For the third straight year, the Twins have announced changes to its coaching staff the day after the final out of the regular season.

But not as sweeping as this.

Ron Gardenhire is out as manager of the Twins (notice that it's not officially a firing) and his coaching staff is not being brought back also. That will allow the new manager to build his own staff. That means some members of the current staff could be part of the new staff.

If the Twins don't hire from within, who could they bring in from outside the organization?

Two names the Twins could be interested in, according to someone with knowledge of the Twins' thinking: Tory Lovullo and Joe McEwing.

Lovullo currently is Boston's bench coach and is considered a hot commodity. He recently met with the Houston Astros about their vacancy.

McEwing is the third base coach for the Chicago White Sox. He has a relationship with Brian Dozier from the time Dozier spent in the Arizona Fall League. And he's well-respected in the game.

Other names could surface, like Jose Oquendo and Dave Martinez. Former Twin Chip Hale, the A's bench coach, is another popular candidate/ Twins GM Terry Ryan will be very thorough.

It will be interesting to see where former Twins coaches land. Paul Molitor and Terry Steinbach are local guys who could be part of the next staff here. But both could be lured by other teams. Tony LaRussa's arrival in Arizona  - and hiring of Dave Stewart as GM - could mean the old A's are getting back together in Arizona. Steinbach could be a fit there.

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