• Paul Molitor Added To Minnesota Twins Coaching Staff

    The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have added Paul Molitor to Ron Gardenhire's coaching staff. Molitor will oversee bunting, base-running and infield positioning. He was added as part of a new MLB rule which allows teams to have a seventh uniformed coach on the bench during games.

    Molitor last coached with the Twins in 2000 and 2001 as Tom Kelly's bench coach on the same staff where Gardenhire was the third base coach. When Gardenhire was named coach for the 2002 season, Molitor was also a candidate. He was also a candidate last year to join the coaching staff this last year when three new coaches were added.

    Molitor is a Hall of Fame player who played for Milwaukee, Toronto and Minnesota during a 21-year career. He has recently been working as a roving minor league instructor in the Twins organization.
    Comments 8 Comments
    1. Hosken Bombo Disco's Avatar
      Hosken Bombo Disco -
      This is nothing but good news - someone with a different perspective who might be part of the rebuilding plan.
    1. John Bonnes's Avatar
      John Bonnes -
      It's interesting, because there are member of the Twins organization that thought Ron Gardenhire was the reason Molitor wasn't added to the staff before this year - that he essentially vetoed it. I don't know if those people were right or not, but it's always seemed strange that he was on the outside looking in, and it seemed especially strange last year. I wonder if that was ever true, or if things have changed or if Gardy just didn't have much say at this point. It should make for an interesting dynamic.
    1. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
      Jeremy Nygaard -
      I think there's a difference between having Molitor on your staff as a lame-duck manager and having Molitor on your staff after being given a two-year extension. I know there really isn't a difference, but I would view this as a much less threatening move if I was Gardy than I would have last year.
    1. mnfanforlife's Avatar
      mnfanforlife -
      Well, is it safe to assume Molitor will be next-in-line for the manager job? in 2 yrs or less?
    1. Jim Crikket's Avatar
      Jim Crikket -
      Just listened to Molitor's interview on 1500 and I think he pretty much laid out the answers to these questions.

      1) he was disappointed he didn't get one of the open coaching spots last year and TR pretty much went with Gardy's preferred choices as coaches.
      2) he and Gardy talked and he got an explanation of the choices that were made (wanted a catcher, wanted a bi-lingual coach, felt Bruno deserved the promotion).
      3) Gardy approached TR about adding a 7th coach this year and suggested Molitor, which caught Molitor a bit by surprise.

      It seems logical that Gardy getting the 2 yr extension would make him less uneasy about having Molitor on board, but I don't really buy that as a significant factor for 3 reasons: a) having a 2 yr extension wouldn't prevent the Twins from firing Gardy, so if/when the Twins lose a bunch of games, the speculation of a Molitor replacement will still be there even with the extension, b) really, if you're Gardy and it turns out the Twins are looking like they're going to fire you, what the hell do you care who the replacement is going to be because you're gone either way, and c) I don't think Molitor is going to be the next Twins manager, regardless.

      I think it's a good hire.
    1. raindog's Avatar
      raindog -
      Kind of wish they would have hired someone from outside the organization, preferably someone originally from Latin America.

      Still, I like Molitor. Based off his reputation, I hope he can correct some fundamentals. If the Twins are going to bunt, (I don't like the bunt), at least do it right.
    1. Twins Daily Admin's Avatar
      Twins Daily Admin -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jim Crikket View Post
      Just listened to Molitor's interview on 1500 and I think he pretty much laid out the answers to these questions.

      1) he was disappointed he didn't get one of the open coaching spots last year and TR pretty much went with Gardy's preferred choices as coaches.
      2) he and Gardy talked and he got an explanation of the choices that were made (wanted a catcher, wanted a bi-lingual coach, felt Bruno deserved the promotion).
      3) Gardy approached TR about adding a 7th coach this year and suggested Molitor, which caught Molitor a bit by surprise.

      It seems logical that Gardy getting the 2 yr extension would make him less uneasy about having Molitor on board, but I don't really buy that as a significant factor for 3 reasons: a) having a 2 yr extension wouldn't prevent the Twins from firing Gardy, so if/when the Twins lose a bunch of games, the speculation of a Molitor replacement will still be there even with the extension, b) really, if you're Gardy and it turns out the Twins are looking like they're going to fire you, what the hell do you care who the replacement is going to be because you're gone either way, and c) I don't think Molitor is going to be the next Twins manager, regardless.

      I think it's a good hire.
      Thanks for posting this Jim. That's very good information.
    1. Brandon27's Avatar
      Brandon27 -
      You guys also got to he has worked with the twins top two prospects Sano and Buxton in the minors so that will help the team out
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