It has been a crazy month, so let’s all relax and catch up on things. It’s the holiday season after all! Since the Twins relieved Ron Gardenhire of his duties in September, they have assembled their entire coaching staff for next year. These eight coaches below hope to bring our team back to the playoffs in the near future.
Paul Molitor will be the new manager of the Twins. After Molitor played baseball at Cretin-Derham Hall and the University of Minnesota, he was drafted by the Brewers in 1977. After playing for Milwaukee and Toronto, Molitor joined the Twins until his retirement in 1998. Molitor was Tom Kelly’s bench coach for three years in Minnesota, then came back to the Twins as a coach in 2014.
Tom Brunansky will remain the hitting coach for the second consecutive year. Brunansky played in MLB for 13 seasons, including eight in Minnesota. After his playing career, Brunansky quickly rose in the Twins organization and was named hitting coach at the end of the 2012 season. Brunansky led the Twins offense in 2014 as they finished seventh in the entire league in runs scored with 715.
Rudy Hernandez, who speaks Spanish, is joining the Twins as the assistant hitting coach. Hernandez has been associated with the Twins for 14 seasons. Hernandez, born in Turmero, Venezuela, was a manager in the Gulf Coast League and with the Elizabethton Twins. Last year, he was the bench coach for the Aragua Tigres, a team from his country.
Joe Vavra will be sticking around with the team as the bench coach. Vavra has been with the Twins for 13 seasons and was the hitting coach for 7 of those. Vavra played with the Los Angeles Dodgers for five years in the minors. Tanner and Trey, his sons, are in the Twins minor league system.
Eddie Guardado is joining the club in 2015 as the bullpen coach. The two-time All-Star was a Spring Training Special Instructor with the Twins last year. During his 12 years with the Twins, “Everyday Eddie” pitched in 648 games earning 116 saves. Guardado was elected in the Twins Hall of Fame in 2013.
Neil Allen will be the new pitching coach. Starting in 1979, Allen pitched 11 seasons with five teams. Allen was a coach in Tampa Bay’s organization for seven years and was the Yankees bullpen coach in 2005. He has improved the Rays while coaching pitchers like David Price, Jeremy Hellickson, and Matt Moore.
Butch Davis will take over as the first base coach. Davis spent his entire coaching career in Baltimore. During 20 seasons with the Orioles, Davis held multiple coaching titles in the minors. Starting in 1983, Davis played 14 seasons in MLB with five teams.
Gene Glynn, who was born in Waseca, MN, will handle the third base duties. Glynn has been a MLB coach for 12 seasons. He previously managed the Rochester Red Wings, the Twins Triple-A affiliate, for three seasons. The Red Wings went 77-66 in consecutive seasons before Glynn got promoted. Glynn was also named the 1st Minnesota Mr. Basketball in 1975.
Written by: Michael L. Sack