ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) -- Bruno is on his way up in the Minnesota Twins organization.
The Twins' Triple-A affiliate in Rochester has hired Tom Brunansky to serve as the team's hitting coach next season. He was a fan favorite during his six years with the Twins, when he hit 162 homers, drove in 463 runs and helped the team to a World Series title in 1987.
The ill-fated trade that sent Brunansky to St. Louis in 1988 for Cardinals second baseman Tommy Herr remains a sore spot for fans of the team.
Brunansky spent last season as the hitting coach for Double-A New Britain. He will replace Floyd Rayford with the Red Wings. Rayford and manager Tom Nieto were fired at the end of the season.