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.
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.
1/23/19: Twins Extras | Berrios on his goals for 2019
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.
1/9/19: Twins Extras | What Parker brings to bullpen
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.
MLB.com's Tim McMaster and Twins reporter Rhett Bollinger discuss Brian Dozier being unhappy with the Twins after not receiving a contract offer and Kyle Gibson using advice from Byron Buxton to help build off his strong second half in 2017.
We welcome newest Twin Logan Morrison to the Hot Stove Show this week. He discusses what factored into his decision to sign, being "recruited" by Jake Odorizzi and more. Cory Provus checks in from Fort Myers to chat about the first week of Grapefruit League action, and then Morrison steps back to take three cuts, including comparing his game to baseball idol George Brett. Tune in for this edition of the Hot Stove Show.
Newest Twin Jake Odorizzi joins the show this week. He talks about the trade, what he brings to his new squad, his thoughts on baseball's pace-of-play initiative and more. Chief baseball officer Derek Falvey also stops by to discuss the additions to the team and the pitching staff. Then, a tribute to a special person from our own Kris Atteberry's life and the unique role America's pastime played in this relationship. Tune in for another edition of the Twins Hot Stove Show.
The first official workout of Spring Training for Twins pitchers and catchers is in the books, and we catch up with Phil Hughes right after he comes off the mound. He talks about looking forward to staying healthy this season, how camps have changed over the course of his career and more. He also offers up some Valentine's Day advice when he steps in for three cuts. We also chat with the man who is in charge of running camp this spring, new Twins bench coach Derek Shelton.
How will Ervin Santana's injury impact the Twins in 2018? MLB.com's Tim McMaster and Twins reporter Rhett Bollinger discuss team ace Ervin Santana missing 10-12 weeks with a finger injury and break down if the club could lure in starting pitcher Yu Darvish in free agency.
Chief baseball officer Derek Falvey is already in Fort Myers one week ahead of pitchers and catchers. He joins the show to discuss Ervin Santana's injury and what that means for the rotation and its impact on the pursuit of free agents. He also provides an update on Trevor May and Miguel Sano. Byron Buxton will be heading to Florida soon. We caught up with him after a round in the batting cage at his home in Baxley, Georgia to talk about his offseason and then he takes three cuts from us.
Former Twins closer Glen Perkins is retiring from baseball. MLB.com's Tim McMaster and Twins reporter Rhett Bollinger talk about Perkins' career in Minnesota and provide an update on the search for another starting pitcher.
Twins pitchers and catchers will have their first Spring Training workout in just two weeks from today. General manager Thad Levine joins us to discuss the rapidly concluding offseason. He also looks at what continues to be a slow moving free-agent market. One of the guys the Twins have signed is reliever Addison Reed, and he talks about how a former Twin played a key role in his decision to join the organization. Reed also makes a Super Bowl prediction when he steps in for three cuts.
Is Johan Santana making a comeback? Royce Lewis and Nick Gordon are among the top 10 shortstop prospects. MLB.com's Dani Wexelman and Twins reporter Rhett Bollinger discuss if two-time Cy Young winner Johan Santana will attempt another comeback and the club's bright future at shortstop with prospects Nick Gordon and Royce Lewis.
The Hot Stove Show is on the road again this week with the Twins Winter Caravan. Bert Blyleven is a caravan veteran and he discusses trips past and present along with some words of wisdom he is passing on to Taylor Rogers and Trevor Hildenberger, who are also part of the traveling party. Plus, find out why Hildenberger heard some boo-birds at a stop, and Rogers really wants to see Trevor attempt some snowmobiling. That and more on this week's edition.
The Twins added another key piece to their bullpen by signing reliever Addison Reed. MLB.com's Matt Waymire and Twins reporter Rhett Bollinger talk about where Reed slots into the new-look bullpen as well as what roles Jim Kaat and Justin Morneau will fill.
The Twins Hot Stove Show brings the Cedar Rapids Kernels Winter Caravan stop to you as we catch up with outfielder Zack Granite and catcher Mitch Garver. Mitch and Zack get us caught up on their offseason and how they plan to build off their debuts last year. We also introduce you to new director of Minor League operations Jeremy Zoll as well as check in with Justin Morneau on his new career change.
The Twins just concluded their comprehensive organizational meetings in Fort Myers, and we catch up with manager Paul Molitor on his way home from Florida. He discusses the slow free-agent market this offseason, getting on the same page with his new coaches and more. We also hear from Twins president Dave St. Peter and outfielder Eddie Rosario, who were in San Juan to promote the Puerto Rico series vs. Cleveland in April. Then Paul jumps in to take three cuts, including his thoughts on neck pillows and if he has any New Year's resolutions. Check out this week's show.
Justin Morneau is back in the Twins organization. MLB.com's Darwin Zook and Twins reporter Rhett Bollinger discuss Morneau's new role with the team and Minnesota's quest to find another top-of-the-rotation starter.
Can Byron Buxton continue to build on his great second half of the 2017 season? MLB.com's Matt Waymire and Twins reporter Rhett Bollinger discuss Buxton's breakout performance and break down whether this team can make the postseason once again in 2018.
New Twins relief pitcher Zach Duke joins the Hot Stove show this week. He chats about how a key member of last year's Twins bullpen helped lead Zach to Minnesota, his comeback from Tommy John surgery and more. He also takes three cuts, which includes the toast at his wedding, courtesy of a former Twins closer.
The Twins Hot Stove Show's last show in 2017 features Hall of Famer Rod Carew, who discusses his role on the Modern Era Committee and inducting Jack Morris as a member of the Hall of Fame. The conversation leads us to who Rod's favorite players are in today's game and how the Twins can build on last year's success. Rod ends the show with an update on his family and his New Year's Resolution in this week's three cuts.
Is Yu Darvish still on the Twins' radar this offseason? MLB.com's Matt Waymire and Twins reporter Rhett Bollinger discuss if the team has a chance to sign the starter and what they expect to get out of Michael Pineda after having Tommy John surgery last season.
With the Winter Meetings in the rear-view mirror, Derrick Falvey joins the Twins Hot Stove show to discuss the additions of Michael Pineda and Fernando Rodney to the pitching staff and more. We also introduce Twins Territory to new Twins pitching coach Garvin Alston as he walks us through his process of becoming familiar with Twins' pitchers. We end the show as Alston takes three cuts about some of his favorite holiday traditions.
This week's show has a Hall of Fame flare, as Jack Morris joins us to discuss his Call to the Hall. General manager Thad Levine checks in from Orlando and the Winter Meetings and talks about the signing of Michael Pineda, the Twins' interest in free-agent starting pitcher Yu Darvish and he takes three cuts - including the most interesting reason he has heard for a player declining to sign with a team.
Former Twins pitcher Jack Morris is the newest member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. MLB.com's Tim McMaster and Jack Morris, along with Twins reporter Rhett Bollinger discuss Morris finally getting the call for the Hall of Fame and the team's need to add starting pitching.
Could the Twins scoop up prize free agent Yu Darvish this offseason? MLB.com's Matt Waymire and Twins reporter Rhett Bollinger discuss the team's need for a frontline starter and why Shohei Ohtani won't be in a Minnesota uniform next season.
The Twins Hot Stove Show makes its debut as we get you caught up on the news around the league and central to the Minnesota Twins. Chief baseball officer Derek Falvey provides a glimpse into the thought of process of the Twins this offseason as well as a preview of next week's Winter Meetings. Twins catcher Jason Castro was a big free-agent signing last season and he stops by to reflect on that process and add his input on available pitchers on the market. Finally, Jason wraps up the show with a Christmas theme of three cuts. The Twins Hot Stove Show airs live every Wednesday from 6:00 to 6:30pm.
Are the Twins one of the frontrunners for Shohei Ohtani? MLB.com's Darwin Zook and Twins reporter Rhett Bollinger discuss why the team wants to sign the Japanese star and break down Johan Santana's chance to make the Hall of Fame.
