Gleeman and The Geek - An Unauthorized Minnesota Twins Podcast

By Aaron Gleeman and John Bonnes

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Aaron Gleeman and John Bonnes talk about that baseball team in Minnesota over a beer at this week's favorite watering hole. Many THANKS to James Richter for his music and technical support & Kirsten Brown of kbrobaseball.com for our logo.

Episode Date
Episode 444: In the Driver's Seat
01:31:49

Aaron and John talk about the Twins' big series win in Cleveland, losing Michael Pineda and Byron Buxton for the season, Brusdar Graterol getting loose, Miguel Sano's knockout blow, and the latest on the Twins' many injured hitters.

Sep 16, 2019
Episode 443: The Pineda Bomb
01:39:47

Aaron and John react in real time to the news of Michael Pineda's season-ending suspension, and also talk about potential playoff roster scenarios and the first game of the Cleveland series.

Sep 07, 2019
Episode 442: Expanded Rosters and Expanded Leads
01:33:49

Aaron and John talk about the Twins increasing their AL Central lead and shattering home run records, Brusdar Graterol's triple-digit debut, Byron Buxton's unexpected return, getting to know the September call-ups, and problems throughout the rotation.

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Sep 01, 2019
Episode 441: Berrios, Buxton, and Brusdar
01:43:00

Aaron and John talk about Jose Berrios' struggles, Byron Buxton's impending return, Brusdar Graterol's estimated time of arrival, Ryne Harper's demotion, another major injury for the Indians, what can be done to fix the Twins' defense, and tidbits from Thad Levine and Daniel Adler.

Aug 25, 2019
Episode 440: Road Warriors
01:49:32

Aaron and John talk about the Twins' impressive road trip, Sam Dyson's return and Brusdar Graterol's possible arrival, Jose Berrios' worrisome struggles, Marwin Gonzalez catching fire at the best time, Jorge Polanco's throwing errors, and the Phillie Phanatic lawsuit.

Aug 18, 2019
Episode 439: Tied
01:36:30

Aaron and John talk about a bad week at Target Field dragging the Twins into a tie with the Indians atop the AL Central, Nelson Cruz's ruptured wrist being "good news" somehow, the lineup setting all kinds of home run records, the wheels coming off the starting rotation, and Taylor Rogers running on fumes.

Aug 11, 2019
Episode 438: Mommy and Daddy Are Fighting Again
01:47:50

Aaron and John talk about what can or can't be done to prevent more Byron Buxton injuries, Sam Dyson's post-deadline implosion and injury, Devin Smeltzer making a case to stick around, our crushes on Nelson Cruz, the biggest week of games at Target Field since 2010, and blogging, fantasy, and gambling.

Aug 04, 2019
Episode 437: Sergio Romo and the Next Move
01:39:39

Aaron and John talk about the Twins' trade for reliever Sergio Romo, what's next between now and the trade deadline, recovering from the Yankees by beating up the White Sox, resetting the AL Central race, Byron Buxton's triumphant return, Nelson Cruz's three-homer game, and losing faith in the Twins' rotation.

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Jul 28, 2019
Episode 436: Slipping Away?
01:41:48

Aaron and John talk about the Indians closing the gap on the Twins, the lineup's frustrating lack of clutch hits, wholesale changes in the bullpen, Marcus Stroman rumors and other trade deadline speculation, Rocco Baldelli micro-managing when things get tense, and the boys from ByeGoff.com discussing an umpire's lawsuit against MLB.

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Jul 21, 2019
Episode 435: Trade Target Deep Dive
01:38:08

Aaron and John talk about every possible impact trade the Twins could make, matching up with Cleveland to start the second half, creating a super Mitch Garver, Miguel Sano's turnaround, Luis Arraez's emergence, and how much bullpen one Taylor Rogers can carry.

Jul 13, 2019
Episode 434: Now It's A Fight
01:48:02

Aaron and John talk about the state of the Twins heading into the All-Star break with a 5.5-game lead, injuries for Jake Odorizzi, C.J. Cron, and Eddie Rosario, LaMonte Wade's very brief edge over Jake Cave, whether there's any reason to have faith in Adalberto Mejia, and highlighting a possible under-the-radar trade target.

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Jul 07, 2019
Episode 433: Aussies and All-Stars
01:38:00

Aaron and John talk about Lewis Thorpe's promising debut, all the Twins being snubbed for the All-Star game, Miguel Sano making adjustments on the fly, Eddie Rosario being the latest injury to keep the lineup from being whole, giving James Rowson a raise, and ghosting someone at a funeral.

