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Report: Paul Molitor expected to manage the Twins in 2018


Manager Paul Molitor will return on a new contract with the Twins for at least the 2018 season, La Velle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune reports. Nothing is official yet, but CBO Derek Falvey is expected to meet with the media on Friday.

Molitor, 61, completed his third season at the helm of the Twins. The club lost 103 games in 2016, but went 85-77 this past regular season (a 26-game improvement) and won the second slot in the American League Wild Card. They lost 8-4 to the Yankees on Tuesday.

The Twins were the first team to make the playoffs one season after losing 100 games, an achievement shared by Molitor with his talented players.

Molitor earned enshrinement in the Hall of Fame as a player, posting an .817 OPS with 3,319 hits across parts of 21 seasons, three of which were spent with the Twins at the end of his career.

Mookie Betts, Javier Baez leading off the All-Star lineups

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I can’t imagine what it’s like to fill out the lineup card for an All-Star team. Most of the guys are 1-4 hitters on their own teams, but you gotta slot most of them someplace lower. Egos are probably a consideration. Strategic stuff. “Which top of the order or middle of the lineup hitter is batting eighth?” is both a difficult and thankless question.

Dave Roberts and A.J. Hinch have to do it anyway, and today they released the All-Star lineups. Seeing Bryce Harper batting sixth and Manny Machado batting seventh is just not part of the usual baseball experience:


1. Mookie Betts, RF
2. Jose Altuve, 2B
3. Mike Trout, CF
4. J.D. Martinez, DH
5. Jose Ramirez, 3B
6. Aaron Judge, LF
7. Manny Machado, SS
8. Jose Abreu, 1B
9. Salvador Perez, C


1. Javier Baez, 2B
2. Nolan Arenado, 3B
3. Paul Goldschmidt, DH
4. Freddie Freeman, 1B
5. Matt Kemp, LF
6. Bryce Harper, CF
7. Nick Markakis, RF
8. Brandon Crawford, SS
9. Willson Contreras, C

Not that this is gonna hold for long what with all of the substitutions.