Twins announce coaching staff hires
MINNEAPOLIS — The Twins named Tom Brunansky as hitting coach, Bobby Cuellar as bullpen coach and Terry Steinbach as bench coach and catching instructor, general manager Terry Ryan announced Monday.
Additionally, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire announced Scott Ullger will coach first base in addition to outfield instruction, while Joe Vavra will be the club’s third base coach as well as infield instructor. Rick Anderson will also remain pitching coach.
The moves come after the club did not offer 2013 contacts to bullpen coach Rick Stelmaszek, third-base coach Steve Liddle, first-base coach Jerry White and head athletic trainer Rick McWane. The Twins have yet to name McWane’s replacement.
Brunansky finished his second full year coaching in the Twins’ organization, as he served as hitting coach for Double-A New Britain in 2011 and as hitting coach for Triple-A Rochester in 2012. Brunansky, 52, played 14 years in the Majors, finishing with a .245 average and 271 homers in 1,800 games with the Twins, Red Sox, Cardinals, Brewers and Angels.
Cuellar finished his ninth season in Minnesota’s organization and his fourth as Rochester’s pitching coach. He also served as New Britain’s manager in ’08. Cuellar, 60, also served as the Pirates’ bullpen coach from 2006-07 after serving as Rochester’s pitching coach from 2003-05. Cuellar, who pitched in the Minors for 11 seasons, also served as pitching coach for the Rangers (2001), Expos (1997-2000) and Mariners (1995-96).
Steinbach, meanwhile, will begin his first coaching job next season. The Minnesota native played parts of 14 seasons in the Majors with the A’s and Twins after playing collegiately at the University of Minnesota. Steinbach, 50, was a three-time All-Star, and since retiring in ’99, has assisted the Twins in Spring Training for 13 seasons.