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Terry Steinbach #36

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Full Name:
Terry Steinbach
Uniform #:
36

PERSONAL: Terry Lee Steinbach...wife Mary (Barnes), daughter Jill (10/14/87) and sons Lucas (10/29/90) and Jake (10/5/93)...1980 graduate of New Ulm (MN) High School, where he played baseball and hockey...New Ulm High School's all-time leading scorer in hockey...attended the University of Minnesota from 1980-83, one of three Steinbach brothers to play for the Golden Gophers (brother, Tom, played in Seattle organization)...named two-time First-Team All-Big Ten selection in 1982-83...named Big Ten Tournament's Most Valuable Player in 1982 while guiding Golden Gophers to a Big Ten title, the first under head coach John Anderson...named Big Ten Player of the Year in 1983...named 1992 National American Legion "Graduate of the Year," an annual award presented to a player who participated in American Legion Baseball and best exemplifies the principles and purposes of the program...spent five seasons as assistant coach at Wayzata (MN) High School 2008-12...raises money for the ALS Foundation through his participation in the Annual Black Woods Blizzard Tour, the single largest snowmobile fundraising event in the world...given Kirby Puckett Award for outstanding alumni community service in 2011 - an award voted on by the Twin Cities Chapter of the BBWAA.

COACHING CAREER: Worked first season as Twins bench coach in 2013 after being named October 22, 2012...assisted the Twins spring training staff for 13 seasons from 2000-12.

PLAYING CAREER: Began career as third baseman in Oakland organization in 1983...moved to catcher in 1986 and named Southern League MVP and SL All-Star Game MVP...homered in first major league at-bat, off Greg Swindell, September 12, 1986 at Cleveland...voted AL All-Star starting catcher in 1988, earning MVP honors with a home run off Dwight Gooden, in 1988; became eighth All-Star player to hit a home run during his first ASG at-bat...earned second AL All-Star honor in 1989...was a member of the 1989 World Champion Oakland Athletics...earned third AL All-Star honor in 1993...ranked third best defensive catcher in the AL by Baseball America in 1994...recorded 1,000th career hit, singling off Mark Langston September 28, 1995 at California...recorded 100th career home run, off Darren Oliver, April 15, 1996 at Texas...caught 1,000th career game July 26, 1996 at Toronto...set AL record with 34 home runs as catcher (35 total - one as pinch hitter) in 1996 -- record eventually eclipsed 10 times since...signed two-year contract with Minnesota December 5, 1996...made Twins debut, becoming the 24th Minnesota native to play for the Twins, April 1, 1997...hit 150th career home run July 3, 1998 vs. Detroit...re-signed for one-year with Minnesota January 4, 1999.

PROFESSIONAL: Oakland's ninth round pick in the 1983 First-Year Player Draft; signed by scout Jim Perry...originally selected by Cleveland in the 16th round of 1980 First-Year Player Draft, but did not sign.

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