Molitor Enjoying Mentor Role

After starring for the Minnesota Twins as part of a Hall of Fame career, Paul Molitor is now a roving instructor for the Twins farm system. One of only four players in history with 3,000 hits, 500 stolen bases, and a .300 average, Molitor has a lot to show the Twins young prospects.

After finishing his twenty-one year career in 1998 with the Minnesota Twins, Paul Molitor continues his baseball days as a roving instructor in the Twins' organization.

"I am enjoying what I'm doing," Molitor told "I've had a chance to work in the minor leagues five of the last six seasons."

In 2003, Molitor began his coaching career with the Twins as a roving instructor and was an extra coach at the Major League level during the team's playoff run. Then in 2004, the same year of his Hall of Fame induction, he accepted a one-year contract to be the Seattle Mariners full-time hitting coach.

The St. Paul, Minnesota native returned to the Twins in 2005 and has served as the infield and baserunning instructor ever since.

"I am not too sure what is going to happen down the road, but right now it is a good fit for me. The travel works out well for me and my family. It gives me a chance to still have an impact on young players."

Molitor, now 52, serves not only as a coach to the young players, but as a mentor.

"You tend to learn to pass on some of the important things you have learned along the way."

The former seven-time All-Star broke into the major leagues with the Milwaukee Brewers (1978-1992). He also played for Toronto (1993-1995) and ended his career with the Minnesota Twins (1996-1998).

In his first season with the Twins, Molitor collected his 3,000th hit and totaled 225 hits on the season. He finished his career with .306 batting average, 3,319 hits, 234 home runs, 1,307 RBI and 504 stolen bases.

"After the first couple of years of being removed from playing baseball you kind of understand that you pass it on. The first few years are the most difficult, but after those seasons have gone by it is a lot easier."

Molitor is one of four players, along with Honus Wagner, Ty Cobb and Eddie Collins, in the history of baseball to finish his career with over 3,000 hits, 500 stolen bases, and a batting average over .300. He is also the only of the four to hit 200-plus home runs.

"Every once in a while you get out there and see that certain pitcher around you feel like you may still be able to take a good swing at it."

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