How did Paul Molitor take a 103-loss team in 2016 to the Wild Card Game in 2017? MLB.com's Matt Waymire and Twins reporter Rhett Bollinger break down Molitor's approach to managing the team and discuss if Johan Santana belongs in the Hall of Fame.
Paul Molitor talks about how his team improved from a 59-win team in 2016 to an 85-win team in 2017, as Molitor was named the AL Manager of the Year. He also discusses matching wits against his former manager, Ron Gardenhire, who is now the skipper in Detroit.
Brian Dozier and Byron Buxton are officially Gold Glove winners. MLB.com's Matt Waymire and Twins reporter talk about how Dozier and Buxton improved their defense this season as well as Paul Molitor's chances to win AL Manager of the Year.
Can the Twins continue their 2017 success and reach the postseason again next season? MLB.com's Matt Waymire and Twins reporter Rhett Bollinger discuss the additions that need to be made this offseason to make another run at the Cleveland Indians in the AL Central.
Garvin Alston is the new pitching coach in Minnesota. MLB.com's Matt Waymire and Twins reporter Rhett Bollinger discuss why the organization felt he was the right fit for this team and how Paul Molitor's three-year extension played out this offseason.
The Twins used a long list of starters this season on their run to the Wild Card Game. MLB.com's Matt Waymire discuss how Ervin Santana was able to remain the one constant in the pitching staff all season long and why Jose Berrios could be the team's future ace.
The Twins' season ended with a loss in the Wild Card Game but 2017 was a highly successful year for Minnesota. MLB.com's Matt Waymire and Twins reporter Rhett Bollinger explain how the team was able to turn things around after losing over a hundred games in 2016 and why they feel like they can compete for the division next season.
It has been an incredible turnaround this season for the Twins. General manager Thad Levine discusses that success, along with the intricacies of how the baseball operations staff gelled in this their first season together. He delves into if Miguel Sano will be on the roster for Tuesday's Wild Card Game in New York, along with other roster-construction considerations.
The season finale looks ahead to Tuesday's Wild Card Game in New York. Paul discusses what role Miguel Sano may have in the game Tuesday. He also calls handling the pitching in the playoffs as the major difference between the regular and post seasons. We then wrap things up with some fun rapid fire questions for the manager.
After a rough start to the week, the Twins have been taking care of things against Detroit and are on the verge of a four-game sweep. It has the Twins magic number for a wild card spot at 4. Paul talks about the pursuit of the postseason, staying focused and not taking anything for granted. He also talks about shuffling his rotation and more on this week's show.
Chief baseball officer Derek Falvey likes the fact the Twins are scoreboard watching here in late September, with the team in prime position for the postseason. Would Miguel Sano be available for the playoffs? Falvey addresses that, along with the nice job Eduardo Escobar has done at third. That and more on this week's show.
Byron Buxton and Max Kepler each drove in two runs, backing Kyle Gibson's strong start to lead the Twins to a 7-3 win. Twins manager Paul Molitor discusses the win. Kyle Gibson talks about his solid start and Byron Buxton looks back on his three-hit game.
Assistant general manager Rob Antony joins the show this week and looks at what a difference a year makes, as the Twins find themselves battling for a Wild Card spot in the American League. There have been a handful of surprise contributors to the Twins' success. Rob chats about these players, gives an injury update on Miguel Sano and more.
Paul loves the feel of September baseball, and the push for a spot in the postseason. He talks about how his team is handling the pressure that comes with chasing a playoff spot. The last two games did not go the Twins' way, but they can still split the series with Toronto and take four of six on the homestand. Kyle Gibson gets the start, and Paul talks about Kyle's turnaround and the solid last five starts for Kyle.
As the Minnesota Twins continue their playoff push, general manager Thad Levine joins Cory Provus as the two discuss the makeup of the team over the final 20 games of the season. Thad puts a definitive barometer on the key to Kyle Gibson's recent success, while trying to determine where Bartolo Colon's nickname "Big Sexy" comes from. They also run through the health of the roster and who may impact the team down the stretch.
Twins Manager Paul Molitor joins Kris Atteberry and Jack Morris as the group discusses the impact of Hurricane Irma on family members and colleagues throughout the organization. Molitor goes on to compliment the team's ability to stay focused on baseball as they continue to pursue a postseason bid. As they continue that push, Molitor discusses how he plans to write out his lineup card and utilize the bullpen for the remainder of the season. Finally, Molitor shares his career learning curve when facing a power pitcher as opposed to a veteran who can move the baseball.
The Twins hit the final month of the season in contention for a postseason spot. Chief baseball officer Derek Falvey looks at some of the keys to the team's success. He says that Miguel Sano could be ready to face some live pitching this week as he works his way back from injury. Derek also discusses how Joe Mauer has had a tremendous impact on every other infielder, how fortunate they are that Byron Buxton's hand injury is just a bruise and what is next for Robbie Grossman, Adalberto Mejia and Hector Santiago
Coming off a record setting shutout victory, the Twins look to take the series from the Royals. Paul discusses how Ervin Santana has been such a key, the impressive roll that Joe Mauer has been on, and how Byron Buxton's approach at the plate may be tweaked while he deals with a bruised hand. That and more on this week's show.
Max Kepler finished the day with two RBIs and brought home the winning run after getting hit in the 9th with the bases loaded. Paul Molitor discusses the wild 9th inning to earn the win. Max Kepler discusses his approach at the plate. Ehire Adrianza talks about his approach in the 9th inning.
September callups are looming, assistant general manager Rob Antony joins the show to chat about that and other player shuffling that could occur throughout the organization. He updates what is next for Hector Santiago, Adalberto Mejia and Dietrich Enns, while discussing if the team has seen enough to fully evaluate Kennys Vargas
Paul is looking for a win to take the series from Toronto, and also to split this eight-game road trip. A lot of conversation regarding today's starting pitcher Kyle Gibson, who has a chance to build off one of his best starts of the season. Paul also chats about the young core carrying the team offensively and how focused these youngsters are on a day-to-day basis.
Kyle Gibson threw seven innings of one-run ball, and three different Twins homered during their 4-1 win over the White Sox. Rick Renteria discusses the White Sox debut of their sixth-ranked prospect, Lucas Giolito.
With his team looking at a sweep of Arizona, the manager discusses what has put his squad in this position. Byron Buxton's play of late has got Paul's attention, and the ignitor thinks his center fielder is also a catalyst. He chats about Bartolo Colon being the Twins' most steady starting pitcher over the last few weeks, and how honoring past players during Hall of Fame weekend can have an impact on the current team.
Chief baseball officer Derek Falvey joins the show this week, a week which highlighted the Twins' resiliency again - as they struggled with Cleveland but had bounced back against Arizona. It has been a surge powered by the young core players, who continue to make important strides. Derek also discusses one of the organization's top young arms in Stephen Gonsalves, and chats about the newest addition to the front office in director of baseball operations Daniel Adler.
The Minnesota Twins are winners of six of their last seven games since the last time we checked in with Manager Paul Molitor. He discusses a Twins offense that is averaging 7.5 runs over that stretch and the impact of their outfield defense. Kris Atteberry and Jack Morris drive the conversation as they admit to scoreboard watching and how the Twins can take the series from the Tigers. Molitor ends the show sharing a great family baseball moment with his son.
Assistant General Manager Rob Antony joins Cory Provus on Inside Twins as the two discuss the possibility of a trade during the month of August. Antony also provides updates on starter Hector Santiago and former closer Glen Perkins with a nuisance on their time table. Rob also provides details on the promotion of 2017 1st-round draft pick Royce Lewis and his debut with the Cedar Rapids Kernels.
In what has been an up-and-down week for his squad, Paul discusses some issues from the past 7 days - including a slumping offense. He still has faith in Jorge Polanco, even though the shortstop has been struggling since the All-Star Break. That and more on this week's manager show.
