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North Score

North Score

Reporters Chris Hine and Michael Rand talk trends, answer burning questions and look through an analytics lens to find new stories within Minnesota teams.


Episode 9: Listen: How can baseball reinvent itself for today's audience?

Baseball series illustration. Day 2 about getting young fans attracted to the game. Illustration by Jay St. Pierre, jay.st.pierre@startribune.com

As part of the Star Tribune's three-part series on analytics and the future of baseball, Chris Hine, Joe Christensen and Chip Scoggins joined Michael Rand for a discussion about what Major League Baseball gets right and what things it needs to change going forward.


Episode 8: Listen: Of Miguel Sano's many problems, pitch recognition tops the list

Twins infielder Miguel Sano (22) ] MARK VANCLEAVE ï mark.vancleave@startribune.com * The first day of full-squad workouts at Twins spring training in

Chris Hine and Michael Rand investigate what is wrong with Miguel Sano, talk extensively about how much the Twins have employed defensive shifts this year and ponder how the 2018 Twins season should be framed if they keep going down this disappointing path.


Episode 7: Listen: What will new GM Paul Fenton do to jump-start the Wild?

Minnesota Wild owner Craig Leipold introduces Paul Fenton as the team's general manager and alternate governor on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at the Xcel En

On the latest edition of North Score, dedicated to sports analytics and data, Chris Hine and Michael Rand discuss the Wild's offseason and what new Wild GM Paul Fenton's history in Nashville tells us.


Episode 6: Listen: Decoding the mystery of Twins outfielders and their shifts

Twins right fielder Max Kepler checked his positioning card Thursday in Anaheim. “It’s nice to know that … this is where you’re supposed to be

Chris Hine and Michael Rand talk about the little cards Twins outfielders look at between hitters that suggest tendencies and help them with their positioning. Also: Good stuff on Max Kepler's success this year, the Vikings and Chris Kluwe making up and some reader questions.


Episode 5: Listen: If we ran the Minnesota Wild, here's what we would do ...

Minnesota Wild Eric Staal (12). ] CARLOS GONZALEZ ï cgonzalez@startribune.com ñ April 17, 2018, St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center, NHL, Stanley Cup P

Chris Hine and Michael Rand break down the Wild salary cap and figure out how the new general manager -- whenever the hire is made -- should proceed. .. Also, a look inside why the Twins have been so bad this season and why the Vikings aren't even a lock for the playoffs next year.


Episode 4: Listen: Regular-season strengths are playoff weaknesses for Wolves, Wild

Minnesota Timberwolves' Jeff Teague, center, shoots between Houston Rockets' Chris Paul, left, and Clint Capela during the second half in Game 1 of a

On the latest North Score podcast, Chris Hine and Michael Rand discuss the Wolves' offensive inefficiency in the playoffs, the Rockets' three-point shooting, the Wild's inability to create high-quality scoring chances and more.


Episode 3: Listen: The running of the Wolves and the potential fall of the Wild

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On the latest North Score podcast, Chris Hine and Michael Rand look at distance tracking numbers for the Timberwolves and what they tell us about their style. They also look at how the Wild can attempt to adapt to life without Ryan Suter while also dissecting the fly ball phenomenon in Major League Baseball.


Episode : Listen: Next-level numbers on the Twins and Kirk Cousins

Listen: Next-level numbers on the Twins and Kirk Cousins

Intro: With so many teams having access to complex data, the Twins are looking at two things -- how to get that data to players and how to predict injuries; 14:00: New Twins pitcher Jake Odorizzi doesn't throw hard, but he does throw high. How has he had success pitching that way? 19:00: Breaking down Kirk Cousins' throws by route type to figure out his strengths. 28:00: Gophers hockey and Vikings fans have a math problem (and expectations problem).


Episode 1: Listen: On Jimmy Butler's impact, Logan Morrison's launch angle and more

Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler is carried off the court by teammates after appearing in pain with his knee during the third quarter of Friday's game.

Intro: The debut of the North Score podcast. What is this, anyway? 3:00: The Timberwolves are going to be without Jimmy Butler for a while. What do the numbers tell us about his impact this season? 10:00: The Wolves are the worst in the NBA at boxing out. 20:00: The Twins' new addition, Logan Morrison, made himself a home run hitter last year. How did he do it? 27:00: Quick hits on the Wild's playoff odds and Vikings QB situation.