Mariners, Twins name new hitting coaches
SEATTLE (AP) -- The Seattle Mariners have hired former major leaguer Dave Hansen to be their new hitting coach, replacing Chris Chambliss, who was fired after the season.
The Mariners made the announcement on Monday. Hansen spent half of the 2011 and all of the 2012 season in the same position with the Los Angeles Dodgers before being fired at the end of the season.
Prior to joining the Dodgers, Hansen spent four seasons as a hitting instructor in the Arizona Diamondbacks system. Hansen interviewed for the job in Seattle when Chambliss was hired.
Hansen's charge will be improving a Mariners offense that was the worst in baseball. They finished last in the league in batting average (.234), on-base percentage (.296), slugging percentage (.369) and on-base plus slugging (.665).
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Twins have hired Tom Brunansky as their hitting coach, Bobby Cuellar to be the bullpen coach and Terry Steinbach as a bench coach and catching instructor.
The staff changes were finalized on Monday.
Brunansky, the right fielder on Minnesota's 1987 World Series championship team, was the hitting coach for Triple-A Rochester this year, and Cuellar was the pitching coach. Steinbach has been a guest spring training instructor but not a full-time coach until now. The native of New Ulm, Minn., and former University of Minnesota star played three of his 14 major league seasons with the Twins.
Cuellar has been a minor league coach for the Twins organization for nine years. He's credited with helping two-time Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana develop his trademark changeup.
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