General manager Thad Levine provides an in-depth conversation regarding front office moves from the past week, including the team parting ways with some scouts. He also discusses the mood of the club after the deadline deals which had the team shift from buyers to sellers, and he provides an update on the plans for Glen Perkins and Hector Santiago.
Fresh off a deadline trade, Derek Falvey joins Inside Twins to weigh in on the move of Jaime Garcia and the elements that factored into the decision. Falvey goes on to provide a report on the prospects received in the trade as well as who the Twins received in a trade with Arizona earlier in the week. Will the Twins make another move? Tune in to hear from the Twins chief baseball officer directly.
Paul Molitor joins Kris Atteberry from Oakland fresh off a Twins' trade of Jaime Garcia. Molitor discusses the impact of the trade as well as why he says the Twins still have the components to make a difference in the pennant race. Molitor also compares the mental make-up between wanting to be a contender and being one. The show concludes with the Hall of Famer discussing which of today's class of inductees had the biggest impact on his career.
General manager Thad Levine joins the show to talk about the upcoming Trade Deadline. He discusses walking the fine line between balancing now vs. the future when it comes to making a move, he compares and contrasts the process of dissecting possible trades vs. what takes place leading up to the draft. Thad also provides an update on Justin Haley and Bartolo Colon.
The Twins look to take the series from Detroit and complete a winning homestand. Paul talks about that, along with the current uncertainty at the shortstop position. There is also some fun conversation regarding the 1987 reunion weekend.
Fresh out of the All-Star break and the focus already shifts to the trade deadline. Assistant General Manager Rob Antony joins Cory Provus on Inside Twins to discuss the Twins' position as the deadline approaches. Rob also chats about Bartolo Colon's outing in Rochester in advance of his start at Target Field this coming Tuesday.
Manager Paul Molitor joins Jack Morris and Kris Atteberry from Houston as they look to start the second half of the season with a series victory. The guys look at the depth of the Astros lineup and how they've been able to maintain power numbers while eliminating the strikeouts. Molitor wraps up the show on an interesting take on how Minute Maid Park plays and what Twins starter Kyle Gibson needs to do on the hill to have success.
Is Twins' Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey surprised by his team's 1st half? He has an interesting take on that on this week's show. He elaborates on the signing of pitcher Bartolo Colon, has some praise for the glove work turned in by the outfielders so far this season and will look to relax and recharge during the All-Star Break.
The Twins have already secured a winning record on their final homestand of the first half, and still have a chance to take three out of four from the Orioles. Molitor discusses the series and how his team has stay focused this week. He also reflects on his All-Star Game memories and more on this week's show.
Minnesota was down 6-0, early, but the bullpen stopped the scoring, and Max Kepler and company came roaring back to top the O's, 9-6. Manager Paul Molitor and Kennys Vargas break down the comeback victory.
The Twins have a chance to claim a winning record from this current 11-game, 10-day road trip. Paul chats about this push towards the All-Star Break and keeping the guys focused and fresh. He discusses the tear Miguel Sano has been on vs. Kansas City, Phil Hughes' return and new role in the bullpen and more.
Twins vice president of player personnel Mike Radcliff joins the show this week. Sunday is the international signing day, and Mike discusses its importance to the organization, impact to the game and changes to the system. He explains and identifies the role of a "buscone" when it comes to scouting players in Latin America. Mike also reflects on landing Miguel Sano, Max Kepler and Jorge Polanco in the 2009 international signing period.
Jason Castro drove in three runs and Ervin Santana tossed six scoreless innings in the Twins' 4-0 win over the Indians. Twins manager Paul Molitor and left fielder Eddie Rosario discuss the team's win and series sweep over the Indians.
It's been a busy week of roster moves to say the least. Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey joins the show to discuss that shuffling of players. He gives an update on Phil Hughes, Glen Perkins and Hector Santiago, plus discusses his thoughts on Miguel Sano's possible involvement in the All-Star Home Run Derby. That and more on this week's show.
After getting swept at home last weekend, the Twins are poised to turn the tables on Cleveland. The manager discusses that and if thinks there is a good rivalry brewing between his club and the Indians. Paul chats about his team's resiliency, the newest pitchers and more.
The Central Division clash with Cleveland has not gone the Twins way so far, Paul discusses his team's struggles. He talks about the trickle down effects of playing catch up, which the Twins have been doing a lot as of late. Kyle Gibson gets a chance to stop the current skid, Paul chats about today's starter and more on this week's show
It is a very thorough draft recap this week with general manager Thad Levine. He offers a very interesting take on "drafting for need" and he does not believe the draft is a "crapshoot". He gives an update on injured pitchers Glen Perkins, Phil Hughes and Hector Santiago, including Phil may be in the bullpen upon his return.
It's been a long but good West Coast road trip for Paul's club, he looks at how to finish strong and sweep the Giants. Nik Turley is an incredible story and makes his big league debut today, Paul discusses Nik's road to the show. He looks at how to get some more production from the lineup later in games, and notes the strong recent outings from Matt Belisle.
The Twins are almost on the clock with the top pick and chief baseball officer Derek Falvey joins the show to talk everything Draft. There are 860 players on the board, and the Twins cannot draft them all, but they scout and discuss each of them. Derek talks about how the decisions will be made, the unpredictable nature of the "Draft to Majors" process, needing time to truly evaluate selections and more.
There is a key new tool of the trade to assist with relief pitching, and General Manager Thad Levine explains its impact. He also dives into a popular newer metric/philosophy - Launch Angle. There is an update as far as what is next for Glen Perkins and Phil Hughes, some pre-draft talk and more.
There was a milestone moment in Saturday's game, and even though it came at his team's expense, Paul reflects on the moment. He also, conjuring up thoughts of the movie "The Sandlot", discusses a special piece of memorabilia in his own collection. There is a unique pitching matchup in Sunday's finale with the Angels, he breaks that down and more on this week's show
Jason Castro's two-run single in the 9th secured a victory that included the Twins' first triple play in 11 years. Paul Molitor, Miguel Sano and Jason Castro react to the team's 4-2 comeback win against the Angels.
In a week that has seen some nice comebacks for his team, Paul discusses the Twins' ability to rally. He also discusses how relievers in the bullpen are settling into their roles nicely, looks at the recent struggles and strikeouts for Miguel Sano and describes his squad in a unique way.
There is a ton of information available to teams these days, chief baseball officer Derek Falvey discusses how his team collects, dissects and uses that knowledge. He also looks at what impact the peak performance coach can have for the team. Ervin Santana's and Jose Berrios' recent starts are also discussed and some insights are provided on the team's philosophy heading into the draft in two weeks.
The Twins erase an early deficit and down the Orioles with a crucial six-run 6th inning and 21 total hits in a huge 14-7 win. Paul Molitor, Miguel Sano and Max Kepler all discuss a big offensive night for the club.
Assistant GM Rob Antony joins the show to look back at the exciting and dramatic win on Friday night. He also touches base on Jose Berrios' strong first two starts since being recalled, the steadiness of closer Brandon Kintzler and updates on Stephen Gonsalves and Lewis Thorpe.
It has been a wild week due to the weather, Paul talks about navigating through delays and doubleheaders - including playing an old fashion straight doubleheader today. He dives into how he decides between Vargas and Grossman when it comes to the DH spot, and on Dozier's slow start.
Jorge Polanco's walks off on a sacrifice fly in the 10th after Kennys Vargas hit a game-tying homer in the 9th. Twins manager Paul Molitor, Jorge Polanco and Kennys Vargas break down the team's 4-3 extra-innings victory over the Royals.
This weekend has been a homecoming of sorts for Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey, and he chats about his return to Cleveland. He also examines Jose Berrios' solid 2017 debut and expectations for Jose going forward. Derek also provides valuable insight on Cleveland's starting pitcher today - Trevor Bauer, and he chats about how his day in the office has been unfolding so far in his first year running the Twins.
