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Midwest Swing takes a look at baseball from a flyover country perspective with Brandon Warne, Zone Coverage's Baseball expert.
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Apr 17, 2019

Fantasy MLB & NFL Analyst Derek Carty (@DerekCarty) joins the show to talk about his life in baseball, how he got into the world of Fantasy Baseball, and his projection system THE BAT! Brandon and Tom recap the Twins issues over the last few games.

 

In This Episode:

  • Twins pitching struggles [3:00]
  • Derek Carty calls in! [13:00]

 

Midwest Swing is a weekly podcast where Host Brandon Warne interviews experts, coaches, and players around the league on the state of the Minnesota Twins, The Major and Minor Leagues, and the latest MLB news.

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Brandon Warne (@Brandon_Warne) is a Zone Coverage utility writer and our Minnesota Twins beat writer

Tom Schreier (@tschreier3) is the proprietor of ZoneCoverage.com and previously wrote about Minnesota sports for Bleacher Report and Yahoo! Sports before joining 105 The Ticket in 2014.

Apr 10, 2019

Ryan Turnquist (@2__CANEZ) joins Brandon and Tom to continue the "Buy or Sell" discussion from last week, this time focusing on the Minnesota Twins after their 6-3 start. 

 

In This Episode:

  • The Twins are 6-3 through their first nine games [3:00]
  • Twins "Buy or Sell" [7:00]
  • Who signs Dallas Keuchel? [26:00]
  • New wins projection sits at 87 [32:00]
  • Rocco Baldelli's performance so far [41:00]

Midwest Swing is a weekly podcast where Host Brandon Warne interviews experts, coaches, and players around the league on the state of the Minnesota Twins, The Major and Minor Leagues, and the latest MLB news.

---

Brandon Warne (@Brandon_Warne) is a Zone Coverage utility writer and our Minnesota Twins beat writer

Tom Schreier (@tschreier3) is the proprietor of ZoneCoverage.com and previously wrote about Minnesota sports for Bleacher Report and Yahoo! Sports before joining 105 The Ticket in 2014.

Apr 4, 2019

Co-host of Fantasy Football Weekly on KFAN & host of Fanball Weekly on Sirius XM, Mat Harrison (@ExplosiveOutput), joins the show to talk about fantasy sports, predictions for the Twins season after their hot start, and a quick game of 'Buy or Sell.'

 

In This Episode:

  • Brandon & Mat's unlikely meeting [3:00]
  • Cy Amundson, host of ESPN's SportsCenter on Snapchat, puts Brandon on blast [7:30]
  • How many wins do the Twins finish with? [23:00]
  • Buy or Sell: Fast Starts & Slow Starts [36:00]

 

Midwest Swing is a weekly podcast where Host Brandon Warne interviews experts, coaches, and players around the league on the state of the Minnesota Twins, The Major and Minor Leagues, and the latest MLB news.

---

Brandon Warne (@Brandon_Warne) is a Zone Coverage utility writer and our Minnesota Twins beat writer

Tom Schreier (@tschreier3) is the proprietor of ZoneCoverage.com and previously wrote about Minnesota sports for Bleacher Report and Yahoo! Sports before joining 105 The Ticket in 2014.

Mar 28, 2019

The season has started! Baseball is here, and we are excited! How will this season turn out, are you happy with the starting roster, and how many games are you planning on attending?

 

In This Episode:

  • Who will fill Mauer's shoes in the clubhouse? [8:00]
  • Buxton is a game-changing player [17:00]
  • At age 25; will Buxton follow the path of Aaron Hicks? [22:00]
  • Max Kepler [23:00]
  • What questions do you need answered as the season starts?[47:00]

Midwest Swing is a weekly podcast where Host Brandon Warne interviews experts, coaches, and players around the league on the state of the Minnesota Twins, The Major and Minor Leagues, and the latest MLB news.

---

Brandon Warne (@Brandon_Warne) is a Zone Coverage utility writer and our Minnesota Twins beat writer

Tom Schreier (@tschreier3) is the proprietor of ZoneCoverage.com and previously wrote about Minnesota sports for Bleacher Report and Yahoo! Sports before joining 105 The Ticket in 2014.

