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Twins reassign hitting coach Joe Vavra amid staff shakeup

Oct 4, 2012, 2:46 PM EDT

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On a day filled with hitting coaches being let go across baseball Joe Vavra is the latest, although in this case LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that the Twins have reassigned him within the organization rather than simply firing him.

Minnesota shaking up the coaching staff following back-to-back miserable seasons is no surprise, and in addition to changing Vavra’s role the Twins also fired longtime bullpen coach Rick Stelmaszek and third base coach Steve Liddle.

Pitching has certainly been a much bigger problem than hitting for the Twins, but the organization being very fond of Triple-A hitting coach Tom Brunansky has led to speculation that he’d replace Vavra at some point and the assumption has been that pitching coach Rick Anderson isn’t going anywhere as long as Ron Gardenhire is manager.

Vavra has been the Twins’ hitting coach since 2006, during which time the offense has ranked 10th, 13th, 5th, 4th, 3rd, 12th, and 8th in runs scored among the 14 AL teams.

  1. mackypinky - Oct 4, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    I need five good reasons why the medical staff hasn’t been cut. Anyone have ANY clues? Also, idea for future topic: Where in the world is Carl Pavano?

    • Kleinz 57 - Oct 4, 2012 at 5:57 PM

      100% in agreement with you, because its been a problem for a while.

      I honestly think Pohlad needs to nuke all of management. Of course I’m not in any of the GM’s offices, but I see three floundering teams in the Cubs, Astros, and Twins and two of them seem to be on the right track.

      And neither of them are the Twins. Blurgh.

    • Cris E - Oct 4, 2012 at 7:16 PM

      For what it’s worth, LEN3 says that head trainer Rick McWane was also let go.

  2. JB (the original) - Oct 4, 2012 at 3:27 PM

    They fire Stellie when the bullpen was one of the few things that performed moderately well for the Twins the past year. After years of Liddle as bench coach and Ullger as 3B coach, they swapped positions before the 2011 season. I guess Gardie decided he liked Ullger better on the bench.

  3. flyingvien - Oct 4, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    BRUNO! :-D

  4. albertmn - Oct 4, 2012 at 10:21 PM

    How in the world has Rick Anderson not been fired? When was the last time he made any pitcher better? More pitchers get worse than get better under Anderson.

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