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This week on the podcast we have a full slate of beers and a full tray of Twins news. Christmas comes early this season for Twins fans as Ricky Nolasco and Phil Hughes are Minnesota Twins; what does it all mean? Seth Stohs joins us to break down Rule-5 Draft possibilities and to talk minor league ball. The Hot Stove is on fire this seasons, listen in for analysis of Twins moves, roster transactions and more.
It's another long episode this week, but with so much news, and so many beers, it was impossible to keep it any shorter. Thanks for the download.
No news is good news. Not a lot of Twins news coming out this week, lots of rumors and rumblings about free agent starting pitchers and catchers, but nothing concrete. This week Paul and Eric are joined by Twins Geek, John Bonnes from Twins Daily to discuss the origins of both the site and the Gleeman and the Geek podcast, more of look into "how the sausage is made" so to speak. We take a close look at the Twins top pitching prospect, Alex Meyer, and we get into a heated discussion about the possibility (or lack there-of) of Jarrod Saltalamacchia joining the Twins.
60 is a number worn my several Twins throughout the years, including current "closer" Glen Perkins from 2006-2007, and most recently by Pedro Hernandex (2013) and Jeff Gray (2012), but most notably by Jon Rauch and his terrible neck tattoo in back to back seasons (2009-2010). This week on the podcast we discuss a plethora of minor league happenings, including the pending 50-game suspension of Eddie Rosario and recent 40-man roster moves. The debate wages on over which starting pitchers make sense for the Twins to sign, as Eric, Cody and Jay each make their cases of Ricky Nolasco, Bronson Arroyo and Matt Garza. Who would you take? There's a considerably lengthy discussion about the true value of the Metrodome baggie and who the real winner is in the Prince Fielder Ian Kinsler trade. Also, if you are a Leinenkugel Beer affectionado, you may want to stick around for the "Beers from Around the World" segment.
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This week's episode is a bit lonely as Eric is stuck in the backwoods of Minnesota deer hunting and dealing with a septic situation. Paul and Cody go it alone and discuss the Twins news, most notably the announcement that Twins uber-star Joe Mauer will transition to first base for the 2014 season and beyond. Later in the podcast Paul is joined by the radio voice of the Minnesota Twins, Cory Provus (@CoryProvus). We also discuss the news that the Braves are looking to move out of Turner Field, and Cody actually participates in an interview this week while we're chatting with Twins double-A shortstop AJ Pettersen (@apettersen1), so be sure to give us a listen.
Cody is back with Paul and Eric this week to talk Twins baseball. The off-season is in full swing with qualifying offers out to free agents, the world series parade over and the 2013 no longer visible in the rear-view mirror. We discuss which, if any, infield free agents make sense for the Twins before we are joined by special guest, ESPN 1500 Minnesota Twins beat writer Brandon Warne (@Brandon_Warne) to discuss what he thinks the Twins need to do this off-season, what it means to write under the ESPN banner and his experiences following the team this past season. This week we take a look at Twins minor league prospect and 2nd round 2013 draft pick Ryan Eades.
This week Eric and Paul are joined by Jay Corn (@jay__corn, that's right, two underscores!) to talk Twins baseball. This will be our fist dive into the post-season hot stove, and this week we talked about available starting pitching and which pitchers we thought, if any, made sense in Minnesota. Pedro Hernandez was removed from the 40-man roster and signed a AAA deal, Terry Ryan is putting the band back together, so to speak, and the AFL continues down in the "Valley of the Sun." All that and more on this week's Talk to Contact podcast.
Thanks for listening folks.
This week we are joined by a couple of special guests including our new producter/media relations guro, Jay Corn (@Jay__Corn) to talk about the pros and cons of being a season ticket holder for 2014. We are also joined by the famous/infamous Andrew Bryz-Gornia of Twinkie Town (@BryzTwinkieTown) to talk all sorts of things Twins (Platoon splits, off-season acquisitions, Ushering). Paul, Eric, Cody, Jay, and Bryz are essentially porno for your ears, but for baseball. We discuss Paul Molitor's new job with the Twins, minor league acquisitions and the Diamond award winners, among other things (namely Beer, pie and WS predictions). It's 103 minutes of pure ear awesome. The off-season is fun, you guys.
We're essentially geniuses, that's the only conclusion I could come to after recording and listening to this week's episode. Pure baseball genius. We talk about some issues surrounding the infield this off-season (The return of Justin Morneau? What Miguel Sano means to Trevor Plouffe and if anyone can or should challenge Pedro Florimon at SS), talk a little bit about the farm system and some possible trades that might develop. We also talk about beer. Eric was fired for drinking water, then immediately hired back, because he's my brother. We also made a wager of 100 beers while debating if Doug Bernier will ever post an OBP over .330 again in his career.
This week we keep things relatively brief (only 50 minutes of audio gold) and check in on Ron Gardenhire, the 40-man roster, and the Arizona Fall League. We talk a little bit about May and Meyer pitching FAST, and Buxton, Rosario and Kepler making their AFL debuts.
