Twins beat writers La Velle E. Neal III and Phil Miller of the Star Tribune 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.
A week ago, it looked like the Twins' chances of winning the AL Central had evaporated in a flurry of dust at home plate in Chicago. But after the Josh Donaldson ejection game, the fortunes of the Twins and White Sox changed. Now the Twins are back in first place -- and Donaldson is a bathrobe-buying hero.
Phil Miller and Michael Rand discuss Josh Donaldson's post-homer ejection Thursday in what proved to be a very important loss to the White Sox. They also break down the increasing chance it will be Twins vs. Yankees again in the playoffs -- and how the Twins will stack up their starting pitching in the postseason.
La Velle E. Neal III and Michael Rand talk about the recent six-game losing streak, a busy last few weeks on the schedule and the prospect of the playoffs looming ahead.
La Velle E. Neal III and Michael Rand discussed the Twins' reliance on early offense and home runs this season.
Phil Miller joins Michael Rand to discuss the Twins' strong 4-1 start that has included all-around excellence at the plate, on the mound and the field. But what about those big cardboard heads behind home plate at Target Field? Did they really pick the right Twins legends?
La Velle E. Neal III and Chip Scoggins check in from Chicago and join Michael Rand as the Twins prepare to open this abbreviated 60-game season. On Thursday, we learned that 16 teams will make the MLB playoffs. That makes the loaded Twins near-locks to reach the postseason. We talked about that and more with first pitch just hours away.
The Twins open the season against the White Sox on Friday night after playing the Cubs in an exhibition Wednesday.
After driving to Chicago and checking into a sparsely populated hotel, Twins writer La Velle E. Neal III talks about the opening series with the White Sox and more with Chris Miller.
Michael Rand takes a spin through listener-submitted questions, with everything from the serious (starting rotation? .400 hitter?) to the not-so-serious (tacos. Always tacos) in order to get you ready for a regular season that starts one week from today.
Phil Miller joins Michael Rand on the latest podcast to talk about positive takeaways -- including fake crowd noise -- from Wednesday's intrasquad game at Target Field. Plus, the return of Miguel Sano and good news on Byron Buxton.
The Twins are treated Wednesday's scrimmage like an actual game, complete with walk-up music and real batting orders. With the truncated regular season starting a week from Friday, La Velle E. Neal III and Michael Rand discussed how players are adapting to the 'new normal' along with other subjects.
Chip Scoggins joins Michael Rand on the latest episode of the Twins Insider podcast to discuss Byron Buxton's foot injury and what it would mean in the context of a short season if he misses significant time. Also, Chip is headed to Chicago to cover next week's opener. He promises he hasn't left Minnesota already.
It's going to be a strange 60 games, but make no mistake: The Twins are as confident as longtime writer Phil Miller has ever seen them. He and Michael Rand discuss that confidence, Byron Buxton and more.
Chip Scoggins and Michael Rand reflect on what would have been opening week for MLB and the Twins by examining what baseball could look like in 2020 when and if it returns. How many games can they fit into the regular season? If they push the regular season back, what does that mean for the playoffs? And what's the last date they could conceivably start the season?
Phil Miller and Michael Rand trade stories about their favorite memories of baseball Opening DFays in the past. Thursday would have been opening day for the 2020 Twins, and whenever the season starts there will be great expectations.
With what would have been opening day just 24 hours away, Michael Rand and Jim Souhan dive into Twins history with two questions: 1) What was the best Twins team of the last 20 years? and 2) If you could take any Twins player from any Twins season, 2002-present and add him to a different Twins team, who would you pick?
Michael Rand chats with La Velle E. Neal III about the top 10 Twins minor league prospects -- some of whom should be on the doorstep of contributing at Target Field once MLB play resumes. Is Royce Lewis really No. 1? Is there some major pitching help on the way?
La Velle E. Neal checks in with Michael Rand from Florida, where Byron Buxton stood in for live batting practice on Tuesday as he takes steps toward getting back on the field. They also discuss the impact of coronavirus on clubhouse access.
Phil Miller joins Michael Rand from Florida with a glowing review of veteran pitcher Jhoulys Chacin's debut. Also on the docket: Miguel Sano's fitness (very good) and transition to first base (work in progress), Josh Donaldson's impact and a World Series-level confidence that is permeating Fort Myers.
La Velle E. Neal III joins Michael Rand from spring training to talk about Max Kepler and a slew of other Twins players who exceeded expectations in 2019 -- and how they can sustain that level while avoiding regression.