Twins fire 3 coaches, head trainer in shakeup

The Minnesota Twins have fired three coaches and their head

athletic trainer in the wake of a second straight last-place finish

in the AL Central.

The Twins announced the moves on Thursday.

Longtime bullpen coach Rick Stelmaszek, third base coach Steve

Liddle, first base coach Jerry White and head athletic trainer Rick

McWane did not have their contracts renewed for 2013. The team also

says bench coach Scott Ullger and hitting coach Joe Vavra have been

reassigned. Ullger will work with the outfielders and Vavra the


Earlier this week, coach Ron Gardenhire said he would prefer to

have his staff back next season. Four of the five coaches have been

with Gardenhire since 2002. Vavra joined the team in 2006.

Stelmaszek has been with the organization since 1978.