Mar 27, 2019

Former New York Yankees 1st round pick Slade Heathcott (@heathcott_slade) joins the show to talk about his journey to the MLB, the up's and down's he experienced throughout his Major League career, as well as how he has been spending his time after his retirement!

 

In This Episode:

  • Slade Heathcott call in!

Midwest Swing is a weekly podcast where Host Brandon Warne interviews experts, coaches, and players around the league on the state of the Minnesota Twins, The Major and Minor Leagues, and the latest MLB news.

---

Brandon Warne (@Brandon_Warne) is a Zone Coverage utility writer and our Minnesota Twins beat writer

Tom Schreier (@tschreier3) is the proprietor of ZoneCoverage.com and previously wrote about Minnesota sports for Bleacher Report and Yahoo! Sports before joining 105 The Ticket in 2014.

Mar 22, 2019

Ryan Turnquist (@2__CANEZ) joins the show to talk a multitude of topics including, for some reason, Oswaldo Arcia, as well as Ichiro's final game, Mike Trout's record-setting extension, and the contracts signed by Goldschmidt, Harper, Arenado, and Snell!

 

In This Episode:

  • Where in the world is Oswaldo Arcia? [2:00]
  • Ichiro's final game [6:00]
  • Random Twitter Guy: mIKe tROuT IsN't wORth $36 mIlLioN pER YeAR! [15:00]
  • Nolan Arenado signs 8 Year / $260 Million deal [35:00]
  • Extensions/Signings around the league [42:00]
  • Predicting the Twin's future free agency decisions [49:00]

Midwest Swing is a weekly podcast where Host Brandon Warne interviews experts, coaches, and players around the league on the state of the Minnesota Twins, The Major and Minor Leagues, and the latest MLB news.

---

Brandon Warne (@Brandon_Warne) is a Zone Coverage utility writer and our Minnesota Twins beat writer

Tom Schreier (@tschreier3) is the proprietor of ZoneCoverage.com and previously wrote about Minnesota sports for Bleacher Report and Yahoo! Sports before joining 105 The Ticket in 2014.

Mar 13, 2019

Brandon returns from Fort Meyers to talk Twins' Spring Training recap, he tells us about his travels, and Brandon explains the Puckett/Hrbek theory.

 

In This Episode:

  • Spring Training recap
  • Martin Perez' starting game
  • Aaron Hicks got rushed into the Majors
  • How will Byron Buxton perform, returning after injury?
  • The Puckett/Hrbek theory [43:00]
  • Next Week Slade Heathcott

Midwest Swing is a weekly podcast where Host Brandon Warne interviews experts, coaches, and players around the league on the state of the Minnesota Twins, The Major and Minor Leagues, and the latest MLB news.

---

Brandon Warne (@Brandon_Warne) is a Zone Coverage utility writer and our Minnesota Twins beat writer

Tom Schreier (@tschreier3) is the proprietor of ZoneCoverage.com and previously wrote about Minnesota sports for Bleacher Report and Yahoo! Sports before joining 105 The Ticket in 2014.

Mar 6, 2019

Ryan Turnquist (@2__CANEZ) calls in to catch up on everything Minnesota Twins related, including the Marwin Gonzalez signing, Miguel Sano's' injury update, spring training so far, and we attempt to predict what the opening day roster will look like!

In This Episode:

  • Twins Sign Marwin Gonzalez
  • Miguel Sano Injury Update
  • Who makes the cut for the starting rotation? Bullpen?
  • Ottoneu Fantasy Baseball rosters!

Midwest Swing is a weekly podcast where Host Brandon Warne interviews experts, coaches, and players around the league on the state of the Minnesota Twins, The Major and Minor Leagues, and the latest MLB news.

---

Brandon Warne (@Brandon_Warne) is a Zone Coverage utility writer and our Minnesota Twins beat writer

Tom Schreier (@tschreier3) is the proprietor of ZoneCoverage.com and previously wrote about Minnesota sports for Bleacher Report and Yahoo! Sports before joining 105 The Ticket in 2014.

Mar 6, 2019

Josh Kusnick (@JoshuaKusnick) joins the program to discuss the state of baseball, including his clients, MLB labor relations and the stagnant free-agent market.

