Twins' Paul Molitor Named American League Manager of the Year

Minnesota Twins manager Paul Molitor watches as his team takes batting practice before the playoff game at New York. Photo: AP/Frank Franklin II
Minnesota Twins manager Paul Molitor watches as his team takes batting practice before the playoff game at New York.

November 14, 2017 05:53 PM

From 103 losses in 2016 to the playoffs was a winning ticket for Twins manager Paul Molitor. He was named American League Manager of the Year on Tuesday, edging out Cleveland's Terry Francona and Houston's A.J. Hinch. The award is voted on after the regular season. Molitor finished with 18 of a possible 30 first place votes.

Molitor also earned a 3-year contract extension, an impressive feat when considering his future last November.

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Molitor did his best work after the Twins sold assets Brandon Kintzler and Jaime Garcia in late July at the non-waiver trade deadline. The Twins played great in August and September, earning the A.L.'s second wild-card berth.

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