New Twins manager Paul Molitor is a St. Paul native with 3,000 hits (and some wheels too)
New Twins manager Paul Molitor had some wheels, too
There are plenty of reasons to get excited about the Twins naming St. Paul native and former Twin Paul Molitor as their new manager on Tuesday. Like his 3,319 hits.
Or the 1993 World Series MVP award he earned with the Blue Jays after hitting two doubles, two triples, and two home runs in the series win over Philadelphia.
And then there's the great nickname, The Ignitor, which works for both Molitor or a second-rate arsonist on a CBS procedural.
Twins fans may also recall that Molitor attendeded Cretin HS (which sounds an awful lot like the name for a Ramones song) before starring at the University of Minnesota, where he was fast.
Though Molitor had become a DH and first baseman by the time he joined the Twins at the end of his career, he started as a third baseman, who stole more than 30 bags on eight separate occasions. That included this swipe of home against his hometown club and future employer:
In his final season, at the age of 41, Molitor had one more perfect day. With the Twins squaring off against the Orioles on August 8, 1998, Molitor not only went 5-for-5, but he swiped his 500th bag, too.
Will Molitor put himself on the active roster for one last attempt on the basepaths next season? We'll simply have to wait and see.