A good conversation as the Twins are looking for a sweep in Cleveland. Paul discusses the edge the outfield defense has had in helping limit the Indians to 1 run in the first two games of the series. He also has high praise for Joe Mauer's glove work, and a unique way of defining Hector Santiago's approach and success so far this season.
After Saturday's game was rained out, Paul talks about getting back at it today and trying to win the series and finish April with a winning record. He also assesses the division after the first month of the season, and he discusses the nice options he has now with Vargas on the roster.
It has been a busy week for Twins' chief baseball officer Derek Falvey, who has been scouting and examining the organization's player development. He also chats about how good the Twins run prevention has been so far along with the strong recent play of Miguel Sano.
MLB.com's Mark Feinsand sits down with Twins senior vice president and general manager Thad Levine to discuss his vision for the team and the challenges of rebuilding a franchise. Levine also breaks down his expectations for Brian Dozier and Byron Buxton this season.
4/24/17: Brian Dozier drove in all three runs on his bases-clearing double in the 5th and Phil Hughes threw six innings of two-run ball. Paul Molitor, Brandon Kintzler and Phil Hughes all discuss the win.
General manager Thad Levine makes his debut on the show. It has been a rough week for the Twins, and he talks about how he manages in-game emotions and moments. Levine also discusses what surprises him about Mejia's early season struggles and demotion to AAA Rochester. He also explains the roster moves made by the team.
The manager looks back on a frustrating Saturday, referring to the game as "a commissioner's nightmare" due to the length of the contest. He also discusses the dust-up from Saturday and how his team needs to turn the page. Then, with the chance to take the series from the Tigers, Paul chats about what strides they need to see from Kyle Gibson today.
Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey joins the show. He has an interesting take on Ervin Santana's 1-hit gem from Saturday, as he was also sitting behind the plate when Ervin tossed a no-hitter against Cleveland. He is also quick to note how valuable Santana can be for the younger members of the staff. Plus, how long will the Twins stick with 13 pitchers, and what he thinks about Jose Berrios' start to the season for Rochester. That and more on this week's show.
Paul starts off talking about Ervin Santana's one-hitter from Saturday's game. Plus, the difference in the start of this season compared to the 2016 campaign is huge, especially for the younger players. Paul talks about who on his squad is "must see" right now, and he reflects on some solid veteran leaders from his early days with Milwaukee.
Twins chief baseball officer Derek Falvey joins us for the seasonal debut of "Inside Twins." Four wins through the first five games has him in a pretty good mood, and he chats about the positives in this start. We receive an update on some injured and rehabbing players, and he provides some early thoughts on who the Twins may take with the No. 1 overall draft pick this June.
The manager likes what he has seen from his 2017 club so far. Paul discusses the important performances from some of the guys in the bullpen as well as solid starting pitching. He explains what makes White Sox starter Jose Quintana so tough, and talks about how his guys on the left side of the infield have been at the plate.
The Twins flash the leather to limit the damage by the White Sox and pull out a 3-1 win. Paul Molitor breaks down Phil Hughes' pitching performance, Hughes himself talks about his start and Bryan Buxton talks about his spectacular defense.
Miguel Sano hit a three-run triple and Eduardo Escobar hit a three-run homer, as Hector Santiago struck out four in the 9-1 win. Paul Molitor discusses Hector Santiago and the team's offense, while Miguel Sano and Eduardo Escobar discuss their big offensive day.
4/3/17: The Twins snap a streak of eight straight Opening Day losses pulling out the win over the Royals. Manager Paul Molitor talks about how well everyone gelled in their total team win, Jason Castro discusses how the offense piled up their big six-run inning and Miguel Sano has a heartfelt dedication for his big homer.
We wrap up "Deep Cuts" with a visit from EVP/CBO Derek Falvey, who is considering the final moves as assembles the roster of players who will head North. He discusses the balancing act of weighing what's best right now verses the bigger picture. Plus, what has surprised him the most in his first Spring Training with the Twins?
ByungHo Park has been one of the biggest surprises in camp so far this spring. MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince and Twins reporter Rhett Bollinger discuss Park's play after being designated for assignment and the disappointment of losing Trevor May for the season. Rhett Bollinger also caught up with Paul Molitor to chat about having to depend on young players to fill significant roles on the team and what he expects from the bullpen this season.
This week¹s show features longtime Twin Michael Cuddyer, who talked about his new role as a special assistant for the club. He discussed how the time is now for the Twins' young outfielders, and has a unique stance on the World Baseball Classic and its impact. Ryan Pressly starts his fifth season with Twins, and he stops by to chat about his role in the bullpen. Then, Cuddyer tells you the baseball movies to watch to get ready for the season when he takes three cuts.
Twins camp has been hit by a rash of injuries to their pitching staff. MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince and Twins reporter Rhett Bollinger give medical updates on Ryan O'Rourke, Glen Perkins and Trevor May. They also discuss Byung Ho Park's impressive performance this spring and why he has a chance to make the Opening Day roster.
We are half way through the Twins Spring Training schedule and this week's episode of Deep Cuts starts the discussion of who is going to come north with the team. ByungHo Park joins the show as he continues his success from the plate while looking to reclaim his spot on the 25-man roster. Park goes on to talk about his rehab from wrist surgery and the adjustments he's made in his second year with the Twins. We also introduce you to new Twins coach Jeff Pickler who enters the season as the coordinator of Major League development. Pickler talks about the increased attention to analytics and how to balance the numbers with the story on the field. He is also introduced to Three Cuts with a perspective on the popularity of Peyton Manning and Todd Helton at his alma mater, University of Tennessee.
Trevor May sustained an injury to his ulnar collateral ligament during Spring Training and it is feared he is out for the season. MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince and Twins reporter Rhett Bollinger discuss May's injury and possible Tommy John surgery in the near future. They also break down who could replace him as the frontrunner for the last spot in the rotation.
The Minnesota Twins have officially kicked off their Spring Training schedule! Twins ace Ervin Santana stops by the show as he discusses a change behind the plate, in terms of the leadership in the clubhouse and a young pitcher that's impressed him early in camp. Craig Breslow has found his way back to the organization. He discusses the unique way he reunited with the team and his new look delivery. Breslow wraps up the show with three cuts about film festivals and his career on the mound.
Could Kennys Vargas be a big home run threat in 2017? MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince and Twins reporter Rhett Bollinger discuss Vargas reworking his swing this offseason to hopefully hit for more power and if Byung Ho Park could make the squad out of Spring Training.
Is Byron Buxton ready to ascend into the star that he was projected to be? Twins reporter Rhett Bollinger breaks down why the team is hoping Buxton can build upon the strong September he had last year and why Miguel Sano has the power bat that could make him an All-Star.
After having a setback a few weeks ago in his return from surgery, Glen Perkins threw 15 pitches today at Spring Training and said he is very pleased with how it felt. Perkins also covered a wide variety of topics, including the impact the game will feel from the retirement of some long time umpires. We also check up with Jeff Smith, who after 21 seasons got his call to show and joins the Twins Major League coaching staff. Smitty discusses that and his role in working with the catchers. All that and more on this week's show of Deep Cuts!
Fresh off the mound from the first day of Spring Training for pitchers and catchers, Kyle Gibson joins the show to talks about the first day, changes to his offseason throwing program and more. We also catch up with the Twins' 2014 top draft pick Nick Gordon, who will be going to Major League camp for the first time. We talk about some of the top promotions at Target Field in 2017, and then Gibby rejoins us for three cuts.
Could Glen Perkins be back saving games for the Twins in 2017? MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince and Twins reporter Rhett Bollinger discuss if Perkins is healthy going into Spring Training and what Byung Ho Park's future is with the team.
