After four seasons, the Minnesota Twins have fired manager Paul Molitor. Molitor, who won his 300th game as a manager this year, was in the midst of a three year contract. Molitor led the Twins to a 78-84 record this year after an unexpected post season appearance last year. Molitor was named the American League Manager of the year in 2017.
“I would like to thank Paul for his tremendous dedication to the Minnesota Twins over his last four years as manager of this club,” said Twins Executive Vice President, Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey. “Paul’s roots here run deep and his commitment to the organization, his staff, and the players is special. I have every hope and desire that he remains a part of this club for many years to come.”
Since playing the final three years of his Hall of Fame career with the Twins from 1996-1998, Molitor held multiple coaching positions at the minor and major league levels and was named the 13th Manager in club history in 2015. Molitor led the Twins to a record of 305-343 (.471) in four seasons as manager.
“The importance and contribution of Paul Molitor to the Twins, our community and Major League Baseball cannot be diminished,” said Twins Owner Jim Pohlad. “On behalf of our family, I offer thanks to Paul for his four years as Twins manager and look forward to the continuation of our relationship with him.”
The Twins will immediately begin their search for a new manager, internally and externally. The coaching staff will be determined by the new manager in conjunction with Executive Vice President, Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey and Senior Vice President, General Manager Thad Levine.