Tom Brunansky, Bobby Cuellar, Terry Steinbach added to Twins staff
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The Minnesota Twins announced three additions to the major league coaching staff on Monday morning.
Tom Brunansky was named the Twins' new hitting coach, Bobby Cuellar the bullpen coach, and Terry Steinbach the bench coach and catching coach.
In addition, Scott Ullger will take over as first base coach and outfield instructor, and Joe Vavra will act as third base coach and infield instructor.
Immediately after the season ended, the Twins announced the contracts of third base coach Steve Liddle, first base coach Jerry White and bullpen coach Rick Stelmaszek would not be renewed.
Rick Anderson remains pitching coach.
Until these recent moves, the only coaching change made under Ron Gardenhire's watch was swapping Al Newman for Joe Vavra prior to the 2006 season. Stelmaszek joined the organization in 1978. White joined the major league staff in 1999. Liddle had been with the major league staff since Gardenhire took over in 2002.
Steinbach, 50, has been a spring training instructor for the Twins over the past few seasons, but he has never coached full-time in the major leagues. Steinbach hit .271/.326/.420 with 162 home runs in 14 seasons with Oakland and Minnesota.
As a player, Brunansky, 52, hit 271 career home runs in 14 seasons, many of them spent in a Twins uniform. He joined the Twins organization as an instructor in July of 2010, spending 2011 as hitting coach for Double-A New Britain and 2012 as hitting coach for Triple-A Rochester.
Cuellar, 60, has been in the Twins organization for nine years. He was the Pittsburgh Pirates bullpen coach in 2006-2007 after spending 2003-2005 as Rochester's pitching coach. He was also the pitching coach for the Seattle Mariners (1995-96), Montreal Expos (1997-2000) and Texas Rangers (2001).
Rochester manager Gene Glynn was considered strongly for one of the open coaching positions, but he will remain with the Red Wings in 2013.