April 14, 2014

Gleeman and The Geek #141: Mauer, ACLs, Outfield Injuries, and Babygirls

Topics for this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode included being kicked off radio, heading back to Mason's, everyone going Joe Mauer crazy, torn ACLs, Josh Willingham and Oswaldo Arcia getting hurt, trading for Eduardo Nunez, the pros and cons of calling someone "babygirl," Brian Dozier's power, hockey riots, Jason Kubel turning back time, not keeping Byron Buxton safe, Uber vs. taxis, and special guests David Brauer, Renee, Lou, Lucas, and Tanya.

Gleeman and The Geek: Episode 141

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April 8, 2014

Twins acquire Eduardo Nunez from Yankees for Miguel Sulbaran

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Just a few years ago a not-insignificant number of people in New York talked up Eduardo Nunez as the Yankees' heir apparent to Derek Jeter at shortstop, but that was always pretty far-fetched and now that Jeter is actually ready to retire it looks downright delusional. Nunez's stock dropped so much that last week the Yankees designated him for assignment to clear a 40-man roster spot and yesterday the Twins acquired him for their No. 28 prospect, Miguel Sulbaran.

Nunez proved to be a horrible defensive shortstop when filling in for Jeter, making 30 errors in 1,150 innings (including 124 starts) at the position while Ultimate Zone Rating pegged him as an astounding 31 runs below average. New York also played him occasionally at third base, but his glove rated nearly as poorly there and as a career .267/.313/.379 hitter with even worse numbers at Triple-A his bat is hardly good enough to be an asset at a corner spot.

So what exactly do the Twins want with Nunez? Well, for one thing the price was right. Sulbaran isn't totally without upside, but he's also a Single-A pitcher they acquired from the Dodgers nine months ago in exchange for Drew Butera. Beyond that Nunez is still relatively young at 26 and under team control through 2017, so while he's really only a "middle infielder" like I'm a "radio broadcaster" there's some chance he could be not-horrible at second base or third base.

Mostly, though, the Twins' infield depth is so lacking and the MLB-wide standard for a serviceable backup infielder is so low that it wouldn't take much for Nunez to capably fill the role. He also has a minor-league option remaining, which means for now the Twins can stash him at Triple-A while deciding if they'd rather have Nunez on the roster than, say, the hollowed out remains of Jason Bartlett's skill set.

Nunez isn't a player I'd have given up anything to acquire--can't hit, can't field, and base-stealing isn't worth much on its own--but in general the Twins should be looking to add infield depth and clearly they think his speed and athleticism can still translate into something useful. If the Twins think Nunez represents a viable alternative to Pedro Florimon at shortstop they're likely to be disappointed upon closer inspection, but searching for a viable alternative is a good idea.


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April 7, 2014

Gleeman and The Geek #140: Opening Week and Radio Return

"Gleeman and The Geek" returns to the radio for a third season on KFAN 100.3-FM and topics for this week's episode included the Twins' opening week surprises, Ron Gardenhire's milestone win and place in history, Chris Colabello's great story and big opportunity, choosing Derek Jeter's career, Twitter slap fights, trading producers, the changing bullpen roles, college tours, and The Church Of Mase.

Gleeman and The Geek: Episode 140

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My view during the podcast-only portion of the show:

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Our new producer, Kate Butler, attempting to teach John Bonnes how things work in radio:

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April 3, 2014

At least Aaron Hicks is off to a good start

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I've been slacking on the blogging front recently due to a focus on the podcast and various other stuff, but my plan is to get back into a near-daily Twins writing groove again now that the season has started. With that said, I'd like them to actually win a game first or at least not lose a game in stomach-churning fashion. Until that happens, some tiny reason for optimism:

Aaron Hicks after two games this season: 4-for-7.

Aaron Hicks after 16 games last season: 4-for-55.

He's still very young and still very talented, and boy would it be nice to see Hicks have a big bounceback season.


If you haven't yet, check out this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode for our official preview of the Twins' season. Starting this weekend the show returns to KFAN-100.3 on Sunday afternoon, so you can listen to us live on the radio, stream us live on KFAN.com, or continue downloading us via podcast.

March 31, 2014

Gleeman and The Geek #139: Baseball Is Back!

Topics for this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode included reviewing the Twins' Opening Day roster, going back on KFAN, Scott Diamond and Chris Parmelee passing through waivers, Old Man Gleeman hurting his knee, Byron Buxton's injury, selling Vance Worley, jumping into the Tinder pool, Jason Bartlett's "super" role, losing Alex Presley, over/under predictions for Twins position players, finally getting an iPhone, and podcasting from Freehouse.

Gleeman and The Geek: Episode 139

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My view as the podcast started:

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Oysters and French toast:

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Cheese curds, roto chicken, and chocolate cake:

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My struggle:

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