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Twins Insider

Twins Insider

Twins beat writers La Velle E. Neal III and Phil Miller join Michael Rand every week to turn the marathon of a baseball season into a series of short sprints. The Twins are worth talking about, and we hope you'll listen.


Episode 21: Listen: Who do you trust out of the Twins' bullpen right now?

The Twins' bullpen, one of the reasons for surprise and optimism though the first four weeks of the season, melted down during last week’s six-game homestand. “This has definitely been the worst month of my career overall — majors, minors, probably all the way back to when I started playing baseball,” said Ryan Pressly (pictured).

Intro: Breaking down the Twins' bullpen woes; 18:00: MLB draft talk; 26:00: Why do the Angels have so many former Twins, and should they be concerned?


Episode 20: Listen: Are the Twins for real? What does La Velle E. Neal III think?

Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Ervin Santana (54) celebrates with coaches and teammates after closing out a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore, Tuesday, May 23, 2017. Santana pitched nine complete innings in Minnesota's 2-0 win. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Twins beat writer La Velle E. Neal joins Michael Rand as they dissect the Twins' surprising 25-18 start and try to answer the fundamental question: is this team for real?


Episode 19: Listen: Now that Derek Falvey is here, he has a lot of work to do

New Minnesota Twins Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey, left, and Senior Vice President, General Manager Thad Levine, were all smiles after they were introduced and fielded questions during a press conference at Target Field, Monday, November 7, 2016 in Minneapolis, MN.

Michael Rand and Phil Miller break down Monday's news conference in which the Twins introduced new baseball boss Derek Falvey and general manager Thad Levine. What impression did they make and what are some of the biggest items on their to-do list?


Episode 18: Listen: Going inside the Twins' search for new baseball executives

Twins owner Jim Pohlad.

Phil Miller and Michael Rand examine the names linked to the Twins so far in their search to reshape their front office and also wonder how ownership is impacting the search.


Episode 17: Listen: Twins sink to familiar depths with recent pitching woes

Minnesota Twins pitcher Jose Berrios throws against the Houston Astros in the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016 in Minneapolis.

Open: The Twins have the worst starters' ERA (again) in MLB; 13:00: Why is Hector Santiago messing with a good thing? 23:00 The Twins' reluctance to pay for an ace has hurt. 34:00 Brian Dozier has been awesome.


Episode 15: Listen: Twins' trades and Max Kepler's home run binge

Minnesota Twins' Max Kepler celebrates a 12-5 win over the Cleveland Indians with Kennys Vargas in a baseball game, Monday, Aug. 1, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

Michael Rand and La Velle E. Neal III analyze how the Twins did at the trade deadline and discuss German sensation Max Kepler's surge.


Episode 14: Total System Overhaul: How the Twins could remake themselves after firing Terry Ryan

Terry Ryan, Twins general manager, talked about changes in coaching staff. Jim Pohlad, Twins owner, Terry Ryan, Twins general manager, and Dave St.Peter, Twins team president, met with the press Friday afternoon to talk about yesterdays firings of some of the coaching staff. ] (DAVID BREWSTER/STAR TRIBUNE) ORG XMIT: MIN1210051630081205 ORG XMIT: MIN1306021757181809

Twins beat writer Phil Miller joins Michael Rand to discuss the firing of GM Terry Ryan and where the Twins go from here.


Episode 13: Twins in the second half: Trades and prospects to watch

The Twins' Max Kepler celebrated his grand slam with Kennys Vargas as he arrived home against the Rangers during the fifth inning Sunday.

Michael Rand and Phil Miller take a look at what the Twins can accomplish after the All-Star break after a dreadful start to the year.


Episode 12: Twins Insider Podcast: One month from trade deadline, which Twins will be dealt?

Minnesota Twins first baseman Trevor Plouffe (24), second baseman Brian Dozier (2) and third baseman Eduardo Nunez (9) celebrate after the Twins defeated the New York Yankees 7-1 in a baseball game in New York, Sunday, June 26, 2016.

Michael Rand and Phil Miller break down which players could be traded by the Twins in the next month.


Episode 11: Twins Insider podcast: The starting pitchers the Twins were counting on this season have been a major part of their problem

Minnesota Twins pitcher Ervin Santana throws against the Miami Marlins in the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 9, 2016, in Minneapolis.

