Molitor hopes to keep entire coaching staff in '19

September 29th, 2018
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JUNE 02: Paul Molitor #4 of the Minnesota Twins watches the play in the first inning against the Cleveland Indians at Target Field on June 2, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)Adam Bettcher/Getty Images

MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins manager Paul Molitor said he'll meet with the front office on Monday to discuss the 2018 season, and that he hopes to retain his entire coaching staff despite the disappointing year.

Molitor, who signed a three-year deal before the season after winning the American League Manager of the Year Award last year, said he hasn't talked with either chief baseball officer Derek Falvey or general manager Thad Levine about his coaches, but that he expects it to come up on Monday.

"In my mind, when I have my exit meetings with our front-office people this week, I'm sure we'll discuss all those things," Molitor said. "I don't even know the status for who is locked in next year. I think they're on different schedules. I'm optimistic about us being able to stay together."

Third-base coach Gene Glynn, bullpen coach Eddie Guardado and assistant hitting coach Rudy Hernandez have been with the club since the 2015 season, hitting coach James Rowson, first-base coach Jeff Smith and Major League coach Jeff Pickler started in 2017, while this was the first year for pitching coach Garvin Alston and bench coach Derek Shelton.

Molitor said he's not sure whether he'll have to convince the front office that his coaches deserve to stay or how the meetings will go on that front.

"I haven't thought about it in those terms," Molitor said. "Until the questions are on the table, we'll let it go where it needs to go."

Molitor, though, has been individually meeting with his players throughout the week to talk about the season and give input for next year. The players also had end-of-the-season physicals to make sure they're healthy heading into the offseason.

"I don't know if I'd call them interviews," Molitor said. "But we did the physical aspect of it in the training room, and I've been getting pretty much everybody in here throughout the course of the week."