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Brunansky is Stingers' opening-night guest

Former Minnesota Twins hitting coach Tom Brunansky, right, talks with center fielder Byron Buxton in a March 30, 2016 file photo. Brunansky will be the Willmar Stingers' opening-night guest on May 30. Kim Klement / USA TODAY Sports

Former Minnesota Twin Tom Brunansky will be this year's Willmar Stingers opening night guest.

Brunansky will throw out the ceremonial first pitch for the 2017 Home Opener against Thunder Bay at 7:05 p.m., May 30, at Bill Taunton Stadium.

Fans will be able to meet Tom Brunansky, take photos and get his autograph when gates open at 6 p.m. The first 500 fans through the gates will receive a 2017 magnet schedule and there will be a post-game fireworks show!

Brunansky was drafted No. 14 overall in the 1978 major league draft by the California Angels. After making his major-league debut in 1981 with the Angels, Brunansky was traded to the Minnesota Twins in May 1982. He went on to play seven seasons with the Twins from 1982-1988 earning a World Series title during the 1987 season.

Brunansky played 14 major league seasons with five franchises (California, Minnesota, St. Louis, Boston, Milwaukee). He finished his career with a career batting average of .245 along with 271 home runs and 919 runs batted in. Brunansky was also a member of the 1985 American League All-Star team which was played at the Metrodome in Minnesota.

Most recently, Brunansky returned to the Minnesota Twins organization where he spent four seasons as the team's hitting coach from 2013-2016 under Ron Gardenhire and current Twins Manager Paul Molitor.

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