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Twins beat writers La Velle E. Neal III and Phil Miller join Michael Rand every week to turn the marathon of a baseball season into a series of short sprints. The Twins are worth talking about, and we hope you'll listen.

EPISODE 19
November 7, 2016
New Minnesota Twins Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey, left, and Sen...

Listen: Now that Derek Falvey is here, he has a lot of work to do

Michael Rand and Phil Miller break down Monday's news conference in which the Twins introduced new baseball boss Derek Falvey and general manager Thad Levine. What impression did they make and what are some of the biggest items on their to-do list?
EPISODE 18
September 15, 2016

Listen: Going inside the Twins' search for new baseball executives

Phil Miller and Michael Rand examine the names linked to the Twins so far in their search to reshape their front office and also wonder how ownership is impacting the search.
EPISODE 17
August 25, 2016
Minnesota Twins pitcher Jose Berrios throws against the Houston Astros...

Listen: Twins sink to familiar depths with recent pitching woes

Open: The Twins have the worst starters' ERA (again) in MLB; 13:00: Why is Hector Santiago messing with a good thing? 23:00 The Twins' reluctance to pay for an ace has hurt. 34:00 Brian Dozier has been awesome.
EPISODE 16
August 12, 2016

Listen: As Buxton's struggles mount, Twins' GM search quietly heats up

Open: What's gotten into the red-hot Twins? 9:00: Sano and the threat of demotion. 18:00: How worried are we about Buxton? 31:00: Jorge Polanco's future. 41:00: Permanent GM named within a month?
EPISODE 15
August 2, 2016

Listen: Twins' trades and Max Kepler's home run binge

Michael Rand and La Velle E. Neal III analyze how the Twins did at the trade deadline and discuss German sensation Max Kepler's surge.
EPISODE 14
July 21, 2016

Listen: Total System Overhaul -- remaking the Twins after the firing of Terry Ryan

Twins beat writer Phil Miller joins Michael Rand to discuss the firing of GM Terry Ryan and where the Twins go from here.
EPISODE 13
July 14, 2016

Listen: Twins in the second half -- trades and prospects to watch

Michael Rand and Phil Miller take a look at what the Twins can accomplish after the All-Star break after a dreadful start to the year.
EPISODE 12
June 29, 2016

Listen: One month from trade deadline, which Twins will be dealt?

Michael Rand and Phil Miller break down which players could be traded by the Twins in the next month.
EPISODE 11
June 15, 2016
Minnesota Twins pitcher Ervin Santana throws against the Miami Marlins...

Listen: Starting pitchers Twins were counting on have been a major problem

Michael Rand and La Velle E. Neal III break down the Twins' dreadful pitching and try to determine Ichiro Suzuki's place in history.
EPISODE 10
June 7, 2016
Byron Buxton celebrated after scoring the game-winning run on a hit by...

Listen: Byron Buxton is hot now, but we probably won't see his potential realized until 2018

Michael Rand and Phil Miller discuss the 1,000 at-bat threshold often needed for a Major League hitter to have success
EPISODE 9
May 26, 2016
Minnesota Twins' Danny Santana can't get to a double hit by Cleveland...

Listen: Total system failure – a piece-by-piece breakdown of the Twins' woes

Michael Rand and La Velle E. Neal III dissect each area in which the Twins have struggled this season.
EPISODE 8
May 12, 2016
Minnesota Twins center fielder Byron Buxton bats in the seventh inning...

Listen: The Twins are bad — should they turn the lineup over to the kids?

In the latest Twins Insider podcast, Phil Miller and Michael Rand take a look at the woeful 8-25 Twins and examine this question: Is it time to go with a full-scale youth movement?
EPISODE 7
May 4, 2016
Minnesota Twins pitcher Glen Perkins reacts after giving up a two-run...

Listen: A blueprint gone terribly wrong for the Twins

La Velle E. Neal and Michael Rand break down all that went wrong for the Twins in the first month of the season.
EPISODE 6
April 22, 2016
Minnesota Twins right fielder Miguel Sano attempted to field the ball...

Listen: Twins rewarded for not panicking after 0-9 start

Michael Rand and Phil Miller finally get to talk about some victories on this week's Twins Insider podcast.
EPISODE 5
April 14, 2016
Minnesota Twins Trevor Plouffe rests his head on his hands in the fina...

Listen: Breaking down everything that has gone wrong for the winless Twins

Michael Rand and La Velle E. Neal III sift through the wreckage of the Twins' 0-7 start.
EPISODE 4
April 4, 2016

Listen: #StribHQ season preview replay with Jack Morris, others

An all-star cast of Twins experts marks opening day. Former Twins pitching ace Jack Morris and Twins president Dave St. Peter are joined by columnist Patrick Reusse, MLB beat writer La Velle E. Neal III and digital sports writer Michael Rand.
EPISODE 3
March 31, 2016
Minnesota Twins' Ricky Nolasco, center, laughs as he talks with Eddie...

Listen: Nolasco over Duffey among roster surprises

Michael Rand and Twins beat writer Phil Miller break down the 25-man roster heading into the regular-season on a new episode of Twins Insider.
EPISODE 2
March 17, 2016
Minnesota Twins' Byung Ho Park, center, of South Korea, high-fives tea...

Listen: Is Byung Ho Park for real, and can Miguel Sano field?

Michael Rand and Twins beat writer Phil Miller assess roster battles and the emergence of Byung Ho Park at the midpoint of spring training on the Twins Insider podcast.
EPISODE 1
March 10, 2016
Minnesota Twins Glen Perkins.

Listen: Twins have spring training questions, new Twins Insider Podcast has answers

In our very first Twins Insider podcast, beat writer La Velle E. Neal III joins Michael Rand for an early look at how the Twins are shaping up in spring training as they prepare for 2016.