Aaron and John talk about Joe Mauer making his retirement official, what his Hall of Fame case will look like in five years, the Twins' free agent options at first base and third base, Kennys Vargas going to Japan, reported interest in J.A. Happ, speculation about interest in Carlos Santana, and taking in the views at the new Bonnes Sky Cabin. Sponsored by Hopsy, Away Travel and Casper Mattresses

Direct download: Ep_398_Final.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 12:15am EST
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John and Aaron talk about big changes to the Twins' coaching staff, Bert Blyleven's reduced role with FSN, and the Twins' options for free agent help at second base and shortstop. Sponsored by 612 Brew, Harry's Razors, and Simple Contacts

Direct download: Ep_397_final.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:46pm EST
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Aaron and John talk about new Twins manager Rocco Baldelli, how he differs from Paul Molitor, his unique baseball path, the difficulty in evaluating any manager, and what the Twins' coaching staff may look like under him. Plus, buying a condo, a longtime scout sues the Twins, Eduardo Escobar stays in Arizona, and the identity of The Big Kielbasa. Sponsored by Utepils Brewing, SeatGeek, and Robinhood. 

Direct download: ep_396_FINAL.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 2:49pm EST
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Aaron and John pour their own beers at First Draft Taproom & Kitchen and talk about the Twins' narrowing their list of manager candidates, Derek Shelton's background and chances as an in-house option, Ryan Pressly's post-trade comments about working with the Astros vs. the Twins, laying out the 2019 payroll, upcoming arbitration decisions, and which areas the Twins definitely need to address this offseason. Sponsored by Sota Stick and Away Travel

Direct download: ep_395_FINAL.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:29pm EST
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Aaron and John talk about the Twins' managerial search including Rocco Baldelli and Hensley Meulens, Miguel Sano making headlines for the wrong reasons again, the ever-changing use of relievers in the playoffs, and reviewing preseason over/under picks for each AL team. Sponsored by Casper Mattresses and RxBar

Direct download: ep_394_FINAL.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 10:44pm EST
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Aaron and John talk about the Twins' decision to fire Paul Molitor, the good and bad of his four-year tenure as manager, what the front office might be looking for in his replacement, and names to watch as the interview process begins. Sponsored by Bombfell and Harry's Razors

Direct download: ep_393_FINAL.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 10:10pm EST
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Aaron and John head to Target Field to see Joe Mauer's (probable) final game, and talk about Mauer's great Twins career and the Twins' not-so-great season. Sponsored by Robinhood and Simple Contacts.

Direct download: Ep_392_final.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 8:43pm EST
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Aaron goes solo to talk about The Legend of Willians Astudillo and the Twins' catching situation for 2019, plus lots of mailbag questions from listeners and a roundtable discussion featuring Baseball Prospectus and Twins Daily writers. Sponsored by Bombfell and SeatGeek.

Direct download: BonnesDFA.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 6:21pm EST
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Twins general manager Thad Levine sat down with Aaron for an extended interview as part of Baseball Prospectus Night at Target Field, followed by a Q&A session with the audience. Sponsored by Sota Stick, RxBar, and Away Travel.

Direct download: 390_COMPLETE.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 7:32pm EST
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Aaron and John talk about returning to podcast-only mode after another season on KFAN, whether the Twins can reload or need another rebuild, the latest on Byron Buxton vs. the Twins, Stephen Gonsalves' very rough first taste of the majors, Miguel Sano being carted off the field, and mailbag questions from listeners. Sponsored by Eero, Casper Mattresses and Iron Door Pub.

Direct download: 389_COMPLETE_v2.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 10:35am EST
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Aaron and John watch Trevor May get shelled and Miguel Sano get injured while answering Minnesota Twins questions from the Tuesday Taproom Tour audience at Able Seedhouse + Brewing.  

Direct download: Ep388_COMPLETE.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 3:03pm EST
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Aaron and John talk about the Twins' decision not to make Byron Buxton a September call-up and what it means for his future, plus the pros and cons of "The Opener" strategy, trading Bobby Wilson for Chris Gimenez, Jorge Polanco's declining defense, Jake Cave forcing the issue, and mailbag questions from listeners. Sponsored by Harry's Razors, Pick and Shovel Wear and Bye, Goff & Rohde

Direct download: 9-2_COMPLETE.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 7:20pm EST
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Aaron and John talk about their night at Target Field with Twins GM Thad Levine and 150 friends, Joe Mauer's latest milestone and 2019 outlook, a too-early glance at the upcoming free agent market, Eddie Rosario's ups and downs, Stephen Gonsalves' rough first taste of the majors, Jake Cave's growing fan club, and mailbag questions from listeners. Sponsored by Rotowire, Seatgeek and Bye, Goff & Rohde.

Direct download: 8-26_COMPLETE.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 7:13pm EST
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Aaron and John talk about the end of Ervin Santana's Twins career, the beginning of Stephen Gonsalves career, Miguel Sano continuing to look good, Tyler Austin and Joe Mauer hitting homers, breaking down the possible payroll plans for 2019, and celebrating seven years of podcasting. Sponsored by Sota Stick, RxBar, Rotowire, Away Travel, and Bye, Goff and Rohde

Direct download: 8-19_COMPLETE.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 7:32pm EST
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Aaron and John talk about the Twins trading Fernando Rodney, Logan Morrison's season mercifully coming to an end, Kohl Stewart's surprising call-up and MLB debut, Tyler Austin getting his big chance, Ervin Santana's bad pitching and headline-grabbing quotes, and the upcoming event at Target Field with general manager Thad Levine. Sponsored by Simple Contacts, Casper Mattresses and Bye, Goff & Rohde.

