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Nieto, coaches return for 201110/29/2010 7:30 AM ET
Manager Tom Nieto and his coaching staff will return to the Red Wings in 2011.
Nieto will enter his 11th year as a minor league manager, his third in the Twins organization and his second season in Triple-A. The 2011 season will mark his 20th year as a Major League coach, or minor league manager/instructor. Nieto, a catcher, put together a seven-year Major League career (1984-1990), including two seasons with the Twins (1987 & 1988). A 3rd round pick of the St. Louis Cardinals in 1981, Nieto spent time with the St. Louis Cardinals (1984 & 1985), Montreal Expos (1986), Minnesota Twins (1987 & 1988) and Philadelphia Phillies (1989 & 1990), batting .205 with five home runs and 69 RBI in 251 Major League games.
Returning with Nieto to the dugout will be Pitching Coach Bobby Cuellar and Hitting Coach Floyd Rayford .
Floyd Rayford, 53, will begin his second season as the Red Wings hitting coach and his 12th year in the Minnesota Twins organization. Rayford, a long time Rochester fan favorite known as “Sugar Bear”, played for Rochester from 1980-1984, 1986 & 1987.
Click here for the official press release(pdf file), with more on Nieto's career and managing record, plus a look at the records of the last 20 Red Wings managers.