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Joe Vavra's Transition: Hitting Coach To 3rd Base Coach


Town of Lafayette (WQOW) -- Twins third base coach Joe Vavra is in the Town of Lafayette, Monday, helping dedicate a new recreation building.

This is Vavra's first season as Minnesota's third base coach, after seven seasons as the team's hitting coach.  Vavra says the transition's gone well, adding that there are no bad jobs in Major League Baseball.

"Seven years as a hitting coach in the big leagues, with one team, is really a long tenure," says Vavra, "I really have enjoyed third base and I've always said, in baseball, whatever job I'm doing is the best job there is. And that's the way I approach being a third base coach. I'm not as busy as I'd like to be. We haven't scored a whole lot of runs. I haven't been challenged as much as I'd like to, because I like those situations. I like to make the decision, should I send him or not. I look at the different scenarios: who's hitting, who's at bat, what's the count, who's pitching, are we going to score a bunch of runs -- and all the decisions that come before the ball is put in play. You want to get every kind of -- you want to get the edge."

It's back to work Tuesday for Vavra, as the Twins start a series at Target Field with the Royals.

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