Direct download: 2018-08-12_FIXED.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 7:24pm EST
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Aaron and John answer questions about the Twins from the audience at their Tuesday Taproom Tour event at Lynlake Brewery

Direct download: Ep383_finished.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:00pm EST
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Aaron and John talk about the Twins trading Brian Dozier, Lance Lynn, and Zach Duke at the deadline, updating the Twins' top prospect rankings to include trade pickups, looking ahead to the 2019 payroll and offseason plans, Free Johan!, and Trevor May's long comeback finally reaching the majors. Sponsored by Pick and Shovel, Simple Contacts, Harry's Razors, Seatgeek and Bye, Goff & Rohde

Direct download: 2018-08-05_COMPLETE.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 7:37pm EST
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Aaron and John talk about the Twins trading Eduardo Escobar and Ryan Pressly, the scouting reports on the five prospects they received, the odds of Brian Dozier, Kyle Gibson, and others also being on the move before the deadline, Miguel Sano's rushed return, Ervin Santana's lack of velocity, and letting everyone slide into our DMs. Sponsored by Pick & Shovel, Simple Contacts, Eero, and Bye, Goff & Rohde.

Direct download: 7-29_COMPLETE.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 7:22pm EST
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Aaron and John are joined by Paul "Meatsauce" Lambert and 144 #MNTwins fans for their live broadcast at Utepils Brewing, where they talk about the Twins' options at the trade deadline. You can join them at their next live podcast Tuesday August 7th at Lynlake Brewing by visiting TuesdayTaproomTour.com.

Direct download: Ep_380_Utepils.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 8:36pm EST
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Aaron and guest co-host Matthew Trueblood talk about the Twins laying an egg in Kansas City, Ervin Santana's "ready or not" return to the rotation, how much the Twins could get for Brian Dozier and Eduardo Escobar, why it might make sense to shop Kyle Gibson and Ryan Pressly too, and what the next two months have in store for Miguel Sano and Byron Buxton. Sponsored by Bye, Goff, and Rohde, RXBAR, and Simple Contacts.

Direct download: 7-22_whole_show.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 7:10pm EST
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Aaron and guest co-host Parker Hageman talk about a good final week of a rough first half, Kyle Gibson's slider-based turnaround, Brian Dozier getting back on track, the enigma of Max Kepler, trade deadline candidates, Logan Morrison and Addison Reed going on the disabled list, and how much longer the Twins can stick with Matt Belisle. Sponsored by Bye, Goff, and Rohde, SotaStick, and SeatGeek.

Direct download: 7-15_whole_show.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 7:01pm EST
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Aaron and John talk about the Twins beating up on the lowly Orioles, looking ahead to a month of being sellers without a ton to actually sell, Jake Cave and the upside of fresh blood, Mitch Garver vs. Bobby Wilson, Jorge Polanco's return to shortstop, Byron Buxton's open-ended Triple-A stay, and The Purge. Sponsored by Bye, Goff & Rohde, Brady Mason, Casper Mattresses and Away Travel

Direct download: 7-8_COMPLETE.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 7:36pm EST
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Aaron and John talk whether the Twins' playoff hopes are already over, the legend of Willians Astudillo, an ugly weekend in Chicago, Jorge Polanco's return from suspension, how many horrible things must happen for a team to look like this, Alan Busenitz vs. Matt Belisle, the next Tuesday Taproom Tour, Joe Mauer's loaded numbers. Sponsored by Bye, Goff & Rohde, Pick and Shovel, Mack Weldon and Harry's Razors

Direct download: 7-1_COMPLETE.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 7:37pm EST
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Aaron and John podcast live from Modist Brewing and answer the audience's Minnesota Twins questions at their first Tuesday Taproom Tour stop. 

Direct download: Live_From_Modist_and_the_Tuesday_Taproom_Tour.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 5:25pm EST
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Aaron and John talk about Jose Berrios living up to the hype, Brian Dozier playing himself out of a qualifying offer, Fernando Romero going back to Triple-A, giving Alan Busenitz another look, more bad rehab updates for Ervin Santana, whether to blame Paul Molitor for awful baserunning, and how much of the 25-man roster is in the Twins' plans beyond 2018. Sponsored by Bye, Goff & Rohde, Molekule, Warby Parker, Simple Contacts, and RxBar.

Direct download: 6-24_COMPLETE.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 7:28pm EST
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Aaron and John talk about Miguel Sano's demotion to Single-A, the Twins reuniting with Matt Belisle, Joe Mauer returning from the disabled list, how injuries skew perceptions, Jorge Polanco's latest setback, and friend of the podcast Hans Van Slooten joining the Twins' front office. Sponsored by Bye, Goff & Rohde, Casper Mattresses, Seatgeek and Nutrafol.