Michael Rand and La Velle E. Neal break down the Twins' dreadful pitching and try to determine Ichiro Suzuki's place in history.


Episode 10: Twins Insider podcast: Byron Buxton is hot now, but we probably won't see his potential realized until 2018

Byron Buxton celebrated after scoring the game-winning run on a hit by Oswaldo Arcia in the twelfth inning. Minnesota beat Los Angeles by a final score of 3-2.

Michael Rand and Phil Miller discuss the 1,000 at-bat threshold often needed for a Major League hitter to have success


Episode 9: Twins Insider podcast: Total system failure – a piece-by-piece breakdown of the Twins' woes

Minnesota Twins' Danny Santana can't get to a double hit by Cleveland Indians' Jose Ramirez during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, May 13, 2016, in Cleveland.

Michael Rand and La Velle E. Neal III dissect each area in which the Twins have struggled this season.


Episode 8: Twins Insider podcast: The Twins are bad — should they turn the lineup over to the kids?

Minnesota Twins center fielder Byron Buxton bats in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday, April, 17, 2016 in Minneapolis.

In the latest Twins Insider podcast, Phil Miller and Michael Rand take a look at the woeful 8-25 Twins and examine this question: Is it time to go with a full-scale youth movement?


Episode 7: Twins Insider podcast: A blueprint gone terribly wrong

Minnesota Twins pitcher Glen Perkins reacts after giving up a two-run home run to Detroit Tigers' Rajai Davis during the eighth inning of a baseball game at Comerica Park, Friday, Sept. 25, 2015, in Detroit.

La Velle E. Neal and Michael Rand break down all that went wrong for the Twins in the first month of the season.


Episode 6: Twins Insider podcast: Twins rewarded for not panicking after 0-9 start, but team still dealing with several issues

Minnesota Twins right fielder Miguel Sano attempted to field the ball off the wall on a double by Scooter Gennett in the first inning.

Michael Rand and Phil Miller finally get to talk about some victories on this week's Twins Insider podcast.


Episode 5: Twins Insider podcast: Breaking down everything that has gone wrong for the winless Twins

Minnesota Twins Trevor Plouffe rests his head on his hands in the final minutes of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox Monday, April 11, 2016, in Minneapolis. The White Sox won 4-1, handing the Twins their seventh loss against no wins for the young season. (AP Photo/Jim Mone) ORG XMIT: MIN2016041121414567

Michael Rand and La Velle E. Neal III sift through the wreckage of the Twins' 0-7 start.


Episode 4: Twins Insider podcast: Replay our season preview from Star Tribune headquarters

An all-star cast of Twins experts marks opening day. Former Twins pitching ace Jack Morris and Twins president Dave St. Peter are joined by columnist Patrick Reusse, MLB beat writer La Velle E. Neal III and digital sports writer Michael Rand.


Episode 3: Twins Insider podcast: Nolasco over Duffey among roster surprises

Minnesota Twins' Ricky Nolasco, center, laughs as he talks with Eddie Rosario, left, and other teammates in the dugout in the sixth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday, March 23, 2016, in Fort Myers, Fla. Nolasco pitched six scoreless innings for Minnesota, giving up three hits and striking out seven.

Michael Rand and Twins beat writer Phil Miller break down the 25-man roster heading into the regular-season on a new episode of Twins Insider.


Episode 2: Twins Insider Podcast: Is Byung Ho Park for real, and can Miguel Sano field?

Minnesota Twins' Byung Ho Park, center, of South Korea, high-fives teammates in the dugout after hitting a grand slam in the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays in Port Charlotte, Fla., Sunday, March 6, 2016.

Michael Rand and Twins beat writer Phil Miller assess roster battles and the emergence of Byung Ho Park at the midpoint of spring training on the Twins Insider podcast.


Episode 1: Twins Insider podcast: The Twins have spring training questions, the new Twins Insider Podcast has answers

Minnesota Twins Glen Perkins.

In our very first Twins Insider podcast, beat writer La Velle E. Neal III joins Michael Rand for an early look at how the Twins are shaping up in spring training as they prepare for 2016.