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  • Twins Hire Cuellar, Brunansky, Steinbach; Set Coaching Roles



    The Twins set their coaching staff today, adding Bobby Cuellar, Tom Brunansky and Terry Steinbach to the coaching staff and clarifying the roles of Scott Ullger, Joe Vavra and Rick Anderson.

    Rick Anderson will keep his role as pitching coach, and holdovers Joe Vavra and Scott Ullger will take over third and first base, respectively. Newcomers Cuellar and Bruansky, both of whom coached in AAA-Rochester last year, will become the new bullpen coach and hitting coach. Finally, Steinbach, whose inclusion was not previously rumored, will be the bench coach and work with catchers.

    Manager Ron Gardenhire will continue to be the manager of the Twins, though his contract with the organization expires at the end of this year.
    Comments 22 Comments
    1. ltwedt's Avatar
      ltwedt -
      Be great to see Bruno again - Huge welcome to Steinbach, - Didn't Scotty fail at third before ???
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Ullger will be at 1B with Vavra getting 3B. (Corrected in article)

      Ullger has failed as a lot of things so far (3B coach, hitting coach, bench coach)... we'll see if he's capable of failing as 1B coach too.
    1. ChiTownTwinsFan's Avatar
      ChiTownTwinsFan -
      I really don't get the love for Ullger. If it had been me, he'd have been gone after the 3rd base coaching experiment. His 'windmilling' guys around when they had no chance was just bad on so many levels. I will SCREAM if he is around, still, because he's going to be Gardy's replacement some day. I hope they aren't that stupid.
    1. Dilligaf69's Avatar
      Dilligaf69 -
      Can you screw up 1B coach????? no waving guys around there. Really it's no big deal!
    1. Pius Jefferson's Avatar
      Pius Jefferson -
      Did I miss something or is Gene Glynn still managing in Rochester?
    1. ScottyB's Avatar
      ScottyB -
      Quote Originally Posted by Pius Jefferson View Post
      Did I miss something or is Gene Glynn still managing in Rochester?
      Yes he stays put in Rochester
    1. Jim Crikket's Avatar
      Jim Crikket -
      Quote Originally Posted by Pius Jefferson View Post
      Did I miss something or is Gene Glynn still managing in Rochester?
      I believe that Red Wings beat reporter Jim Mandelaro tweeted that Jim Rantz confirmed to him that Glynn would be returning to Rochester to manage in 2013.
    1. Kwak's Avatar
      Kwak -
      If Glynn were a coach with the Twins wouldn't he undermine Gardenhire as the losses mount (and they will lose early and often!). Others might look to Glynn for what "he thinks" as the season unfolds--that type of organization is unhealthy.
    1. ChiTownTwinsFan's Avatar
      ChiTownTwinsFan -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dilligaf69 View Post
      Can you screw up 1B coach????? no waving guys around there. Really it's no big deal!
      The point is he shouldn't even still be around. Period. Imo.
    1. nicksaviking's Avatar
      nicksaviking -
      Ullger's still under contract, the Twins are't exactly the free spending type that fire's a coach and eats his salary.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by nicksaviking View Post
      Ullger's still under contract, the Twins are't exactly the free spending type that fire's a coach and eats his salary.
      His contract was up after the season. No salary to eat.
    1. ScottyBroco's Avatar
      ScottyBroco -
      My favorite part about this is the joke that Patrick Reusse said on twitter today about Terry Steinbach leaving Wayzata Baseball team as a assistant to join the twins.


      Patrick Reusse
      ‏@1500ESPN_Reusse

      Pay cut? @PMac21 @LakeMinnPatch Steinbach current an assistant at Wayzata H.S.
    1. teekz's Avatar
      teekz -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      ...Ullger has failed as a lot of things so far (3B coach, hitting coach, bench coach)... we'll see if he's capable of failing as 1B coach too.
      Best Comment Ever!
    1. Winston Smith's Avatar
      Winston Smith -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dilligaf69 View Post
      Can you screw up 1B coach????? no waving guys around there. Really it's no big deal!
      Well Jerry White got fired he must have screwed something up.
    1. Jim Crikket's Avatar
      Jim Crikket -
      Quote Originally Posted by Winston Smith View Post
      Quote Originally Posted by Dilligaf69 View Post
      Can you screw up 1B coach????? no waving guys around there. Really it's no big deal!
      Well Jerry White got fired he must have screwed something up.
      Yeah, he didn't spend nearly enough time bowling with Gardy. I think Jerry was just a victim of a numbers game. I suspect Gardy was allowed to keep half his staff and got to choose which 3 stayed.
    1. LaBombo's Avatar
      LaBombo -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dilligaf69 View Post
      Can you screw up 1B coach????? no waving guys around there. Really it's no big deal!
      If there's a way to screw it up, Ullger will find it.

      And it's a big deal because every piece of institutional culture that you preserve from a regime that hasn't won a playoff series in a decade and has racked up nearly 200 losses in the two highest payroll seasons in its history represents a 'business as usual' attitude that's likely to keep failing.

      The new hires are probably a good start, but they all represent some level of the comfort of familiarity as well. It gives me the feeling they're there to keep Gardy happy rather than shake things up. Hope I'm wrong. We'll see.
    1. Montecore's Avatar
      Montecore -
      So long as Hire remains the mgr. they will lose and lose big. The changes are better than nothing, but not by much.
    1. SpantheMan's Avatar
      SpantheMan -
      Since the twins didn't renew the contracts of Gardy or Anderson, I'm assuming following another 90-loss campaign they would be let go. But what about an 85 loses? .500? Or does he have to win 85 games to keep his job?
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by SpantheMan View Post
      Since the twins didn't renew the contracts of Gardy or Anderson, I'm assuming following another 90-loss campaign they would be let go. But what about an 85 loses? .500? Or does he have to win 85 games to keep his job?
      If the Twins come back in 2013 and post an 80-85 win season, I'm almost certain that Gardenhire keeps his job. That's a huge turnaround.

      I'd say anything under 75 is considered a failure and 75-80 is pretty murky territory.
    1. Jim Crikket's Avatar
      Jim Crikket -
      If the Twins are about a .500 team, then Gardy's job will depend on WHY they were a .500 team.

      If, despite roster improvements, there continue to be critical injuries and .500 is seen as a pretty good result, he may get the opportunity to stay.

      But if Ryan feels he's assembled a competitive roster and there are few injury issues, he may not see .500 as being satisfactory.

      The last two years, Ryan's been able to rationalize that Gardy's had to pretty much deal with a roster that Bill Smith was largely responsible for and there have been some pretty critical injuries on top of that. But in 2013, this roster will be pretty much 100% Terry Ryan's doing. If the GM thinks he's done a good job of assembling talent and the team doesn't compete, the manager is going to be viewed as responsible. That's just the way things go.
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