The Minnesota Twins have relieved Paul Molitor of his responsibilities as a manager, but plan to change his role in another role next season.
Molitor, 62, collected a 305-343 record over four seasons as a coach. The Twins went 78-84 this season and completed 13 games behind the First Place Cleveland Indians after entering the spring training with expectations in the American League Central.
"I want to thank Paul for his tremendous dedication to the Minnesota twins over the last four years as managers of this club," said Twins executive vice president, Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey in a statement. "Paul's roots are deeply rooted here and his commitment to the organization, his staff and the players is something special, and I have every hope and desire that he will be part of this club for many more years."
The sources said: Gemini have had "productive talks" about keeping Molitor with the organization in another, undisclosed property and expect him to accept the team's offer. Molitor has two more years to complete the three-year contract extension he completed in October 201
The Minnesota-born Molitor was a seven-time All-Star and collected 3,319 career hits in 21 seasons with Milwaukee Brewers, Toronto Blue Jays and the Twins. He made the Baseball Hall of Fame with 85.2 percent of the vote in 2004 in his first appearance on the ballot.
While Molitor had expressed confidence in both he and his associates would return In 2019, team owner Jim Pohlad gave him no confidence when he was asked late in the season. He only said that after the season they would meet with the baseball chief and general manager Thad Levine to talk about the future.
The importance and contribution of Paul Molitor to the Gemini, our community and Major League Baseball can not be lessened, "Pohlad said in a statement." On behalf of our family, I thank Paul for his four years as a Twins manager and Looking forward to continuing our relationship with him. "
The Twins were one of the 2017 season's surprises, the 85-77 for their highest overall victory since they won 94 in 2010. They made the playoffs as a wild card Minnesota was unable to carry anything of its momentum from the 2017 regular season in 2018, winning just nine games in April.The act took a step back, with injuries from Miguel Sano and Byron Buxton is part of the problem.