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Twins hire Rays scout Gene Glynn as Triple-A manager

Nov 28, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

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Gene Glynn, a 55-year-old Minnesota native who spent the past five years as a scout for the Rays, is the Twins’ new Triple-A manager.

He hasn’t managed anywhere since 1992 and never managed above rookie-ball, but Glynn spent 13 years on major-league coaching staffs under managers Don Baylor and Felipe Alou. Glynn also grew up a Twins fan, was Minnesota’s first “Mr. Basketball” in 1975, went to Mankato State, and played seven seasons in the minors.

Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune notes that Glynn scouting Twins players for the Rays played a big part in the trade that sent Matt Garza and Jason Bartlett to Tampa Bay for Delmon Young, and minor league director Jim Rantz revealed that the Twins tried to hire him multiple times in the past. Toss in all the glowing reviews from various big names he’s worked with over the years and on paper at least Glynn is an ideal fit.

Rochester fired manager Tom Nieto and hitting coach Floyd Rayford after going 102-186 over the past two seasons, losing 90-plus games in back-to-back years for the first time since 1904. Pitching coach Bobby Cuellar held onto his job and will join new hitting coach Tom Brunansky on Glynn’s staff. They won’t have many top prospects to work with next season, but the Twins have signed a slew of minor-league veterans in an effort to make Rochester competitive again.

  1. rgledz - Nov 28, 2011 at 4:19 PM

    Hey Aaron…….are we gonna see any Twins posts about a player signing? Somebody who’s name we might recognize?? it’s frustrating being a Twins fan these days, I need some good news!

  2. azvikefan - Nov 28, 2011 at 4:45 PM

    rg, thats because the Twins don’t do shit in the offseason. I wish they would.

  3. natstowngreg - Nov 28, 2011 at 8:54 PM

    Just got back from visiting family in Rochester. The first reaction was, the Twins finally hired someone. The second was, who he? The third was, guys are saying good things about him. Particularly Don Baylor, who is much respected from his time as a Red Wing in the early 70s.

    Won’t matter if the Twins don’t provide competitive talent. Maybe the minor league free agent signings indicate that Terry Ryan gets it.

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