Today the Minnesota Twins officially named Paul Molitor as the team’s 13th manager in club history.  The team signed Molitor to a three-year contract which will run through the 2017 season.  He replaces Ron Gardenhire who was fired last month after 13 years as the Twins skipper.

I’ve had the chance to meet “Molly” a couple of times, once in 2006 with my kids and again last year when he came to Rochester as part of the annual Twins Winter Caravan.  He is a very nice man, but more importantly he’s a baseball guy.

(Paul Molitor with Brent Ackerman & kids)

Molitor is a first ballot Hall of Famer, inducted in 2004.  During his 21-year-career he had a lifetime batting average of .306, while collecting over 3,000 hits, 600+ doubles, 100+ triples and 500+ stolen bases.  He was also a part of seven All-Star teams and won a World Series ring with the Toronto Blue Jays in 1993 where he was also the series MVP.

Hopefully he can take that knowledge to help the Twins.  The team is young and full of great prospects.   They would be wise to listen to a man who knows what it takes to be one of the best players in history.  Gardy was a likable guy, but it’s time for a change.  Let’s hope Molly is up to the challenge.