Twins name new coaching staff


Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

The Minnesota Twins added three members to their coaching staff, and they added jobs to two reassigned coaches:

  • Tom Brunansky – hitting coach (promoted from hitting coach, AAA Rochester)
  • Bobby Cuellar – bullpen coach (promoted from pitching coach, AAA Rochester)
  • Terry Steinbach – bench coach (serving as assistant coach to Wayzata High School baseball team)
  • Scott Ullger – first base coach (in addition to reassignment as outfield instructor)
  • Joe Vavra – third base coach (in addition to reassignment as infield instructor)

As previously announced, Rick Anderson remains the pitching coach.  Brunansky has been frequently mentioned as a player favorite, making his selection a virtual no-brainer.  Cuellar’s fluency in Spanish will make him a valuable addition.  Recently, Alexi Casilla has translated for Spanish-speaking teammates, but the Twins are not expected to resign him.

Although it is still notable that Paul Molitor was not among the names added to the Twins’ roster, it is no longer a surprise.  But, so far, Molitor has not agreed to coach with any other organization, and so may remain with the Twins as a special assistant.

Another notable name that is not on the new coach staff is Gene Glynn, who currently manages the AAA Rochester affiliate.

Twins fans who have been calling for change in staff certainly cannot complain about a lack of action, as the front office has made some quick and decisive changes before the postseason has ended.  Time will tell if the moves prove successful.  However, Terry Ryan’s “no scholarship” philosophy seems to apply to coaches, too.