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Cody and Eric must hate themselves, because there is not other reason they would be watching bad baseball and drinking bad beers. But alas, here they are, for another week, with another bad team, and more Twins banter.
This week they cover the Twins news, do a lenghty look at the Twins regulars now that the season is 25% of the way over, and they decide that Joe Mauer and the bullpen are the only things going well for the Twins (ummm duh!).
The round out the podcast with FOUR bad beers, their bored, tipsy, silly friend Tricia, and as always, a trip around the league.
Ninety-nine minutes of audio pleasure.
This week Cody and Eric dive into the poor pitching management of Ron Gardenhire, Joe Mauer's hit-streak amid a season filled with strike-outs, and then we discuss the posibility of seeing Kyle Gibson in a Twins uniform and the outside shot of a 6-man rotation in Minnesota.
We name our Twins hitters and pitchers of the week, and then go Down on the Pond and talk about Low-A Cedar Rapids Kernals first basemen Dalton Hicks.
We finish up the podcast talking about beers from Europe and making a trip Around the League (including a fabulous Korean bat flip).
Only an hour of fun this week, but we'll be back next week with a special patriotic Talk to Contact in honor of Memorial Day.
On Episode 37, Cody and Eric are joined by Baseball Prospectus' Jason Parks to talk about the Twins Minor League system. Jason Parks has plenty to say about Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano, as well as some of the pitching prospects.
Before Jason Parks comes on to the show, Cody and Eric go through the Twins news, including the pitching performances of Kevin Correia, Mike Pelfrey and Scott Diamond; Joe Mauer's Fenway expertise, and the explosion that is Oswaldo Arcia.
To close out the show the guys name a Listener of the Week, go Down on the Pond with Michael Tonkin, and regardless of what they're drinking (juice?!) they take a quick tour of the biggest news stories around the league.
80 minutes of fun!
Talk to Contact is proud to bring you another episode packed full of Twins talk. This week Cody and Eric discuss the magic of Kevin Correia, Ron Gardenhire's mismanagement of the pitching staff, Gardy's tenure with the Twins, when and why it might be time to cut ties with Mike Pelfrey, and generally blather on about all things Minnesota.
We're joined this week by the Rochester Red Wings play-by-play man, Josh Whetzel, whose broadcasts are streamed online at Sports 1280 WHTK, www.whtk.com. He gives us a quick run down of who's hot and who's not in Triple-A, and identifies some names to watch for in the not-to-distant future.
Tune in for almost 100 minutes of Twins radio gold.
Episode 35 is a Minor League/Prospect heavy podcast, something we haven't done for a while. We talk specifically about Miguel Sano, Byron Buxton, Adam Walker, Kyle Gibson, Trevor May, Alex Meyer, and then finally go Down on the Pond with Kennys Vargas. Lots of good stuff in there. We also discuss the Twins recent performance against the Marlins and Rangers, pick out the Twins hitter and pitcher of the week, and then do a little bit of baseball chatter when we look Around the League.
The Kirby Puckett podcast, featuring Jim Crikket from www.knuckleballsblog.com and www.metrosportsreport.com joins Eric and Cody to talk about the Minnesota Twins' Low-A Minor League affiliate Cedar Rapids Kernels.
Cody and Eric talk about yoga, go around the league, and create radio gold for almost 90 minutes. Enjoy the podcast and thanks for listening!
We ran into a slight audio issue this week, because Eric is bad at recording. There is a slight echo on the recording for the first 25 minutes or so. Sorry!
In Episode 33 Cody and Eric discuss the finer points of a five game losing streak, Oswaldo Arcia's surprising call-up, what the do with a struggling Aaron Hicks, and we look at the general happenings around the league.
Cody and Eric both enjoy a Leinenkugel's beer to remind them that summer is near.
Just a one hour show this week, but Cody and Eric are pretty cool dudes, so they make it work.
Thanks for listening!
This week Cody and Eric forge ahead without Paul who is now out to sea with the United States Coast Guard. The two of them talked about the first place Minnesota Twins, surprisingly decent starting pitching, and the hitter (Justin Morneau) and pitcher (Kevin Correia) of the week. After a quick run down of Twins news from the first week of games Eric and Cody are joined by Andrew Walter, the Twins Fan from Afar. Following a quick break Cody and Eric go Down on the Pond, talk about beer, and take a look around the league. Join us for an enjoyable 90 minutes of Twins talk.
In Episode 31, Paul, Eric, and Cody get together to discuss Twins news leading up to Opening Day, the Twins 25-man roster, and they make their MLB predictions for each division, for the World Series, and for MVP, Cy Young, and Rookie of the Year. Cody does a great job in his first full show on Talk to Contact, and while his segways are initially weak, he gets stronger as the episode goes along. Along the way we're joined by Bryan Craves, the Displaced Tigers Fan, to talk about Opening Day, Justin Verlander, and what might happen in the Twins' first series of the year. Brace yourself for more than 130 minutes of awesome.
