Nov 4, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins manager Paul Molitor addresses the media at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports
Paul Molitor Thinking Ahead
Thus far in Spring Training, we have already heard plenty from the Twins new skipper. While many of these early games are about getting the process down for repetitive success, Molitor has said plenty about how he plans to handle the season ahead. Expecting scenarios to be managed differently as Spring Training goes on, the Twins new manager has been thinking ahead from the get go.
Minnesota has plenty of power hitters this season. With guys such as Oswaldo Arcia, Miguel Sano, and Kennys Vargas all likely drawing shifts from opposing defenses, Molitor has already discussed attack plans for those situations. He has mentioned he’s not afraid of analytics, and is also willing to run on teams. The Twins have noted that an increased focus on holding runners and controlling the game is also something they are working on this time around in Fort Myers.
Whether on the offensive or defensive side of the game, Molitor understands that the turnaround for a ballclub is not only going to be through the output, but also in the execution of each situation. Watching for little nuances throughout the early games, and expecting changes as Spring Training draws on is a very real possibility.