Aaron and John discuss the pros and (mostly) cons of rebuilding, the Minnesota Twins current starting rotation, and the Church of Baseball.

Direct download: Ep_557_Th_Myth_of_the_Rebuild.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 12:48pm EST

Aaron and John discuss Tony Oliva and Jim Kaat entering the Hall of Fame, the Minnesota Twins' new coaching hires, and what the team's strategy should be when the offseason restarts.

Direct download: Ep_556_HOF_and_Scratch_and_Dent.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 12:40pm EST

Aaron and John discuss the Twins inking Byron Buxton to a 7-year extension, signing starting pitcher Dylan Bundy, and sitting on their hands as the free agent starting pitching market dries up.  

Direct download: Ep_555_Buxton_Bundy_and_Bupkis.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 12:34pm EST

Aaron and John discuss the growing urgency of Byron Buxton's situation, the dwindling free agent starting pitching market, the likelihood of the Twins signing a top shortstop, and pending arbitration decisions.

Direct download: Ep_544_Lockout_Coming.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 2:54pm EST

Aaron and John discuss Jose Berrios' new contract, Byron Buxton's contract negotiations, the Twins' 40-man roster moves, and share audio of their discussion with Patrick Reusse about Billy Martin's most notorious dust-ups.

Direct download: Ep_553.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 12:33pm EST

Aaron and John talk about the Twins' shortstop options, including a star-studded free agent class and possible trade targets, plus the first front-line free agent pitcher goes off the board to a division rival.

Direct download: Ep_552_Free_Agent_Shortstops.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 12:23pm EST

Aaron and John discuss the hiring of recently dismissed San Diego Padres manager Jayce Tingler as the Twins' bench coach, the departure of Alex Colome, the waiver claim pickup of reliever Jharel Cotton, and which prospects the Twins should protect to guard against the Akil Baddoo snafu. 

Direct download: Ep_551_Jayce_Tingler_Era.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 12:11pm EST

Aaron and John break down the free agent starting pitcher market into four tiers, discuss the Twins hiring 31-year-old David Popkins as their new hitting coach, welcome Parker Hageman for a cameo about Joe Ryan, and talk about the McDonald's dollar menu for some reason.

Direct download: Ep_550_Parker_and_Pitchers_96_kbs.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 12:26pm EST

Aaron and John talk about eight players the Minnesota Twins could look to trade this offseason, Eddie Rosario's great October, and which areas the Twins absolutely must address this winter.

Direct download: Ep_549_On_The_Trading_Block.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 10:45am EST

Aaron and John set the stage for the offseason with a 360-degree discussion of  the Twins' payroll: how high their budget should be, the arbitration and contract decisions they need to make, trade candidates that could free up more money, and how much fans can expect them to spend this offseason. 

Direct download: Ep_548.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 12:15pm EST

Aaron and John discuss Twins' coaching staff changes and 40-man roster cuts, and then review their preseason over-under picks.

Direct download: Ep_547_2021_Over-Under_Review.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 10:03am EST

Aaron and John talk about the final week of the Twins' disappointing season, avoiding 90 losses, Byron Buxton's amazing present and uncertain future, Derek Falvey's comments about the offseason plans, and coaching changes on the horizon.

Direct download: Ep_546.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 10:20am EST

Aaron and John talk about the future of the AL Central, Joe Ryan's 11-strikeout game, Justin Morneau's Twins Hall-of-Fame induction and which Twins' relievers will play a role in the 2022 bullpen. 

Direct download: Ep_545.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 12:46pm EST

Aaron and John talk about Joe Ryan avoiding a serious injury, Andrelton Simmons not being allowed into Canada, how this year's team compares to 1990 and 1986, Ryan Jeffers vs. Mitch Garver at catcher, and the 100th version of the same conversation about Miguel Sano.

Direct download: Ep_544.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 7:26pm EST

Aaron and John talk about Joe Ryan's first impression, Nick Gordon's future role, Jovani Moran's upside, Byron Buxton's power display, and the difference between tanking and just being really bad.

Direct download: Ep_543.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 11:28am EST

Aaron and John discuss Kenta Maeda's Tommy John surgery, Joe Ryan's debut, Randy Dobnak's return, the Twins' offseason payroll situation, and how all of the above impacts the rebuild of the team's starting rotation. 

Direct download: Ep_542.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 1:25pm EST

Aaron and John talk about Byron Buxton's return, Kenta Maeda's elbow surgery and where it leaves the 2022 rotation, Joe Ryan's odds of being a September call-up, Josh Donaldson's impossible task, and Miguel Sanó doing it again.

Direct download: Ep_541.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 11:02am EST

Aaron and John talk about the Twins' winning ways predictably coming to an end vs. the Yankees, Trevor Larnach's demotion, Kenta Maeda's latest injury, Byron Buxton's impending return, the end of Bonnes' month-long road trip, and Joe Ryan's post-trade debut.  

