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.


The biggest series of the year for the Twins, Byron Buxton's emergence (ep 129)

The Twins are right in the thick of things in the Wild Card race. Phil...The Twins are right in the thick of things in the Wild Card race. Phil Mackey and Derek Wetmore discuss Byron Buxton's emergence, whether or not it's for real this time. Plus, the imminent arrival of Glen Perkins after extensive rehab from shoulder surgery.

But first, a brief explanation of why we've been quieter in recent weeks.
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Past Episodes

The Twins are right in the thick of things in the American League Wild Card standings, despite selling off pieces at the MLB trade deadline. The 1500ESPN crew -- Phil Mackey, Judd Zulgad and Derek Wetmore -- discuss on Monday's show what needs to happen for the Twins to make the postseason. So far, it's mostly coming true, but will it last?

Plus, digging deeper on important contributors like Byron Buxton, Jose Berrios, and also taking calls from listeners to wrap up the show.
The Twins have started to make some changes behind the scenes, firing a handful of employees over the weekend. Do you think the changes lead to Paul Molitor being dismissed as the end of the season? Will Derek Falvey and Thad Levine find "their guy" and fire the manager they inherited?

Phil Mackey and Judd Zulgad ask Twins analyst Derek Wetmore these and other questions. What would you do this winter if the Twins don't make the postseason?
Part 2 of a two-part episode: Derek Wetmore and Phil Mackey stream live on MLB trade deadline day and discuss the Twins' trade of Brandon Kintzler to the Washington Nationals. Who is Tyler Watson and is he good at baseball?; Now that the Twins have waved the white flag, what else can we expect the rest of the season and into 2018?; Will the Twins contend in 2018?
Part 1 of a two-part episode: Derek Wetmore and Phil Mackey stream live during the lead-up to the July 31 trade deadline. Topics here include whether the Twins did well trading Jaime Garcia; Are the Pohlads still "cheap," or can we put that to bed?; Who is the Twins' closer now?; What's up with Brian Dozier's trade value these days?; Will Paul Molitor be back?
Multiple reports have surfaced saying the Minnesota Twins are taking offers for Ervin Santana, Jaime Garcia, Brandon Kintzler and Brian Dozier. Are the Twins overreacting to that Dodgers series? And if they do sell, what could they get in return for the aforementioned players? Derek Wetmore and Phil Mackey discuss in this trade deadline week edition of the Touch 'em All Podcast!
Phil Mackey and Derek Wetmore answer some hypothetical trade questions. Would you agree to send this specific package of prospects to the A's for 2 years and 2 months of Sonny Gray? Plenty of talk surrounding Jorge Polanco's big league future, Eddie Rosario, Stephen Gonsalves, Fernando Romero, Nick Gordon and more.

Even though you just traded for Jaime Garcia, would you still consider selling off pieces as the MLB trade deadline approaches? Under what circumstances?
Bartolo Colon starts Tuesday night for the Twins against the Yankees as the baseball world watches. What does this signing and start say about the current state of the Twins? Phil Mackey and Derek Wetmore from 1500ESPN in the Twin Cities discuss.
The Twins have apparently told other teams this year that they plan to be "measured buyers" at the non-waiver trade deadline.

Is that the right call? Phil Mackey and Derek Wetmore discuss their trade-deadline philosophies, and give a few names that the Twins should target in any deal.
The Twins are battling with the Indians and Royals in the American League Central; are they good enough to hang around with the other contenders? Derek Wetmore is in studio at 1500ESPN to address that question with Judd Zulgad and Matthew Coller. Plus, one theory about why the Twins should target some buy-low pitching -- and the big problem with pulling off that move. And why the Cubs-White Sox Jose Quintana trade should scare the Twins.

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