Twins change managers, but keep hitting coach Tom Brunansky

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Ron Gardenhire is gone as manager, but at least one of his coaches will stick around and be on new manager Paul Molitor’s staff, as the Twins announced that Tom Brunansky will return as hitting coach.

There’s probably an argument to be made for simply cleaning house completely, although going with Molitor as manager kind of ruins that whole concept and Brunansky is the one coach on Gardenhire’s staff who clearly deserved to stick around.

He’s relatively new to the job and helped the Twins score the fifth-most runs in the league despite a young, inexperienced lineup and some poor seasons from veterans. Not losing Brunansky to another team as part of the manager change is good news for the Twins.