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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Comparing Buxton’s Hot Start to Mauer’s MVP Season
By CJ Baumgartner - May 4, 2021
Byron Buxton was recently named Player of the Month Award for April after the 27-year-old slashed .426/.466/.897 with eight home runs and 14 runs batted in while […]
There is Still a Path for the Twins to Win the AL Central
By CJ Baumgartner - Apr 27, 2021
The Minnesota Twins came into this season with high hopes. Not only is the team trying to defend two consecutive division titles, they’re also trying to get […]
What Alexander Colomé Needs to Do to Get Back on Track
By CJ Baumgartner - Apr 21, 2021
The Minnesota Twins spent most of their offseason loading up their bullpen after productive, high-leverage relievers like Trevor May, Sergio Romo, and Matt Wisler were let go […]
Can the Twins Afford to Keep Both Buxton and Berrios?
By CJ Baumgartner - Apr 13, 2021
Two of the most important players of the Minnesota Twins’ young core have played at the level that the front office and fans always dreamed of. Former […]
Is the Twins’ Defense a Liability When Buxton and Donaldson Are Out?
By CJ Baumgartner - Apr 6, 2021
The Minnesota Twins are off to a hot start, led by a potent offense that has produced 30 runs in their first four games. They’ve had solid […]
The Twins are Flexing Their Outfield Depth
By CJ Baumgartner - Mar 30, 2021
The Minnesota Twins have announced their 26-man Opening Day roster. The core is still intact, but a few surprises came with the team’s roster moves over the […]
Maeda and Berrios Are the Next Santana and Liriano
By CJ Baumgartner - Mar 23, 2021
When the Minnesota Twins take the field in Milwaukee on Opening Day, they will be led on the mound by Kenta Maeda, the 2020 Cy Young runner-up. […]
Luis Arraez Could Be the Odd Man Out On a Deep Twins Team
By CJ Baumgartner - Mar 16, 2021
What are the Minnesota Twins going to do with Luis Arraez? With his trademark headshakes and personality at the plate, the former starting second baseman has been […]
Will Jeffers Overtake Garver This Year?
By CJ Baumgartner - Mar 9, 2021
One position to monitor in Spring Training has to be catcher. The Minnesota Twins have an exciting situation behind the plate between incumbent Mitch Garver and prospect […]
All Eyes Are On Buxton and Donaldson’s Availability
By CJ Baumgartner - Mar 2, 2021
As Spring Training begins again in Fort Myers, the lineup is once again filled with impact hitters like Miguel Sano, Nelson Cruz, and Max Kepler. But two […]
What Happens If Nelson Cruz’s Play Drops Off This Year?
By CJ Baumgartner - Feb 24, 2021
Two weeks ago, news broke that slugger Nelson Cruz was returning to the Minnesota Twins on a one-year, $13 million deal after a staring contest that lasted […]