The Minnesota Twins announced today that manager Tom Nieto and hitting coach Floyd Rayford will not return for the 2012 season with the Minnesota Twins organization. Both Nieto and Rayford will not have their contracts renewed. Nieto, 50, compiled a 102-186 (.354) managerial record over two seasons (2010-2011) as manager of the Rochester Red Wings, including a 53-91 record in 2011. Rayford, 54, has spent the last two seasons (2010-2011) as the hitting coach with Rochester.
"The Minnesota Twins organization would like to thank both Tom and Floyd for their contributions. These changes in Rochester are just part of an overall directional change that is being implemented throughout the minor league system this off-season," said Minnesota Twins Director of Minor League Operations Jim Rantz. "We can't thank Tom and Floyd enough for all they did for us the last two seasons. This was a business decision by the Minnesota Twins and this is one of those tough days to be in this business," said Red Wings General Manager Dan Mason.
The rest of the Red Wings 2011 staff is expected to return for the 2012.
The Minnesota Twins will begin their search process immediately.