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Minnesota Twins fire manager Paul Molitor

Ouster comes a year after Molitor was named AL manager of the year

October 02, 2018 - 12:02 pm

The Twins have fired Paul Molitor as manager of the team and offered another position within the organization.

USA Today's MLB columnist Bob Nightengale broke the story. He told WCCO Radio's Chad Hartman that he thinks the Twins will hire a younger, more "analytics-driven" replacement:

"He just was never their guy," Nightengale said. 

Listen to the full interview here: 

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The Twins released the following statement from Molitor:

"I was informed today that the Twins will seek a new manager for the 2019 season and I fully respect that decision. I will forever be grateful for the opportunity they gave me to serve in the role as manager for these past four years. I'm going to consider their genuine offer to serve in a different capacity to positively impact the Twins from a different role. Special thanks to my coaches and players I have had a chance to manage and I certainly appreciate the tremendous support I received from all Twins Territory." 

Former Gopher hockey coach Dough Woog called into the show to say why he thought the Twins had made the wrong decision. In his view, Molitor's character and quality as a person should have been given more consideration. 

"This wasn't fair. I know there are reasons but to me this came across as a slap to all Minnesota baseball and fans of the Twins... it's a gut wretcher."

Listen to the call here: 

Last year, Molitor, 62, was the American League manager of the year after leading the Twins to the AL Wild Card game. That led to Molitor signing a three-year contract extension.

The Twins lost that Wild Card game to the Yankees, and the 2018 season was a disappointment, the team finishing in second place in the AL Central with a 77-85 record.

In four seasons after replacing Ron Gardenhire as Twins manager, the baseball Hall-of-Famer had a record of 305-343.

Molitor was retained as manager when the Twins hired Derek Falvey as chief baseball officer and Thad Levine as general manager in 2017.

Twins owner Jim Pohlad said before Falvey and Levine came aboard that Molitor must be retained by whoever he hired to run the team.

Molitor expressed last month that he wanted to return as manager for the 2019 season.

More details are coming.