Can Kennys Vargas have a breakthrough year in 2017? MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince and Twins reporter Rhett Bollinger discuss why Vargas should get a lot more at-bats this year and the current vision the new front office has for the this team for next season and the future.
On this week's episode of Deep Cuts with the Minnesota Twins, we catch up with Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey on the flurry of roster moves before Spring Training gets underway. Derek discussed what went into taking Byung Ho Park off the 40 man roster and how LaTroy Hawkins and Michael Cuddyer led to the acquisition of Matt Belisle. Speaking of Belisle, he joins the show with less than a week before pitchers and catchers report to camp. He discusses the impact of Hawkins and Cuddyer as well as how he hopes to impact this young Twins bullpen. Belisle is then introduced to Twins Territory in this week's Three Cuts.
New hitting coach James Rowson stops by this week¹s show and discusses how struggles as a player will help him with his new job. Plus, we look back at one of the highlights from TwinsFest, as the Twins announced Tom Kelly will be honored with a statue at Target Field
Could the Twins and Justin Morneau be in for a reunion in 2017? MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince and Twins reporter Rhett Bollinger discuss why Morneau is unlikely to return to Minnesota and if Byron Buxton is ready for a big breakout season.
Deep Cuts hits the road for Twins Caravan this week. We caught up with Tommy Watkins as he gets set for his first season as the manager of Cedar Rapids. Plus, Trevor May talks about his busy off-season and Byron Buxton discusses building off his September success, his favorite candy and more.
Could the Twins still be in the market for some help in the bullpen? MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince and Twins reporter Rhett Bollinger break down who could still be an option in the 'pen and update on the progress of Glen Perkins and Phil Hughes as they rehab from injuries last season.
There were a ton of things that made Paul Molitor shake his head in 2016, but he is anxious to see how his younger players respond. He discusses that, his preference for some more veteran leadership, pitching and more on this week's show. Plus, Joe Mauer is entering his 14th season and still looks to improve his game, and we find out what Billy Joel song Joe would sing in karaoke. Deep Cuts airs Live every Wednesday from 6:30 to 7:00pm
As the Hot Stove season continues to wind down it appears that Brian Dozier will enter Spring Training as a Twin. MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince and Twins reporter Rhett Bollinger break down why the Dozier to the Dodgers rumors have fizzled out as well as the need for another arm in the bullpen.
This week's episode of Deep Cuts features Twins second baseman Brian Dozier as he discusses his offseason filled with trade rumors. Also, Twins general manager Thad Levine joins the program to weigh in on those Dozier trade talks as well as the remaining talent on the free agent market and the team's recent moves. We wrap up this week's show as we learn more about the Twins' new leadership. Deep Cuts airs Live every Wednesday from 6:30 to 7:00pm.
Can Minnesota compete with their current starting rotation? MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince and Twins reporter Rhett Bollinger discuss if Kyle Gibson and Hector Santiago can have bounce back seasons in 2017.
Deep Cuts with the Minnesota Twins debuts with a new vision from Executive Vice President, Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey. He discusses the Brian Dozier trade rumors as well as his focus before the start of Spring Training. We are also joined by catcher Jason Castro as he shares his excitement to begin work with the Twins pitching staff and then he takes "3 Cuts" as we learn more about the newest member of the Twins. Tune in every Wednesday live from 6:30 to 7:00pm.
The key to the Twins' offseason continues to be centered around Brian Dozier. MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince and MLB.com columnist Richard Justice break down why Dozier should be traded and why Jason Castro could have a positive impact on the pitching staff.
Despite a tough overall season for the Twins, several key young contributors provided hope for better days ahead. MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince and Twins reporter Rhett Bollinger reflect on Brian Dozier's magnificent season and Max Kepler's rookie campaign.
Brian Dozier continues to be at the center of trade talks with other teams. MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince and Rhett Bollinger break down what it would take to get the slugger second baseman and if Byron Buxton has the tools to be a star player.
The biggest question with the Twins this offseason is what are they going to do with Brian Dozier. MLB.com's Matt Waymire and Twins reporter Rhett Bollinger discuss if the Dodgers are a trade match for Dozier and they also touch on the tragic death of prospect Yorman Landa.
The new regime in Minnesota has added some new pieces to the front office and to the product on the field. MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince and Twins reporter Rhett Bollinger discuss the Jason Castro signing and if a starting pitcher could be added.
Thad Levine is going into his first Winter Meetings needing to add starting pitching. Twins reporter Rhett Bollinger takes a look at how Minnesota can upgrade the rotation and if Brian Dozier could possibly be on the trade block.
The 2017 Twins will look different than the one that finished the 2016 season. Twins reporter Rhett Bollinger discusses the team parting ways with Trevor Plouffe, Juan Centeno and prospect Adam Walker as well as how Tanner English and John Curtiss played in the Arizona Fall League.
The Twins new front office got a makeover quickly after the 2016 season ended. MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince catches up with Twins reporter Rhett Bollinger to discuss their plans for success and what Derek Falvey and Thad Levine bring to the Twins' table.
11/4/16: MLB.com Extras | Nick Gordon, Stephen Gonsalves
The Twins sent their second and third ranked prospects to Arizona to give them a few extra innings of work. MLBPipeline.com caught up with Nick Gordon and Stephen Gonsalves to learn how they'll make the most of their time in the Fall League and what it's like working with some of the best prospects in the game.
It's a roundtable to wrap up the season, as Dick Bremer and Bert Blyleven from FS North join Cory Provus and Dan Gladden to discuss what went wrong for the Twins this season and thoughts on how to fix things going forward.
After a tough season, the Twins are ready to focus on 2017. MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince and Twins reporter Rhett Bollinger break down goals for the last week of the regular season and take a look at how far Byron Buxton has come this season.
A somber tone to the manager's show this week as they reflect on the tragedy in Miami which took the life of Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez. Paul does discuss the upcoming final week of the season and how he does not want his young players to accept losing.
Interim general manager Rob Antony joins the show and chats about a tough last week on the field. He also has some candid thoughts about how things move forward, and then Rob turns the tables and interviews Cory Provus in the final segment of the show.
The Twins will wrap up a disappointing season in two weeks and look towards the future. MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince and Twins reporter Rhett Bollinger spotlight a bright light in the season with Brian Dozier's tear at the plate and look ahead to 2017.
Interim general manager Rob Antony discuss the series in New York. He also points out how important the upcoming final homestand is for the Twins' young players and discusses fall and winter league plans for guys in the organization.
Byron Buxton is making the most of the regular season with the Twins. MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince and Twins reporter Rhett Bollinger spotlight Buxton's recent tear since returning from Triple-A and James Beresford's long-awaited Major League debut.
Interim General Manager Rob Antony would like to see Byron Buxton have a light off-season, and not play winter ball. He explains that on this week's show, plus Taylor Rogers really settling into a nice role, why the team official put Plouffe on the disabled list, and his take on expanded rosters
Byron Buxton has shown some power since being recalled from the Minors, and Paul discusses the emergence of this part of Buxton's game. He also has an interesting take on the expanded rosters in September and provides some high praise for James Beresford.
Despite a lackluster season in Minnesota, the Twins are still making headlines. MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince and Twins reporter Rhett Bollinger spotlight Brian Dozier's power surge, James Beresford's callup and Byron Buxton's first career grand slam.
President Dave St. Peter stops by to discuss where the organization is at in replacing Terry Ryan and restructuring the baseball operations department. He discusses interim general manager Rob Antony's role going forward, and he hopes to have the baseball operations search concluded within 60 days. The desire to have Paul Molitor back as manager has not been prohibitive to the search, and the team will still conduct their organizational meetings right after the season.
Byron Buxton's first three games back since being recalled has caught Paul Molitor's attention. He also discusses how to grade the young relievers over this final month and how to make sure young guys do not get complacent with losing.
The Twins are trying to power through the remainder of the season. MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince and Twins reporter Rhett Bollinger sort out what went wrong and discuss what Jose Berrios needs to prove to come back to Minnesota.
