana. There is also the first discussion of the season on making trades and the prospects of being buyers or sellers. Tune in for a Father's Day edition of "Inside Twins."
It's been a tough week for Paul Molitor's team and he joins this week's show to discuss the struggles. Pitchers seem to have troubles the third time through the order, and Paul discusses some of the factors, including an infatuation with strikeouts. Addison Reed has allowed six home runs already this season and Paul needs to find ways to use him to assist Reed in getting back on track. He wraps up looking at Fernando Romero trying to shut down Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and the Angels.
In preparation for the 2018 Draft, Twins CBO Derek Falvey says he and his staff may have "broke the coffee pot budget" with the organization's extensive prep. He talks about some upgrades to the Draft "war room", in addition to the process and discussion which goes on inside those four walls. Falvey provides honest assessments and thoughts on the team having the 20th pick in the first round, parting with a pick in the Phil Hughes trade, how he prefers athletes that have played more than just baseball and more.
SVP and GM Thad Levine joins Kris Atteberry hours after the trade of Phil Hughes to the San Diego Padres as they go over the logistics that went into completing the move. Plus, the two discuss the trend across the league that starting pitchers can't face a lineup more than twice in a game and how to analyze those numbers.
Paul Molitor is our guest this week, as he looks at what has been a tough stretch for his club. Injuries and lack of execution in key situations have played big roles in the Twins losing four of five games this week. Paul chats about missing Joe Mauer at the plate and in the field with Joe being placed on the DL. Max Kepler has been a silver lining, with confidence and comfort being big factors to his success. That and more with Minnesota's manager on "Inside Twins".
A lot of excitement over Fernando Romero and Shohei Ohtani taking the hill in the series finale today in Anaheim, and count Twins CBO Derek Falvey among those ready for the matchup. He chats about that, and also gives plenty of updates on Twins players working their way back from injuries. Miguel Sano will most likely need a rehab stint, while Trevor May and Ervin Santana are making strides in their returns. That and more on this week's edition of "Inside Twins".
Assistant general manager Rob Antony delivers news on Byron Buxton's status on this week's Inside Twins. He also calms any fears regarding Jason Castro's knee injury and provides updates on Miguel Sano, Ervin Santana and Trevor May as the Twins look to take three out of four from the White Sox.
It has been a tough week for his squad, but manager Paul Molitor tries to keep things in perspective. He discusses that message on this week's "Inside Twins". Jose Berrios gets the start in the series finale against the Reds, and Paul is very impressed with the young right-hander so far this season. He looks at the ups and downs from the Twins at the plate, and has some high praise for Joey Votto. That, and more, on this week's show.
Assistant general manager Rob Antony joins the show this week. He was in Puerto Rico earlier in the week for the two games vs. Cleveland and provides some interesting insightful points from the trip and also on baseball perhaps expanding games played outside of North America. Plus he provides an update on Byron Buxton, who was placed on the DL due to migraines, looks at the injury which has sidelined pitcher Jake Reed and more.
The Twins saw three games postponed due to the snowfall in Minneapolis but CBO Derek Falvey still joins Cory Provus on Inside Twins as we reset all things Twins Baseball. Derek fills us in on some roster move as the team prepares for Puerto Rico as well as an interesting rule because the two games are being played "Internationally". The two also recap why this Twins team has had success this year and how several key members are progressing from a health perspective.
Today's game vs. Seattle was postponed, but Paul Molitor still stopped by for this week's edition of "Inside Twins". The cancellation impacts the rotation, Paul discusses that. The defending World Series champion Astros will be making their only trip of the season to Target Field starting Monday, the manager examines if he can use a series this early in the season as a measuring stick for his squad. Plus, Paul tells us who he will be cheering for in the final round of the Masters. That and more on this week's show.
General manager Thad Levine joins the season debut of "Inside Twins." He looks at the solid first two games of the season, including good signs from Max Kepler. Logan Morrison gets the start at first today in Baltimore, as he is looking for his first hit with the Twins. Levine also discusses what they hope is a solid catching tandem of Jason Castro and Mitch Garver. Plus an injury update on pitchers Phil Hughes and Ervin Santana. Join us for this week's episode.
The manager has center stage on our final edition of the Hot Stove Show. Paul Molitor discusses the roster heading into Opening Day, the health of some key players like Eddie Rosario and more. He also reflects on what were the best parts of the past six weeks and the excitement he will feel when he lines up on the baseline on Opening Day.
Did Phil Hughes lock up a spot in the Twins' rotation? MLB.com's Darwin Zook and Twins reporter Rhett Bollinger discuss how the team plans to use Hughes this season and why Minnesota should be fighting for a playoff spot again in 2018.
One of the Twins' all-time greats and fan favorite Jim Kaat joins the show this week. He chats about the makeup of the modern pitching staff, how he would attack hitters in this era and takes a couple of trips down memory lane. Plus, newest Twin Lance Lynn discusses his debut and signing with the club. That and more on this week's episode.
Lance Lynn is officially a Minnesota Twin. MLB.com's Tim McMaster and Twins reporter Rhett Bollinger discuss the Lynn signing, his first outing and how the starting rotation stacks up now with the addition of Lynn.
What does Twins bullpen coach Eddie Guardado think about the return of the bullpen cart? We ignite that conversation on this week's Hot Stove Show. Eddie also details evaluating his relievers during Spring Training and how he goes about welcoming new members to the 'pen. Plus, Dan Gladden talks about who has made their mark on him so far in Fort Myers. Join us for this week's edition of the Hot Stove Show.