Direct download: 2018-06-17_COMPLETE.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 7:20pm EST
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Aaron and John talk about the Twins' bullpen and their WPA, Jake Cave's big game and potential role, ranting about looking ahead to the trade deadline too soon, Miguel Sano's ongoing struggles, where first-round pick Trevor Larnach fits among the Twins' top prospects, how Eduardo Escobar could fit beyond 2018, sports intellectual rights with Tracy Tool and Bob Parsons of Bye, Goff & Rohde, and Tuesday Taproom Tour details. Sponsored by Sota Stick, Casper Mattresses and Away Travel

Direct download: 06-10-08_complete.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 7:53pm EST
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Aaron and John talk about Eddie Rosario's monster game giving the Twins a series win versus the Indians, Byron Buxton's short-lived and misguided return from the disabled list, our upcoming Tuesday Taproom Tour, Ervin Santana's rehab setback, Kyle Gibson's changing pitch usage, previewing the draft, and having burner accounts on Twitter. Sponsored by Pick & Shovel, Harry's Razors, Seatgeek, and Bollito's

Direct download: 6-3_everything.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 7:32pm EST
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Aaron and John talk about Miguel Sano's return from the disabled list, the Twins trading Phil Hughes in a deal that had very little to do with Phil Hughes, Byron Buxton looking lost and hurt, Fernando Romero's great first five starts, Chris Carter and Nick Gordon joining Triple-A Rochester, and the brutal nature of walk-off losses. Sponsored by Billoto's Sauce, Sota Stick, Rover & Away Travel.

Direct download: Ep_370.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 10:43pm EST
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Aaron and John talk about Joe Mauer joining the Twins' crowded disabled list, Jake Cave's call-up, Jason Castro's season-ending surgery, the clock ticking on Lance Lynn, opening the floodgates on sports gambling with our friends from Bye, Goff & Rohde, Juan Soto making us feel old, and a delayed "Black Panther" review. Sponsored by Simple Contacts and RXBar

Direct download: 5-20_COMPLETE_-_edited.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 5:00pm EST
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Aaron and John talk about Kyle Gibson's latest breakthrough, return timetables for Trevor May and Ervin Santana, Lance Lynn refusing to throw strikes, Eddie Rosario's continued mashing, Fernando Romero vs. Shohei Ohtani, the Twins' bullpen showing signs of competence, and Mitch Garver coming through in the clutch. Sponsored by Seatgeek and Away Travel

Direct download: 2018-05-13_whole_show.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 7:09pm EST
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Aaron and guest co-host Nick Nelson talk about the Twins getting back on track against the White Sox, Fernando Romero's great debut, Jason Castro's knee injury, Miguel Sano and Byron Buxton recovering slowly, Joe Mauer and Brian Dozier flipping, and Royce Lewis' hot start in the minors. Sponsored by Bye, Goff, and Rohde, Casper, and Harry's.

Direct download: 4-6_part_2.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 6:58pm EST
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Aaron and John talk about the Twins' horrible stretch of losses to the Rays, Yankees, and Reds, plus Byron Buxton's health status, the best start of Kyle Gibson's career, Luke Bard and Tyler Kinley losing the Rule 5 gambit, bullpen musical chairs, Mitch Garver vs. Jason Castro, and the ghost of Ron Davis. Sponsored by Bye, Goff & Rohde, RxBar, Rover and Pick & Shovel

 

Direct download: 4-29_FINAL.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:35pm EST
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Aaron and guest co-host Parker Hageman talk about the Twins' ugly series against the Rays, Jose Berrios' dominance, Phil Hughes' debut, Byron Buxton's migraines, bullpen issues, Logan Morrison and Robbie Grossman struggling, silly unwritten rules, and amateur baseball in the upper Midwest. Sponsored by Mack Weldon, Seatgeek, and Bye, Goff, and Rohde.

Direct download: 4-22_PART_2.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 7:26pm EST
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Aaron and John talk about snow wiping away three games at Target Field, Joe Mauer's 2,000th career hit and Hall of Fame chances, Jose Berrios' dominant outings, Byron Buxton's stolen base excellence, Paul Molitor's usage of Zach Duke, Ryan LaMarre making way for Alan Busenitz, Ervin Santana, Trevor May, and Michael Pineda on the comeback trail, and betting on whether Bonnes or Gleeman lives longer. Sponsored by Sota Stick, Away Travel, and Bye, Goff & Rhode.

Direct download: 2018-04-15_Final.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 6:28pm EST
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Aaron and John talk about the Twins playing home games in between snowouts, the Fernando Rodney Experience, the John Bonnes College Experience, changing plans for Phil Hughes, reports that Byron Buxton, Jose Berrios, and Max Kepler turned down contract extensions, bullpen leverage, agreeing to do one book signing, and drinking beer at Chapel Brewing. Sponsored by Delaware North, Casper Mattresses, Seatgeek, and Draft

Direct download: Ep_363_FINAL.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 4:15pm EST
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Aaron and John talk about the Minnesota Twins' opening weekend series against the Orioles, Paul Molitor's in-game decision-making, scoreless starts from Jake Odorizzi, Kyle Gibson, and Jose Berrios, the Kennys Vargas waiver wire saga, Ryan LaMarre's surprising path to a roster spot, and getting the red-ass about bunting. Sponsored by Delaware North, Simple Contacts, Harry's Razors & Pick and Shovel