Kusnick represents MLB All-Star Jeremy Jeffress as well as a handful of minor leaguers, including Twins reliever Seth Pinkerton. He also represents former minor-league infielder Carlos Asuaje, who is now playing in Korea and has a YouTube series "Carlos in Korea."
 
Kusnick has also written for Baseball Prospectus and has a podcast of his own on NatsGM.com. 

Midwest Swing is a weekly podcast where Host Brandon Warne interviews experts, coaches, and players around the league on the state of the Minnesota Twins, The Major and Minor Leagues, and the latest MLB news.

---

Brandon Warne (@Brandon_Warne) is a Zone Coverage utility writer and our Minnesota Twins beat writer

Tom Schreier (@tschreier3) is the proprietor of ZoneCoverage.com and previously wrote about Minnesota sports for Bleacher Report and Yahoo! Sports before joining 105 The Ticket in 2014.

Feb 27, 2019

MLB All-Star & three-time Gold Glove winner Mike Cameron (@_darkman44) joins the show to talk about his sixteen-year career in the majors, some of his favorite memories from his playing days, what life after-baseball has been like, and what the future holds for him!

In This Episode:

  • Mike Cameron calls in! 

Midwest Swing is a weekly podcast where Host Brandon Warne interviews experts, coaches, and players around the league on the state of the Minnesota Twins, The Major and Minor Leagues, and the latest MLB news.

---

Brandon Warne (@Brandon_Warne) is a Zone Coverage utility writer and our Minnesota Twins beat writer

Tom Schreier (@tschreier3) is the proprietor of ZoneCoverage.com and previously wrote about Minnesota sports for Bleacher Report and Yahoo! Sports before joining 105 The Ticket in 2014.

Feb 22, 2019

Former 88 MPH Throwing Average Major Leaguer Glendon Rusch (@GlendonRusch) joins the show to talk about his twelve year journey through the major leagues, including his time with Kansas City, New York, Milwaukee, and Chicago!

In This Episode:

  • Glendon Rusch calls in! 

Midwest Swing is a weekly podcast where Host Brandon Warne interviews experts, coaches, and players around the league on the state of the Minnesota Twins, The Major and Minor Leagues, and the latest MLB news.

---

Brandon Warne (@Brandon_Warne) is a Zone Coverage utility writer and our Minnesota Twins beat writer

Tom Schreier (@tschreier3) is the proprietor of ZoneCoverage.com and previously wrote about Minnesota sports for Bleacher Report and Yahoo! Sports before joining 105 The Ticket in 2014.

Feb 15, 2019

Ryan Turnquist (@2__CANEZ) is back! We talk free agency and contracts, Kepler and Polanco, Liriano vs. Santana vs. Berrios,  

In This Episode:

 

Midwest Swing is a weekly podcast where Host Brandon Warne interviews experts, coaches, and players around the league on the state of the Minnesota Twins, The Major and Minor Leagues, and the latest MLB news.

---

Brandon Warne (@Brandon_Warne) is a Zone Coverage utility writer and our Minnesota Twins beat writer

Tom Schreier (@tschreier3) is the proprietor of ZoneCoverage.com and previously wrote about Minnesota sports for Bleacher Report and Yahoo! Sports before joining 105 The Ticket in 2014.

Feb 6, 2019

Former Minnesota Twins outfielder and USI Hall of Fame Inductee, Darin Mastroianni, joins the show to talk about his journey through college and being drafted by the Blue Jays, his fondest memories of the minor leagues, what it was like playing in Venezuela, his time spent in the majors and of course he answers some of Brandon's Twins-related questions! 

 

In This Episode:

  • Darin Mastroianni is in studio!

 

Midwest Swing is a weekly podcast where Host Brandon Warne interviews experts, coaches, and players around the league on the state of the Minnesota Twins, The Major and Minor Leagues, and the latest MLB news.

---

Brandon Warne (@Brandon_Warne) is a Zone Coverage utility writer and our Minnesota Twins beat writer

Mike Berardino (@MikeBerardino) is a Zone Coverage Minnesota Twins Contributing Writer. He has been covering the Twins since 2013 for The St. Paul Pioneer Press and Zone Coverage.

