Minnesota Twins: Paul Molitor is the right man for the Twins

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 27: Paul Molitor /

The Minnesota Twins won 85 games last season and are poised to make some noise in the American League Central. Puckett’s Pond is here to get you ready for the 2018 season.

It’s finally February and we’re less than a week away from the start of Spring Training. The Minnesota Twins have Miguel Sano, Joe Mauer, and Byron Buxton, amongst others coming back this season, and the excitement is building in the Twin Cities. This team is ready to take the next step and Paul Molitor has proven to be the right man for the job.

What makes Molitor the right fit for the Twins?

His credentials for starters. Molitor is a member of the MLB Hall of Fame and a player remembered fondly everywhere he played. From Milwaukee to Toronto to Minnesota, Molitor has always carried himself with class. His work ethic and demeanor show through his players.

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Molitor is also a former member of the Twins front office, so he knows this system well. He has been involved with MLB in some capacity for a long time and brings a wealth of knowledge to this clubhouse. That wealth of knowledge hasn’t stopped him from learning the game as he has also shown a willingness to let new analytics and metrics influence him and his coaching staff. Molitor has 227 wins through his first three seasons as a manager and shows the potential to be in Minnesota for a long time.

Following a promising 83 wins in his first season as manager in 2015, the Twins lost a disappointing 105 games in 2016. The playoff berth in ’17 represents the ONLY time in MLB history a team made the postseason one year after losing 100 games.

The St. Paul native has this team ready for the next step. The Minnesota Twins were a Top-10 offense a season ago and could be even better in 2018. From Byron Buxton to Eddie Rosario, and many more, Molitor has a young group ready to make the leap. The Cleveland Indians won over 100 games last season, but this is the year Minnesota pushes them for the American League Central division crown.

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