Direct download: ep_362_Opening_Day.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 9:50pm EST
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Aaron and John discuss the impact of Jorge Polanco's suspension, preview the 2018 Minnesota Twins season, review John's brush with Olympic curling greatness, "bet" on the rest of the AL Central and revel in Aaron's new life as a book distributor. Sponsored by Pick and Shovel, Seatgeek, RxBar & Brady Mason

Direct download: Ep_361_Twins_Season_Preview.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 1:10pm EST
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Aaron and John talk about the Minnesota Twins cutting Kennys Vargas loose and acquiring Jake Cave from the Yankees, clarifying the fifth starter competition, and previewing the AL East and AL West divisions by way of Las Vegas over/under lines. Sponsored by Sota Stick, Away Travel and Casper Mattresses

Direct download: 2018_Over-Under_Pt_1.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 12:55pm EST
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Aaron and John talk about the Minnesota Twins signing Lance Lynn to a contract no one could have expected at the beginning of the offseason, John's two weeks at Twins spring training, releasing Anibal Sanchez, the payroll rising to $130 million, grading the Twins' entire offseason, long-term contracts for Byron Buxton and company, and stacking the AL Central with sleeper agents. Sponsored by Bombfell and Seatgeek

Direct download: Ep_359_Lance_Lynn.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 5:40pm EST
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Aaron and John chat with Twins Director of Baseball Operations Daniel Adler over beers at Modist Brewing. Sponsored by Harry's Razors

Direct download: Ep_358_Daniel_Adler_Twins_Director_of_Baseball_Operations.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 4:00pm EST
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Aaron and John conduct an emergency long-distance podcast about the Minnesota Twins signing Logan Morrison and then go back to talking about various other topics, including listener questions. Sponsored by Sota Stick and Bark Box.

Direct download: Episode_357_Logan_Morrison.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 7:09pm EST
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Aaron and John talk about the Minnesota Twins signing Jake Odorizzi and Anibal Sanchez, not signing Yu Darvish, Jermaine Palacios' scouting report, the value of reverse splits, old friends Trevor Plouffe and Hector Santiago finding new MLB homes, projected payroll levels, the impact of Josh Kalk, and the state of the Twins' starting rotation. Sponsored by Pick and Shovel Wear and Casper Matresses

Direct download: Ep_356_Jake_Odorizzi_and_Anibal_Sanchez.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 3:05pm EST
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Aaron and John talk about Ervin Santana's finger surgery, Trevor May, Tyler Duffey, and the Twins' other in-house options for replacing Santana in the rotation, the price tag to acquire Chris Archer, how to look good, PECOTA comps for Miguel Sano and other prominent Twins, drinking beer at Modist Brewing, how to make Valentine's Day plans, the Twin Cities' best restaurants, and mailbag questions from listeners.

Direct download: Ep_355.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 2:20pm EST
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Aaron and John talk about Super Bowl week in Minnesota, watching the Eagles' victory in person, debating the slow offseason's causes, recapping the Minneanalytics Sportcon event, and revealing Baseball Prospectus' PECOTA projections for Minnesota Twins players and the overall team. Sponsored by Harry's Razors.

Direct download: Ep_354_Super_Bowl_And_PECOTA.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 10:00am EST
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Aaron and John talk about the latest Yu Darvish rumors, Glen Perkins' retirement, Joe Nathan's appearance at the Winter Meltdown, returning to KFAN for another season, exploding tires and ruined lunches, Super Bowl festivities, the Brewers' big push, and $36 guacamole. Sponsored by Bombfell and Simple Contacts.

Direct download: 180128_final.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 6:32pm EST
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Aaron, John, and the Twins Daily crew are joined by Twins great Joe Nathan and Twins official scorekeeper Stew Thornley in front of 500 people at the fifth annual Winter Meltdown event. Sponsored by Sota Stick

Direct download: Episode_352_Winter_Meltdown_2018.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 3:20pm EST
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Aaron and John talk about the Minnesota Twins signing free agent reliever Addison Reed and what it means for the rest of the offseason, all while pre-gaming at Iron Door Pub. Sponsored by RxBar and Casper Mattresses

Direct download: Ep_351_Addison_Reed.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 3:33pm EST
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Aaron and John answer questions from listeners about Kennys Vargas, Joe Mauer, Wikipedia pages, A.J. Pierzynski, superhero movies, The Last Jedi, traveling to Brazil, underrated moves, Stephen Gonsalves, Fernando Romero, and the Jorge Polanco of 2018. Sponsored by Pick and Shovel and by RxBar.

Direct download: Ep_350_Mega_Mailbag.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 5:00pm EST
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Aaron and John talk about the pros and cons of the Twins signing reliever Zack Duke, the overall state of the Twins' bullpen, assault allegations against Miguel Sano, Mike Napoli rumors, brunch at Iron Door Pub, the sold out Winter Meltdown event, and waiting on Yu Darvish. (Sponsored by Harry's Razors and RxBar.)

