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Episode 140: Hot Stove and Cold Beers
The Hot Stove League is heating up. The Twins are connected to big names like Troy Tulowitzki and Jonathan Lucroy, but the Twins would need to give up a lot of your favorite prospects to land a player of that caliber. The Twins offense has struggled, but Joe Mauer has been red hot and Trevor Plouffe launched a 3-run dinger to help the Twins take a game in LA. After the regular Twins news, we go beer and all the news from around the league. Enjoy the show!
139: The All-Star Edition
This week's podcast features not a lot of new Twins news on account of major league baseball's All-Star break. An all-star break that saw Brian Dozier get added to the AL squad, hit a home run in his only at bat and Glen Perkins finish the game for the 2nd time in as many years. Paul and Cody discuss the current state of affairs in Minnesota, the merits of the AL's 2nd best team, and what, if any, upgrades the Twins should pursue down the stretch. Jay (and all his underscores) joins the...
Episode 138: Ervin Santana Returns and Twins Make A Billion Roster Moves
This week we have a full team of Talk to Contacters and we drive deep into the Twins roster moves from the past week. Aaron Hicks is back, Ervin Santana is PED free, Eric Fryer is playing catcher, and something called Ryan O'Rourke is a loogy. New players! Then we chat about trade targets or moves the Twins could make (spending way too long talking about Tulo), and we do the usual players of the week and around the league. Oh, and Paul is extra arrogant about his beer this week. Of course...
Episode 137: Miguel Sano's MLB Debut
Miguel Sano makes his MLB debut and Cody and Eric lose their minds. The Twins are struggling lately, but these dudes cannot stop talking about the possibility of postseason baseball. The young kids (Eddie Rosario, Byron Buxton, Alex Meyer, Miguel Sano) are all here, and there is help on the way (Jose Berrios, Jorge Polanco, Kohl Stewart, Lewis Thorpe) and the Twins are winning! Plus, you know, beer, baseball and the news. Thanks for hanging out!
Episode 136: Alex Meyer Gets the Call!
This week on Talk to Contact Eric and Cody dive into the good, bad, and ugly from the past week of Minnesota Twins baseball. Alex Meyer's call-up is announced and they discuss his role on the 2015 team, and beyond. They look back on the recent success of Joe Mauer (two home runs last week), Phil Hughes, and Kennys Vargas. Plus, what the heck is the deal with Byron Buxton, and what will the Twins do when Aaron Hicks' rehab stint is complete?
Episode 134: Best Draft Ever Makes Up For Awful Play (Maybe)
The Twins are just 3-7 since the calendar turned to June, and Eric and Paul are a little cranky they don't have better baseball to talk about. With all of the losing, some of the Twins' warts are starting to show, and the Twins made a flurry of roster moves involving Eddie Rosario, Jorge Polanco, Kennys Vargas, Danny Santana, Joe Stauffer and Michael Tonkin. Plus we're joined this week by Jeremy Nygaard from TwinsDaily.com and the kinda maybe sorta defunct Hangout and Talk Twins (Twins...
Episode 133 - Winning and Roster Contstruction
Ricky Nolasco might be headed to the DL, Tommy Milone is coming up to make a start, Oswaldo Arcia was activated from the DL and then optioned to AAA. The Twins are winning baseball games despite having the students from the local clown college filling in at DH while Kennys Vargas, Josmil Pinto, and now Oswaldo Arcia toil away in Rochester. We discuss all of that, plus take a look at the recent performances of Aaron Hicks and Eddie Rosario as they look to secure spots on the Twins roster...
It Feels Good To Win: Episode 131
It’s just a whole lot more fun to watch a team that’s winning baseball games. This may not be a sustainable pace for this ball club, but that doesn’t make it any less fun to watch. This ball club is playing great, highlighted by Glen Perkins and (gasp) Blaine Boyer at the back of the bullpen coupled with quality starts from the starters and very timely hitting from the offense. This week’s show is all about feeling good. E Rolf is away on his honeymoon after his wedding last week...
Episode 130: Eddie Rosario is King of the Prospects
Just Cody and ERolf on the pod this week as Paul and Jay are both out sick. This week we're talking Eddie Rosario and his MLB debut, the Twins actually winning a bunch of baseball games, what to make of Kyle Gibson's success despite his lake of strike outs and all those walks (Kevin Correia 2.0?!), and what's a "more worstest waste" of a 40-man roster spot, Doug Bernier or Eduardo Nunez. Down on the Pond we talk about 2014 1st rounder Nick Gordon, make bets on how many home runs he'll hit...
