New Twins manager Rocco Baldelli completed his coaching staff Wednesday by naming 64-year-old Bill Evers the team’s major league coach.

Evers has been a major league coach, minor league coach, minor league manager and minor league field coordinator for the Cubs, Yankees and Rays over the past 30 seasons.

His duties with the Twins will include working with the catchers.

He has been Tampa Bay’s minor league field coordinator since 2010 after being Joe Maddon’s bench coach with the Rays from 2006-07 and a scout for the Rays during 2008-09. He managed Class AAA Durham from 1998-2005.

Evers had a 1,381-1,206 record (.534) as a minor league manager.

New Twins coaches for the 2019 season are third base coach Tony Diaz, first base coach Tommy Watkins, pitching coach Wes Johnson and assistant pitching coach Jeremy Hefner.

Holdovers from Paul Molitor’s staff are bench coach Derek Shelton, hitting coach James Rowson and assistant hitting coach Rudy Hernandez.

La Velle E. Neal III


U swimmer keeps earning awards

The Gophers’ Max McHugh was named the Big Ten freshman of the week in men’s swimming for the fourth time in eight weeks.

He set a meet record of 51.73 seconds in winning the 100-yard breaststroke in the Hawkeyes Invitational; his time also qualified him for the NCAA meet in Austin, Texas, in March.

McHugh, of Sturgeon Bay, Wis., also placed second in the 200-yard breaststroke (1:56.02) to help the Gophers men take second overall in the eight-team, three-day meet.


• Kelly Pannek, a senior hockey forward for the No. 2-ranked Gophers, had her No. 19 high school jersey retired Tuesday by Benilde-St. Margaret’s, her alma mater. She was a member of the 2018 Olympic gold-medal-winning U.S. women’s hockey team. Pannek has five goals and six assists for the Gophers this season.

• Southwest Minnesota State senior outside hitter Taylor Reiss was named the American Volleyball Coaches Association’s Central Region Player of the Year for the second year in a row. St. Cloud State’s Linsey Rachel, also an outside hitter, was named the region’s Freshman of the Year.