Kris Atteberry and Jack Morris take the show on the road as they join manager Paul Molitor in Toronto. It's been a tough stretch but Paul talks about how to take learning lessons and make them a positive. The guys also discuss the Blue Jays' lineup and how Paul approaches a knuckleball pitcher.
Twins interim general manager Rob Antony joins Cory Provus to discuss some the challenges that the younger Twins have faced over the last week including demotions of Tyler Duffey and Jose Berrios. Rob also weighs in on the non-waiver trade market and if he expects the Twins to make a move.
As the season winds down, the Twins are giving younger guys a chance to make an impression. MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince and Twins reporter Rhett Bollinger spotlight Adalberto Mejia, Pat Light and others who have had a chance to show off their talent this season.
Interim general manager Rob Antony discusses the extension of the team's agreement with Triple-A Rochester. It's also been a week of roster moves, and they discuss the process for identifying September call ups. They also chat about some pace of games ideas.
It's been a rough weekend in KC, as the Twins need a win to avoid being swept in the 4 game series. Paul talks about that, and keeping his squad motivated in these last 6 weeks of the season. Plus, a candid look at how to improve the starting pitching, and how pending organizational decision will impact Paul's involvement in these decision and more.
The Twins are experiencing some growing pains with their younger players. MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince and Twins reporter Rhett Bollinger discuss how Miguel Sano, Jose Berrios and Jorge Polanco are adjusting to big league life.
Interim General Manager Rob Antony joins the show to discuss the roster moves this week due to injuries and short outings from starting pitchers. Plus, Antony shares his thoughts on Brian Dozier's solid second half and the September roster expansion.
As the Twins look to take a series from the Royals, manager Paul Molitor chats about the way they play and how he would like to utilize some of that style. He also addresses Miguel Sano's sore elbow, what he hopes to see in Sunday's starting pitcher Hector Santiago and some gold medal conversations regarding the Olympics.
It's too little too late for the Twins as the season winds down and their bats start to heat up. MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince and Twins reporter Rhett Bollinger discuss how the Twins started to pick up the pace, spotlight Max Kepler's big bat and how Miguel Sano can work harder on his work ethic.
Interim GM Rob Antony joins the show to re-examine the Trade Deadline. He also discusses Miguel Sano's difficulties of late in all facets of his game and preparations. Plus, some concern on Byron Buxton's struggles and where Jorge Polanco may fit best.
Paul looks at what his team needs to do to take the series against the Rays. Part of the equation is solving Evan Longoria and getting a better start from Kyle Gibson, who de-railed in the 5th inning last time out. He also talks about finding a position for Jorge Polanco and what to do with Trevor Plouffe who is due to come back from the disabled list.
How much value do the Twins see in Hector Santiago? MLB.com's Matthew Leach and Twins reporter Rhett Bollinger break down why the Twins brought him over, how they expect him to impact the club and why fans should keep an eye on Adalberto Mejia, one of the top pitching prospects in the Giants' organization who came over in the Eduardo Nunez trade.
Twins Manager Paul Molitor joins Kris Atteberry to discuss the unique challenges of managing the team with the trade deadline looming. As well as the recent success of Ervin Santana, the building blocks to identify pitch tipping and the difference between guys with speed and base stealers. The Twins wrap up their home stand and get ready to take on the new look Cleveland Indians.
Cory Provus and Interim General Manager Rob Antony sit down to discuss the trade of Eduardo Nunez and the potential of additional moves before the deadline. Antony also discusses the opportunity that Jorge Polanco will get during the remainder of the season. Plus, the value that Ervin Santana brings to the Minnesota Twins. Antony ends the show with the notion that the Twins aren't done with moves before the deadline.
It's decision time for interim GM Rob Antony. MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince and Twins reporter Rhett Bollinger discuss what Antony will bring to the table and which player is most likely to be traded by August 1.
It has been quite a week for interim general manager Rob Antony. Inside Twins chats about Terry Ryan being relieved of his duties, how Antony's philosophy differs from Ryan's, along with what Antony's thoughts are with a week to go until the Trade Deadline and some of his conversations with other teams.
Paul Molitor is still processing the wild win Saturday at Boston, which guaranteed his team at least a split in the four-game series. Molitor is pleased with how Max Kepler and Eddie Rosario have handled their recent opportunities and he chats about one of the rising stars for the Red Sox who has been difficult for the Twins this season.
With Terry Ryan out, what happens next for the Twins? MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince and Twins broadcaster Cory Provus discuss what led to Ryan's dismissal, who could replace him and Paul Molitor's future in Minnesota.
Torii Hunter and John Gordon joined the Twins Hall of Fame this weekend, and general manager Terry Ryan stops by to talk about both inductees. Plus, Miguel Sano's move back to third base has had some hiccups, and what are Terry's thoughts two weeks from the trade deadline.
After an extra-inning, rain-delayed win, Paul Molitor talks about his squad having a chance to take a series from the first-place Indians. Kyle Gibson gets the start and the key for Gibson is to not be too fine. Plus, Molitor talks about Kennys Vargas' strong start since being recalled from Rochester.
The Trade Deadline is three weeks away, but will Twins general manager Terry Ryan be making any moves during the All-Star Break? Ryan also discusses pitching coach Neil Allen and who on the team has been the best starting pitcher so far this season.
Paul Molitor looks at the keys to the recent success as the Twins are playing the best ball of the season. The show elaborates on how starting pitching has been decent, but the offense has found its stride.
How did the Twins react when they found out Eduardo Núñez earned an All-Star invitation? Twins reporter Rhett Bollinger caught up with former All-Star Brian Dozier to hear about the team's reaction and what it was like for Dozier in his first All-Star Game last season.
Eduardo Nunez earned his first MLB All-Star nod. MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince and Twins reporter Rhett Bollinger spotlight Nunez and his strong first half, Max Kepler's seven-RBI game and how important Robbie Grossman's been to the club during a rough season, especially at home.
Sunday started with a big roster move as the Twins designated reliever Kevin Jepsen. General manager Terry Ryan says Jepsen's stuff is good, but he struggles with location. Ryan also says his team is looking to be active regarding trades and other roster moves over the next month.
Coming off a big day at the plate, Paul Molitor discusses the approach as the Twins look to take a series from the Rangers. Plus, Molitor details some of the keys to Brian Dozier's recent success and gives his support to the idea of Eduardo Nunez making the American League All-Star team.
As Byung Ho Park rounds out the first half of his first Major League season, MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince and Twins reporter Rhett Bollinger spent time in Korea learning more about how beloved the sport is in Park's home country.
A tough weekend so far in the Bronx, Paul discusses what Sunday's starter - Tyler Duffey, needs to do against the Yankees. Plus, how he manages against the trio in the back of the Yanks' pen, how to work through Park's struggles and more.
Terry Ryan joins the show, and the G-M is not happy with how the Twins have lost the first couple games in New York. He gives the latest on when Sano could return, and at what position. Plus, if Duffey is pitching for his spot in the rotation and more.
Kurt Suzuki provided the Twins with a much needed offensive spark against the Phillies on Tuesday night. MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince and Twins radio broadcaster Cory Provus spotlight Suzuki's splurge and whether or not the Twins will sell at the Trade Deadline.
A very discouraged Terry Ryan talks about the Twins' recent rough patch. Plus, the Miguel Sano experiment in right field appears to be over. Also, there is an interesting conversation regarding the Majors looking into "leaks" when it comes to roster moves.
Byung Ho Park's struggles at the plate are concerning to the Twins. MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince takes a closer look at his numbers, how Eduardo Nunez's season is turning up so far and update Glen Perkins' shoulder injury and his decision to get a second opinion.
