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Could Dobnak be an All Star?

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 Could Dobnak be an all star? With this terrific infield, I believe he could be. When Donaldson was in the line up Dobnak shine...
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FA Value Shopping

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Just for fun-here is 1 player at each position that might be worth the money and my contract estimates:   C- Sandy Leon 1 year/1.5 m...
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LeVelle E Neal III to Become a Columnist For Strib

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I looked and didn’t see this on Twinsdaily. Like a great baseball writer before him (Reusse), LaVelle E Neal III is being promoted from...
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Who’s the Top Twins Prospect? Alex Kirilloff vs. Royce Lewis

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Is Cruz a MUST signing? And what if he doesn't fit?

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Let me state I love Cruz and want him back if possible. I not only believe he brings class, experience, knowledge and leadership to the t...
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How Do You Plan on Following the Twins in 2021?

As things stand, most fans across Twins Territory have few (if any) options in terms of where they can watch FOX Sports North. How do you plan on following the team in 2021?
Image courtesy of © Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports (illustration by Tom Froemming, Twins Daily)
These things can change quickly, but right now the only streaming option for FSN is AT&T TV. I took a quick look into their packages and explained why my first baseball-related purchase of 2021 was a piece of outdated technology in the video below.



If you're interested in your options, go to getmyhometeams.com and enter your ZIP code.

As a cord cutter, I've jumped from Fubo TV to Sling TV to YouTube TV to Hulu + Live TV over the past few years. Sinclair Broadcast Group, which owns the FOX Sports Regional Networks, can't seem to maintain a relationship with a streaming service for long. That gives me even more pause when considering singing up for AT&T TV.

We'll see if anything changes between now and Opening Day, but my plan right now is to turn to the radio. This is reminding me a bit of the Victory Sports One debacle of 2004. I'd prefer to watch the games, but Cory, Danny and Kris do a great job on 830 WCCO.

What's your plan?

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strumdatjaguar
Jan 10 2021 09:44 AM
I will get my vaccine and hopefully follow the Twins as much as possible in the stands with other vaxxed fans at Target Field. Otherwise, I’ll follow them on FSN on Directv, in the Strib and of course here at TD
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puckstopper1
Jan 10 2021 10:22 AM

830 WCCO.Go Twins!

MediaCom basically told me when my rate went up 35% that if I wasn't willing to bundle they didn't want me. So I left.

 

Am now at Hulu and although my wife says things will change, am assuming I won't have Twins games come spring...or Wild games now other than the 6 on NBCSN. Also couldn't watch the Badgers play the Gophers in Hockey yesterday or today.

 

As for baseball, will be back where I was when I was a kid listening to the games on radio...although then it was the Braves. Assuming the MiLB package will be available, will sign up for that and watch a lot of Saints and whatever the Wichita team is called. Heck, I usually am more interested in the minors anyway.

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Nine of twelve
Jan 10 2021 10:40 AM

We are dinosaurs. We finally ditched our landline phone in 2020 but due partly to inertia the cable is still hooked up, so FSN it is. We are a one-TV family so if there's another show being watched by another family member I'll stream the game on a site that is not supposed to be mentioned on Twins Daily's web site.

When I'm in the car it's SiriusXM (better sound quality than AM) unless the home broadcast isn't available there, in which case it's CCO. And even then I find that I sometimes enjoy listening to the opposition radio crew while the Twins are batting, even John Sterling if the Twins are having a rare good inning against the team that must not be named.

As much as I love going to Target Field, I'll wait until community immunity reaches a satisfactory level before I venture there. I hope we get to that point sooner rather than later.

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Very timely I appreciate this. We are getting rid of our satellite deal this month, $175 seems ridiculous. Thanks for pointing out the fine print I missed when looking at the AT&T deal. Figures. I'm assuming I'm blacked out for MLB TV up here in Duluth. That is the part that doesn't make sense to me. I would gladly pay for it even more than it is but hey the whole thing is frustrating. I recently hung a big TV in the garage...gah!!
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terrydactyls1947
Jan 10 2021 12:38 PM

Maybe you should have put a smaller TV in the garage and kept DirecTV?

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I truly enjoy the listening to games on WCCO.Like you Tom, I invested in the simplest, yet effective hand held radio last year.WCCO here at home and 103.5 or 94.3 while up at the lake (depending on weather).Nothing like sitting on the lake in the evening casting or jigging as Gladden and Provus talk you through the game, or sitting in the screened in porch during a thunderstorm.I truly miss Gordon's voice.

 

Aside from that, how crazy would it be for the Twins and Wolves to go in on a TV station together?All kidding aside.This might be Dunning-Kruger Syndrome at it's finest, but the money to be made off of this, control of the airwaves, deciding what gets played, etc. would all be so beneficial to the fans.Or is this a headache s-storm the owners wouldn't want to embark on?

 

I'm just so sick of Sinclair.They place the blame on YouTube and Hulu, but YouTube and Hulu do the same right back.Just dumb, because this is all due to rich people wanting to get richer.

