The Minnesota Twins have hired Hall of Famer Paul Molitor and it is a decision the organization will not regret.
Any time a team adds a great player who has accomplished some unbelievable feats on the baseball field is a good thing. The fact is Molitor’s presence in the clubhouse is going to do wonders for a Twins team that has struggled the past three seasons.
Molitor will be listed as the base running, bunting, infield instruction and positioning coach. However, what he will really do is bring an incredible amount of knowledge and experience that players will be able to absorb on a daily basis. It is impossible to put a limit on what he will be able to accomplish with the ball club on and off the field.
The great news is Molitor is excited for the opportunity that lies ahead. He knows that Minnesota has potential to get back into the spotlight, while he also understands there is a lot of work that needs to be done in order for that to happen.
“There’s really no part of the game that we can’t do better at,” Molitor said, according to ESPN.com. “I’m going to be able to work on guys who need to have a small-ball game, with the things they can do, with ways to score runs. I think that’s kind of a lost art. Guys worry so much about getting on base, but they forget how to score and how to pick up 90 feet. While it wasn’t horrible, I think it certainly could be better.”
If there is anyone to teach young players how to steal bases, it is Molitor. He recorded a whopping 504 stolen bases during his 21 years in the big leagues, which includes four seasons with at least 40 stolen bases.