Paul Molitor fired as Minnesota Twins manager

It's just a year after he won AL Manager of the Year.
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The Minnesota Twins have announced Paul Molitor will not return as the manager next season.

Two days after the 2018 season wrapped up, the Twins says they will be seeking a new leader for 2019.

Molitor, a Hall of Famer as a player, won the American League Manager of the Year in 2017 after leading the Twins to a 85-77 record and a Wildcard game against the Yankees.

This year however, the Twins ended 78-84, 13 games behind the AL Central-winning Cleveland Indians.

The Twins say Molitor will be offered a position in its baseball operations department.

"I would like to thank Paul for his tremendous dedication to the Minnesota Twins over his last four years as manager of the club," said Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey.

"Paul's roots run deep here and his commitment to the organization, his staff and his players remains special."

Molitor's future is in doubt after Twins owner Jim Pohlad failed to give Molitor an endorsement when given the chance by the Star Tribune last week.

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In four seasons under Molitor the Twins have a combined record of 304-343 and just one playoff appearance.

But it's hard to place blame on Molitor after this season was marred from the start by injuries to Ervin Santana, Miguel Sano and Byron Buxton, in addition to the 80-game suspension to Jorge Polanco and key free agents Logan Morrison, Lance Lynn and Addison Reed largely underperforming. 

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