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I'm in Arkansas, and have Roku with the MLB Extra Inning package.I only miss Twins games when they play Houston, Texas, Kansas City and St. Louis.The Houston ban is goofy.It's 7:40 from my house to the stadium in Houston according to Google Maps, but I guess since South Arkansas is closer, the whole state gets put under the ban. 

St. Louis is 6 1/2 hours, but I get why Arkansas is included; even though the Rangers and Royals are closer for a lot of us, this is Cardinal country.  

EDIT: I just looked, and Oklahoma seems to have the same teams under the blackout; that doesn't make sense that West Memphis (extreme eastern part of Arkansas) and Tulsa have the same restrictions. 

I can--and do--watch the games an hour and a half after they are completed.If I make it to the next morning without hearing the score, I watch it like I do any other--with my finger on the advance button.

JcS

Until I was 20 years old, there was basically one way to follow the Twins.....Herb Carneal on WNAX Yankton, SD.Some of my best memories involve me, my dad and my grandpa while the Twins were on the radio.

Now I live close enough to attend a few games (only a few b/c I can't afford more than that).I can certainly enjoy being outside with Corey and Danny on the radio.

Kind of a side note, I use MLB TV so the only games I don't get are the Chicago games (which is fine because they're on cable and and I don't have to listen to Hawk anymore (Dagummit). Is it true that if you subscribe to MLB TV in Iowa you don't get Chicago, KC, MPLS, St. Louis, and Milwaukee?

 

Kind of a side note, I use MLB TV so the only games I don't get are the Chicago games (which is fine because they're on cable and and I don't have to listen to Hawk anymore (Dagummit). Is it true that if you subscribe to MLB TV in Iowa you don't get Chicago, KC, MPLS, St. Louis, and Milwaukee?

Yes, at least if you live in Des Moines.It's a freaking joke! :(

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Mlb package and a VPN gets it done for me. The radio isn't a bad way to follow a game when on the boat though.
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Tom Froemming
Jan 10 2021 07:50 PM

 

I don't understand this entire debate/topic. I pay $120 per month for Spectrum. I get more television channels that I could possibly watch along with the full sports package (which includes FSN). I'm not overly pleased with the value, although it gets me all the Twins games and I use the Spectrum TV app quite a bit along with access to college football on the ESPN app. The headache of cutting the cord and chasing a better deal (with FSN) for the difference between $120 and whatever the streaming services cost doesn't seem worth it. I cut costs in other areas of my budget. And, I cannot and will not listen on the radio.

 

I seriously only need live TV for Twins games. That's it. Everything else I can find elsewhere or don't really care enough about to pay for at all. So not only is the cable package more expensive than a streaming service, I wouldn't be using it at all for a big chunk of the year.

 

If a traditional cable provider would allow customers to go month-to-month, I'd go for that. In addition to simply not needing a cable package for much of the year, I'd be concerned Sinclair would pull FSN off the provider I have within the term of my contract. I believe that happened to Dish customers.

 

Sounds like you're finding other value from your cable package, just trying to explain where I'm coming from.

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sampleSizeOfOne
Jan 11 2021 07:05 AM

Am i permitted to be a creature of habit and follow the Twins on game threads?

 

That's good enough for me.

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Maybe you should have put a smaller TV in the garage and kept DirecTV?


Ha ha! True but I got the tv free as it was rejected by the avid indoorsmen who inhabit my basement (they got new TV's). It's not really the money is is the whole business model where customer loyalty is rewarded with jacking up the rates. It creates animus,I mean who likes their cable or satellite company? And $175 is just plain wrong especially considering all the commercials you are expected to sit through.
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Living outside of the viewing area, I will do the same thing I have done for years - MLB.tv

Free streaming on Reddit like the past two years. Works great. 

In NC there is also a problem with hockey telecasts. I have DirecTV and sometimes get a break in the over-charges they have. You gotta keep calling. I generally follow my teams until the second half of the season then can subscribe to the Extra Innings package and get all Twins games except vs Baltimore and Washington (we have both MASN channels). However, this year- without leaving the house much due to COVID (yes, it will continue into June at least then return in the fall), I will probably pay for the full season for all teams (didn't know you could do just 1 team but the full season is only about $150). 

But radio (not available that I know) would bring me back to the days of sneaking a transistor under my pillow as a kid.

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VandyTwinsFan
Jan 11 2021 12:44 PM
Mlb.tv and a vpn. If you have a somewhat tech savvy (or experienced in google fu) friend that lives outside the region they can set up openvpn on their router and give you the client files. You can also just buy vpn service and choose a server outside the region and then mlb.tv won't block you.
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woolywoolhouse
Jan 11 2021 12:51 PM

The Opera browser has a built-in free VPN. For what it's worth.

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James Rivah Twins Fan
Jan 11 2021 02:54 PM

The MLB streaming package and Sirius XM for times in the car. The MLB channel (89) on Sirius XM has great baseball discussions for following all baseball news.