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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO/AP) – The Minnesota Twins announced Tuesday morning that they’ve added a seventh coach to their staff, and it’s a name with plenty of local flavor.
Paul Molitor will join the staff as Twins officials said he will oversee base running, bunting, infield instruction and positioning and assist with game strategy. Molitor, 57, played professional baseball for 21 seasons. He spent most of his career with the Milwaukee Brewers before spending three seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays and three seasons with the Minnesota Twins.
Molitor collected his 3,000th career hit in a Twins uniform and was selected to the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame in 2004. He’s the only player to reach 3,000 career hits with a triple.
Since 2005, Molitor has served as a minor league base running and infield coordinator for the organization. He was a coach on manager Tom Kelly’s staff in the 2000 and 2001 seasons and also was hitting coach for Seattle in 2004, the year he was inducted into the Hall of Fame.
The Twins re-signed manager Ron Gardenhire to a two-year contract and brought back the rest of his assistants.
Molitor is a St. Paul native who was a high school star at Cretin-Derham Hall and went onto play baseball at the University of Minnesota. He was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1974.
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