Newman's tenure in Minnesota ends

Newman's tenure in Minnesota ends

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins announced Friday that third base coach Al Newman has left the team to take a scouting position with the Diamondbacks.

The 45-year-old Newman spent the last four seasons as third base coach and was popular with fans. A former infielder, he played for the Twins from 1987-91 and earned two World Series rings. He returned to the organization as a Minor League manager in 1995 and worked at several levels before joining manager Ron Gardenhire's staff before the 2002 season.

Newman had a meeting with Twins general manager Terry Ryan this week before the two decided to part ways. Ryan did not discuss any specific reasons for the departure.

"Sometimes, change isn't all that bad," Ryan said.

Back in September 2003, Newman suffered a life-threatening brain hemorrhage and missed the rest of the season and playoffs. He returned to the club for Spring Training in 2004 and has not had any health problems since.

Newman is the first coach to leave Gardenhire's staff in four seasons. The club has not named a replacement, with Ryan saying he would seek "more input" from Gardenhire.

Potential replacements include hitting coach Scott Ullger, who coached third base from 1995-98 under former manager Tom Kelly. Ullger filled in for Newman when he took ill two seasons ago.

The rest of the 2006 coaching staff will be finalized at a later date. Ullger, pitching coach Rick Anderson, first base coach Jerry White, bench coach Steve Liddle and bullpen coach Rick Stelmaszek seem likely to remain.

"I'll announce it all at once," Ryan said.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.