General manager Terry Ryan is discouraged and disappointed with the last couple of games. He talks about the struggles, plus a detailed breakdown of the Twins 2016 Draft and updates on Glen Perkins, Phil Hughes, Danny Santana and Miguel Sano. Terry also re-visits the decision to let David Ortiz go after the 2002 season.
After dropping the first two games of the series vs. the Red Sox, Paul Molitor talks about how to slow Boston. Plus, a few candid comments on where and why this season has come off the tracks, and the status of some pitchers who have had hits come right back at them.
The Twins might still be in transition mode, but they are still hoping to make 2016 a productive season. MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince and Twins reporter Rhett Bollinger discuss how Minnesota is hoping for their young players to develop while gaining experience with the big club. They also talk about closer Glen Perkins' injury and how the Twins might go about attacking the upcoming 2016 MLB Draft with their picks.
Twins scouting director Deron Johnson discusses who the Twins are looking to draft in the first round of the MLB Draft, what parents of a draft pick want to hear when a team is trying to sign the player, when to draft for need and more on a show all about the Draft.
Paul Molitor discusses trying to keep the Rays, specifically Evan Longoria, in the park. He also talks about seeing Max Kepler and Byron Buxton in the outfield together, Tyler Duffey's competitive fire and more.
As Kyle Gibson returns to the rotation, Phil Hughes moves to the bullpen. MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince caught up with Twins reporter Rhett Bollinger to find out how this impacts the rotation and bullpen, break down expectations as Byron Buxton returns and discuss how Joe Mauer is back to looking like himself at the dish.
Assistant GM Rob Antony stops by and addresses the situation with pitching coach Neil Allen. Antony also discusses the plan right now with Kyle Gibson who is on a rehab assignment, along with the state of other guys currently in the rotation
MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince caught up with Twins reporter Rhett Bollinger to take a closer look at the team's struggles as a whole, Brian Dozier's own struggles and how Paul Molitor has handled this less-than-ideal situation.
The Twins are coming off a strong series win in Cleveland. MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince caught up with Twins reporter Rhett Bollinger to spotlight Tyler Duffey's strong outing on Sunday, how much progress Byron Buxton's made at the plate in the Minors, and how Trevor Plouffe's adjusted his mechanics to be more successful at the dish.
Assistant general manager Rob Antony gives an update on Glen Perkins and Kyle Gibson as they make their way back from injuries. Plus, he discusses the trade of J.R. Graham to the Yankees and why Byron Buxton was pulled from Rochester's game on Saturday.
The Twins' season isn't moving in the right direction. MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince and Twins reporter Rhett Bollinger take a closer look at their early struggles, where top prospect Jorge Polanco fits into the infield and what happened with Casey Fien and the bullpen's makeover.
Paul can sense the rough start of to the season is wearing on his team. What is he trying to do to keep the guys focused? He also talks about the balancing act of staying positive yet needing to address and correct mistakes.
It has been a busy weekend full of roster moves, and General Manager Terry Ryan discusses the decisions that had players coming and going. Plus, an update on Glen Perkins, and he is hoping Kyle Gibson is close to going out on a rehab assignment.
Byron Buxton is back in Triple-A to work out a few kinks. MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince chats with Twins reporter Rhett Bollinger to find out what the outfielder is working on in Rochester, take a closer look at Jose Berrios and what to expect from his second start and discuss what exactly is Fernando Abad's super changeup.
Twins general manager Terry Ryan offers an honest assessment of a disappointing April. He also discusses why Byron Buxton was sent to Rochester, how things played out with David Murphy, and the pros and cons to Byung Ho Park's first month in the Majors.
It was a rough first month of the season, and Paul Molitor discusses his team's inconsistencies. He likes what he has seen out of Danny Santana since his return from an injury, and talks about what may be a key as Brian Dozier looks to regain his 2015 All-Star form.
The Twins tough time continues but Joe Mauer's been a bright spot in Minnesota. MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince caught up with Twins reporter Rhett Bollinger to find whether or not Mauer's hot start is sustainable, how his new glasses are helping him at the dish, and how concerning Miguel Sano's start has been especially in centerfield.
With Terry Ryan in Rochester watching the Red Wings, assistant GM Rob Antony joins us to talk about some moves to the 40-man roster and a slow start by some of the starting pitchers. Plus he gives an update on Glen Perkins and Danny Santana.
The manager was not happy with all the strikeouts Saturday, and he knows his squad will face a tough one Sunday in Stephen Strasburg. Plus, Tyler Duffy has been called up to get the start as Ervin Santana is dinged up.
The Twins are taking the season one game at a time. MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince caught up with Twins reporter Rhett Bollinger to hear how they're bouncing back from an 0-9 start, whether or not Joe Mauer's back to old form and how worrisome Eddie Rosario's trouble with the strike zone will be for his job security.
The Twins are ready to put Opening Week behind them and kick off their Opening Day with a fresh start. MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince caught up with Twins reporter Rhett Bollinger to break down a tough first week, spotlight Ricky Nolasco's sharp first outing and why Miguel Sano's strike zone could stand to expand a little bit.
The start of the season has not gone according to plan so far for the Twins. Twins general manager Paul Molitor talks about the rough start to the season, including the struggles of the younger players. Plus, the need to already use the disabled list, what role Max Kepler can have and hopes this season for Ricky Nolasco.
He also chats about the series finale in Kansas City and looks forward to the home opener vs. Chicago.
Could Byron Buxton hit over .300 in his rookie season? Will Brian Dozier launch more than 25 homers? MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince and Twins reporter Rhett Bollinger make a few key statistical predictions for the season including whether or not the Twins can earn the AL Wild Card.
Opening Day is finally here! Manager Paul Molitor enters his second year at the helm as he joins Jack Morris and Kris Atteberry to kick off the 2016 season. Molitor discusses some difficult cuts out of Spring Training, the Twins mixture of youth and veterans and what he expects Opening Week.
3/30/16: Deep Cuts with the Minnesota Twins | Fien and Provus
We wrap up the Twins Spring Training with our final episode of "Deep Cuts with the Minnesota Twins." Reliever Casey Fien joins the show to discuss his entrepreneurship, passion for video games and his famous friends. Also, Cory Provus joins us from Florida to give his take on the final roster heading north for the 2016 season. Finally, several scouts weigh in on a familiar tool on the Minor League side of camp during Spring Training. We'll also play #ScoutsHonor with a former player of the Twins that holds a record on Opening Day performances.
Is this the year of Byron Buxton? MLB.com¹s Anthony Castrovince finds out why Twins reporter Rhett Bollinger thinks Buxton can win the AL Rookie of the Year, how Ricky Nolasco won the fifth starter spot over Tyler Duffey, and how the top of the lineup is shaking out.
Who's still duking it out for a bullpen spot? MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince caught up with Twins reporter Rhett Bollinger to find out how Tommy Milone and Ricky Nolasco are battling it out, where Oswaldo Arcia fits in the lineup and how the Twins added a few more hard throwing arms to their roster.
Twins players are helping Byung Ho Park adjust to American life with the help of The Bachelor. MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince caught up with Twins radio broadcaster Cory Provus to find out what he learned from watching The Bachelor with teammates and how he's adjusting in the United States, as well as how Miguel Sano is faring in the outfield.
3/7/16: Deep Cuts with the Minnesota Twins | Hunter and Hawkins
The Minnesota Twins find themselves two weeks into Spring Training, while Special Assistants Torii Hunter and LaTroy Hawkins beat box their way onto this week's "Deep Cuts with the Minnesota Twins." Torii and LaTroy share some laughs as they reflect on their lives after retirement, a classic prank on Eddie Guardado and the consequences of being neighbors in Texas. Dan Gladden joins us from Hammond Stadium to discuss how position battles are playing out early in camp. We'll also highlight select games during the 2016 season where you'll want to make sure you are at Target Field. Finally, test your Twins knowledge with our #ScoutsHonor quiz.
