May 17, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins coachPaul Molitor
looks on from the dug out in the first inning against the Seattle Mariners at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports
Paul Molitor Ejections: 2
Replacing Ron Gardenhire is no small task. Despite losing the past four seasons, Gardy was a part of a Twins organization that became an annual threat in the AL Central during the early 2000’s. A change needed to be made heading into the 2015 season however, and Paul Molitor brings a new attitude to the clubhouse.
During his tenure with the Twins, Ron Gardenhire became synonymous with his ejection antics. From throwing his hat down to kicking dirt, you knew when Gardenhire was angry. During his introductory press conference, Molitor made a point to mention that he would be taking a no-nonsense approach to the clubhouse. Changes to music and work ethic would be felt throughout the organization. With that in mind, one has to question what his temper looks like.
I think it’s fair to assume that Molitor will be strict, and get after players, but that he also will do things different. Molitor seems to be more of a “behind closed doors” kind of manager, and doesn’t profile as the type to make a statement on the field. I have a hard time seeing him coming in and gaining the impression of a guy who gets thrown out of games in his first season as a big league manager. If Molitor gets tossed once this season, I think that’s the extent of it.
Prediction: Under 2 ejections for Paul Molitor
We are gaining ever closer to Spring Training kicking off for the Minnesota Twins, and many of these projections and off-season speculations will be put to the test. The only thing that is for certain is that baseball is nearly back.