Direct download: Ep_540.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 10:14am EST

Aaron and John talk about the Twins winning three straight series vs. first-place teams, Nelson Cruz being back weirdly soon, Byron Buxton's impending return, the 1991 World Series team reunion, Michael Pineda's injury, and why Andrelton Simmons is still on the roster.

Direct download: Ep_539.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 11:15pm EST

John joins Aaron from his baseball road trip in Houston, and the two discuss Jorge Polanco's resurgence, the Twins' decisions around veteran and rookie playing time, Josh Donaldson's injury status, and MLB's ratings and streaming problems.

Direct download: Ep_538_Live_From_Houston.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 11:41am EST

Aaron and John discuss the Twins' trade deadline moves, including trading away Jose Berrios, and what it means for the future of the team.

Direct download: Ep_537.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 8:14pm EST

Aaron and John talk about Byron Buxton turning down the Twins' contract offer, Nelson Cruz being traded to Tampa Bay, Alex Kirilloff's season-ending surgery, and what's ahead in what figures to be a drama-filled week leading up to the MLB trade deadline.

Direct download: Ep_536.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 8:29pm EST

Aaron and John talk about the Minnesota Twins' contract negotiations with Byron Buxton, a terrible series in Detroit, Mitch Garver's return from the injured list, Josh Donaldson's trade value, and J.A. Happ's continued presence in the rotation.

Direct download: Ep_535_Will_the_Twins_Extend_Buxton.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 11:42am EST

After one of the more exciting wins of the season, Aaron and John discuss the state of the team, Josh Donaldson trade rumors, Nelson Cruz's health, Mitch Garver's return, and the players the Twins selected in the first round of MLB's draft.

Direct download: Ep_534.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 10:52am EST

Aaron and John recap Josh Donaldson's eventful week and evaluate whether he and several other Twins will be traded before the deadline. 

Direct download: Ep_532_Twins_Most_Likely_To_Be_Traded.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 11:58am EST

Aaron and John talk about Byron Buxton's latest injury, whether or not the Twins are playing well enough to change the arc of the season, eating Josh Donaldson's contract, the long-term pitching outlook taking a bad turn, and Bonnes' upcoming stand-up comedy debut.

Direct download: Ep_532.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 8:11pm EST

Aaron and John talk about the Twins sweeping Texas, Byron Buxton's long-awaited return, Josh Donaldson and Nelson Cruz getting hurt, rebuilding vs. reloading, and the rash of pitching prospect injuries.

Direct download: Episode_531_Reloading_vs_Rebuilding.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 8:05pm EST

Aaron and John come to grips with the lost season for the Twins and what that means for the trade deadline, plus the latest on Byron Buxton and Kenta Maeda, a breakdown of Rocco Baldelli's controversial bullpen moves, and MLB's ongoing foreign substance controversy

Direct download: FINAL_EP_530.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 8:30pm EST

Aaron and John talk about the Twins' underwhelming 13-game stretch heading into series against the Yankees and Astros, Gilberto Celestino and Ryan Jeffers joining a prospect-filled roster because of more injuries, and which players are prime trade candidates between now and the July 30 deadline.

Direct download: Ep_529_final.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 8:15pm EST

Aaron and John discuss a sour ending to a good week, the Twins' continued roster shuffling, a second generation of Gleeman and the Geek listeners and the heartening play of Trevor Larnach and Alex Kirilloff. 

Direct download: Ep_528.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 8:56pm EST

Aaron and John talk about Miguel Sano's latest season-saving homer binge, the Twins' never-ending injury bug hitting Kenta Maeda and half the lineup, the silliness between Willians Astudillo and Yermin Mercedes, and why the next two weeks are absolutely essential if the Twins are going to turn things around.

Direct download: ep_527_final.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 8:04pm EST

Aaron and John talk about another frustrating week for the Twins filled with blown opportunities and injuries, plus Miguel Sano's big moment, Donaldson's big error, Alexander Colomé's march back, early impressions of Trevor Larnach, and the point of no return.

Direct download: Ep_526.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 10:39am EST

Aaron and John talk about the historic ineptitude of the Twins' bullpen, injuries knocking out Byron Buxton and Alex Kirilloff, calling up Trevor Larnach ahead of schedule, and what the future holds for Miguel Sano in Minnesota.

Direct download: Final_5-9.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 8:04pm EST

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Aaron and John talk about the Twins up and down week, signs of life from the lineup, the impact of Alex Kirilloff, Byron Buxton's number porn and what to do with Alex Colome. 

Direct download: FINAL_5-2.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 8:17pm EST

Aaron and John talk about the Twins digging an even bigger hole, Alex Kirilloff's arrival, why the team needs Andrelton Simmons back, the math behind Byron Buxton's signature moments, why Nick Gordon came up to sit on the bench, Alexander Colome vs. Ron Davis, and Mitch Garver vs. Ryan Jeffers.

