Aaron Gleeman

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Aaron Gleeman is the poster boy for Twins Blogging, and sports blogging in general. Unable to find his way into Journalism school, he established his personal blog back when "blog" was a little known term.

He has become one of the most established names in sports blogging and is currently employed by NBC Sports. He still finds time to provide some of the best Twins content around on his site, despite his many other writing gigs.

Latest Content from Aaron Gleeman

Twins decline $3.6 million option on Jared Burton; bullpen overhaul next?
via Aaron Gleeman October 22, 2014 at 04:41 PM

Rather than keep right-hander Jared Burton around for next season at a cost of $3.6 million the Twins declined his 2015 option and paid him a $200,000 buyout, making the 33-year-old reliever a free agent. Burton was a great scrap-heap pickup for the Twins after his career was derailed by injuries with the Reds and […]

Gleeman and The Geek #167: Payroll and Terry Ryan Quotes
via Aaron Gleeman October 19, 2014 at 08:29 PM

This week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode was recorded at the brand new LynLake Brewery and topics included the Twins' lack of spending, Parker Hageman's lengthy interview with Terry Ryan, how Ron Gardenhire's exit probably happened, the value of outfield defense, fans going from frustrated to angry, playoff payrolls, imagining the Twins as the Vikings, […]

via Aaron Gleeman October 17, 2014 at 11:05 AM

• Approximately one million people sent me the New York Times' "brunch is for jerks" article, but here's the thing: Combining breakfast food and booze is undeniably great. End of story. • UFC announcer Mike Goldberg did play-by-play for the Vikings-Lions game and it was a mess, with botched names and confused calls throughout. Afterward […]

How much payroll space do the Twins have and will they actually spend it?
via Aaron Gleeman October 14, 2014 at 09:35 PM

In the Twins' second season at Target Field their payroll rose to a franchise-record $113 million, but that dropped to $100 million the next year and then dipped below $90 million in each of the past two seasons as general manager Terry Ryan declined to spend a significant portion of the ownership-approved budget. Here's what […]

Gleeman and The Geek #166: Over/Under at 612 Brew
via Aaron Gleeman October 13, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Topics for this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode included revisiting our preseason over/under predictions, marveling at the success of Ned Yost, talking beer with Robert Kasak at 612 Brew, the Twins actually bringing in some outside manager candidates, trying to remember the Twins' last playoff win, other teams wanting Ron Gardenhire, the J.J. Hardy […]

My hypothetical Twins MVP ballot
via Aaron Gleeman October 09, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Most Valuable Player of a 70-92 team isn't the most prestigious award, but within their struggles the Twins had plenty of good individual performances. Here's my attempt to rank them: • 1. Phil Hughes I've always found arguments against pitchers being MVPs lacking, because while they don't pitch every day their influence on the games […]

Gleeman and The Geek #165: Mike Berardino and Manager Searches
via Aaron Gleeman October 07, 2014 at 11:05 AM

On this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode we're joined by special guest Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press for beers at New Bohemia and topics included the Twins' manager search, expectations for the offseason, and eating a giant pretzel. Gleeman and The Geek: Episode 165 In addition to the direct download link […]

WAR in the Gardenhire Era
via Aaron Gleeman October 06, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Now that Ron Gardenhire's tenure as Twins manager is over, here are the team's Wins Above Replacement leaders during the 13-season Gardenhire era of 2002-2014: WAR Joe Mauer 46.3 Johan Santana 35.1 Justin Morneau 23.5 Torii Hunter 21.7 Joe Nathan 18.4 Denard Span 17.2 Scott Baker 16.0 Brad Radke 13.4 Michael Cuddyer 12.4 Corey Koskie […]

Gleeman and The Geek #164: Gardenhire’s Dismissal
via Aaron Gleeman October 01, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Following the news that the Twins fired Ron Gardenhire after 13 seasons as their manager we recorded an emergency second "Gleeman and The Geek" episode for this week, getting together for late-night breakfast and drinks at Mason's downtown. Gleeman and The Geek: Episode 164 In addition to the direct download link above you can also […]

Twins fire Ron Gardenhire after 13 seasons as manager
via Aaron Gleeman September 29, 2014 at 07:41 PM

