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Terry Lee Steinbach (born March 2, 1962) is an American professional baseball catcher and coach. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for 14 seasons, from 1986 through 1999, for the Oakland Athletics and Minnesota Twins. He has coached for the Twins since 2013.

Terry Steinbach
Catcher
Born: (1962-03-02) March 2, 1962 (age 57)
New Ulm, Minnesota
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 12, 1986, for the Oakland Athletics
Last MLB appearance
October 1, 1999, for the Minnesota Twins
MLB statistics
Batting average.271
Home runs162
Runs batted in745
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Steinbach was a three-time MLB All-Star with the Athletics' teams that reached the World Series in three consecutive years, winning the 1989 World Series. He is widely regarded as the best catcher in the Oakland A's franchise history.

Amateur careerEdit

Steinbach attended New Ulm High School in New Ulm, Minnesota. The Cleveland Indians selected Steinbach in the 16th round of the 1980 Major League Baseball Draft, but Steinbach chose not to sign. He enrolled at the University of Minnesota, and played for the Minnesota Golden Gophers' college baseball team. With the Golden Gophers, Steinbach played as a third baseman.[1] In 1982, he played collegiate summer baseball with the Cotuit Kettleers of the Cape Cod Baseball League (CCBL), where he led the league in batting average with a .431 mark; in 2001 he was inducted into the CCBL Hall of Fame.[2] In 1983, he was named the Big Ten Conference Co-Player of the Year, with Rich Stoll of the University of Michigan.[3]

Professional careerEdit

The Oakland Athletics selected Steinbach in the ninth round of the 1983 Major League Baseball Draft. Steinbach signed with the Athletics, and made his professional debut in the minor leagues. After two years as a third baseman, the Athletics moved Steinbach to catcher, and played him for two years in Class AA of the minor leagues.[4]

Steinbach made his major league debut on September 12, 1986 against the Cleveland Indians when he hit a home run off of Greg Swindell in his first major league at-bat. During his 1987 rookie year he had a .284/.349/.463 line with 16 home runs, 56 RBIs and 16 doubles. He also caught 37 would-be base stealers, 3rd highest in the American League.

He was elected to the All Star Game in 1988. His selection was controversial because Steinbach had posted modest numbers in the first half of the season. However, during the game he accounted for both AL runs with a home run and sacrifice fly, and was named the game's MVP. The same year he hit .364 with a double in the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. In all, Steinbach played for 4 Division Championship teams from 1988 to 1992, winning 3 AL Pennants and the 1989 World Series. He had 7 RBIs and a home run in 16 at bats in the '89 fall classic. For his career he hit .281 with 2 home runs and 14 RBIs in 25 postseason games. Offensively his best year was 1996, when he hit 35 home runs with 100 RBIs, 25 doubles for a .272/.342/.529 slash line. He was 21st in the AL MVP ballot. He occasionally played first base, third base and both left and right field. After playing for the A's for 11 seasons ('86-'96), he went on to play for his home-state Minnesota Twins for 3 more seasons ('97-'99). At ages 35 to 37, he averaged 15 home runs, 71 RBIs and 23 doubles per every 162 games as the Twins starting catcher. He also caught two no-hitters during his career (Dave Stewart in 1990, Eric Milton in 1999).

CoachingEdit

From 2008 to 2012, Steinbach was a coach for the Wayzata High School boys varsity baseball team in Plymouth, Minnesota. Steinbach's son Lucas played with the team during this time before graduating in June 2012.[5] He also worked as the Twins' minor league instructor for thirteen years.[4]

On October 22, 2012, the Twins hired Steinbach to be the bench coach and catching instructor on manager Ron Gardenhire's coaching staff, succeeding Steve Liddle.[6][7] Stuart Turner, a catching prospect for the Twins, credited Steinbach's tutelage in spring training for his improvement as a catcher.[8] In 2014, Steinbach managed games in April and August, when Gardenhire was unable to attend the game.[9][10]

Personal lifeEdit

Steinbach and his wife, Mary, have three adult children. Their two sons both play college baseball.[4][6]

Terry's brother, Tom, was a teammate on the Golden Gophers' baseball team. Tom was the right fielder.[11]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The Michigan Daily - Google News Archive Search". Retrieved September 25, 2014.
  2. ^ "Hall of Fame Ceremony 19 January 2002". capecodbaseball.org. Retrieved September 1, 2019.
  3. ^ "Big Ten Conference Baseball Record Book" (PDF). BigTen.org. p. 124. Retrieved January 31, 2013.
  4. ^ a b c "Minnesota Twins' new coaches: Tom Brunansky, Terry Steinbach, Bobby Cuellar". TwinCities.com. Retrieved September 25, 2014.
  5. ^ "Minnesota Twins Name Terry Steinbach New Bench Coach". Lake Minnetonka, Minnesota Patch. Retrieved September 25, 2014.
  6. ^ a b "Rested Steinbach catches on with Twins". Retrieved September 25, 2014.
  7. ^ "Twins add Steinbach, Brunansky and Cuellar to big league coaching staff". Retrieved September 25, 2014.
  8. ^ "Twinsights: Catching prospect Stuart Turner learns from Terry Steinbach". TwinCities.com. Retrieved September 25, 2014.
  9. ^ "Twinsights: Ron Gardenhire leaves team to attend Michael Hirschbeck's funeral - Twins Now". TwinCities.com. Retrieved September 25, 2014.
  10. ^ "Minnesota Twins: Terry Steinbach fills in for ailing Gardenhire". TwinCities.com. Retrieved September 25, 2014.
  11. ^ "The Michigan Daily - Google News Archive Search". Retrieved September 25, 2014.

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