The Minnesota Twins have been stumbling of late but Paul Molitor should still be retained as manager.
It’s been an interesting stretch of games for the Minnesota Twins. A lot of losses have been seen recently, but also Bartolo Colon pitched a complete game win at the age of 44. To say it’s been odd is an understatement. The situation that manager Paul Molitor is in is also quite odd.
Throughout Major League Baseball, and a lot of sports, there are typically very few lame duck managers or coaches. Meaning that not many coaches or managers hold a job without a contract saying they’ll be back the next season. Molitor, though, is managing as a lame duck.
The lame duck status isn’t a shock for Molitor. He was retained as manager even after the Twins got rid of general manager Terry Ryan and bought in the new regime of Derek Falvey and Thad Levine. It can be understood why Falvey and Lavine wouldn’t want to extend a manager before seeing him work first hand.
The time has now come to make a decision on Molitor and there’s no reason for the Twins to not keep him going into the future. The Twins might’ve went from buyers to sellers quickly within the last month, but that isn’t to the fault of Molitor. Molitor has been playing well with the hand that he has been dealt.
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A manager can only manage with the players that the front office supplies him with. The Twins’ seasons under Molitor have not been great thus far, but that’s because the front offices haven’t given Molitor great players to manage. When Falvey and Levine tried to improve the pitching finally for Molitor, they traded away that help within a week.
Molitor is a very smart baseball mind. His first tenure as a manager in the major leagues deserves to have an opportunity to manage a roster that is actually full of major leaguers. It is up to Falvey and Levine to set up Molitor for success, because the Minnesota native doesn’t deserve to be the fall guy for the recent failures of the franchise.
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