Jun 30, 2019
Episode 432: Chasing Aces
01:46:27

Aaron and John talk about the Twins' first truly bad week, five ace starters the Twins could (and should) pursue at the trade deadline, adding Cody Allen on a minor-league deal, Miguel Sano's highs and lows, injuries reshaping the lineup, and being careful what you wish for.

Jun 23, 2019
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Jun 18, 2019
Episode 431: Mauer, Power, and Bullpen
01:44:25

Aaron and John talk about Joe Mauer weekend at Target Field, the latest batch of absurd Twins hitting numbers, another week spent thinking ahead to bullpen trades, the Twins' remaining schedule, sports betting and wearables, and Rocco Baldelli vs. Tom Kelly.

Jun 17, 2019
Episode 430: Announcements (and Astudillo)
01:37:51

Aaron and John announce big show news, say goodbye (for now) to Willians Astudillo, and talk about missing out on Craig Kimbrel and Dallas Keuchel, Byron Buxton's latest jaw-dropping highlight, Max Kepler's three-homer game, Keoni Cavaco and the Twins' draft class, and potential playoff matchups.

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Jun 09, 2019
Episode 429: Inviting Kimbrel and Keuchel to the Party
01:41:39

Aaron and John talk about the Twins lapping the AL Central, whether the Twins should be in the mix for Craig Kimbrel and Dallas Keuchel, if it's crazy to focus on the playoffs when making midseason moves, Miguel Sano and Mitch Garver returning, Nelson Cruz being on the verge of a return, Byron Buxton doing Byron Buxton things, and what to make of Devin Smeltzer.

Jun 02, 2019
Episode 428: Bomba
01:34:55

Aaron is attending a wedding in an apple orchard, so John is joined by Parker Hageman of Twins Daily. They talk about the source of the Twins' power surge, breakthroughs in the Twins' attendance, the impact of Rocco Baldelli on the organization, how this year compares to the 2001 Twins season, and whether Joe Mauer's $23 million expiring contract is a key factor in this season's success.

May 26, 2019
Episode 427: Next Man Up
01:46:32

Aaron and John talk about Nelson Cruz and Mitch Garver getting hurt, Miguel Sano and Willians Astudillo taking their place, calling up Luis Arraez for the first time, demoting Trevor Hildenberger to Triple-A, killing the win, saying goodbye to Addison Reed, and Byron Buxton's spot in the batting order.

May 19, 2019
Episode 426: The Best Record In Baseball
01:37:27

Aaron and John talk about the Twins boasting the best record in baseball, Willians Astudillo's return, Miguel Sano's impending return, what to do about a struggling Trevor Hildenberger, Mitch Garver refusing to stop, smart ideas to improve Target Field attendance, and breaking down the Twins' vastly improved defense.

May 12, 2019
Episode 425: Live At First Draft
01:14:15

Aaron and John do a live podcast with 150-plus listeners and special guest Tyler George at First Draft Taproom and Kitchen.

May 09, 2019
Episode 424: Are The Twins For Real?
01:40:52

Aaron and John talk about the Twins making it through hell week with a winning record, Miguel Sano nearing a comeback, Martin Perez's magical cutter, the unique nature of the rebuilt lineup, Rocco Baldelli learning how to manage a bullpen on the fly, and Mitch Garver's pitch-framing improvement.

May 05, 2019
Episode 423: Homers, Homers, Homers
01:41:34

Aaron and John talk about the Twins' record-shattering power numbers, preparing for one of the toughest weeks of the season, Willians Astudillo going on the injured list, Matt Magill returning to the bullpen, Justin Morneau vs. Bert Blyleven, and how the bullpen could evolve from weakness to strength.

Apr 28, 2019
Episode 422: Bashing Baltimore and Considering Kimbrel
01:46:50

Aaron and John talk about the Twins' fireworks show in Baltimore, debating the merits of pursuing Craig Kimbrel, Byron Buxton's doubles spree, Trevor Hildenberger the fire-fighter, Francisco Lindor rejoining the Indians, and spies reporting on John Bonnes in the wild.

Apr 21, 2019
Episode 421: Tigers and Tiger
01:41:21

Aaron and John talk about getting bumped by Tiger Woods, the end of constant off days on the Twins' schedule, big changes up and down the lineup, making sense of a three-headed catching monster, Tyler Austin's new home, embarrassing Donkey Kong skills, 612 Brew beers, and the latest injury updates on Miguel Sano, Addison Reed, and Matt Magill.

Apr 14, 2019
Episode 420: All Astudillo, All The Time
01:44:25

Aaron and John return to the radio and talk about the ever-growing legend of Willians Astudillo, early impressions of Rocco Baldelli, Tyler Austin's brief stay on the roster, Byron Buxton's promising start, Michael Pineda showing big-time stuff, and joining the Costco world.