This week on Talk to Contact Paul and Eric talk about the future of Joe Mauer, and the 25-Man roster on Opening Day. They then bring in Cody Christie to talk about prospect Rory Rhodes, Eddie Guardado, and the rest to the stories around Major League Baseball. Join us for two hours of fun!
This week the Pleiss brothers discuss, among other things, their plans for the weekend, Anthony Slama, Hudson Boyd, Bob Allison and Roy Halladay, among other Twins related topics, to include Aaron Hicks, Jamey Carroll and some dude named Eduardo Escobar Escobar. Paul gets drunk early in the podcast, Eric tries to remain competent and everyone has a good time. Happy St Patrick's Day everyone!
Eric and Paul are joined this week by not one, but two guests with international flavor. In the first segment the twins are joined by Gary from Italy (@ForzaGemelli) to talk about baseball in Italy and hopes for the Italian team in the WBC (including Drew Butera, the boat anchor). Later in the podcast fellow international traveler Thrylos (@Thrylos98) of tenthinningstretch.blogspot.com to talk about spring training battles and baseball in general. Eric and Paul go on to discuss injury news coming out of spring training, J.T. Chargois, Camilo Pascual, the World Baseball Classic in both generalities and specifics before getting sidetracked talking about beer, and other nonsensical things.
Eric and Paul discuss the Twins news of the week, ranging from the Oswaldo Arcia injury, the CF competition, Joe Mauer's twins to the Baseball Prospectus prospect rankings. They are joined this week by Kristen Brown (kbrobaseball.blogspot.com) to talk about spring training, voodoo paper dolls and being a female sports writer in a male dominated world. After K-Bro the twins take a closer look at Gary Gaetti's time in Minnesota, and Deolis Guerra's future with the organization before getting into the world of beer and stolen sausages.
Now more than 6 months into the podcasting experiment the Pleiss brothers tackle the glory and excitement that is the dawn of the 2013 baseball season. Among things discussed are the real value of spring training stats (none), things to watch around the diamond in 2013 for the Twins (infield, outfield, rotation, bullpen) and a discussion of arguably the biggest post MVP flop in baseball history (Zoilo Versalles); toss in some banter about whether or not bigger is actually better, prospect talk with Seth Stohs (@SethTweets) and some other baseball banter and you've got a fine mess for your listening enjoyment.
This week on the podcast Paul and Eric delve into the excitement of spring training and make some bold predictions for what they see happening in the AL Central this season. We take a look at the ZIPS projections for the Twins and discuss what the numbers mean for the 2013 team, we even spend some time talking about the Twins promotional giveaways coming up this season. This week's Twins HOF'er is Earl Battey. In the prospect world we take a look at Adrian Salcedo and then jump into emails and beer talk before the show is through. 95 minutes of magic.
This week Eric and Paul are joined by long time Twins blogger Cody Christie (@NoDakTwinsFan, www.NoDakTwinsFan.com) to talk about the Twins off-season moves and a look at 2013. Also joining us is MLB Fan Cave applicant, Michael McGivern (@McGive_It_To_me, www.McGiveItToMe.blogspot.com), to discuss his attempt to gain entry to the MLB Fan Cave, why he's worthy, and his life as a Minnesota Twins fan. In addition to the above, the Twins twins also discuss the Anthony Swarzak injury, Jim Perry's place in the Twins HOF, prospect Deibinson Romero and a look forward to spring training. Join us for almost 2 hours of half-drunken #MNTwins talk on the Talk To Contact Podcast.
This week the Pleiss brothers spend way too much time discussing obscure state capitols and bantering on about MySpace and hipsters. In between those strange and obscure conversations, you can find plenty of talk about the Minnesota Twins, including a discussion of the 25-man roster, Frank Viola, prospect Luke Bard and former Twins around the MLB. Also making his Talk to Contact podcast debut it Jason from The Inverted W podcast (www.invertedW.com) to continue the series looking around the AL Central, this time discussing the Kansas City Royals.
Paul spent the weekend up in Minnesota attending TwinsFest, drinking beer and talking baseball. As a result, he sounds both hungover and lifeless on the podcast, but there's still lots of great content. Apologies to the listener for the audio quality at points during the recording as Paul was using his AWESOME (sarcasm) travel laptop for recording, thus you can literally hear the computer fan whirring in the background trying to keep the computer from exploding. We are joined towards the end of the episode by Jose Bosch to take a look at the Detroit Tigers off-season. We also discuss Tony Oliva, Matt Summers and a comprehensive review of TwinsFest and the cat video guy.
Once again the Pleiss brothers get together to talk Twins baseball. Continuing their look around the AL Central division they are joined by Lewie Pollis (@LewsOnFirst) from WahoosOnFirst.com and BeyondTheBoxScore.com to talk about what's been happening with the Cleveland Indians since the end of their season and what we can expect from the Tribe in 2013. Later in the podcast Seth Stohs (@SethTweets) joins the podcast to talk about the recent release of his Minnesota Twins Prospect Handbook 2013. By the end of the podcast you will have learned something about the Heart of Darkness, Greg Gagne, Josmil Pinto and a whole slough of other Twins news and notes.
