Scott Ullger

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Scott Ullger
Scott Ullger on June 26, 2012.jpg
Minnesota Twins – No. 41
First baseman / Coach
Born: (1955-06-10) June 10, 1955 (age 59)
New York, New York
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 17, 1983 for the Minnesota Twins
Last MLB appearance
September 30, 1983 for the Minnesota Twins
Career statistics
Batting average .190
Home runs 0
Runs batted in 5
Teams

Scott Matthew Ullger (born June 10, 1955 in New York, New York) is a retired Major League Baseball player and coach. He spent 20 seasons (1995–2014) as a coach for the Minnesota Twins of Major League Baseball, serving in four different roles: as third base and first base coach, bench coach and hitting instructor. Ullger was frequently referred to as "Scotty" by Twins faithfuls and by broadcasters Bert Blyleven and Dick Bremer.

Ullger, from Plainview, New York, was drafted by the Twins in 1977 and called up in 1983 after a successful minor league career. This did not, however, translate to big league success as Ullger played only 35 games in the majors, primarily at first base, all in the 1983 season.

After his playing career, he got into coaching. Ullger became the manager of the Visalia Oaks in 1988, becoming the California League Manager of the Year in 1990. He also had successful runs with the Portland Beavers/Salt Lake Buzz when the team was the Twins' AAA affiliate.

In 1995, Ullger became the Twins’ first base coach. He went 3-2 in a brief unofficial managerial stint in 2002, while Manager Ron Gardenhire was absent. Following the 2005 season, Ullger was shifted and became the Twins’ new third base coach, a position which he held through the 2010 season. In December 2010 it was announced he would become the Twins' bench coach, swapping roles with Steve Liddle. This allowed him to work more closely with Manager Ron Gardenhire.

In May, 2008, Ullger managed the team for five games due to the death of Ron Gardenhire's brother Mike, and for a road game in New York at the end of the month while Gardenhire attended his daughter's high school graduation.

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Preceded by
Ron Gardenhire
Al Newman
Minnesota Twins third base coach
19951998
20062010
Succeeded by
Ron Gardenhire
Steve Liddle
Preceded by
Terry Crowley
Minnesota Twins hitting coach
19992005
Succeeded by
Joe Vavra
Preceded by
Steve Liddle
Minnesota Twins bench coach
20112012
Succeeded by
Terry Steinbach
Preceded by
Jerry White
Minnesota Twins first base coach
20132014
Succeeded by
Butch Davis