October 02, 2018 06:38 PM
The Minnesota Twins have confirmed the team has fired manager Paul Molitor in the wake of a 78-84 finish.
A release said Molitor would not return as manager in 2019, but has been offered the opportunity to stay with the organization in a baseball operations capacity and that he is considering the offer.
The search for a new manager will begin immediately. The coaching staff will be determined by the new manager in consultation with Executive Vice President, Chief Baseball Operations officer Derek Falvey and Senior Vice President, General Manager Thad Levine, the release said.
A press conference with Falvey and Levine was held at Target Field Tuesday afternoon.
"The importance and contribution of Paul Molitor to the Twins, our community and Major League Baseball cannot be diminished," said Twins owner Jim Pohlad in a statement in the release. "On behalf of our family, I offer thanks to Paul for his four years as Twins manager and look forward to the continuation of our relationship with him."
The team also released a statement from Molitor.
"I was informed today that the Twins will seek a new manager for the 2019 season and I fully respect that decision," it read. "I will forever be grateful for the opportunity they gave me to serve in the role as manager for these past four years. I'm going to consider their genuine offer to serve in a different capacity to positively impact the Twins from a different role. Special thanks to my coaches and players I have had a chance to manage, and I certainly appreciate the tremendous support I received from all of Twins Territory."
KSTP Sports' Darren Wolfson had earlier confirmed media reports that Molitor, who has two years and $3.25 million left on his contract, had been offered a different position within the organization.
The news comes just one year after Molitor was named AL manager and signed a three-year contract extension. Twins officials are expected to meet with the media Tuesday afternoon.
The 2017 Twins made the playoffs after losing 103 games in 2016, leading to higher expectations this season.
But the team was not in contention at the trade deadline and dealt away a number of key contributors.
Molitor was hired in November 2014 as the 13th manager in team history. The St. Paul native was a seven-time All-Star during his playing career and was elected to the Hall of Fame.
Updated: October 02, 2018 06:38 PM
Created: October 02, 2018 11:50 AM
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