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.
COACHING CAREER: 2015 marks his 15th Minor League and Major League professional coaching season... Named Twins coach October 22, 2013 under Ron Gardenhire, overseeing baserunning, bunting, infield instruction and positioning, plus assisting with in-game strategy... Served as Minnesota's minor league baserunning/infield coordinator for second time in career from 2005-13... Served as Seattle Mariners hitting coach in 2004... Served as Minnesota's minor league baserunning/infield coordinator, roving through all levels of Twins minor league system in 2003... Served as part-time Twins scout and special assistant in 2002... Served as Twins bench coach under Tom Kelly from 2000-01.
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 Class-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 center field 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... 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... Won Branch Rickey Award and Players Choice Man of the Year Award in 1998. A Seven-time American League All-Star in 1980, '85, '88, '91, '92, '93 and '94... Four-time Louisville Silver Slugger Award winner in 1987, '88, '93 and '96.
PROFESSIONAL: Milwaukee's first-round pick (third overall) in 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.