Gleeman and The Geek - An Unauthorized Minnesota Twins Podcast

By Aaron Gleeman and John Bonnes

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Aaron Gleeman and John Bonnes argue about the Minnesota Twins over a beer at this week's favorite watering hole.

Episode Date
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
Episode 395: Setting the Stage
01:31:29

Aaron and John pour their own beers at First Draft Taproom & Kitchen and talk about the Twins' narrowing their list of manager candidates, Derek Shelton's background and chances as an in-house option, Ryan Pressly's post-trade comments about working with the Astros vs. the Twins, laying out the 2019 payroll, upcoming arbitration decisions, and which areas the Twins definitely need to address this offseason. Sponsored by Sota Stick and Away Travel

Oct 22, 2018
Episode 394: Bam-Bam and Rocco
01:36:01

Aaron and John talk about the Twins' managerial search including Rocco Baldelli and Hensley Meulens, Miguel Sano making headlines for the wrong reasons again, the ever-changing use of relievers in the playoffs, and reviewing preseason over/under picks for each AL team. Sponsored by Casper Mattresses and RxBar

Oct 15, 2018
Episode 393: Firing Paul Molitor
01:39:02

Aaron and John talk about the Twins' decision to fire Paul Molitor, the good and bad of his four-year tenure as manager, what the front office might be looking for in his replacement, and names to watch as the interview process begins. Sponsored by Bombfell and Harry's Razors

Oct 08, 2018
Episode 392: Joe Mauer Is Pretty Neat
01:38:33

Aaron and John head to Target Field to see Joe Mauer's (probable) final game, and talk about Mauer's great Twins career and the Twins' not-so-great season. Sponsored by Robinhood and Simple Contacts.

Oct 01, 2018
Episode 391: John Bonnes, Designated for Assignment
01:31:49

Aaron goes solo to talk about The Legend of Willians Astudillo and the Twins' catching situation for 2019, plus lots of mailbag questions from listeners and a roundtable discussion featuring Baseball Prospectus and Twins Daily writers. Sponsored by Bombfell and SeatGeek.

Sep 23, 2018
Episode 390: Interview with Twins GM Thad Levine
01:21:06

Twins general manager Thad Levine sat down with Aaron for an extended interview as part of Baseball Prospectus Night at Target Field, followed by a Q&A session with the audience. Sponsored by Sota Stick, RxBar, and Away Travel.

Sep 16, 2018
Episode 389: A Little Bit Pregnant
01:44:38

Aaron and John talk about returning to podcast-only mode after another season on KFAN, whether the Twins can reload or need another rebuild, the latest on Byron Buxton vs. the Twins, Stephen Gonsalves' very rough first taste of the majors, Miguel Sano being carted off the field, and mailbag questions from listeners. Sponsored by Eero, Casper Mattresses and Iron Door Pub.

Sep 09, 2018
Episode 388: Live From the Tuesday Taproom Tour at Able Brewing
53:35

Aaron and John watch Trevor May get shelled and Miguel Sano get injured while answering Minnesota Twins questions from the Tuesday Taproom Tour audience at Able Seedhouse + Brewing.  

Sep 06, 2018
Episode 387: The Byron Buxton Blues
01:35:59

Aaron and John talk about the Twins' decision not to make Byron Buxton a September call-up and what it means for his future, plus the pros and cons of "The Opener" strategy, trading Bobby Wilson for Chris Gimenez, Jorge Polanco's declining defense, Jake Cave forcing the issue, and mailbag questions from listeners. Sponsored by Harry's Razors, Pick and Shovel Wear and Bye, Goff & Rohde

Sep 02, 2018
Episode 386: Summer Breeze
01:37:39

Aaron and John talk about their night at Target Field with Twins GM Thad Levine and 150 friends, Joe Mauer's latest milestone and 2019 outlook, a too-early glance at the upcoming free agent market, Eddie Rosario's ups and downs, Stephen Gonsalves' rough first taste of the majors, Jake Cave's growing fan club, and mailbag questions from listeners. Sponsored by Rotowire, Seatgeek and Bye, Goff & Rohde.

Aug 26, 2018
Episode 385: Santana Out, Gonsalves In
01:42:16

Aaron and John talk about the end of Ervin Santana's Twins career, the beginning of Stephen Gonsalves career, Miguel Sano continuing to look good, Tyler Austin and Joe Mauer hitting homers, breaking down the possible payroll plans for 2019, and celebrating seven years of podcasting. Sponsored by Sota Stick, RxBar, Rotowire, Away Travel, and Bye, Goff and Rohde

Aug 19, 2018
Episode 384: The Experience Shoots Its Last Arrow
01:41:01

Aaron and John talk about the Twins trading Fernando Rodney, Logan Morrison's season mercifully coming to an end, Kohl Stewart's surprising call-up and MLB debut, Tyler Austin getting his big chance, Ervin Santana's bad pitching and headline-grabbing quotes, and the upcoming event at Target Field with general manager Thad Levine. Sponsored by Simple Contacts, Casper Mattresses and Bye, Goff & Rohde.

Aug 12, 2018