Twins Snub Terry Steinbach


After hiring Paul Molitor as their next manager, the Minnesota Twins next order of business was in filling out his coaching staff. At this point we know nearly everyone comprising that staff, including the recent hiring of Neil Allen as pitching coach, however it appears that bench coach Terry Steinbach will not be back with the club.

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Unfortunately, when sweeping changes are made within an organization, the hammer falls on everyone. Some of those initially removed from their positions are invited back, take Molitor and Tom Brunansky for example, however most are not. Terry Steinbach served as bench coach last season under Ron Gardenhire, and he even emerged as a managerial candidate. Now though, he looks to be on the outside of the organization looking in.

Darren Wolfson is reporting that it appears that Steinbach has been informed that he will not be a member of the new coaching staff.

Personally I find the move frustrating. Terry Steinbach is a good guy that looked like he could be an asset to the Twins going forward. While there are examples on both sides of the argument, I am a big fan of former catchers as coaches as well. This isn’t the way I thought the Twins would handle their treatment of Steinbach.

Now looking at it rationally, I can see how it makes sense as well. The Twins are looking to shift in a new direction, and with the sweeping changes that they made, the odds are always against a fired coach getting invited back. With Steinbach having served as bench coach, he was also likely tied closely to Gardenhire in the minds of Twins brass.

At any rate, we now appear to be getting continually closer to a finalized Minnesota Twins coaching staff under new manager Paul Molitor.

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