Tom Schreier (@tschreier3) is the proprietor of ZoneCoverage.com and previously wrote about Minnesota sports for Bleacher Report and Yahoo! Sports before joining 105 The Ticket in 2014.

Jan 30, 2019

Rangers Beat Writer and contributor to The Athletic-Dallas, Levi Weaver (@ThreeTwoEephus), joins the show and tells us about his music career, his transition into covering baseball, the mystery of Jeff Baker's sprained thumb, and what the Twins can expect from former Rangers pitcher Martín Pérez! Ryan Turnquist (@2__CANEZ) calls in to discuss the Minnesota Twins payroll and more prospect breakdown!

 

In This Episode:

 

Midwest Swing is a weekly podcast where Host Brandon Warne interviews experts, coaches, and players around the league on the state of the Minnesota Twins, The Major and Minor Leagues, and the latest MLB news.

---

Brandon Warne (@Brandon_Warne) is a Zone Coverage utility writer and our Minnesota Twins beat writer

Mike Berardino (@MikeBerardino) is a Zone Coverage Minnesota Twins Contributing Writer. He has been covering the Twins since 2013 for The St. Paul Pioneer Press and Zone Coverage.

Tom Schreier (@tschreier3) is the proprietor of ZoneCoverage.com and previously wrote about Minnesota sports for Bleacher Report and Yahoo! Sports before joining 105 The Ticket in 2014.

Jan 23, 2019

MLB free-agent lefty Eric O'Flaherty (@EOF34) calls in to talk about his journey from the draft to the Major League, his "Welcome to the MLB" moment, as well as fellow Walla Walla High School alumni Drew Bledsoe! Then Ryan Turnquist (@2__CANEZ) calls in to talk with Brandon about the Minnesota Twins top prospects!

 

In This Episode:

  • Eric O'Flaherty calls in! [3:30]
  • Ryan Turnquist calls in! [41:00]
  • MLB Top 100 Prospect lists are being released, how many Twins players made the cut? [45:00]
  • Ryan & Brandon each choose their Top Ten Twins prospects [55:00]

 

Midwest Swing is a weekly podcast where Host Brandon Warne interviews experts, coaches, and players around the league on the state of the Minnesota Twins, The Major and Minor Leagues, and the latest MLB news.

---

Brandon Warne (@Brandon_Warne) is a Zone Coverage utility writer and our Minnesota Twins beat writer

Mike Berardino (@MikeBerardino) is a Zone Coverage Minnesota Twins Contributing Writer. He has been covering the Twins since 2013 for The St. Paul Pioneer Press and Zone Coverage.

Tom Schreier (@tschreier3) is the proprietor of ZoneCoverage.com and previously wrote about Minnesota sports for Bleacher Report and Yahoo! Sports before joining 105 The Ticket in 2014.

Jan 18, 2019

Mike Berardino (@MikeBerardino) shares his MLB Hall of Fame ballot with us, breaks down his decision to include/exclude certain players, and discusses the voting and balloting process a little bit. Then Brandon and Mike discuss the "Twins Winter Meltdown" on Twitter.

 

In This Episode:

  • Mike discusses the MLB HOF ballot process [2:00]
  • Should changes be made to the voting process? [8:00]
  • Fringe players that didn't quite make the cut [12:00]
  • Mike Berardino's ballot [15:00]
  • "Twins Winter Meltdown" [33:00]

 

Midwest Swing is a weekly podcast where Host Brandon Warne interviews experts, coaches, and players around the league on the state of the Minnesota Twins, The Major and Minor Leagues, and the latest MLB news.

---

Brandon Warne (@Brandon_Warne) is a Zone Coverage utility writer and our Minnesota Twins beat writer

Mike Berardino (@MikeBerardino) is a Zone Coverage Minnesota Twins Contributing Writer. He has been covering the Twins since 2013 for The St. Paul Pioneer Press and Zone Coverage.

Tom Schreier (@tschreier3) is the proprietor of ZoneCoverage.com and previously wrote about Minnesota sports for Bleacher Report and Yahoo! Sports before joining 105 The Ticket in 2014.

