|Published:||Dec 10, 2012 9:29 PM EST|
|Updated:||Dec 10, 2012 9:29 PM EST|
FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Fort Myers Miracle, in conjunction with the Minnesota Twins, announced 12-year Major League veteran Doug Mientkiewicz as the teams manager for the 2013 season.
“I’m excited to join the Minnesota organization and Fort Myers Miracle coaching staff,” said Mientkiewicz, “I’ve always considered myself a Twin.”
Mientkiewicz, 38, had been the hitting coach for the Ogden Raptors of the Pioneer League in 2012.
Mientkiewicz played in 1,087 games in the Major Leagues from 1998-2009 with the Minnesota Twins, Boston Red Sox, New York Mets, Kansas City Royals, New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates and Los Angeles Dodgers.
Mientkiewicz was drafted by Minnesota in the fifth round of the 1995 Major League Baseball Draft and debuted with the Fort Myers Miracle in 1995. Mientkiewicz played two seasons with the Miracle appearing in 171 games in 1995 and 1996.
“I began my professional baseball career in Fort Myers,” said Mientiewicz, “Now, I’m excited to start my managing career with the Miracle. We are going to hustle on and off the field and bring an exciting brand of baseball to the fans.”
A .271 career hitter at the Major League level, Mientkiewicz appeared in 643 games with Minnesota from 1998-2004. As a Twin, Mientkiewicz hit .275 with 43 home runs and 266 runs batted in. Mientkiewicz won a Gold Glove Award in 2001 with Minnesota.