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Mauer to return as Miracle skipper

December 15, 2011
Lehigh Acres Citizen

The Minnesota Twins announced this week that Jake Mauer will return for his third season as manager of the Fort Myers Miracle.

Mauer, 32, has compiled a record of 127-150 and will be joined by the return of coaches Steve Mintz, Jim Dwyer and trainer Chris Johnson.

"It is great to be coming back to Fort Myers." Mauer said in a prepared statement. "Having the entire staff intact should help us. We all get along so well and we all have the same goal to help players get closer to seeing there major league dreams come true".

The Miracle promoted 17 players to higher levels in the Twins organization in 2011.

Mauer previously spent two seasons as manager of the Gulf Coast League Twins. In 2009, after leading the GCL Twins to a first-place finish in the South Division, he was named GCL Manager of the Year.

The former Miracle infielder (2003, 2005) is 196-192 in four years as a professional manager and will manage against his brother, Joe, when the Miracle face the Minnesota Twins in a spring exhibition game April 4.

Mintz, 42, returns for his fourth season as Miracle pitching coach and 9th year overall with the Twins organization.

Dwyer, 61, a Cape Coral resident, enters his seventh season as the Miracle hitting coach and his 16th year in the organization.

It will be Johnson's second season as the Miracle trainer.

The Miracle open their 20th season beginning April 5 at Charlotte.



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