Direct download: FINAL_04-25-2021.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 8:13pm EST

Aaron and John talk about one of the weirdest weeks in Twins history, what happens next following multiple positive COVID tests and canceled games, the domino effects of Josh Donaldson's return, why it might be time for Alex Kirilloff's arrival, and the 60/40 nature of baseball decisions.

Direct download: 4-18_final.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 8:08pm EST

Aaron and John talk about amazing starts for Byron Buxton, Nelson Cruz, and Luis Arraez, not-so-amazing starts for Jorge Polanco, Alexander Colome, and Miguel Sano, the maddening nature of extra-inning losses in 2021, Josh Donaldson's impending return, and GatG's return to KFAN.

Direct download: Final_Version.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 8:27pm EST

Aaron and John talk about a very good opening weekend for the Twins that was almost great, Josh Donaldson's latest leg injury, Byron Buxton's scary power, Jose Berrios vs. Corbin Burnes, Luis Arraez the hitting machine, and the state of the bullpen.

Direct download: Ep_520.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 8:58pm EST

Aaron and John dissect the latest Twins' news, break down the team, their concerns and hopes, and give their official predictions on the number of Twins' wins.  

Direct download: Ep_519.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 8:40pm EST

Aaron and John preview the American League by dissecting Vegas' over/under win totals for each team. 

Direct download: Episode_518.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 2:49pm EST

Aaron and John talk about the return of 10,000 fans to Target Field, Randy Dobnak's new slider, Jake Odorizzi's deal with the Astros, some Tyler Duffey worries, and the latest on Josh Donaldson, Andrelton Simmons, and J.A. Happ.

Direct download: Ep_517_Fixed.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 2:23pm EST

Aaron and John talk about potential Byron Buxton and Jose Berrios contract extensions, Jake Odorizzi signing with the Astros, Trevor Larnach as an underrated prospect, Andrelton Simmons reporting to camp, and the Twins' late-inning bullpen plan.

Direct download: Ep_516_TikTok.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 11:58am EST

Aaron and John talk about Royce Lewis' knee injury, the Twins' first spring training game and the presence of fans at the ballpark, Alex Kirilloff's chances of being on the Opening Day roster, Lewis Thorpe's improved outlook, and why Jake Odorizzi is still unsigned.

Direct download: Ep_515.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 7:55pm EST

Aaron and John talk about the Twins filling out the rotation with Matt Shoemaker, how another option changes Lewis Thorpe's outlook, details of the Saints' first season as a Twins affiliate, Luis Arraez in left field, low-maintenance individuals, and Sergio Romo signing with Oakland.

Direct download: Ep_514.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 4:57pm EST

On the verge of spring training, Aaron and John discuss Nelson Cruz's attitude after signing a one-year deal, the teams the St. Paul Saints will play in 2021, why PECOTA loves the Minnesota Twins and hates the White Sox, and Aaron's long road to BBWAA membership. 

Direct download: Ep_513.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 1:29pm EST

Aaron and John talk about a very busy week that saw the Twins re-sign Nelson Cruz, sign Alex Colome, and add two hard-throwing pitchers to the bullpen mix, plus a breakdown of the payroll situation and the moves that might still be to come.

Direct download: Ep_512.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 9:46pm EST

Aaron and John discuss the Twins' new shortstop Andrelton Simmons, new contract talks with Nelson Cruz, losing Eddie Rosario to Cleveland and why they miss the Winter Meltdown.

Direct download: Ep_511.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 12:26pm EST

Aaron and John talk about the Twins signing veteran left-hander J.A. Happ for $8 million, re-set the free agent market for pitchers, big bats, and infielders, react to several potential Twins targets signing elsewhere, and freak out about how soon spring training starts.

Direct download: Ep_510_JA_Happ.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 2:58pm EST

Aaron and John talk about why Twins fans shouldn't be freaking out over the team's lack of moves, what's left of the free agent market once they do start spending, two new international prospects worth keeping tabs on, reactions to Corey Kluber and Liam Hendriks signing elsewhere, and getting unblocked on Twitter.

Direct download: Ep_509.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 4:35pm EST

Aaron and John talk about Cleveland trading Francisco Lindor and what it means for the Twins, the latest on Nelson Cruz, the pros and cons of long-term contracts, another good reliever off the board, why the offseason is still dragging on so slowly, and why they can't remember your name. 

Direct download: Ep_508.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 1:51pm EST

Aaron and John talk about the Twins signing Hansel Robles, the remaining free agent reliever market and how high they should be shooting, Luis Arraez trade speculation, Terry Ryan's promotion in Philadelphia, and the wisdom of long-term deals.

Direct download: Ep_507.mp3
Category:Baseball -- posted at: 3:49pm EST







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