129: Everyone on the DL
This week's show features long laments about the inability of the Twins defense to play anything resembling defense. Costing the Twins somewhere in the neighborhood of one run a game, the bad defense, combined with pitchers who don't miss bats and hitters who can't get on base is a recipe for disaster. Welcome to your 2015 Minnesota Twins. Hey, at least Joe Mauer has a hockey playoff beard.
Episode 128: Previewing the MLB Draft with Torii Hunter's Life Sized Demon
This week on the Talk to Contact podcast we rehash the week that was in Twins territory, including Mike Pelfrey and Trevor May pitching for a job in the rotation after Ricky Nolasco returns from his rehab start in Cedar Rapids, what the hell Torii Hunter is doing attempting a straight steal of home, and our very own Jay Corn finally earns his Talk to Contact membership card. After a musical interlude from Egon's Unicat, we're joined by Jeremy Nygaard from TwinsDaily.com to discuss a myriad...
Episode 127 - The Home Opener and the Return of Torii
This week we chat about the Twins' recent struggles, review our experiences from the Home Opener (including the returning of Torii Hunter), and try and decide what is going on with Tommy Milone. In the second half of the program we are joined by Seth Stohs from TwinsDaily.com to talk about the first week of Minor League baseball. And of course, beer, baseball, and the news.
Ep 126: A Dumpster Fire
The Twins have not been impressive. The offense has been anemic. The pitching has been atrocious. The defense has been porus. It's been bad, bad, bad. And yet, there have still been some bright spots... well one. J.R. Graham has looked good. This week's show contains a healthy amount of doom and gloom, but it's not all bad news bears. Yes Ervina Santana has been suspended. Yes the Twins have been outscored 24-1. But it's only three games in. The Twins can still win 159 games and go on to...
Episode 124 - Talking Kansas City and the Brian Dozier Contract
This week we talk about the strange details of the Brian Dozier contract, Eric owing a bunch of people helmet nachos, and we try and figure out (again) who is in the lead for the fifth start spot. After a couple beers, we talk baseball with Royals Review, http://www.royalsreview.com/, editor-in-chief, Max Reiper and find out what the Royals have been doing this winter. As always, we wrap up the show with beer, baseball and the news.
Can Eddie Rosario handle CF? And the Indians Preview
This week’s Talk to Contact podcast is filled with rampant speculation. Can Eddie Rosario win the CF job this spring? How long will uber prospects Miguel Sano and Byron Buxton spend in AA? Can either Alex Meyer or Trevor May do anything to make the opening day roster? Can Danny Santana be a legitimate leadoff hitter and avoid the “sophomore slump”? All these questions answered and more. We finish the podcast with a special guest, Jason Lukeheart (@JasonLukeheart), the managing editor of...
122: I hate the White Sox Episode
This week’s episode features a guest interview with Tom Flynn (@mighty_flynn, http://mightyflynn.tumblr.com/). Tom joins us to talk about the whirlwind offseason that took place on the South Side of Chicago and walks us through all the changes to the White Sox roster and what we can expect from them in 2015. Before getting to the White Sox, however, Eric, Paul and Jay discuss the happenings and goings on down in Fort Myers at Twins camp. Should Eduardo Escobar be the starting short-stop?...
Episode 121: Eric Drinks a Whiskey Drink
Miguel Sano! Byron Buxton! Eddie Rosario! Baseball! LIVE BASEBALL! WELCOME BACK BASEBALL FANS! Baseball is back in Twins Territory with the return of Spring Training baseball on television and the sound of the crack of the bat. We're back for our third full season of Twins baseball. This week we talk all about Spring Training, we review the roster, and of course, Beer, Baseball, and the News.
Episode 120: Better Call Paul
Paul is a cranky pants this week, I think he hates Spring Training. We dive into that assumption and figure out what the heck the Twins are doing for the next couple weeks. We're joined this week by Jeremy Nygaard from TwinsDaily.com to talk more about prospects, pitching, and even a little fantasy baseball. Then, as always, beer, baseball, and the news. Thanks for listening!
Episode 119 - The Do-Over Episode
Jay and Eric take you on a long over due road trip around the last three weeks of Twins news, which includes a bunch of smart baseball folks thinking the Twins will lose 90 games again, a pretty miserable collection of teams in the American League Central, and what Spring Training is really all about. Reviewing the roster this week we dive deeper on Glen Perkins, Eddie Rosario, and Phil Hughes. And then, beer, baseball and the news. Enjoy the show.
Episode 118 - Twins National Anthem Audition
This week we try out to sing the National Anthem at a Twins game, talk about how lame baseball nicknames are in 2015, and Paul tries to figure out what the Twins are doing with Eduardo Nunez. We go down on the pond and talk about Cameron Booser (Jay nicknames him Boose, era of lame nicknames, indeed), and we go all around the league talking beer, baseball and the news.