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Steinbach talks about being new Twins bench coach at Thursday appearance in Searles

December 14, 2012
Fritz Busch - Journal Staff Writer ( , The Journal

SEARLES - New Ulm native Terry Steinbach visited the Searles Bar & Grill Thursday to draw the winner of the Blackwoods Blizzard Tour ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) fundraiser.

The winner will ride in the snowmobile tour with Terry and Twins Manager Ron Gardenhire and 200 other riders in the Duluth area Jan. 30 to Feb. 2. Other prizes donated by Mankato Harley Davidson were given to raffle winners Thursday.

For Terry Steinbach, a three-time Major League Baseball All-Star who caught no-hitters from Dave Stewart in 1990 and Eric Milton in 1999, this spring and summer will be a new experience as the new Minnesota Twins bench coach.

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New Ulm natives Tom (left) and Terry Steinbach reunite Thursday at Searles Bar & Grill. The new Minnesota Twins bench coach, Terry drew ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) fundraiser winners Thursday.

"I'm excited about getting back into the game at the major league level, this time without putting in minor league time," Steinbach said. "It's almost like being a major league player again, going to spring training and all major league games. I'm excited about the Twins. Terry Ryan seems to be working on improving the team this year and for 2014 and 2015."

Steinbach's two sons, Jake and Luke, are in their freshman and senior year, respectively, at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. Jake plays catcher and second base while Luke plays center field for the UMD baseball team.

Luke Steinbach had a .348 slugging percentage and hit .268 for the 24-27 Bulldogs last spring.

Jake Steinbach hit .404 and was on the All-Lake Conference team at Wayzata High School.

"I'm hoping they enjoy their college careers," Terry said.

Terry's daughter Jill was recently married and lives in St. Louis Park.

Terry Steinbach made his major league debut on Sept. 12, 1986 against the Cleveland Indians, who ironically drafted him in 1980, by hitting a home run off of Greg Swindell in his first major league at-bat.

Steinbach, Twins Manager Ron Gardenhire, infielder Brian Dozier and TV announcer Dick Bremer will visit Mankato on Monday, Jan. 14 and New Ulm on Tuesday, Jan. 15 with the Minnesota Twins Winter Caravan.

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