November 29, 2011

Got a question, comment, or topic idea for this week’s podcast?

Last month's mailbag episode of "Gleeman and The Geek" worked so well for the podcast that we're doing it again, so John Bonnes and I are soliciting questions, comments, and topic ideas from the audience. If there's something you'd like to hear us read, answer, discuss, or argue about on tonight's show you can send it to me/us via the comments section, e-mail, or Twitter. And they don't all have to be Twins-related. In fact, non-Twins stuff is definitely encouraged.

  • Podcast topic:

    What are your favorite or “go to” advance metrics when evaluating players? WAR? If so, which version?

    What resource would you recommend as a place to start to people for someone who really wants to completely delve into the advanced metrics world?

  • Mike Fast is doing a ton of work on advanced catcher metrics.

    In light of these – if either of you have seen them – would you re-think signing Doumit in favor of say, Jose Molina, who profiles as the best defensive catcher in the game as far as framing pitches?

    After all, with a staff that pounds the strike zone but doesn’t get the K’s, framing pitches could loom really large.

  • svartsven

    Worst Twins players of all time.

    Also, you should consider having a weekly award for the dumbest blog comment of the week.

  • The rule 5 draft is December 8. I’m thinking the Twins can easily make room on the bench. Who should they pick in the Rule 5 draft?

  • Bearsketball

    You guys have any favorite sabermetric-type NFL sites?

  • What would the reds likely ask for in return for Cueto and Hanigan? Krivsky probably knows.

  • Should the Twins be forced, on principle, to draft a catcher with whatever pick they get when (please, when!) Matt Capps signs elsewhere?

    Do you guys find it odd that the payroll might be around $100 million given that in 2013 when several (potentially) players like Parmelee, Benson, Tosoni, Herrmann, Dozier, Gutierrez, Guerra, and Hendriks are going to be up and playing for <$500K?

    Why do you guys never sound like you have actually been drinking?

  • tborg

    Does Geek sing the lyrics for the theme song? If I imagined him singing, that’s what it would sound like…

  • BroadwayEvans

    I like to put thing in gambling terms (theoretical of course). There is still a ton of time for off-season activities of course, but I am guessing the Twins over/under wins line to start at about 76.5 if things shape out the way I expect them to go. Would you take the over or under assuming a 76.5 win over/under on the Twins next year if you had to decide today? Also, you can comment on how ridiculous or accurate you think my win line of 76.5 may be at this time.

  • JB (the original)

    If Mauer goes off for 25 HR’s this year(snicker, snicker) is he still unmoveable (for a “fair” return)?

  • JB (the original)
  • Perry from Michigan

    How about Wandy Rodriguez for the rotation? He is being shopped again.

  • Jeff

    First question: Do GM’s ever consider the fan’s reactions to a signing? For instance, let’s say Ryan thinks Capps should be signed to be our closer based on his analysis ( I think Capps last year was the closest thing I’ve seen to Ron Davis, so I would not agree at all) But let’s say the fans would widely disapprove. Does that play a part in the decision in reality?

    Second question: Do you find yourselves self-editing in when delivering some harsh words about the organization. Afraid to burn bridges, or are you free to call it like you see it?

  • David

    How many people will actually show up to Twins games at Target Field this year?

  • TMW

    If the Twins are the team that get Broxton that makes TR 3 for 3 for guys near the top of your lists at MI, Backup C, and RP. If that happens are you going to start to get suspicious that TR is using your ‘Offseason on a budget’ pieces and getting advanced-metric analysis for free?

  • mike wants wins

    Do you think this team is likely to compete for a playoff spot next year?

    Given Span’s injury history, what would it take on the your side (as the Twins) to deal him?

    Is Ben Revere a legit starting MLB player, in the next three years?

    How much do you think a manager really matters?

  • TMW

    Yeah, nevermind. Broxton went to KC.

  • pigpoint

    Reports surfaced earlier that Terry Ryan was not open to trading Revere or Span to the Nationals. Any lead on why not?

  • Craig H

    Give a “win-win” trade proposal you would make to another GM if you were the Twins GM. (Make it a weekly feature.)

  • spoof bonser

    Does Luke Hughes have enough skill and upside to potentially replace Valencia in an everyday role at 3rd?

  • Jon

    What does the future hold for Kevin Slowey? Do they try to trade him for bullpen help, or do they go Glen Perkins on him and get over the bitter feelings?

  • Matt

    Kevin Slowey – disappointment or huge disappointment? What happened between AAA and the majors that he forgot how to get outs? Was he just never as good as his minor league numbers would indicate?

  • Lenny

    Why does the Geek always argue points with you that make no sense, example platooning?? He always is looking at what he would do as the Twins where you look at what the Twins will actually do based on the history of their moves.

  • Where is your favorite spot to grab a great cheeseburger?

  • mike wants wins

    Will you ever do a “live” G&G?

  • Columbo

    I see with the Twins early moves they still lack a right handed power bat(or two). As I see it, with the current roster the Twins will have a difficult time against LHP. On that note, how do you see the Twins addressing this need?