Direct download: Ep_349_Duke_And_Sano.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 11:00pm EST
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Aaron and John talk about the Twins optimism surrounding signing Yu Darvish, a summer of the Fernando Rodney Experience, the future-oriented baseball deal for Michael Pineda, the Twins gains and losses in MLB Rule 5 draft and their secret admirers in the Nippon Ham Fighters front office.  Sponsored by Sota Stick Co

Direct download: Ep_348_Fernando_Rodney_Is_Friday_Night_Pizza.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 4:42pm EST
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Aaron and John are at Tin Whiskers and talk about the Minnesota Twins' latest front office addition Josh Kalk, trading spending room for baseball prospects Jacob Pearson and David Banuelos, signing Yunior Severino for $2.5 million, Giancarlo Stanton to the Yankees, Shohei Ohtani to the Angels, the court battle over sports gambling, Thad Levine being true to this word, and the first batch of MLB free agent pitcher signings.

Direct download: Episode_347_-_Zero_to_100_Real_Quick.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 4:00pm EST
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Aaron and John talk about
- The slow start of the offseason & why we blame Derek Jeter (5:00)
- Minnesota Twins chances of signing Shohei Ohtani (17)
- the Twins pursuit of top free agent starting pitchers (34)
- The departure of Byung-Ho Park (42)
- Arbitration non-decisions (63)
- A few (very) minor league signings (71)
- Minor league coaching musical chairs (79)
- The 10 year anniversary of training for Delmon Young (92)
- Terminator: both the movie and the Twins closer (99)
- How the Wolves won a customer for life (104).

Direct download: Episode_346_The_Shohei_Show.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:18pm EST
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Aaron and John talk about 40-man roster additions and unprotected prospects, a couple of juicy baseball trade rumors for young aces, the Minnesota Twins' history in the Rule 5 MLB draft, targeting contract extensions for Byron Buxton, Miguel Sano, and more, what to do with Brian Dozier and Joe Mauer after next season, payroll optimism and pessimism, Jason Castro one year later, and remembering Terry Doyle.

Direct download: Ep_345_Protected_Prospects_and_Extension_Candidates.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 1:20pm EST
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Aaron and John talk about Paul Molitor winning Manager of the Year, targeting right-handed hitters for an outfield role, giving up a draft pick to sign a free agent, voiding Jelfrey Marte's contract, the odds signing Shohei Ohtani, playing poker in Vegas with Lou Piniella, and doing your holiday shopping with our sponsors.

Direct download: Episode_344_MOY.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 4:00pm EST
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Aaron and John talk about the Twins' free agent options for bullpen help, new bench coach Derek Shelton, Byron Buxton and Brian Dozier winning Gold Glove awards, another round of 40-man roster trimming, Michael Tonkin being sold to Japan, Doug Mientkiewicz as Ron Gardenhire's understudy, and Mitch Garver's path to playing time.

Direct download: Ep_343_Reliever_Roulette.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 5:00pm EST
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Aaron and John talk about the Twins' offseason needs, limited free agent starting pitching options, Miguel Sano's surgery to insert a titanium rod into his leg, Twins Daily's Offseason Handbook, losing Daniel Palka and Randy Rosario on waivers, Rick Anderson joining Ron Gardenhire in Detroit, Duck Duck Gray Duck, Francisco Liriano winning a World Series, and reviewing the preseason AL Central over/under picks.

Direct download: Ep_342.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 6:38pm EST
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Aaron and John talk about the Twins' new pitching coach Garvin Alston, the appropriate level of happiness or anger for Gold Glove awards, Glen Perkins' future, pitching coach musical chairs, the Yankees firing Joe Girardi, reviewing the AL East preseason over/under bets, and BBQ Buddies.

Direct download: Episode_341.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 5:00pm EST
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Aaron and John talk about Ron Gardenhire's return to the AL Central with the Tigers, the Twins' pitching coach search, their Friday night activities, Baseball America editor-in-chief John Manuel joining the Twins' scouting department, betting on Nick Blackburn, plugging books and handbooks, Delmon Young's clean slate in Australia, and the results of the preseason AL West over/under picks.

Direct download: Episode_340The_Return_of_Gardy.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 5:00pm EST
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Aaron and John react to the Twins manager Paul Molitor's contract extension, preview how much the Twins will have to spend this offseason, debate Brian Dozier's future with the Twins, and discuss whether or not Miguel Sano should play third base next year.

Direct download: Episode_339_Molitor_Extension_and_Twins_Payroll.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 4:54pm EST
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Aaron and John talk about whether anything can be learned from the Wild Card game, John's trip to New York, the rumors and reports about an extension for Paul Molitor, and setting up the offseason, all from the Rock 4 Rescues event at Sociable Cider Werks.

Direct download: Episode_337_Whats_up_with_Molitor.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 10:22pm EST
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Aaron and Eric Nordquist recap the Twins' loss to the Yankees and take calls, including one from John Bonnes in New York.

Direct download: kfxn-407.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 1:49am EST
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Aaron and John preview the Minnesota Twins' Wild Card game versus the New York Yankees.

Direct download: Ep_336_Twins_vs_Yankees.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 5:00pm EST
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Aaron and John talk about the Twins being on the verge of a playoff spot, lining up the rotation for New York, buying playoff tickets, the long journey from 59-103 to the postseason, Paul Molitor's job status, the biggest improvements in Twins history, choosing a Wild Card game roster, ugly WPA numbers vs. the Yankees, and mailbag questions from listeners.