Torii Hunter couldn't stay away from the game for long. Twins reporter Rhett Bolinger and MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince talk about Hunter's role in Spring Training on the other side of the foul lines, analyze how Miguel Sano's doing in right field and how well Byung Ho Park's fitting into the Twins' chemistry.
Team chemistry can make or break a club. Twins reporter Rhett Bollinger caught up with Twins second baseman Brian Dozier to find out why he has so much faith in Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano and how their chemistry could be a difference-maker.
3/2/16: Deep Cuts with the Minnesota Twins | Vavra
Twins bench coach Joe Vavra spent his offseason "down under", managing a team in the Australian Baseball League. He talks about how that league has changed, what his family did during their free time and much more. Plus, Cory Provus and Dan Gladden check in after the Twins' Grapefruit League opener to chat about some key battles and storylines that will play out in Fort Myers. And our Scout's Honor contest proves to be real tough.
2/24/16: Deep Cuts with the Minnesota Twins | Suzuki and Gibson
Baseball season is finally here! Pitchers and Catchers reported this week for the Minnesota Twins and it fits the theme of this week's Deep Cuts. Kurt Suzuki, fresh off catching some bullpens, weighs in on a typical day for pitchers and catchers with some expectations for the 2016 season. Plus, Kyle and Elizabeth Gibson talk faith and family with the greater need to give back. As always try your hand at this week's #ScoutsHonor contest.
What's the key to Kyle Gibson's success? Twins reporter Rhett Bollinger catches up with the Twins starter to find out what part of his repertoire he's working on, his goals to walk less batters and why this team's rotation and overall club is a playoff contender.
2/17/16: Deep Cuts with the Minnesota Twins | Kelly and Plouffe
Former manager Tom Kelly stops by "Deep Cuts with the Minnesota Twins" to help us preview the start of Spring Training. Trevor Plouffe is our featured guest this week in an entertaining conversation covering a myriad of topics. Plouffe discusses being a dad, college vs. pro ball, BXM biking, a high school science fair project, a previous career as a pool boy and evacuating his home this off-season. Finally, test your knowledge in this week's #ScoutsHonor.
Which Twins pitchers will fill the backend of the rotation? MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince and Twins reporter Rhett Bollinger preview position battles for the rotation, in the field with guys like Miguel Sano and Byung Ho Park and how Joe Mauer plans to improve his vision during day games.
2/10/16: Deep Cuts with the Minnesota Twins | Lepel and Reed
On this week's "Deep Cuts with the Minnesota Twins" Twins field coordinator Joel Lepel joins us from Fort Myers to talk about several of the players that have already reported to camp. Lepel provides an update on Miguel Sano's transition to the outfield thus far but is even more complimentary of another Twins outfielder. Plus we catch some waves with hard-throwing reliever and prospect Jake Reed. Reed tells us how surfing keeps him in shape and how he never leaves home without his ukulele. As always, play along with our #ScoutsHonor contest.
How did the Twins fare this offseason? MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince and Twins reporter Rhett Bollinger assess the signing of Korean Byung Ho Park, discuss whether or not the bullpen is season ready and grade the addition of Aaron Hicks.
2/3/16: Deep Cuts with the Minnesota Twins | Carew and Duffey
On this week's "Deep Cuts with the Minnesota Twins," Hall of Famer Rod Carew shares a moving story about his recovery from a heart attack last September. We also touch base with Tyler Duffey who updates us on a busy offseason. Plus, you can always play along with our #ScoutsHonor contest.
With Spring Training around the corner, the Twins are gearing up for 2016. MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince and Twins reporter Rhett Bollinger take a closer look at the team and find out which players are most likely to accomplish different feats in 2016.
1/27/16: Deep Cuts with the Minnesota Twins | Kepler and Blyleven
We get an international flavor on this week's "Deep Cuts with the Minnesota Twins" as Max Kepler discusses some of the highlights from his hometown of Berlin. Max also had career opportunities in Germany as a soccer goalie and following his parents footsteps as professional ballet dancers. Hall of Famer Bert Blyleven also joins the show from the Twins Caravan to discuss this year's HOF inductees and the 2016 Twins pitching staff. Lastly, try your hand at this week's Scouts Honor competition!
1/20/16: Deep Cuts with the Minnesota Twins | May and Ryan
Trevor May talks producing music, the decision to skip college and sign right out of high school and who is his favorite Star Wars character. General manager Terry Ryan also provides a look at the squad as we are three weeks away from Spring Training. All that, plus, a tricky scout's honor contest.
The Twins' offseason moves help bolster a strong lineup. MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince checks in with Twins reporter Rhett Bollinger to spotlight Byong Ho Park and top pitching prospect Jose Berrios' ability to springboard the Twins in 2016.
1/13/16: Deep Cuts with the Minnesota Twins | Glynn and Jepsen
In this episode of "Deep Cuts with the Minnesota Twins" we catch up with third base coach Gene Glynn not in the studio, but in a deer stand. We also chat with Twins reliever Kevin Jepsen who took time from his tailgate at College Football National Championship game to discuss his offseason and the 2016 Twins. Scouts Honor is back! Play along and guess our mystery player before the show is up.
Can Byron Buxton earn Rookie of the Year in 2016? Twins reporter Rhett Bollinger joins MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince to make a few bold predictions for the upcoming season and explain why the Twins are still bullpen-focused.
1/6/16: Deep Cuts with the Minnesota Twins | Molitor and Murphy
Deep Cuts with the Minnesota Twins makes its debut as we kick off the show with Twins Manager Paul Molitor. Molitor discusses his second year as the skipper, offseason acquisitions and the current roster. Furthermore, Deep Cuts introduces new catcher John Ryan Murphy to Twins Territory. Murphy talks hunting, tennis, the World Series of Golf and co-founding the I Am More Foundation.
Can Byung Ho Park spark the offense in Minnesota? MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince and Twins radio broadcaster Cory Provus spotlight Park's move to Minnesota and whether or not the Twins can revamp their bullpen to be successful in 2016.
The Twins are in need of a left-handed reliever. MLB.com's Matt Waymire and Twins reporter Rhett Bollinger discuss their needs in the relief department and what else they're looking for this offseason.
The dominoes haven't fallen yet for the Twins. MLB.com's Matt Waymire and Twins reporter Rhett Bollinger sift through the club's offseason moves and spotlight the acquisition of Byung Ho Park and how powerful Miguel Sano's presence could be this season.
Is Trevor Plouffe on the trading block? MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince and Twins reporter Rhett Bollinger are live in Nashville at the Winter Meetings to dig deeper into Trevor Plouffe's trade value, where they'll find bullpen relief, and how crucial Byong-Ho Park's power will be to the Twins lineup.
The Twins surprised the baseball world after their postseason push in 2015. MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince and Twins reporter Rhett Bollinger spotlight Byung Ho Park, a surprise addition, break down the pros and cons of trading Aaron Hicks to the Yankees for John Ryan Murphy, and how rookie sensation Miguel Sano would fare moving to the outfield.
After what some called a surprising season, the Twins are ready to build upon a successful 2015. MLBPipeline.com's Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo breakdown two top prospects, Adam Brett Walker II and Nick Burdi, who continue to grow in the Arizona Fall League.
We take a look back at the biggest moments from the Minnesota Twins' 2015 season. Listen in as we relive Trevor Plouffe's walk-off home run against the Indians, Eddie Rosario's home run in his debut and much more.
It was a quick switch of the gears from looking at possibly playing in the postseason to wrapping up meetings and looking at the offseason. General manager Terry Ryan talks about that, looks at candidates for the 2016 rotation, explains what Byron Buxton needs to still improve on and talks about what could be next for Torii Hunter.
Being in the postseason picture until the final weekend was nice, but Paul Molitor wants his team to learn from this and go to the next level. Plus, Paul wraps up what he learned in his first season as manager and looks to where he wants his team to get better.