As you all probably know, the Twins hired Paul Molitor to replace Ron Gardenhire as manager. Since, the Twins announced the rest of next year’s coaching staff, including bringing back Tom Brunansky as hitting coach and hiring Rudy Hernandez (who was brought in partly because he speaks Spanish and can communicate effectively with the Spanish-speaking players) as assistant hitting coach. The team also promoted former AAA manager Gene Glynn to be the third base coach and infield instructor, brought back Joe Vavra to serve as bench coach and hired former Twins player and fan favorite Eddie Guardado to be the bullpen coach (whatever that is!). Finally, the Twins hired Neil Allen to serve as pitching coach (he’s got to be better than Rick Anderson!) and Butch Davis as first base coach. Allen was previously a pitching coach in the Tampa Bay Rays organization and Davis was a coach in the Orioles organization.
I am not sure about Molitor, who is from St. Paul and played with the Twins from 1996-98, because he has never managed before. Although he has been involved with the Twins organization for many years and was a coach for the team last season, I sort of thought the Twins should hire a manager outside the organization once Gardenhire was fired. However, several experts believe Molitor is right for the job, so we’ll see! Click for more on Molitor.
As for the other coaches, I do not know much since many are new. I do like that Tom Brunansky was brought back as hitting coach since the Twins were seventh in the Majors in runs scored last year with Brunansky. I also like that they got a Spanish-speaking coach. Because of Molitor and the new coaches, it should be an interesting year!
Written by: Sam Graves