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Paul Molitor #4

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Full Name:
Paul Molitor
Uniform #:
4

PERSONAL: Paul Leo Molitor...nickname "Mollie"...wife, Destini...daughters, Blaire and Julia, and sons, Joshua and Ben...1974 graduate of Cretin High School in St. Paul, where he played soccer and was All-State in baseball and basketball...one of 10 players from Cretin High School to be drafted by MLB team, a list that includes Joe Mauer (1st round by Minnesota in 2001) and Chris Weinke (22nd round by Toronto in 1990)...played in the International Games in Montreal in summer of 1975...attended University of Minnesota 1975-77...participates annually in Twins Winter Caravan.

PLAYING CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Inducted in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2004 (first ballot)...is one of only seven players in MLB history (Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner, Eddie Collins, Lou Brock, Rickey Henderson and Ichiro Suzuki) to amass at least 3,000 hits and 500 stolen bases in a career...one of five players in MLB history (Cobb, Collins, Wagner and Suzuki) to amass at least 3,000 hits, 500 stolen bases and a .300 average-or-higher...ranks ninth on baseball's all-time list in hits (3,319), 12th in doubles (605), 14th in at-bats (10,835), 19th in runs (1,782), 33rd in games (2,683) and 38th in stolen bases (504).

MANAGERIAL CAREER: 2017: Suffered fifth career ejection April 20 vs. Cleveland, arguing balls and strikes...earned 200th managerial win August 11 at Detroit in a 9-4 victory...suffered sixth career ejection September 3 vs. Kansas City, arguing a check swing by Royals batter...helped lead club to AL Wild Card berth but lost in one-game playoff at New York by a score of 8-4...led club to 85-77 record after 59-103 the previous season, becoming the first team in baseball history to make the postseason after losing 100 games the prior season...the 59 to 85 wins from 2016-17 also biggest win increase in club history (26 win improvement)...given three-year contract extension October 9...named AL Manager of the Year, becoming the third manager in Twins history to earn the award, joining Tom Kelly (1991) and Ron Gardenhire (2010); received 112 voting points, including 18 first place votes, six second place votes and four third place votes...one of two people to ever in the Hall of Fame and win a Manager of the Year Award, the other being Frank Robinson (1989)...2016: Suffered fourth career ejection May 4 at Houston, arguing balls and strikes... earned 100th managerial win June 7 vs. Miami in a Twins 6-4 victory...went 17-for-28 in managerial challenges...2015: Earned first managerial win in a Twins 6-0 victory April 10 at Chicago-AL...ejected three times on the season: June 10 vs. Kansas City (balls and strikes), July 25 vs. New York-AL (balls and strikes) and August 23 at Baltimore (balls and strikes)...went 26-for-42 in managerial challenges...named third best manager in AL by Baseball America's annual tools survey, behind Baltimore's Buck Showalter and Cleveland's Terry Francona...named AL Manager of the Year by The Sporting News, an award voted on by his peers...finished third in the AL Manager of the Year voting with 33 voting points (2 first place votes, 3 second place votes and 14 third place votes), behind Texas' Jeff Bannister (112 points) and Houston's A.J. Hinch (82 points).

COACHING CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: 2018 marks fourth season as Twins Manager and 18th season either managing or coaching at the professional level...named Twins coach October 22, 2013 under Ron Gardenhire, overseeing baserunning, bunting, infield instruction and positioning, plus assisting with in-game strategy...served as part-time Twins scout and special assistant in 2002...began professional coaching career as Twins bench coach under Tom Kelly in 2000.

PLAYING CAREER: Played 21 major league seasons with Milwaukee (1978-92), Toronto (1993-95) and Minnesota (1996-98)...played mostly second base and third base for Milwaukee, mostly designated hitter for Toronto and first base/designated hitter for Minnesota...was nicknamed "The Ignitor."..Began career with Milwaukee in 1978 after spending one season in minor leagues with Single-A Burlington....Began rookie season as shortstop, but moved to second base upon Robin Yount's return from injury....Made major league debut April 7 vs. Baltimore and singled off Mike Flanagan for first major league hit...finished second in the AL Rookie of the Year voting, behind Detroit's Lou Whitaker...named AL Rookie of the Year by The Sporting News and Baseball Digest in 1978...Made transition from second base to centerfield in 1981....Made transition to third base in 1982....Finished 12th in AL MVP voting in 1982, hitting .302 (201-for-666), leading the AL in runs scored (136) and at-bats....Played in first career World Series, setting a World Series record for hits (5) in a single World Series game (Game 1 October 12, 1982 at St. Louis)....Set career-high with 39-game hitting streak July 16-August 25, 1987...the streak was stopped by John Farrell August 26; fifth longest streak in modern major league history....Finished fifth in AL MVP voting in 1987, hitting a career-high .353 (164-for-465), leading the AL in doubles (41) and runs scored (114)....Led the AL in 1991 in hits (216), triples (13) and runs scored (133)....Finished second in AL MVP voting in 1993, hitting .332 (211-for-636), leading the AL in hits....Received AL Outstanding Designated Hitter Award and Bart Giamatti Award in 1993 after hitting career-high 22 home runs....Member of 1993 World Series Champion Toronto Blue Jays, earning World Series MVP honors with homers in Games 3 and 6 against Philadelphia....Signed with Twins December 5, 1995 and made Twins debut April 1, 1996 vs. Detroit, becoming 22nd native Minnesotan to play for the Twins. A Posted second highest average of career in 1996 at .341 (225-for-660), leading the AL in hits....Recorded 3,000th career hit, tripling off Jose Rosada in the fifth inning September 16, 1996 at Kansas City (21st player at the time, first on a triple)....Recorded 500th stolen base August 8, 1998 vs. Baltimore. AWon Branch Rickey Award and Players Choice Man of the Year Award in 1998....Seven-time American League All-Star: 1980, '85, '88, '91, '92, '93 and '94....Four-time Louisville Silver Slugger Award winner: 1987, '88, '93 and '96.

COLLEGIATE CAREER: Attended University of Minnesota 1975-77, playing shortstop exclusively, where he was All-Conference in his final two seasons, 1976 and '77...hit .376 (70-for-186) with seven doubles, three triples, 10 home runs, 40 RBI and 47 runs scored in 49 games as a sophomore in 1976, and .325 (54-for-166) with nine doubles, two triples, six home runs, 37 RBI, 35 runs scored and 20 stolen bases in 50 games as a junior in 1977...hit .350 (159-for-454) with 19 doubles, 11 triples, 18 home runs, 99 RBI, 112 runs scored, 52 stolen bases (53 chances), 44 walks and just 32 strikeouts in 130 career games at the U of M...ranks fourth on the Golden Gophers all-time list in career triples and eighth in stolen bases...is one of 156 Gophers to ever be drafted by MLB team, one of 30 to play Major League Baseball and one of two in the National Baseball Hall of Fame (Dave Winfield).

PROFESSIONAL: Selected by Milwaukee in the first round pick (3rd overall) of the 1977 First-Year Player Draft; signed by scout Dee Fondy...originally drafted by St. Louis in the 28th round of the 1974 First-Year Player Draft, but did not sign.

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