Minnesota Twins: Bench Coach Options

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - AUGUST 18: Bench coach Ron Gardenhire
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - AUGUST 18: Bench coach Ron Gardenhire /
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MINNEAPOLIS, MN – JUNE 15: Third base coach Gene Glynn
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – JUNE 15: Third base coach Gene Glynn /

Gene Glynn

Gene Glynn is a veteran of the game and as Minnesotan as Minnesotans get. The Waseca, MN native and first ever “Mr. Basketball” of the state of Minnesota has served as the Twins third base coach since the 2015 season. With 25 seasons as a professional coach and time on major league staffs under the likes of Don Baylor and Dusty Baker, he would have plenty of experience if he were to be hired as bench coach.

It seems that everyone who has had interaction with Glynn has nothing but good things to say about him as both a person and a coach. I have clearly never coached in the majors, but it would seem at this stage in Glynn’s career a move from third base to the bench might be a welcomed transition.

KANSAS CITY, MO – SEPTEMBER 8: Eddie Guardado
KANSAS CITY, MO – SEPTEMBER 8: Eddie Guardado /

Eddie Guardado, Torii Hunter

Guardado and Hunter find themselves on this list together because they feel like similar candidates. They both would be a fan-pleasing hire because of their past with the team as beloved players. Guardado may give a good argument for a promotion after leading an overachieving bullpen as the Twins bullpen coach in 2017.

Hunter was always considered a great clubhouse presence. Plenty of credit for the performance of the 2015 Twins was given to his immeasurable leadership in the clubhouse. Just maybe the Twins front office has fallen in love with his charisma and leadership enough to give him a shot as bench coach.

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