Direct download: Episode_335_Magic_Number.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 5:34pm EST
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Aaron and John talk about the Twins' crucial series against the Yankees, the remaining schedules for the Twins and Angels, firing Doug Mientkiewicz, the fourth annual Twins Daily Touch 'Em All Pub Crawl, Kyle Gibson's latest turnaround, beating PECOTA, Blue Jays fans taking over Target Field, the history of the AL Central, Max Kepler's struggles, and bringing your own mayo.

Direct download: Ep_334.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:23am EST
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Aaron and John talk about the Twins re-taking the Wild Card lead, Trevor Hildenberger and Matt Belisle stepping up, ending an era of Royals baseball, Byron Buxton's ongoing hand problems, Ehire Adrianza's surprising pop, vintage Joe Mauer, late-night scoreboard watching, and Robbie Grossman at the bottom of the lineup.

Direct download: Ep_333_Frontrunners.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 7:42am EST
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Aaron and John talk about the Twins entering September with the Wild Card in their sights, a missed opportunity against the Royals, Byron Buxton's miracle recovery, Jorge Polanco's crazy power surge, Joe Mauer hitting like the old days, Kyle Gibson getting everyone's hopes up again, Joe Nathan's retirement, and the new analytics hire.

Direct download: 9-3_FINAL.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 7:34pm EST
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Aaron and John talk about Byron Buxton's monster game, Kyle Gibson pulling everyone back in, the pillow fight that is the second Wild Card spot, last-minute trade options, September call-ups, Miguel Sano's injury and bad columnists, the dangers of foul balls with Bye, Goff, and Rohde, and Jason Castro's concussion.

Direct download: 827_FINAL.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 7:02pm EST
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Aaron and John watch Aaron's favorite players, Kyle Gibson and Kennys Vargas, lead the Twins to a victory over the White Sox while answering questions from listeners at Fair State Coop

 

Direct download: Ep_330_Tuesday_Taproom_Tour_at_Fair_State.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:04pm EST
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Aaron and John talk about the maturation of the Twins' young lineup, their soft schedule coming up, Byron Buxton's transformation, the buzzkill around Miguel Sano's injury, Glen Perkins' return, Mitch Garver replacing an injured Robbie Grossman, looking stylish with Bombfell, Andy MacPhail and Michael Cuddyer going into the Twins' Hall of Fame, and potential August waiver trades.

Direct download: 820_FINAL.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 6:59pm EST
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Aaron and John talk about the Twins' surge back into contention, including an ugly speed bump Saturday in Detroit, plus the post-Brandon Kintzler bullpen, Eddie Rosario and Miguel Sano trending in opposite directions, Paul Molitor's decision-making, Brian Dozier in the leadoff spot, Royce Lewis' quick promotion, Byron Buxton's last half-season, RXBAR making us feel less out of shape, Bartolo Colon being in command again, and time traveling in the name of romance.

Direct download: 2017-08-12_FINAL.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 6:26pm EST
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Twins general manager Thad Levine sat down for an interview with Aaron at Target Field for the Baseball Prospectus event, followed by a roundtable discussion with Aaron, John, Parker Hageman, and Nick Nelson. Plus marveling at Bartolo Colon's complete game, assessing the trade deadline decisions a week later, thinking about Paul Molitor's job security, and putting Zack Granite's Hall of Fame case on hold, presented by Brady Mason.

Direct download: Aug_6_FINAL.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 6:47pm EST
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Aaron and John talk about the Twins' trade deadline, including moves that were made (Brandon Kintzler, Jaime Garcia) and moves that weren't (Ervin Santana, Brian Dozier), all while gorging themselves at Iron Door Pub.

Direct download: Episode_326_Trade_Deadline_2017.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 10:29pm EST
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Aaron and John talk about the short but sweet Jaime Garcia era, the odds of Brandon Kintzler, Ervin Santana, and Brian Dozier also being on the move, what to expect from prospects Zack Littell and Dietrich Enns, the collapse of Taylor Rogers, Eddie Rosario's future role, building a statue of Zack Granite, MLB's latest lawsuit with Bye, Goff, and Rhode, and trading John Ryan Murphy for Gabriel Moya.

Direct download: 730_GATG_FINAL.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 7:09pm EST
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Aaron and guest co-host Parker Hageman talk about the Jaime Garcia trade that wasn't, Byron Buxton's return and what it means for Zack Granite, Glen Perkins working his way back, the pros and cons of Bartolo Colon, Jorge Polanco's shrinking role, Brent Rooker's quick promotion, and hitting the ball 600 feet.

Direct download: 721_whole.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 7:04pm EST
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Aaron and John talk about Bartolo Colon's upcoming Twins debut, Byron Buxton's injury and the domino effect on the defense, whether the Twins should be buying or selling at the trade deadline, Brandon Kintzler and Taylor Rogers saving the bullpen, Zack Granite's short-term opportunity, Ervin Santana's crazy numbers, the 1987 team reunion and matching shirt from Pick and Shovel Wear, and beer vs. burgers after the St. Paul Saints event.

