Were There Tears Shed When Twins Let Paul Molitor Go?
Telling anyone you no longer need their services at work can be emotional-- even for the executives who are in charge of the Minnesota Twins.
We'd heard rumors that the new Twins' executives Derek Falvey and Thad Levine-- the new, young whiz-bang front office team who were hired to run the team in 2016 after longtime general manager Terry Ryan was let go-- might be itching to replace Paul Molitor with their own guy after this season ended.
Sure enough, last Tuesday, the team announced Molitor wouldn't be back as manager next year. And, as you might also have guessed, that decision hasn't exactly been a popular one across Twins Territory.
Molitor is, of course, a local, Minnesota guy. He's a St. Paul native, who played ball the U of M back in the day and ended his stellar playing career with the Twins. (He played much of his career in Milwaukee, with the Brewers-- where I was a huge fan of his when was a kid.)
He's also a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, and was named the American League's Manager of the Year last year. So, yeah. It's pretty well known that Mollie's a good guy. In fact, when Falvy and Levine were hired in 2016, Twins' owner Jim Pohlad said that Molitor's job as manager was safe for 2017. He was given a 3-year contract last year.
"'I said emotional, and you can take that however you want,' Pohlad said in Walters' column Saturday. “It wasn’t negative emotion, animosity or anything like that. He was emotional, we were emotional,” the story noted.
Does that mean there were some tears shed? I can imagine there might have been. And, if you're like me, you're probably feeling a little bad for Molitor, right? Nobody likes being let go, after all. And, while I'm sure Mollie's disappointed in the decision, I'm also guessing he'll be alright. The column went on to say that Molitor will still earn $3 million from the Twins, per the contract they signed him to last year.