Apr 07, 2019
Episode 419: Tuesday Taproom Tour at Able Brewery
01:07:59

Aaron and John talk Twins and watch a 5-4 Twins win with 100-plus listeners at Able Brewery.

Apr 03, 2019
Episode 418: Opening Day
01:36:49

Aaron and John record half the show before the Twins' home opener and half the show after the Twins' home opener, with a great day of baseball in between.

Mar 29, 2019
Episode 417: Minnesota Twins 2019 Season Preview
01:32:49

Aaron and John preview the Minnesota Twins' 2019 season, make their over/under bets for the Twins and the rest of the AL Central, react to the Twins' late roster moves, and announce this year's Tuesday Taproom Tour.

Mar 25, 2019
Episode 416: Over/Under 2019
01:38:41

Aaron and John talk about Byron Buxton's hot spring, Max Kepler and Jorge Polanco atop the lineup, Tyler Austin vs. C.J. Cron, and previewing the AL East and AL West using Vegas' over/under numbers.

Mar 19, 2019
Episode 415: Baby Cakes
01:36:28

Aaron and John talk about Miguel Sano's latest setback and Marwin Gonzalez having his first problem to fix, Willians Astudillo's rising odds to make the Opening Day roster, Martin Perez throwing 105 mph (give or take), drinking beer and eating burgers at Invictus Brewing, and selling 22,000 words for five bucks.

Mar 10, 2019
Episode 414: Escape From Fort Myers
01:42:59

Aaron and John talk about first impressions of Rocco Baldelli, how Miguel Sano and Byron Buxton can't win for losing, Michael Pineda's expectations, "losing" Zack Granite, signing Craig Kimbrel versus signing Jim Pohlad, drinking beer at Chapel Brewing, and finding a reason to keep Willians Astudillo.  

Mar 03, 2019
Episode 413: Marwin Gonzalez
01:30:50

Aaron and John talk about the Twins signing super-utility man Marwin Gonzalez for $21 million, how to view an offseason that's half full and half empty, what Gonzalez's arrival means for Jake Cave, Willians Astudillo, and Ehire Adrianza, the bullpen breakdown and trusting Matt Magill, Ervin Santana's return to the AL Central, and what options are left for the Twins to actually add some pitching help.

Feb 24, 2019
Episode 412: Live from Fort Myers! (and Minneapolis)
01:36:13

Aaron and John talk about one of them being in Fort Myers for Twins spring training, contract extensions for Jorge Polanco and Max Kepler, the odds of Jose Berrios soon joining the extension club, news that Fernando Romero is headed to the bullpen, Miguel Sano showing up in better shape, and Rocco Baldelli's timeline for turning this thing around.

Feb 17, 2019
Episode 411: Projections and Objections
01:37:23

Aaron and John talk about the Twins' PECOTA projections, expectations on Miguel Sano and Byron Buxton, signing Lucas Duda, payroll theories, buying into Willians Astudillo, and the intrigue of minor-league deals. Sponsored by Barrel Theory, Native, and Pick and Shovel.

Feb 10, 2019
Episode 410: Runnin' Red-Ass
01:31:51

Aaron and John talk about Rocco Baldelli vs. Paul Molitor, Miguel Sano vs. Byron Buxton, Tyler Austin vs. Fernando Romero, attendance vs. television revenue, and a musical throwback.

Jan 31, 2019
Episode 409: Winter Meltdown 2019 (with Michael Cuddyer)
01:32:43

Live from Twins Daily's sixth annual Winter Meltdown event, with special guests Michael Cuddyer, Dan Hayes, Betsy Helfand, Do-Hyoung Park, Nick Nelson, and 400 of our closest friends.

Jan 27, 2019
Episode 408: Perez and Payroll
01:32:29

Aaron and John talk about the Twins signing Martin Perez just seconds before the show started, the nearly empty free agent reliever shelves, why the Twins' lack of spending should leave fans disappointed, returning to KFAN for another season on the radio, selling out the Winter Meltdown, and Willians Astudillo finishing runner-up to Delmon Young. 

Jan 20, 2019
Episode 407: Blake Parker and the Surprise Guest
01:29:17

Aaron and John talk about Blake Parker joining the Twins' bullpen, Miguel Sano and Willians Astudillo making winter ball headlines, announcing Michael Cuddyer as the Winter Meltdown special guest, arbitration settlements, Brian Dozier's new home, and the earliest over/under lines. Sponsored by Away Travel & Harry's Razors.

