The Minnesota Twins have finalized their overhauled coaching staff, hiring two familiar former players and a well-regarded minor league teacher to assist manager Ron Gardenhire.
Tom Brunansky is the new hitting coach, Bobby Cuellar will be the bullpen coach and Terry Steinbach has been tabbed as the bench coach and catching instructor, the team announced Monday.
The Twins earlier let go three of Gardenhire's long-time assistants; third base coach Steve Liddle, bullpen coach Rick Stelmaszek and first base coach Jerry White, plus head trainer Rick McWane, a reaction to a second straight season of close to 100 losses.
Pitching coach Rick Anderson was the only one who kept the same role. Scott Ullger, most recently the bench coach, was reassigned to first base coach and outfielder instructor. Joe Vavra was moved from hitting coach to third base coach and infield instructor.
Brunansky, the right fielder on Minnesota's 1987 World Series championship team who spent six-plus of his 14 m...