A Year Ago: Minnesota Twins Hired Paul Molitor

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Exactly a year ago today, the Minnesota Twins hired who many think is their future manager. October 22, 2013 the Minnesota Twins hired Paul Molitor back onto the major league staff.

This was a return to the bench for Molitor. The St. Paul native was on Tom Kelly’s staff from 2000-2001. Plus, Molitor was the Seattle Mariners hitting coach in 2004. This past season Molitor was in charge of a lot of stuff: baserunning, bunting, infield instruction, positioning. He also assisted with in-game strategy.

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Molitor doesn’t have a huge amount of major league coaching experience on his resume, but it is widely known that Molitor has an insane amount of baseball knowledge.

It’s a three horse race right now for the Twins managerial job. Molitor looks to be the leader coming down the stretch with Torey Lovullo and Doug Mientkiewicz bringing up the rear.

The Molitor hire was almost instantly seen as an in-house replacement for Ron Gardenhire. As the manager search comes to a close, it looks like those suspicions might have been accurate.

The hometown boy was hired back to team he achieved 3,000 hits a year ago, wouldn’t it be fitting if he was hired as the boss a year later?

Here’s our article about the Molitor hire from a year ago.

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