Direct download: 716FINAL.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 7:23pm EST
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Aaron and John talk about the Twins signing Bartolo Colon and calling up Zack Granite, review the Twins' first half by picking team MVPs, biggest disappointments, and biggest surprises, plus go over which prospects might get the call in the second half, Byron Buxton's amazing sprint home, break down Angel Hernandez's lawsuit with Bye, Goff, and Rhode, and what to do with Jorge Polanco.

Direct download: 79_FINAL.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 7:08pm EST
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Aaron and John record a special midweek episode to check in on the Twins' prospects, breaking down the good, the bad, and the ugly of their first halves and examining which players might be shopped for MLB help at the trade deadline. Recorded over beers at Lynlake Brewery.

Direct download: Episode_321_Midseason_Prospects_Check-in.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 1:55am EST
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Aaron and John talk about the Twins' never-ending pitching problems, falling into a second-place tie with the Royals, how much longer the leash is for Hector Santiago, Thad Levine's quotes about the Twins' trade deadline approach, investing $3 million in 16-year-old Jelfry Marte, Kyle Gibson vs. Jered Weaver, and the latest changes to Byron Buxton's swing.

Direct download: 72_part_FINAL.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 7:23pm EST
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Aaron and John host 100 Twins fans at Tin Whiskers and discuss:


6 – the new importance of Paul Molitor’s game-time decisions
21 – Our Last Fan Standing Game: which big time MLB players crushed the Twins?
33 – Zach Granite’s path to the Twins roster
38 – for which Twins player does our heart overrule our head?
42 – Berrios’ chances of being named and All-Star
53 – our three favorite Twins all-time
58 – the long-term plan with the outfield
60 – Robbie Grossman as trade bait
63 – Byron Buxton’s value if he never hits above .220.

Direct download: Episode_319_Tuesday_Taproom_Tour_-_Tin_Whiskers.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 6:36pm EST
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Aaron and John talk about the Twins sweeping the Indians and re-taking first place, the tough upcoming schedule giving little time to celebrate, spending over slot to sign the draft class, getting to know Alan Busenitz and Trevor Hildenberger, the legalities of the Indians' mascot with Bye, Goff, and Rhode, the status of Hector Santiago and Phil Hughes, and LaTroy Hawkins being a breath of fresh air on the Twins' television broadcast.

Direct download: GATG_06_25_17_FINAL.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 7:17pm EST
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Aaron and John talk about the Indians sweeping the Twins out of first place, recapping the Twins' draft and no. 1 pick Royce Lewis signing for $6.7 million, Byron Buxton's underappreciated defense, in-house options to address the Twins' growing rotation and bullpen problems, Eddie Rosario putting the Zach Granite talk on hold, and Jorge Polanco vs. Eduardo Escobar.

Direct download: GATG_06_18_17_Final.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 7:17pm EST
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In a special midweek show, Aaron and John dissect the Twins' draft picks and draft strategy, beginning with no. 1 overall pick Royce Lewis and the outrage that followed, plus Brent Rooker, Landon Leach, and Blayne Enlow, all while visiting Sisyphus Brewing.

Direct download: Episode_316_Draft_DRAFT_DRAFT.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 12:40am EST
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Aaron and John talk about the Twins trying to decide on Hunter Greene, Brendan McKay, Kyle Wright, or Royce Lewis for the no. 1 pick, Nik Turley's debut, Eddie Rosario walking onto thin ice, the bullpen being both bad and not as bad as it looks, and Ervin Santana and Jose Berrios versus the rest of the rotation.

Direct download: FINAL_611.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 7:48pm EST
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Aaron and John talk about the state of the Twins' bullpen and their future options, Kennys Vargas' demotion and Robbie Grossman's ascension, the five-year anniversary of the 2012 draft, Glen Perkins' comeback status, skipping Kyle Gibson, using "VOTESANO" at PickAndShovelWear.com, and mailbag questions from listeners.

Direct download: FINAL_64.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 7:20pm EST
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Aaron and John talk about the Twins' view from atop the AL Central division, the increasingly shaky back of the rotation with Phil Hughes hurt and Kyle Gibson struggling again, debating whether Tyler Duffey deserves another shot to start, weird Ervin Santana trade rumors, Miguel Sano's cold stretch, Nick Burdi and J.T. Chargois falling off the bullpen radar, more Hunter Greene vs. Brendan McKay draft speculation, 

Direct download: GATG_052817_FINAL.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 7:09pm EST
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Aaron and John are joined by 100 listeners are hosted at 612 Brew for our Tuesday Taproom Tour. We watch Ervin Santana throw a 2-hit shutout, answer audience questions, sing along to a tuba, and play a new "Last Fan Standing" game. 

Direct download: Episode_312_Tuesday_Taproom_Tour_at_612_Brew.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 3:30pm EST
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Aaron and John talk about Jose Berrios' dominant 11-strikeout start, rainouts and doubleheaders making life difficult for the Twins' pitching staff, Robbie Grossman's on-base skills and overall role, Kennys Vargas' pinch-hit homer, the Twins' young lineup and prospect breakthroughs, how to save $20 on Twins tickets with SeatGeek, what is now a three-way battle for the no. 1 pick, and why Miguel Sano's batting average on balls in play is both good and bad.

