The Minnesota Twins have inked manager Paul Molitor to a three-year extension, the club announced Monday morning. The deal runs through the 2020 season; Financial totals have not been made public.
Molitor, whose contract expired at the end of 2017, led the Twins to a historic playoff appearance this fall: Minnesota became the first club in MLB history to reach the postseason after losing more than 100 games the previous season. A top candidate for AL Manager of the Year, Molitor has helped turn around an organization that had not seen October in seven years.
While Molitor's managerial career is just three years young, his playing career is as decorated as any. The 2004 Hall Of Fame inductee was a seven-time All-Star in his 21 seasons in Milwaukee, Toronto and Minnesota. A 1977 first-round pick of the Brewers, Molitor took home World Series MVP honors in 1993, and accumulated an absurd 75.4 bWAR over his career.
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