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Tom Brunansky #23

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Full Name:
Tom Brunansky
Uniform #:
23

PERSONAL: Thomas Andrew Brunansky...wife Colleen, sons Jason (12/1/89), Ryan (9/17/91) and Thomas (1/5/96), daughters Alexa (12/10/93) and Erin (10/19/98)...1978 graduate of West Covina (CA) High School, participating in baseball, basketball and football, earning All-American honors in baseball and football...turned down a football/baseball scholarship from Stanford and attended Cal Poly at Pomona in 1978-79...brother-in-law of ex-major leaguer and former Twin Dave Engle...named one of the "50 Greatest Twins" in 2010...ranks ninth on Twins all-time home run list (163) and 13th in walks (394)...795 games played in right field ranks second in Twins history (Tony Oliva - 1,137).

COACHING CAREER: Worked first season as Twins' hitting coach in 2013 after being named October 22, 2012...spent 2012 as hitting coach for Triple-A Rochester...spent 2011 as hitting coach for Double-A New Britain...joined the Twins' organization as a coach for GCL Twins in July of 2010...coached high school baseball at Poway (CA) High School, 2005-10.

PLAYING CAREER: Played 14 seasons in the major leagues with California, Minnesota, St. Louis, Boston and Milwaukee...Angels Opening Day left fielder in 1981...traded to Minnesota along with pitcher Mike Walters in exchange for pitcher Doug Corbett and infielder Rob Wilfong May 11, 1982...named right fielder on Major League Baseball's All-Rookie team in 1982...hit 32 home runs in 1984, marking the most for a Twin since Harmon Killebrew had 41 in 1970...named to American League All-Star team in 1985 and participated in the home run derby, hitting four home runs...was a member of the 1987 World Champion Minnesota Twins, hitting .412 with two home runs, four doubles, and nine RBI in the ALCS vs. Detroit...traded to St. Louis in exchange for infielder Tommy Herr April 22, 1988...recorded 1,000th career hit, a two-run shot off Houston's Bob Forsch, May 30, 1989...hit 200th career home run off San Francisco's Craig Lefferts July 19, 1989...traded to Boston in exchange for pitcher Lee Smith May 4, 1990...traded back to Boston in exchange for catcher Dave Valle June 16, 1994.

PROFESSIONAL: California's first round pick (14th overall) in the 1978 First-Year Player Draft; signed by scout Larry Himes.

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