Direct download: Ep_311_Rain_Rain_Go_Away.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 10:06pm EST
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Aaron and John talk about Jose Berrios' excellent return to the Twins' rotation, Danny Santana going to Atlanta, Michael Tonkin sticking around at Triple-A, over-working Brandon Kintzler because of a shaky setup corps, upgrading our wardrobe with Bombfell, John Bonnes and Miguel Sano both celebrating birthdays, and the state of superhero movies.

Direct download: GTAG_050724_FINAL.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 7:07pm EST
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Aaron and John talk about an up and down week for the Twins, pushing Kyle Gibson, Danny Santana, and Michael Tonkin off the roster, what the time is for Jose Berrios to get a chance, a new rumored name in the MLB draft, Joe Mauer's clutch hitting, how you can win a Michael Cuddyer autographed official baseball from PickAndShovelWear.com and to whom the Twins will turn next for their rotation.

Direct download: GTAG_050717_COMPLETE.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 7:16pm EST
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Aaron and John talk about the Twins' winning April, Miguel Sano's breakout season, Byron Buxton's small steps in the right direction, Joe Mauer's ongoing decline, the impact of a vastly improved defense, class-action concussion lawsuits with Tracy Tool and Bob Parsons of Bye, Goff and Rhode, recapping the first Tuesday Taproom Tour event, and putting J.T. Chargois call-up plans on hold, all presented by the Minnesota Corn Growers

Direct download: GG430Combined.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 7:23pm EST
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Aaron and John are joined by 100 listeners at Northgate Brewing to watch the Twins thump the Rangers, answer Twins questions and generally mess around. Whether you attended the event or just listened to the podcast, we would love your feedback on this episode.

Direct download: Ep_307_Tuesday_Taproom_Tour_at_Northgate.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 11:40am EST
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Aaron and guest co-host Parker Hageman return to KFAN and talk about the Twins looking more and more like the bad team many expected, Byron Buxton's ongoing struggles, swapping Adalberto Mejia for Kennys Vargas, Hunter Greene vs. Brendan McKay for the no. 1 pick, choosing the wrong Korean league slugger, and an eye for an eye, all sponsored by the Minnesota Corn Growers.

Direct download: Twins_Weekly_423.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 7:18pm EST
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Aaron and John talk about Byron Buxton's extreme struggles, Miguel Sano's walks-and-homer show, chef Jeff's duck pastrami salad at Iron Door Pub, raising eyebrows at the Twins' pitching and especially Phil Hughes, detailing some not-so-minor injuries down on the farm, remind you to hang out with them and Twins general manager Thad Levine, and interrupt a potential date, all sponsored by the Minnesota Corn Growers.

Direct download: Episode_305_Hey_Girl.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 11:04pm EST
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Aaron and John talk about the Twins' excellent first week, reunite at Tin Whiskers, rehash the decision to carry 13 pitchers, debate the logic and mysticism behind the Twins' batting order, detail the Baseball Prospectus event at Target Field, wonder about the struggles of Byron Buxton, talk way too much about Michael Tonkin, explain why Aaron bought another Casper mattress, evaluate the Twins' improved defense, and discuss college tours.

Direct download: Episode_304.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 7:33pm EST
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Aaron and guest co-host Nick Nelson talk about the Twins setting their Opening Day roster, keeping 13 pitchers, sending down Byungho Park, Kennys Vargas, and Jose Berrios, the winner of the Adalberto Mejia vs. Tyler Duffey rotation battle, Ricky Nolasco atop the Angels' rotation, Target Field getting rid of Butcher and the Boar rib tips, and early impressions of the Derek Falvey/Thad Levine front office.

Direct download: Final_Cuts_and_Thirteen_Pitchers.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 8:32pm EST
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Aaron is joined by guest co-hosts Parker Hageman and Dan Anderson to talk about the Twins demoting Jose Berrios and J.T. Chargois to Triple-A, what that means for Tyler Duffey and the Opening Day pitching staff, Byron Buxton's new(ish) hitting approach, Kennys Vargas vs. Byungho Park, announcing the Minnesota Corn Growers season ticket giveaway winner, why the Twins did nothing to address a weak bullpen, selling out four events in four hours, and the outfield alignment of Max Kepler and Eddie Rosario.

Direct download: BerriosChargois.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 10:32am EST
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Aaron and John are at Northgate Brewery to announce their Tuesday Taproom Tour, preview the AL Central (and Twins) using Vegas' over/under projections, delve into the legality of sports betting, review the Twins' latest spring training cuts, and release the last keyword for kernelnation.com free Twins tickets. 

Direct download: Episode_301_AL_Central_and_Taproom_Tour.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 11:22am EST
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Aaron and John talk about Trevor May's season-ending elbow surgery, eat a bunch of Japanese food at Kyatchi, make their over/under picks for American League East teams, and reveal the weekly keyword to win a pair of 20-game Twins season ticket packages at KernelNation.com.

Direct download: Episode_300_Trevor_May_and_AL_East_Over-Under.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 10:20pm EST
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Aaron and John talk about the Twins' offseason shopping being done, mourn the loss of Alex Kirilloff's 2017 season, share the new keyword to win Twins tickets at KernelNation.com, place their bets on the teams in the AL West, reveal what Aaron does the night before he travels, and drop hints about their new Tuesday Taproom Tour.

Direct download: Ep_299_AL_West_Over-Under.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 4:12pm EST
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