MINNEAPOLIS - Two prominent former major leaguers and a mainstay in the Twins minor league system have been added to theball club's major league coaching staff, and will try to help turn around team reeling from two consecutive last place finishes.
General Manager Terry Ryan announced Monday that former Twins outfielder Tom Brunansky, former Twins catcher Terry Steinbach and minor league pitching coach Bobby Cuellar will joinManager Ron Gardenhire's staff for the 2013 major league season.
Brunansky will serve as hitting coach.He finished his second full season in the organization after joining the GCL Twins in July of 2010. Brunansky spent 2011 as hitting coach for Double-A New Britain and 2012 as hitting coach for Triple-A Rochester. The 52-year-old played 14 seasons in the Major Leagues with California, Minnesota, St. Louis, Boston and Milwaukee and was a member of the 1987 World Champion Minnesota Twins.
Steinbach will serve as the Twins' bench coach and catching instructor. The former big league catcher spent part of 14 seasons with the Oakland Athletics and Minnesota Twins after playing college baseball at the University of Minnesota. The three-time all-star appeared in 1,546 games, hitting .271 with 162 home runs and 745 RBI, as well as catching two no-hitters and winning a World Series in 1989 with Oakland.
Since retiring in 1999, the 50-year old New Ulm native has assisted the Twins Spring Training staff for 13 seasons.
Cuellar will join the major league club as bullpen coach after nine years teaching in the Twins minor league system. The 60-year old Cuellar previously coached with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Texas Rangers, Montreal Expos and Seattle Mariners. He played 11 years in the Rangers, Indians and Mariners systems, appearing in four games for Texas in 1977.
In addition, Gardenhire announced that Scott Ullger will coach first base in addition to outfield instruction, while Joe Vavra will be the club's third base coach as well as infield instructor.