Paul Molitor fired by the Minnesota Twins
Zeke Fuhrman | Oct 2, 2018 AT 12:05 pm
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The Minnesota Twins will have a new manger for the 2019 season after announcing that they fired Paul Molitor Tuesday morning. Molitor managed the Twins for four seasons and won the AL Manager of the Year award last year after the Twins made the playoffs.
Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports that the Twins have had “productive conversations” with Molitor about transitioning to a different role in the organization. The Twins still owe him $3.25 million over the next two years thanks to a contract extension granted last offseason.
The Twins went 305-343 under Molitor, bouncing back and forth between good and terrible seasons. They won 85 games and an AL Wild Card berth last year — winning Molitor the Manager of the Year Award — and there were high hopes heading into 2018 as a result. Those hopes went unfulfilled and that’s what cost Molitor his job, it would seem.
The previous year, the Twins lost 103 games...the most in franchise history. The Twins are the only team in baseball history to go from 100+ losses to the playoffs.
The current Twins baseball operations team, led by Derek Falvey and Thad Levine, now have the opportunity to hire 'their guy' to lead the Twins next season. Molitor was hired by Terry Ryan before Falvey and Levine took over.