Phil Miller covered three seasons of Twins baseball, but that was at a different ballpark for a different newspaper. Now Miller returns to the baseball beat after joining the Star Tribune as the Gopher football writer in 2010, and he won't miss the dingy dome for a minute. In addition to the Twins and Gophers, Miller covered the Utah Jazz and the NBA for six years at The Salt Lake Tribune.
Tom Brunansky, a key member of the Twins 1987 World Series championship team, has been hired to be the hitting coach at Class AAA Rochester.
The news was first reported, via Twitter, by Jim Mandelaro of the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle.
Brunansky, 51, drew rave reviews this year as the hitting coach at Class AA New Britain. The Twins are still searching for a new manager for Rochester after firing Tom Nieto and hitting coach Floyd Rayford in September.
Mike Radcliff, the Twins vice president of player personnel, has been named a 2011 Scout of the Year winner, along with Bob Engle of the Mariners, and Mel Didier of the Blue Jays. These awards were created 28 years ago to honor scouts for their behind-the-scenes contributions to the game.
Radcliff started with the Major League Scouting Bureau in 1982 and has been with the Twins since 1987.
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