Report: Twins to hire Paul Molitor as manager

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After a month-long search, the Twins have reportedly settled on their choice to replace the recently-fired Ron Gardenhire as manager:

It’s not a big surprise, as Molitor has been the favorite throughout the process. The Hall of Famer has never managed before, but he has three years of coaching experience at the major league level and was on Gardenhire’s staff this season with a with a focus on baserunning, defensive positioning, and and infield instruction. He’ll become just third manager for the club since Tom Kelly took over during the 1986 season.

Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo was reportedly a finalist for the job. The Twins also considered internal candidates Doug Mientkiewicz and Gene Glynn as well as White Sox third base coach Joe McEwing, Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar, Jr., and Blue Jays bench coach Demarlo Hale. The club reportedly never contacted Joe Maddon about their managerial opening.

Gardenhire was fired in late-September after 13 seasons on the job. The Twins have lost at least 92 games in four consecutive years.