Jan 13, 2019
Episode 406: Bubble Butts and Sound Effects
01:35:52

Aaron and John talk about projecting Nelson Cruz, the shrinking reliever market, games by Robert Kasak, Adalberto Mejia's odds of snagging a rotation spot, Ron Gardenhire's anniversary, losing Aaron Slegers, and mailbag questions from listeners. Sponsored by Simple Contacts, Mack Weldon, RxBar & 612 Brew.

Jan 06, 2019
Episode 405: Boom! Twins Sign Nelson Cruz
58:02

Aaron and John talk about the Minnesota Twins signing six-time All-Star slugger Nelson Cruz.

Dec 28, 2018
Episode 404: Waiting for the Boom
01:43:39

Aaron and John talk about the Twins walking a fine line between patient and inactive, retiring Joe Mauer's number, Target Field vs. Metrodome payroll numbers, the latest on Nelson Cruz and free agent pitching help, the Winter Meltdown selling out, and mailbag questions from listeners. Sponsored by Robinhood

Dec 22, 2018
Episode 403: Meat Tornado
01:31:46

Aaron and John talk about Nelson Cruz and Edwin Encarnacion rumors, the Twins' remaining bullpen and rotation options, Byron Buxton's first public comments since September, Tyler Jay going unpicked in the Rule 5 draft, Lance Lynn getting a three-year deal, and lots of mailbag questions from listeners. Sponsored by Able Brewery + Seedhouse, Animales BBQ, Sota Stick and Away Travel

Dec 17, 2018
Episode 402: Mouthwash, Not Salt-N-Pepa
01:36:41

Aaron and John talk about the Twins signing All-Star second baseman Jonathan Schoop and utility infielder Ronald Torreyes, what the current payroll looks like, what's next on the offseason to-do list, agreeing with Ricky Nolasco about late-night pizza, and arguing about really dumb stuff. Sponsored by Casper Mattresses and Tin Whiskers Brewery

Dec 09, 2018
Episode 401: The Cron Zone
01:44:37

Aaron and John talk about the Twins adding C.J. Cron as Joe Mauer's replacement, non-tendering Robbie Grossman, where Tyler Austin stands, picking through the best of the non-tenders, why Cron might be closer to Eddie Rosario than to Logan Morrison, mailbag questions from listeners, and why the Bonneses are very much like the Legends. Sponsored by Pick and Shovel, Harry's Razors, and Simple Contacts.

Dec 03, 2018
Episode 400: Bullpen Buyers
01:44:04

Aaron and John talk about the Twins adding Nick Gordon and other prospects to the 40-man roster, not protecting Tyler Jay from the Rule 5 draft, reviewing the best free agent bullpen options, Paul Goldschmidt and Sonny Gray rumors, selling Alan Busenitz to Japan, Bill Evers adding some age to the coaching staff, and what to do when someone brings you 700 percent more food than you ordered. Sponsored by Pick & Shovel and Lynlake Brewery.

Nov 26, 2018
Episode 399: New Coaches and Old Starters
01:39:25

Aaron and John talk about pitching coach Wes Johnson and the rest of the Twins' new-look coaching staff, why college is such an untapped resource in baseball, the Twins' search for rotation help via free agency, how much of Zack Greinke's contract is too much, and the latest huge money score for MLB owners. Sponsored by Headflyer Brewing, Robinhood and Sota Stick

Nov 18, 2018
Episode 398: Joe Mauer Retires
01:39:47

Aaron and John talk about Joe Mauer making his retirement official, what his Hall of Fame case will look like in five years, the Twins' free agent options at first base and third base, Kennys Vargas going to Japan, reported interest in J.A. Happ, speculation about interest in Carlos Santana, and taking in the views at the new Bonnes Sky Cabin. Sponsored by Hopsy, Away Travel and Casper Mattresses

Nov 13, 2018
Episode 397: Shopping For Infielders
01:32:42

John and Aaron talk about big changes to the Twins' coaching staff, Bert Blyleven's reduced role with FSN, and the Twins' options for free agent help at second base and shortstop. Sponsored by 612 Brew, Harry's Razors, and Simple Contacts

Nov 06, 2018
Episode 396: Rocco Baldelli
01:38:40

Aaron and John talk about new Twins manager Rocco Baldelli, how he differs from Paul Molitor, his unique baseball path, the difficulty in evaluating any manager, and what the Twins' coaching staff may look like under him. Plus, buying a condo, a longtime scout sues the Twins, Eduardo Escobar stays in Arizona, and the identity of The Big Kielbasa. Sponsored by Utepils Brewing, SeatGeek, and Robinhood. 

Oct 28, 2018