We spend some time discussing Wisconsin beer and Ginger Whiskey before we do a quick dive through the MLB postseason.
Thanks for listening!
This week the boys discuss Ron Gardenhire's tenure in Minnesota and talk about what his new contact means. Everyone will hear plenty of talk about the regular season awards, ROY, MVP, Cy Young etc, but the Talk to Contact crew has invented a whole slew of awards you'll hear no where else, including: Best season by a former Twin, Most entertaining, Best Broadcast moment and much much more.
Eric spends most of this episode belittling Ryan Doumit and then trying to convince me that Doumit should play more often than I think is reasonable. We talk about Twins prospect Tyler Jones and wonder aloud what the roles will be for players like Doumit, Josh Willingham, Trevor Plouffe and Chris Parmelee. Summer is officially over and pumpkin beers have arrived across America. Tune in to find out about Paul's favorite pumpkin beer and a bunch of Twins talk.
The Minor League season has ended for all of the Twins MiLB affliates except for the Rochester Red Wings. We take a look at some standout seasons and team reviews around the Twins system. We also spend a good deal of time discussing Aaron Hicks' role in 2014 and the possible leadership void left in the wake of Justin Morneau's trade to Pittsburgh.
84 minutes of cantankerous babble.
This week Paul returns from the wilderness to banter with Eric and Cody about Andrew Albers who continues to impress and pitch well with his 86mph fastball, Brian Dozier and his silky smooth hair, the loss of Jamey Carroll, the return for Drew Butera and other happenings surrounding the Minnesota Twins.
Paul went camping this weekend and we never heard from him, so while he's PROBABLY not dead, he CERTAINLY isn't on the podcast this week. Don't fret, because we're joined by Jesse Lund (@TwinkieTown) from TwinkieTown.com to talk all things Twins and Twins blogging, and Cody and I do our regular exciting Twins talk. Join us for 84ish minutes of baseball noise.
For the first time in many moons Cody takes a break and Paul and Eric are forced to go it alone. We talk about Aaron Hick's demotion to AAA, whether or not the Twins are "rebuilding" and who the winners and losers were at the trade deadline. Adam (AJ) Pettersen is this week's minor league prospect profile; will he ever get a cup of coffee in the big leagues? Google image search black holes, good summer beers and lots more on this week's episode of the Talk to Contact podcast.
This week on the podcast, Cody and Eric break down the Twins' recent series wins against New York and Cleveland, recap their 1st half Twins MVPs, and contemplate the future of Ron Gardenhire.
Down on the Pond they talk about Low-A Cedar Rapids Kernels' RHP Dallas Gallant, and they even try and give away a "Magic in Minneosta" DVD, listen up for details.
To close out the show the two talk Beers from Around the World and then go Around the League, finishing with a couple of BOLD predicitons for the 2nd half.
68 minutes of internet money!
This week Cody and Eric get down on a bunch of Twins news from the past week+, including a mediocre Kyle Gibson, roster transactions, a surging Aaron Hicks and a slumping EVERYONE else.
Down on the Pond is about the Twins' recent #1 draft pick Kohl Stewart. After that Cody and Eric talk beer, baseball, and the news.
76 minutes of unmitigated baseball talk.
Eric and Cody talk recent Twins happenings, including a struggling bullpen, an awful PJ Walters, and whatever it is that is going on with some Twins Minor Leaguers in the Futures Game.
The two are then joined by Seth Stohs from TwinsDaily.com to talk about all things Twins Minor League and what fans can expect from Kyle Gibson as he makes his MLB debut on Saturday.
After the break the boys talk beer, baseball, and the news.
92 minutes of chatter.
Eric and Cody talk with noted Twins blogger Andrew Walter from http://twinsfanfromafar.blogspot.com/ to get an update on Twins uber prospect Miguel Sano and teammate Eddie Rosario. Along the way they go Down on the Pond and talk about MiLB pitcher Pat Dean.
They have a lot of fun talking Twins news, beer, and general baseball weirdness. They're kind of a big deal.
88 more minutes of pleasure.
On Episode 41 Cody and Eric talk about some high profile prospects earning a Minor League promotion, review the draft and prospect rankings infused with new talent, and talk about Denard Span and Ben Revere taking the field against the Twins. They discuss the release of long time MiLB favorite Anthony Slama, and they try and figure out who is the Twins' best starting pitcher (protip: they have no idea!).
Down on the Pond this week is James Beresford, and on Beers from Around the World it is the return of BREADY BEER!
The boys then go Around the League and answer a couple of email questions. All together 88 minutes of pleasure for your ears.
This week Cody and Eric discuss the Twins' recent string of good play, solid pitchig performances, and surprisingly good hitting from some of the youngest Minnesota players.
We're joined in the middle of the podcast by TwinsDaily.com's Jeremy Nygaard to delve deeply into the MLB Draft. Jeremy is excellent, and easily one of the top guests to appear on the podcast!
After Jeremy takes off, we talk beer, Minnesota liquor sales law, and steroids.
72 minutes of audio titillation.
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.