The Minnesota Twins may have lost veteran pitching coach Wes Johnson to a surprising midseason departure, but it didn't take them long to name a replacement. Former bullpen coach Pete Maki will take over the position while advance scout Colby Suggs fulfills Maki's role.
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Maki's coaching career started with the Columbia Lions, where he served as the head coach from 2008-2015 before joining the Duke Blue Devils staff. The 39-year-old was eventually hired as a minor league pitching coordinator for the Twins before taking on the role of bullpen coach in 2019.
With Minnesota currently leading the AL Central division, it makes sense to turn to a familiar voice rather than bringing in an outsider. The Twins have posted the seventh-best team ERA in baseball (3.71) and have four starters in the rotation with ERAs sitting at 3.20 or under at the end of June.
Meanwhile, Suggs makes his first substantial leap on the coaching ladder since leaving the Arkansas Razorbacks to join the Twins staff in 2019. The 30-year-old spent four years pitching in the minor leagues after being the No. 73 overall pick in 2013, but was never able to make it to the big stage.
For now, the Twins have their eyes set on winning their first divisional title since 2010 and their first playoff series since 2002. Minnesota has odds set at +105 to earn the AL Central crown and odds set at +4000 to win the World Series, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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