Jan 16, 2019

On today's episode Phillies outfielder Lane Adams (@LA_Swiftness) calls in to talk about topics ranging from his ability on the basketball court to the downfall of the Minor League Playoffs, and Ryan Turnquist (@2__CANEZ) joins the first half of the show to talk with Brandon and Tom about the free agent signings from around the league!

 

In This Episode:

 

Midwest Swing is a weekly podcast where Host Mike Berardino interviews experts, coaches, and players around the league on the state of the Minnesota Twins, The Major and Minor Leagues, and the latest MLB news.

---

Brandon Warne (@Brandon_Warne) is a Zone Coverage utility writer and our Minnesota Twins beat writer

Mike Berardino (@MikeBerardino) is a Zone Coverage Minnesota Twins Contributing Writer. He has been covering the Twins since 2013 for The St. Paul Pioneer Press and Zone Coverage.

Tom Schreier (@tschreier3) is the proprietor of ZoneCoverage.com and previously wrote about Minnesota sports for Bleacher Report and Yahoo! Sports before joining 105 The Ticket in 2014.

Jan 9, 2019

We have another Locked On Twins reunion as Ryan Turnquist (@2__CANEZ) joins the show for the second week in a row! Brandon, Tom, and Ryan discuss Rocco Baldelli, the Twins plan for Joe Mauer's jersey retirement, and talk about the 2019 MLB season win totals for each team. 

 

In This Episode:

 

Midwest Swing is a weekly podcast where Host Mike Berardino interviews experts, coaches, and players around the league on the state of the Minnesota Twins, The Major and Minor Leagues, and the latest MLB news.

---

Brandon Warne (@Brandon_Warne) is a Zone Coverage utility writer and our Minnesota Twins beat writer

Mike Berardino (@MikeBerardino) is a Zone Coverage Minnesota Twins Contributing Writer. He has been covering the Twins since 2013 for The St. Paul Pioneer Press and Zone Coverage.

Tom Schreier (@tschreier3) is the proprietor of ZoneCoverage.com and previously wrote about Minnesota sports for Bleacher Report and Yahoo! Sports before joining 105 The Ticket in 2014.

Jan 4, 2019

We have a Locked On Twins reunion as Ryan Turnquist (@2__CANEZ) joins the show! Brandon, Tom, and Ryan discuss the Nelson Cruz signing and what it means for the rest of the roster/free agency, the Twins options in the bullpen, as well as how free agency has looked for the rest of the MLB!

 

In This Episode:

 

Midwest Swing is a weekly podcast where Host Mike Berardino interviews experts, coaches, and players around the league on the state of the Minnesota Twins, The Major and Minor Leagues, and the latest MLB news.

---

Brandon Warne (@Brandon_Warne) is a Zone Coverage utility writer and our Minnesota Twins beat writer

Mike Berardino (@MikeBerardino) is a Zone Coverage Minnesota Twins Contributing Writer. He has been covering the Twins since 2013 for The St. Paul Pioneer Press and Zone Coverage.

Tom Schreier (@tschreier3) is the proprietor of ZoneCoverage.com and previously wrote about Minnesota sports for Bleacher Report and Yahoo! Sports before joining 105 The Ticket in 2014.

Dec 20, 2018

Joe Trezza (@JoeTrezz) is the beat writer for the Baltimore Orioles on MLB.com and he is here to tell us how he got into his career, his time with the Cardinals, and how he thinks Brandon Hyde will do as the new Manager.

 

In This Episode:

  • His path in baseball [3:00]
  • Culture shock after moving to the Midwest [4:30]
  • The Cardinals organization. Joe gives credit from top to bottom [12:00]
  • How Joe will rise to the challenge of replacing Brittany Ghiroli as the Orioles Beat Writer [17:00]
  • New manager of the Orioles, Brandon Hyde! [21:00]

 

Midwest Swing is a weekly podcast where Host Mike Berardino interviews experts, coaches, and players around the league on the state of the Minnesota Twins, The Major and Minor Leagues, and the latest MLB news.

---

Brandon Warne (@Brandon_Warne) is a Zone Coverage utility writer and our Minnesota Twins beat writer

Mike Berardino (@MikeBerardino) is a Zone Coverage Minnesota Twins Contributing Writer. He has been covering the Twins since 2013 for The St. Paul Pioneer Press and Zone Coverage.

