The Twins announced on Monday that they would hire Paul Molitor as manager, replacing Ron Gardenhire who was fired after the team suffered through four straight years of at least 92 losses.
Molitor and Minnesota have agreed to a three year contract, though salary details have not been made available at this time.
Molitor was a very successful MLB player for a long time. He is 10th all time in hits, tallying more than 200 of them in a season four times. He finished his career with an equally impressive .306 batting average. He spent the majority of his 21 career with the Brewers, but the last half decade was split between Toronto and the Twins. He was a five time all-star, and finished second in AL MVP voting in 1993.1
He’s one of four players all time with 3,000 hits, 500 stolen bases, and a career .300 average. The other three? Ty Cobb, Eddie Collins, Honus Wagner.
Molitor has been with the Twins organization for more than ten years now, first working as a minor league instructor, and more recently serving on Gardenhire’s staff.
Regardless of who the Twins selected to take on this team, there’s a lot of work ahead. While some quality players are in the farm system, Minnesota has ranked in the bottom three in the league in ERA the last four seasons. Their offense hasn’t been much more successful. Molitor isn’t going to be able to make any drastic improvements overnight, but at least the franchise seems committed to him and he’s had success both on and off the field.
Behind Frank Thomas whose 41 homer and .317 average was good enough to make him a unanimous selection. Rightfully so. ↩