This week Eric and Paul are joined by Ken Boehlke from WBBM Chicago to take a closer look at the Twins division rival Chicago White Sox. After talking with Ken we discuss Bert Blyleven's plae in Twins history, the baseball HOF's induction process (or lack thereof), and reveal each of our top ten prospect lists going into 2013. We discuss beer, baseball, and not a whole lot else, join us for the twentieth installment of the Talk to Contact Podcast.
Eric and Paul have returned from their winter hiatus to bring you more witty banter about the Minnesota Twins. This week they are joined by listener of the week, Mark Smith, to project opening day lineups and discuss spring training battles that will have to be won. After Mark's departure the twins discuss Kent Hrbek's place in the Twins Hall of Fame, Eddie Rosario's future as a second basemen and of course what type of beer they're drinking.
Eric and Paul are joined this week by special guest Brandon Warne of Star Tribune Storts, Fangraphs and other places around the web to talk about the newest Twin, Mike Pelfrey and what that signing means for the team going into 2013 and beyond. After Brandon departs the twins discuss Rod Carew, whether or not Daniel Turpin will ever reach the big leagues and what the Mets/Blue Jays trade means for baseball in Canada. The episode also includes Paul and Eric singing a couple of Christmas carols. Merry Christmas podcast nation.
Once again the Twins' twins get together to talk Twins baseball. This week Eric and Paul discuss the Kevin Correia signing (yuck), a look at the 2013 starting pitching rotation and the outfield and the quick escalation of MLB player salaries. Later in the podcast they take a look at Rick Aguilera's career in Minnesota, what the offseason moves so far mean to the balance of power in the AL Central and they go Down on the Pond to take a closer look at Niko Goodrum before finishing off with a debate about the places each of us would like to be season ticket holders. Arguably the best 90 minutes ever recorded.
This week the Pleiss Twins discuss happenings from the winter meetings and are joined by Alex Kienholz of www.BeyondTheBoxscore.com to discuss the Twins/Phillies trade that sent Ben Revere to Philly in exchange for Vance Worely and prospect Trevor May, the Rule 5 draft and about his interested in sabermetrics. After Alex departs Eric and Paul get into the Jared Burton extension, Tom Kelly's Twins career, beer, prospects and a whole bunch of questions from the interwebs.
This week Eric and Paul are joined by Twins prospect guru, Seth Stohs, of TwinsDaily.com to discuss the Twins trade with the Nationals, his blogging career and Travis Harrison. After Seth departs we take a quick look at the Rule 5 draft, Twins HOFer Brad Radke and a lengthy discussion on the 2013 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot, specifically Barry Bonds and the steroids era. We also talk about beer, of which it becomes evident that Eric has had several, along with a few other Twins news items and notes.
This week Eric and I are joined by a surprise guest, we take a closer look at Twins prospect Zack Jones and Twins hall of famer Bob Casey and we answer a variety of questions from our listener of the week, Kristine (@MNTwinsForever). Eric and I wonder aloud if there is a Gordon Bombay (Mighty Ducks) type of coach in MLB and take a quick look at what we would put on the Twins Christmas list.
This week Eric and Paul take a look at Twins prospect (?) Daniel Ortiz and Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew. We again field a bunch of questions from the interwebs. Among the topics discussed form the mail bag: Joe Benson and his mullet, the Miami/Toronto trade, and regular season wins versus playoff success. We also have an update on the email from Larien who wanted to have a relationship and a business proposal. Tune in for Minnesota Twins banter and a whole lot more.
Eric and Paul discuss Twins Hall of Famer Jim Kaat, rank both of the Twins broadcast teams on the 20-80 scale and then dive into a lengthy mail-bag session with random questions from around the interwebs. A very special thank you to our listeners for submitting questions, and to Larien, wherever you are.
This week the brothers Pleiss discuss the Gold Gloves and any perceived snubs, the Twins Diamond Awards and Paul's feelings on photos of peoples children clogging up his Facebook timeline. They also spend a few moments looking at Twins prospect J.O. Berrios, Twins Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett and some early happenings in the off-season as well as a few other topics including a traveling stuffed banana.
This week on the podcast Eric and Paul are joined by guest Chuck Ruether to talk about the coaching assignments and prognosticate about 40-man roster decisions. We also touch on the arbitration process and take a look at how the Twins prospects are doing down in the Arizona Fall League and several other topics.
In this week's episode the Pleiss brothers discuss 2013 payroll commitments and talk a little bit about the projected roster for next season, they profile Aaron Hicks and talk about the Twins prospects in the Arizona Fall League and discuss possible infield arrangements for next season. And of course beer, and a little post-season baseball.
In Episode 5 we discuss Scott Diamond, Liam Hendriks, Chris Herrmann, host a special guest, Jim Crikket, and discuss a whole slew of other Minnesota Twins related topics.
Paul and Eric discuss September call ups, Joe Mauer, the curious case of Brian Duensing, Oswaldo Arcia and other Twins related news and observations.