Tom Schreier (@tschreier3) is the proprietor of ZoneCoverage.com and previously wrote about Minnesota sports for Bleacher Report and Yahoo! Sports before joining 105 The Ticket in 2014.

Dec 11, 2018

John Becker is back to talk the Hall of Fame ballot and the second part of our Top 50 available Free Agents going into the 2019 season!

 

In This Episode:

 

Midwest Swing is a weekly podcast where Host Mike Berardino interviews experts, coaches, and players around the league on the state of the Minnesota Twins, The Major and Minor Leagues, and the latest MLB news.

---

Mike Berardino (@MikeBerardino) is a Zone Coverage Minnesota Twins Contributing Writer. He has been covering the Twins since 2013 for The St. Paul Pioneer Press and Zone Coverage.

Brandon Warne (@Brandon_Warne) is a Zone Coverage utility writer and our Minnesota Twins beat writer

Tom Schreier (@tschreier3) is the proprietor of ZoneCoverage.com and previously wrote about Minnesota sports for Bleacher Report and Yahoo! Sports before joining 105 The Ticket in 2014.

Dec 3, 2018

Garvin Alston joins us to talk his season with the Twins, the friendliness of the organization, and how impactful Jason Castro's season ending injury was to the whole team.

 

In Today's Episode

 

Midwest Swing is a weekly podcast where Host Mike Berardino interviews experts, coaches, and players around the league on the state of the Minnesota Twins, The Major and Minor Leagues, and the latest MLB news.

---

Mike Berardino (@MikeBerardino) is a Zone Coverage Minnesota Twins Contributing Writer. He has been covering the Twins since 2013 for The St. Paul Pioneer Press and Zone Coverage.

Brandon Warne (@Brandon_Warne) is a Zone Coverage utility writer and our Minnesota Twins beat writer

Tom Schreier (@tschreier3) is the proprietor of ZoneCoverage.com and previously wrote about Minnesota sports for Bleacher Report and Yahoo! Sports before joining 105 The Ticket in 2014.

Nov 28, 2018

This week we have Mike, Brandon, and Tom in studio! We talk new talent on the Twins, their remaining budget, and replacing Mauer.

 

In Today's Episode

 

Midwest Swing is a weekly podcast where Host Mike Berardino interviews experts, coaches, and players around the league on the state of the Minnesota Twins, The Major and Minor Leagues, and the latest MLB news.

---

Mike Berardino (@MikeBerardino) is a Zone Coverage Minnesota Twins Contributing Writer. He has been covering the Twins since 2013 for The St. Paul Pioneer Press and Zone Coverage.

Brandon Warne (@Brandon_Warne) is a Zone Coverage utility writer and our Minnesota Twins beat writer

Tom Schreier (@tschreier3) is the proprietor of ZoneCoverage.com and previously wrote about Minnesota sports for Bleacher Report and Yahoo! Sports before joining 105 The Ticket in 2014.

Nov 20, 2018

This week Jon Becker (@jonbecker_) joins us once again as we talk the Hall of Fame, Adrian Beltre retires, and we breakdown the Top 50 Free Agents around the league and predict where we think they'll end up.

 

In Today's Episode

 

Midwest Swing is a weekly podcast where Host Mike Berardino interviews experts, coaches, and players around the league on the state of the Minnesota Twins, The Major and Minor Leagues, and the latest MLB news.

---

Mike Berardino (@MikeBerardino) is a Zone Coverage Minnesota Twins Contributing Writer. He has been covering the Twins since 2013 for The St. Paul Pioneer Press and Zone Coverage.

Brandon Warne (@Brandon_Warne) is a Zone Coverage utility writer and our Minnesota Twins beat writer

Tom Schreier (@tschreier3) is the proprietor of ZoneCoverage.com and previously wrote about Minnesota sports for Bleacher Report and Yahoo! Sports before joining 105 The Ticket in 2014.

Nov 13, 2018

In today's episode, Zone Coverage Staff Writer Brandon Warne joins Tom Schreier to discuss Minnesota Legend Joe Mauer's career; from rookie to retirement. 

 

From everyone at Zone Coverage... Thank You Joe.

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