Published: Tue, October 10, 2017
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

Twins bringing Molitor back as manager

Twins bringing Molitor back as manager

This season, after losing 103 games in 2016, the Twins went 85-77, qualifying for the second AL Wild Card slot. They earned the second wild-card berth in the American League before losing to the Yankees 8-4 on Tuesday in a one-game playoff in NY.

The Twins announced Monday Molitor is receiving a three-year contract extension.

Molitor's three-year contract expired at season's end. That led to some uncertainty about whether they would retain a manager they inherited when they took over.

He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame as a member of the Twins in 2016.

The Twins are loaded with young talent or players in their prime, led by Eddie Rosario, Miguel Sano, Byron Buxton and Brian Dozier. "He does so much, having his hands on every single thing". Keeping Molitor in Minnesota ensures that the team's up-and-comers will have managerial stability heading into the future as they seek a title.

Molitor, 61, has a three-year record of 227-259 despite two winning seasons. In doing so, they became the first team to reach the postseason in the season following a 100-loss campaign. "Falvey said late in the season that the manager's status would not be discussed until the season was over". The decision to bring him back no doubt comes as a welcome one for Pohlad, whose family has employed just three managers since 1986.

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