WCCO’s Mike Max on Paul Molitor firing: 'They want someone to call their own'

"When you assess this season on its face value...I don’t think you can say it’s because of Paul."

Edgar Linares
October 02, 2018 - 5:02 pm

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WCCO’s Mike Max was surprised with the Minnesota Twins decision to fire St. Paul-native Paul Molitor, especially after he had taken the team to the playoffs the year before and been offered him a three-year contract.

“Obviously when you have a bad season you look at things,” Max said during an appearance on the Paul and Jordana show. “I thought when you assess this season on its face value and beyond, I don’t think you can say it’s because of Paul Molitor that they didn’t play as well as they would’ve liked.”

Max felt like a number of things went wrong this year and much of it was out of Molitor’s control. He cited Miguel Sano not living up to his full potential, Byron Buxton not being called up for September’s roster after suffering a lingering wrist injury.

“Then they signed a number of free agents that turned out to be bad decisions,” said Max. “Logan Morrison, Lance Lynn, Fernando Rodney, none of them panned out to the level that would’ve warranted the salaries that they gave them. I didn’t see this coming because I didn’t think you could lay that on Paul.”

  • Logan Morrison signed a $6.5 million one-year contract in February.
  • Lance Lynn signed a $12 million one-year contract in February.
  • Fernando Rodney signed a $4 million one-year contract in December 2017.

Max believes at the end of the day the Twins front office consisting of Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey and General Manager Thad Levine, both hired in 2016, wanted a manager they could have more control over and Molitor was not it.  A bad season gave the pair an opportunity to make the change they wanted, said Max.

“I think they want someone to call their own, that they pick,” he said.