A lifelong Twins fan, CJ Baumgartner covers the Twins for Zone Coverage. Born and raised in Bertha, Minn., CJ also hosts the Minnesota Sports Podcast and local high school play-by-play. CJ’s best memories as a Twins fan include watching Torii Hunter, Joe Mauer, and Justin Morneau in their primes, Game 163, the entire 2019 season, and telling himself every year that this season the Twins will finally win it all.
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Did the Twins Buy High On Jorge Lopez?
By CJ Baumgartner - Jun 7, 2023
The Minnesota Twins were looking to bolster their bullpen at last year’s trade deadline. It had become a unit that was required to pitch more innings than […]
Willi Castro Is Having A Rob Refsnyder Moment
By CJ Baumgartner - May 31, 2023
The Minnesota Twins signed veteran utility man Willi Castro to a minor league contract in late December. Bringing in a veteran who can play multiple positions allowed […]
The Twins Offense Is Broken
By CJ Baumgartner - May 25, 2023
Minnesota Twins fans have been wondering for nearly two decades what it would cost to get consistently good starting pitching on their team. Turns out, all it […]
Trust Carlos Correa’s Process
By CJ Baumgartner - May 17, 2023
It’s never a great look when fans start booing the biggest free agent signing in franchise history. That’s especially true a month and a half into a […]
Is It Time To Pull The Trigger On Brooks Lee?
By CJ Baumgartner - May 10, 2023
The Minnesota Twins’ offense has been going through a rough slump. Since May 1, the team has produced a .523 OPS, 50 wRC+, and a league-leading 26.8 […]
Will Ober Or Varland Make A Bigger Impact This Season?
By CJ Baumgartner - May 3, 2023
The Minnesota Twins’ starting pitching depth looked like their biggest strength heading into the season. Pablo López, Sonny Gray, Joe Ryan, Tyler Mahle, and Kenta Maeda rounded […]
Sonny Gray Is the Veteran Pitcher Minnesota Has Been Waiting For
By CJ Baumgartner - Apr 26, 2023
Less than a month before the 2022 season, the Minnesota Twins made a bold move to solidify their pitching staff. They traded pitching prospect Chase Petty to […]
How Much Longer Will Max Kepler Be A Full-Time Starter?
By CJ Baumgartner - Apr 19, 2023
There might not have been a more popular Minnesota Twins player after the 2019 season than Max Kepler. Since making his debut in 2016, the German-born outfielder […]
It Was the Perfect Time For Ed Julien To Make His Debut
By CJ Baumgartner - Apr 12, 2023
There were no massive surprises when the Minnesota Twins broke camp to begin the regular season last month. On top of that, the Twins didn’t include any […]
Gallo Has Become the Slugger Sano Could Have Been
By CJ Baumgartner - Apr 5, 2023
It already looks like Joey Gallo is experiencing bounce-back success this year. Concerns began initially after an 0-7 start to the season in his first two games. […]
What “Ifs” Do the Twins Need To Overcome To Compete?
By CJ Baumgartner - Mar 30, 2023
Opening Day is upon us. Teams and fans have moved beyond the joy and optimism of Spring Training turns to the regular season. Those good vibes are […]
Jorge Alcala Is the Wild Card In Minnesota’s Bullpen
By CJ Baumgartner - Mar 22, 2023
Many players are coming back from injuries, and physical rehabilitation was a big talking point at the beginning of Spring Training for the Minnesota Twins. Byron Buxton, […]