Ron Gardenhire will not join Connie Mack and Tom Kelly as just the third manager in baseball history to keep his job following four consecutive 90-loss seasons, as the Twins fired him Monday after 13 seasons on the job and nearly three decades in the organization. In a rarity for a fired manager Gardenhire attended […]

Breaking: Twins fire Ron Gardenhire
via Aaron Gleeman September 29, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Ron Gardenhire has been fired by the Twins after 13 seasons as manager. I'll have more on this later, but for now you can read my article from last week about why keeping Gardenhire would have been extremely rare in the context of baseball history. And here's a brand new "Gleeman and The Geek" episode, […]

via Aaron Gleeman September 26, 2014 at 11:05 AM

• Yankees announcer Michael Kay gave me a little shoutout on YES Network during Derek Jeter's final home game Thursday night: And during the same game, on the Orioles' broadcast, they quoted me about J.J. Hardy's value. • In terms of trolling for truth, "Jay Z was better than Beyonce is" might be even more […]

Twins Notes: Hughes, Perkins, Vargas, Liriano, Worley, and Arcia
via Aaron Gleeman September 24, 2014 at 11:05 AM

• With one start remaining Phil Hughes has an incredible 181-to-16 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 202 innings. Not only is that by far the best strikeout-to-walk ratio in baseball this season, it's the best strikeout-to-walk ratio in baseball history among all pitchers with 150 or more innings: YEAR SO/BB PHIL HUGHES 2014 11.31 Bret Saberhagen 1994 […]

Who will the Twins purge from the 40-man roster this offseason?
via Aaron Gleeman September 21, 2014 at 11:59 PM

At the beginning of each offseason every team goes through the ritual housecleaning of shedding players from the 40-man roster to prepare for a winter of adding new players and protecting new prospects. As one of baseball's worst teams for a fourth straight year the Twins have no shortage of dead weight on the 40-man […]

via Aaron Gleeman September 19, 2014 at 11:05 AM

• Delmon Young is on a playoff team for the sixth straight season and he has a postseason motto: "Keep your booty loose." • Stoned Oven Gourmet Pizzas is a solid enough name, but given the product being offered I'd have probably gone with something simple like The Pizza Joint. • If you only read […]

Should the Twins fire Ron Gardenhire?
via Aaron Gleeman September 16, 2014 at 10:59 PM

I started writing about the Twins during Ron Gardenhire's rookie season as manager, 2002, and for that entire time some fans have called for him to be fired. Such is life as an MLB manager, but now that winning division titles on a regular basis has given way to losing 95 games per season on […]

Gleeman and The Geek #162: Beers With A Reporter, Starring Phil Miller
via Aaron Gleeman September 14, 2014 at 11:05 PM

On this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode we were joined by Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune and topics included Ron Gardenhire handling the losing, Trevor May's turnaround, Danny Santana's rookie season, whether the timetable for contention has been pushed back, Tommy Milone being damaged goods, the value of stealing bases beyond the […]

via Aaron Gleeman September 11, 2014 at 10:59 PM

• Every night at the Arby's in Uptown at least one doofus tries to use the drive-through on foot and I've never once thought "I bet that's a fugitive." • Can someone please tell Gwyneth Paltrow thanks but not thanks. We're all set. • Taylor Swift and Katy Perry are feuding over John Mayer, whose […]

Twins Notes: Santana, Escobar, St. Peter, Thorpe, Mauer, and May
via Aaron Gleeman September 10, 2014 at 11:05 AM

• Danny Santana picked a bad season to be a .320-hitting rookie center fielder, because White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu is hitting .317/.378/.590 with 33 homers and will run away with the Rookie of the Year award. However, assuming that he doesn't go into a prolonged slump down the stretch Santana's performance would be […]

Gleeman and The Geek #161: Back to the Bars and Tone Deaf
via Aaron Gleeman September 07, 2014 at 10:41 PM

Topics for this week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode included returning to podcast-only mode at Mason's Barre after another season on the radio, breaking down the September call-ups, whether the Twins "get it" or not, the bullpen implosion, brand surveys and Keith Olbermann, comparing the Twins to the United States Postal Service, how much to […]