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.