Twins say they will hire Paul Molitor as manager

Twins say they will hire Paul Molitor as manager
Paul Molitor

The Minnesota Twins say they will hire Paul Molitor as manager after four straight seasons of 92 or more losses.

The Twins said the 58-year-old Molitor will be introduced at a news conference Tuesday and given a three-year contract. He replaces Ron Gardenhire, who was fired five weeks ago.

Molitor, a Hall of Fame infielder and Minnesota native with the 10th-most hits in major league history, spent 2014 as a coach on Gardenhire’s staff. Prior to that, he served for 10 seasons as a minor league instructor in the organization, a noted influence on many young players. Molitor was an initial candidate for the job that last opened in 2001, when Tom Kelly retired and Gardenhire was chosen.

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