FORT MYERS, Fla. - Two familiar faces are returning to the Twins dugout this year, but this time around Tom Brunansky and Terry Steinbach will be coaching instead of playing.
The team is hoping their return will spark resurgence back into the upper-tier of American League Central Division.
Brunansky, as the new hitting coach and Steinbach, as the new bench coach, each bring a wealth of experience to their new posts on manager Ron Gardenhire's staff.
"I like the experience to give stuff back," Steinbach said. "To do this full time, is something that I'm excited about."
Brunansky, who's been a part of the Twins minor league system as a hitting instructor since July 2010, said he will utilize the history of players coming up to the big leagues to help his transition to a new role go smoothly.
"Fortunately, I've had a lot of these kids in the minor leagues," Brunansky said. "So with some of these guys, I don't have to start at ground level."
Three All-Star game selections, an All-Star game MVP award (1989) and a 1989 World Series championship with Oakland highlighted Steinbach's 14-year career.
Brunansky's 14-year career featured an All-Star game selection (1985) and a World Series championship with the Twins in 1987.