  • ben v

    If the season started today, how do you see the Twins lineup shaping up? How should it be and how will it be?

    Also, any chance the Twins give guys like Parmelee and Benson a fair shot at making the team out of spring training?


  • Algonad

    Now that Mix Fusion Bistro has closed, what is the next restaurant in the southwest suburbs that Gleeman will endorse? I loved Mix but only made it once.

    Is there any chance that a platoon of Doumit and Plouffe in right field can replace Cuddyer’s production?

    The Twins mentioned awhile back that they are employing a statistical analyst. Does anyone know the name of that person? Is there any chance you could interview him/her?

  • Nate

    Just saw OF Yoenis Cespedes linked to the Twins. Is he a fit and worth the Twins pursuing?

  • mike wants wins

    Are there any Vikings/Wolves/Wild/Gohpers blogs like your blogs you’d recommend?

  • Will

    Miguel Jean Sano, Eddie Rosario, Joe Benson, and Aaron Hicks, please. Especially Rosario.

  • Mark

    In what other city could a team fire its GM and the local media be totally clueless?

    That was total fail by the local media.

  • According to the stats at Baseball Prospectus, the Twins had the lowest defensive efficiency in the league. The park adjusted version (PADE) was by far the worst. Does the front office or manager realize the team plays terrible defense? Do you think they’ll do anything about it?

  • Jeff in Wisconsin

    Twins 2012 season True or false

    Will lose more then 90 games?
    The Closer will be a in house candidate?
    The 1st baseman in June will be Justin Morneau?
    Joe Mauer catches 82 or more games?
    Scott Baker throws at least 100 innings?
    Ben Revere steals 40 plus bases?
    Denard Span gets 250 plus at bats, for the Twins?
    Drew Butera is the everyday catcher for the Red Wings?
    Nishioka is the star utility player for the Red Wings?
    Trevor Plouffe hits 20 plus homers?
    G&G groupie count reaches 5?
    100 plus Beers consumed by Geek in 2012 during podcasts?
    Gleeman explores the reaches of the eastern suburbs for one podcast?
    Under 15 players called up from Rochester, pre Sept call ups?
    Position of greatest need in the organization, starting pitcher,relief pitcher, shortstop, catcher, or something else.

    Obligatory Mauer slam,

    I am watching League of their Own right now. Dottie Henson was a helluva catcher. Tall, Great arm, called a good game, durable, power, hits for average, works the count and looks good in a skirt. Reminds me of Mauer except for the parts about power and durable.

  • Darren in Hawaii

    Sounds like you guys have had a limited beer selection each week. I was wondering is that because you guys have certain types of beers you like or because the establishments you guys are at don’t have a lot of selection? Also suggestion give the beer of the week a little review each week.

  • Caleb B

    Hi Aaron,

    I found your blog a year or so ago and have enjoyed it. I am actually from Omaha, NE but am a Twins fan because my grandparents live in MN and I was actually staying with them at age 7 during the ’91 WS.

    I’ve been listening to your podcast now too and my opinion on the one or two-part is if they go over 1:15 or so you should break them up. I have to listen to your 90 minute ones in two sessions anyway.

    QUESTION FOR PODCAST (I don’t have Twitter…I know, so 2005 of me): What do you think of Brian Duensing’s future? Reliever or starter, etc?

    As you know, Duensing is from Omaha and played his college ball at Nebraska, and his college career has actually paralleled his majors career. From what I remember, he first flourished as a long reliever mostly on Sundays bailing out the always poor no.3 starters before being finally given a starting role when our ace went down and some success there. He then had TJ surgery and missed most of 2 yrs but then in ’05 started only part of the year as Joba Chamberlain was our ace. He actually wasn’t successful enough as a started and ended being a long reliever, a role in which he was very good. I guess I said all that to say that the major league Duensing repeated that cycle but without the injury. He initially had success as a starter but now struggled in 2011. I think he’ll be better as a reliever in the 6th/7th innings especially getting out lefties. Thoughts?

  • Matt G

    Who’s your favorite realistic available free agent for the Twins to sign?

  • Matt W.

    Aaron – you’ve talked about closers being developed, not born. With Liriano’s continued lack of consistency, is it worth giving him a shot at the closers role? His trade value is basically nothing, it’s hard to trust him in the rotation, why not give it a try?

  • Spoofbonser

    A barraro-like question from Caleb!

  • Al S

    Are Danny Valencia’s fielding and attitude issues fixable? How valuable is he at 3rd base?

  • I notice Eric Decker the former Gopher star, and former draftee of the Twins (did not sign) is now a STAR reciever for the Tebow lead Broncos in his rookie season (maybe 2nd year already?)

    Under the new CBA, do you envision more guys turning down baseball and giving it “a shot” in other sports? And why don’t the Twins give more money to a guy like Decker in a later round and Blake Dean a year or two ago in round 10 to convince them to sign? Is it now too late for that.?… (it was nice to get Malinowski signed)