Joe Vavra Chosen Hitting Coach for Twins

Joe Vavra, who both played and coached in the Dodger minor league system was recently promoted to hitting coach for the Minnesota Twins. Vavra has spent the last four years as the Twins minor league field coordinator. He replaces Scott Ulger, who becomes the Minnesota third base coach.

Vavra, an infielder, was the Dodgers No. 8 selection in the 1982 June draft out of the University of Wisconsin-Stout. He played in Lodi, San Antonio and Albuquerque.

He managed Great Falls in 1989 and 1990, winning the league pennant and playoffs each year. Moving to Yakima, he again won the league pennant in 1991.

In his first two years in Great Falls, he won 101 games and lost 34, recording a .791 mark in 1989 that still stands as the short-season record and third in the Dodger system in all classes. His 1990 team was not far behind, winning 48 of 48 games for a .706 percentage.

Vavra managed Yakima again in 1992 before moving to Vero Beach to manage the Dodgers. He was an outstanding manager of young players and was moved back to Yakima from 1994-1997, where he won a pennant in 1194 and the playoff in 1996.

He was manager of the year in the Pioneer League in both 1994 and 1996. The Dodgers made him their minor league baserunning, bunting and outfield coordinator and he managed San Bernardino in 1999 for four games as the interim manager.

His overall career record in the Dodger system was 379-349 (.521) over a 10 year span. And he holds the 29th position on the franchise list along with Tom Beyers and Al Ronning.