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Updated: November 26th, 2011 5:28pm
Twins' new Triple-A manager Gene Glynn considered 'a great instructor'

Twins' new Triple-A manager Gene Glynn considered 'a great instructor'

by Phil Mackey
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On Friday the Minnesota Twins officially named Gene Glynn new manager of the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings.

Glynn, 55, is a native of Waseca, MN and has 26 years of coaching experience between the major leagues and minor leagues, most recently as a professional scout for the Tampa Bay Rays (2007-2011).

"The Minnesota Twins are very excited to have Gene Glynn join our organization," Twins senior director of minor leagues Jim Rantz said in a press release. "Gene's Major League coaching background, exceptional knowledge of the game, and his outstanding work ethic make him a tremendous fit to manage the Rochester Red Wings."

Glynn's resume also includes stints as the San Francisco Giants' third base coach (2003-2006), Chicago Cubs' third base coach (2000-2002), Montreal Expos' first base coach (1999) and third and first base coach for the Colorado Rockies (1994-1998).

"I couldn't be more excited about joining the Minnesota Twins organization and having the opportunity to manage the 2012 Rochester Red Wings," said Glynn, who was named Mr. Basketball Minnesota in 1975. "I've heard so much about the strong baseball history in Rochester from past players and staff and felt this was an opportunity my family and I couldn't pass up."

Former Red Wings' manager Tom Nieto was fired after going 102-186 over the past two seasons.

Twins' manager Ron Gardenhire expressed his frustration with some of the young players' mental mistakes and lack of accountability throughout a frustrating campaign last season, but the front office made it clear Nieto's dismissal was not due to a failure to prepare players for the big leagues.

Glynn spent eight years coaching under former Twin and Red Wing Don Baylor, including as a third base coach for Baylor's Venezuelan Winter League team this year.

"I couldn't be happier for the fans of Rochester because you couldn't have found a better man for the job than Gene Glynn," said Baylor. "He's loyal, fan/media friendly, a great instructor, and a complete baseball package with experience as an infield, outfield, and
base running instructor."

Glynn becomes the fifth Red Wings manager during the Twins era, which began in 2003.

Phil Mackey is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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