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MINNEAPOLIS After two consecutive 95-plus-loss seasons, changes are being made in the Minnesota Twins organization.The team announced Thursday that bullpen coach Rick Stelmaszek, first base coach Jerry White, third base coach Steve Liddle and head athletic trainer Rick McWane have been let go. Additionally, hitting coach Joe Vavra and bench coach Scott Ullger has been reassigned within the organization. Vavra will oversee infield instruction, while Ullger will oversee outfield instruction.Stelmaszek has been in the Twins organization since 1978, when he was hired as the manager at Wisconsin Rapids, a former minor league affiliate of Minnesota. Stelmaszek spent a total of 60 games in the majors as a player with Texas and California in 1973 and the Chicago Cubs in 1974. White was named Minnesota's first base coach prior to the 1999 season while working under then-Twins manager Tom Kelly. White was a 14th-round pick of the Montreal Expos and spent 11 seasons in the majors 10 with Montreal and in brief stints with the Cubs and Cardinals.Liddle has also served various positions in the Twins organization. For the past two seasons, he has been Minnesota's third base coach. Prior to that, he was bench coach since 2002. He was named the Twins' minor league field coordinator in 1999 after managing the Gulf Coast League Twins for two seasons.Vavra was the only new addition to manager Ron Gardenhire's staff since 2002. He joined the Twins in 2005 as the hitting coach, replacing former Twin Al Newman. Prior to coming to Minnesota, Vavra worked in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization.During the Twins' last homestand last week, Gardenhire was asked about potential changes to his coaching staff. He has kept nearly all of the same coaches on staff since he was named manager in 2002. But after consecutive losing seasons, a possible shakeup among coaches was a reality, and Gardenhire knew it."I've been surrounded by a staff that, they're my friends, but they're workers. I think you see that. They're out there every day getting it done," Gardenhire said last week. " We'll see how everything pans out at the end here, but I have the utmost respect for my staff. I know what they can do, I know what they've done. I know what kind of people they are. As a manager, you like being surrounded by people you trust, and people that do the work, and also good baseball people, and I think I've been blessed with that."Follow Tyler Mason on Twitter.
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