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Tom Schreier is the proprietor of ZoneCoverage.com and previously wrote about Minnesota sports for Bleacher Report and Yahoo! Sports before joining 105 The Ticket in 2014. Follow Tom on Twitter @tschreier3.

Midwest Swing: John Perrotto

This week our friend John Perrotto (@JPerrotto) joins us on Midwest Swing to discuss the World Series, new jobs, and new coaches!   In Today's Episode ...

Midwest Swing: Kimball Crossley

This week our friend Kimball Crossley (@crossleykimball) is back on Midwest Swing! He joins us to discuss the ALCS, if the Twins will stay...

After “Choppy” Preseason, Timberwolves Enter Regular Season with Lingering Uncertainty Around...

Jimmy Butler was back at practice on Sunday, but he has not committed to playing Wednesday against the San Antonio Spurs. “Man, to be honest I don’t even know if I’ll be breathing tomorrow,” he said, avoiding the question. He is focused on getting in shape, reconnecting with teammates and, well, whether the Minnesota Timberwolves will honor his trade demand. “Why are you all so focused on this trading stuff? We got a game in what, three days?” he asked. Told that the questioning would end if he answered whether or not he’d play on Wednesday, he said, “Tell me your social security number. There are things you don’t want to say.” It’s more complicated than if he’s ready to play or not, of course. He wants out, but the Wolves are a better team with him than without him, and he’s contractually obligated to practice with them as long […]

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Midwest Swing: Jerry Crasnick

This week former ESPN baseball writer Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) joins us to discuss his World Series predictions, Brian Dozier's future, and Paul Molitor's future!   In...

The Minnesota Twins are Derek Falvey and Thad Levine’s Team Now

When Derek Falvey and Thad Levine were hired by the Minnesota Twins, they indicated that they were going to take a year to audit the team. They took the job knowing that Paul Molitor would remain as the manager, and that Joe Mauer was still under contract. They did not overhaul the organization, despite the fact that the 2015 team lost 100 games for the first time since 1982 — the Twins first year in the Metrodome. On Tuesday Falvey and Levine fired Molitor, a Hall of Famer from St. Paul who spent his final playing years with the Twins. Later that day the team announced that they had fired the strength and conditioning coordinator, Perry Castellano, and his assistant, Erik Beiser, as well as seven minor league coaches or trainers. Mauer, who donned his catching gear for the first time since 2013 in the final game of the season, […]

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Even with Potential Changes in the Offseason, These Players Should be...

Joe Mauer’s potential retirement at the end of the season has captivated the attention of anyone who is still following the Minnesota Twins as this disappointing season comes to a close. But more changes could be coming in the offseason. Paul Molitor has said he wants to return as manager next year, but he could be removed if Derek Falvey and Thad Levine want their own guy. And even if he is the manager next season, he could see changes to his coaching staff. Chris Gimenez could retire and be on a coaching staff next year. Kohl Stewart and Stephen Gonsalves will likely enter Spring Training fighting for a spot in the rotation, and there are no guarantees that Trevor Hildenberger, Taylor Rogers or Trevor May will be the closer on opening day next year. “I can’t project that,” said Molitor when asked about the closer role. “I don’t know […]

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MWS: Twins Third Base Coach Gene Glynn

Minnesota Twins third base coach Gene Glynn talks to Mike Berardino about growing up as a three-sport athlete in Waseca, his influences throughout his...

Tigers’ Four-Run Eighth Spoils Milestone Day for Mauer, Six Scoreless for...

The Minnesota Twins seemed destined for a storybook win on a cold and dreary late September night. Joe Mauer roped a single into left field with his signature inside-out swing, reaching base for the 3,073rd time his career, passing Harmon Killebrew for most in Twins history. “Moli had a nice little thing here after [the game],” said Mauer. “You mention Harmon and you mention Kirby [Puckett] and mention Tony [Oliva] and some of the other greats, to be up there with them is very special and humbling. It kind of really didn’t hit me until the second half. It was a nice moment.” Jorge Polanco drove him in with a double after Mauer advanced on a wild pitch, and Kohl Stewart entered the second inning as the primary pitcher and left the game after six scoreless with Minnesota up, 1-0. Then the Detroit Tigers pounced in the eighth, scoring four […]

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Minnesota Twins Wrap Up Disappointing Season, Turbulent September with Final Homestand

Miguel Sano is day-to-day with a leg bruise. Byron Buxton didn’t get called up. Joe Mauer might retire at the end of the year. Eddie Rosario is out with a quadriceps injury. Mitch Garver suffered a concussion. September has been trying for a Minnesota Twins team looking to build hope for 2019. “You gotta be a little bit cautious about over-evaluating things in a short stretch, especially at the end of the year,” said Molitor. “I’d much rather be not having all these people get opportunities and have a set lineup getting ready for a playoff game, but that’s the way it’s gone.” While they will finish the year with a losing record after qualifying for a one-game Wild Card elimination game last season, September can be a time to showcase players that are part of the future. “I don’t if we’ve learned enough, there’s always more to learn,” said […]

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Tom Thibodeau on the Jimmy Butler Situation: “Conflict in the NBA...

We’ve seen a few different sides of Tom Thibodeau in his short tenure with the Minnesota Timberwolves. We saw that signature smirk and radiant confidence in his introductory press conference. We saw him screaming and waving his hands as he navigated the sidelines for two seasons. We saw uncharacteristic, unbridled excitement when he sat next to Jimmy Butler at the Mall of America days after he arrived via a draft-day trade that appeared to be a heist at the time. On Monday, at a media day focused on Butler’s trade request after one season with the team, Thibodeau looked gaunt. His star player, who Thibodeau helped turn into a star in Chicago, had summoned him to his house in Los Angeles to tell him that he wanted out. The news made the ESPN chyron and was discussed endlessly by NBA pundits around the nation. Sure, some of Thibodeau’s former stars […]

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