Tom Brunansky

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Thomas Andrew Brunansky

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Tom Brunansky was a low-average slugger who played for 14 years in the major leagues for five teams, hitting 271 lifetime home runs. He had decent range in right field and drew walks well, and while he was never in the top five in the league in homers, he was three times in the top ten. He was an All-Star in 1985 and played on the 1987 Minnesota Twins team that won the 1987 World Series.

Tom played for the 1973 West Covina Pony League Championship Team in California. He attended California Poly-Pomona, although he never played for the team, having been selected by the California Angels in the first round of the 1978 amateur draft with the 14th overall pick out of high school. 17 rounds later, his high school teammate Richard Palmer was also drafted, though he never appeared in the big leagues. He made his major league debut with the Angels late in the 1981 season, then was traded to Minnesota with Mike Walters for Doug Corbett and Rob Wilfong on May 15, 1982 after starting the year in AAA. He was immediately brought up to be the Twins' starting right fielder, a position he would hold for the next 7 years, until being traded early in 1988.

In 1982, Brunansky became the only Twin in franchise history to hit an inside-the-park grand slam. In 1988, having been traded to the St. Louis Cardinals in return for Tom Herr, he suffered a post All-Star break slump. Before the break he hit .263 with 14 home runs and 55 RBI. After the break, he hit .209 with 9 home runs and 30 RBI.

In 2010, Brunansky was a coach for the GCL Twins. He had the same position with the New Britain Rock Cats in 2011 and Rochester Red Wings in 2012. In 2013, he was named the Twins' hitting coach and was the only member of manager Ron Gardenhire's coaching staff to be retained when the long-time Twins manager was fired following the 2014 season and replaced by Paul Molitor. He was let go after the Twins' difficult 2016 season.

He is the brother-in-law of Dave Engle and son-in-law of minor league catcher Roy Engle.

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