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Phil Miller writes on the Twins and Major League Baseball

Twins hire Quade to lead Rochester, shuffle other managers

    With Gene Glynn on the major-league coaching staff next season, the Twins on Friday named former Cubs manager Mike Quade to replace him as manager of the Rochester Red Wings, the team's Class AAA affiliate.

    Quade, 57, has spent 17 seasons as a minor-league manager, including nine at the Triple-A level, and one-plus at the helm in Chicago, where he went 95-104.

    "With his leadership, experience and passion for the game," Twins director of minor league operations Brad Steil said in a statement, "he will be a great addition to the Red Wings family and the Rochester community."

    Glynn, promoted to third-base coach under Paul Molitor for next season, compiled a 226-206 record in three seasons in Rochester, making the International League playoffs in 2013. The Red Wings have been the Twins' top minor-league affiliate since 2003.

    Quade was a roving outfield and baserunning coordinator in the Yankees' minor league system last year, but has served as a manager in five different organizations, compiling a 1,213-1,165 record overall.

    "After a few years away from managing, I was fortunate enough to have an organization that I have the utmost respect for offer me an opportunity to get back to doing what I've done for so many years," Quade said in the Red Wings' statement. "I am truly looking forward to making Rochester another chapter in my baseball life. My thanks to the Twins for bringing me on board."

    Glynn's coaching staff -- pitching coach Marty Mason and hitting coach Tim Doherty -- will return next year under Quade, as will the team's athletic training staff.

     Quade was the Cubs' third-base coach in 2010 when Lou Piniella retired, and he went 24-13 over the final two months to earn a full-time contract. Quade went 71-91 in 2011, his only full season as a major-league manager.

     MAUER RETURNS TO CEDAR RAPIDS: Jake Mauer will return to Cedar Rapids for his third season as manager, the Twins' Class A affiliate announced Friday. Mauer, whose younger brother Joe is the Twins' first baseman, owns a 161-117 record with the Kernels. Mauer, who turns 36 on Saturday, has also managed the organization's farm clubs in the Florida State League and the Gulf Coast League.

    Former Twins infielder Tommy Watkins will return as the Kernels' hitting coach, while Henry Bonilla will serve as pitching coach after spending last season in the same position with Elizabethton.

    SMITH, MIENTKIEWICZ SWAP JOBS: Jeff Smith, who managed the Twins' Class AA team in New Britain, Conn., for the past five seasons, will take over the Class A Fort Myers Miracle next season, the team announced. It's Smith's second stint as manager near his south Florida hometown.

    Smith's new assignment clears the way for former Twins first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz to move up to Double-A, where the Twins have changed affiliations for the 2015 season. Mientkiewicz, who led the Miracle to the Florida State League championship in September, will take over the Chattanooga Lookouts next spring, the Twins' new Class AA affiliate.

    Mientkiewicz, 39, will be joined by hitting coach Chad Allen and pitching coach Stu Cliburn, who formed Smith's staff in New Britain last year.    Smith, 40, has managed in the Twins' system for nine seasons, including 2008-09 in Fort Myers, where he went 157-117 and led the Miracle to the playoffs in both seasons. Smith is a native of Naples, Fla., about 20 miles from Fort Myers.

    Smith's staff will include Jim Dwyer, in his 10th season as the Miracle's hitting coach, and Ivan Arteaga, who spent 2014 with Cedar Rapids, as the pitching coach.

    In addition to those appointments, the Twins announced that Ray Smith will return for his 14th season at rookie-level Elizabethton, while Ramon Borrego will run the team's Gulf Coast League team for a sixth season.

Twins invite Buxton, Berrios, 16 others to spring camp

    Byron Buxton turned 21 on Thursday, and a day later, the Twins gave him a birthday present.

    Buxton, the Twins' top minor-league prospect, was invited to the team's major-league spring training camp for the second straight year, the Twins announced on Friday. Buxton is one of 18 minor-league players who will spend February and March with the big leaguers, along with Class AA pitching prospect Jose Berrios and St. Paul native Mark Hamburger.

    Training camp in Fort Myers, Fla., opens on Feb. 22.

    Hamburger, a righthander who appeared in five games for the Texas Rangers in 2011, is one of four invitees with major-league experience, joining former Cardinals outfielder Shane Robinson, former Pirates shortstop Argenis Diaz, and infielder Doug Bernier, who has spent the last two Septembers with the Twins.

    The other invitees: pitchers Tyler Duffey, Ryan O'Rourke, Taylor Rogers and Adrian Salcedo; catchers Tyler Grimes, Dan Rohlfing, Mitch Garver and Stuart Turner; infielders James Beresford and Heiker Meneses; and outfielders Danny Ortiz and Eric Farris.

    Buxton went 3-for-19 with a home run in seven spring training games with the Twins last March.

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