Touch Em' All

Touch Em' All is a weekly discussion about the Minnesota Twins, hosted by 1500 ESPN Twin Cities' Phil Mackey and Twins beat writer Derek Wetmore. On this show, you'll find a strong mix of analytics, bad analogies and pleading for robot umpires.


What would constitute a successful offseason for the Twins? (ep 149)

The biggest names on the free agent market are guys like Yu Darvish...The biggest names on the free agent market are guys like Yu Darvish and Jake Arrieta -- and the Twins say they're going to be in the running to sign those guys. Could they actually spend in the same arena with the big boys this winter? Will they?

Phil Mackey and Derek Wetmore discuss why the time is right to go for it if you're Minnesota, and also add some names to answer the question of what a successful offseason would look like.
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Past Episodes

The Twins have been tied to the very top names on the free agent market when it comes to pitching. Who's the best of the bunch? And will the Twins actually make a big-splash signing? Derek Wetmore joins Mackey & Judd on 1500ESPN to discuss.
Shohei Otani might be the most interesting man in the baseball world right now. The 23-year-old potential star from Japan throws 100+ mph on the mound, and he hits bombs at the plate -- and he could be available to MLB teams as early as this winter.

Do the Twins belong in that conversation?

Phil Mackey and Derek Wetmore discuss that possibility and the rumor shrouded in mystery that is the Shohei Otani sweepstakes.
With baseball free agency open for business, MLB Trade Rumors has speculated on a couple of free agents the Twins could sign. Derek Wetmore joins Phil Mackey and Judd Zulgad to discuss that, plus a new Twins bench coach, an old friend landing with the Tigers, and Paul Molitor's chances to win the American League Manager of the Year.
The Twins, believe it or not, do share some similarities with the Astros and Dodgers. Phil Mackey and Derek Wetmore get into the weeds recognizing the smart way in which the Astros were built, and how the Twins can follow a similar blueprint.
The Twins made the postseason this year, but it looks like they have a ways to go before being mentioned in the same conversation with World Series participants Astros and Dodgers.

Phil Mackey and Derek Wetmore discuss the similarities and differences between the Twins and the superpowers in MLB right now. Plus, the Gold Glove finalists are out and Joe Mauer got snubbed!
Garvin Alston is the next pitching coach for the Twins, replacing Neil Allen on Paul Molitor's staff.

Phil Mackey and Derek Wetmore discuss Minnesota's hire on this episode of the Touch 'Em All podcast. What do you know about him? How do you view the hire? Do you wish they nabbed a bigger name? Has Derek Falvey earned the benefit of the doubt?
The Twins are looking for a pitching coach, and there are several exerienced candidates that could make sense. Derek Wetmore is in studio with Mackey & Judd at 1500ESPN to discuss the Twins' search for a new pitching coach and coordinator, including a few of the names that have been floated, like Mike Maddux, Chris Bosio, Jim Hickey and others.
The Twins had an encouraging season and need to get better this winter if they want to compete with the best teams in baseball. Derek Wetmore and Phil Mackey kick around the idea of signing an elite closer like Wade Davis. Plus, how is the changing landscape of pitching staffs impacting how you think about those pitchers? Should they sign a starter? What are the other relievers you'd settle for? What about internal candidates? Any trade targets?

This is an episode focused on improving the Twins' bullpen so that the team can compete with the best teams in baseball.
The Twins made an unusual hire Tuesday when they plucked a Major League scout from an uncommon spot. Derek Wetmore joins Phil Mackey and Judd Zulgad on 1500ESPN to discuss why it's a smart decision for the Twins -- and why it's just one example in a bigger trend we're seeing around Major League Baseball.

Plus, Wetmore discusses one thing that absolutely should be high on the Twins' list of priorities this winter.

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