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By Ken Rosenthal | April 6, 1996
MINNEAPOLIS -- For 18 seasons, they have followed him everywhere, to Milwaukee, to Toronto, to ballparks all over North America. Six sisters, a brother, a 66-year-old father. The Paul Molitor clan.Molitor, 39, may be in the twilight of his career, but his sibling on-site percentage has never been higher. He went 3-for-7 in last night's 2-1 loss to the Orioles -- two sisters and one brother at the Metrodome.You talk to Molitor's sister, Judy Gergen, and you realize that he just had to come home to the Twin Cities, where six of his seven siblings and his father still live, along with most of his 20 nieces and nephews.
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By PETER SCHMUCK | July 25, 2004
When Paul Molitor and Dennis Eckersley are inducted into the Hall of Fame today in Cooperstown, N.Y., every kid who ever thought about playing professional baseball should take a moment and think about the meaning of perseverance. Molitor might have ended up with 4,000 hits if he had not had to battle through a long series of injuries that cost him hundreds of games over the course of his great career. He also battled some personal demons in the late 1970s and early '80s, and admitted to using cocaine.
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By Roch Kubatko | August 19, 1998
Paul Molitor remained out of the Minnesota Twins' lineup last night after leaving Saturday's game with a sprained right ankle.The Twins' designated hitter was batting .405 (17-for-42) with five RBIs in his last 10 games, and had his sixth career five-hit game Aug. 8 against the Orioles.Three of those hits came off last night's starter, Sidney Ponson.He was joined on the bench last night by center fielder Otis Nixon, who was scratched with a strained left hamstring.Nixon had two of Minnesota's seven hits in Monday's 3-2 loss to Scott Erickson.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | January 7, 2004
Paul Molitor overcame a string of injuries to become one of baseball's most prolific pure hitters. Dennis Eckersley changed roles mid-career and established himself as the model for the modern closer. Each player took an unusual path to glory, but both ended up in the same place yesterday, earning induction into baseball's Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility. Molitor, who ranks ninth on baseball's all-time list with 3,319 hits, was named on 85.2 percent (431) of the 506 ballots submitted by the voting members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,Staff Writer | June 30, 1993
You won't find his name on the All-Star Game ballot, but you will have no trouble locating it among the American League's top 10 hitters.He may not be one of the most recognizable players in baseball, but he is one of the most respected.In what should be the twilight of his career, Paul Molitor isn't slowing down, either, he's just getting better. At 36, after 15 productive seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers, Molitor started over this year with the Toronto Blue Jays.New team. Different country.
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By KEN ROSENTHAL | October 25, 1993
TORONTO -- Somewhere in the mob at home plate, Joe Carter found Paul Molitor. "I gave him a hug. I gave him a kiss. I said, 'This is for you,' " Carter said.Ninety minutes later, at nearly 1:30 a.m., Molitor was still mobbed, surrounded by reporters in the champagne-drenched Toronto clubhouse.Pitcher Pat Hentgen stood nearby, like a fan waiting for an autograph. It took nearly 20 minutes before he got a private moment with the World Series MVP."I just wanted to hug him and say how happy I am for him and to say it couldn't happen to a better guy," the second-year pitcher said of the 16-year veteran.
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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,Evening Sun Staff | August 7, 1991
With Mike Devereaux and Paul Molitor in the leadoff spots for their respective teams, the big pop could come at any time. If not tonight, then maybe tomorrow night.The Orioles' Devereaux leads AL leadoff hitters with 12 home runs. Not since Don Buford clubbed 19 in 1970 has an Orioles leadoff hitter had so many. Molitor, his Milwaukee counterpart, has 10.Neither homered in the first two games of the series, but two chances remain, tonight when Ben McDonald (5-5) faces Jaime Navarro (8-9) and tomorrow night when Bob Milacki (7-5)
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | December 5, 1997
The Orioles aren't just throwing money at Paul Molitor. They're throwing Schmoke at him, too.At the invitation of general manager Pat Gillick and owner Peter Angelos, Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke has joined a campaign to bring the free-agent designated hitter to Baltimore. Gillick's idea may have been an inspired one, but it apparently wasn't an original one. Toronto Mayor Mel Lastman also made an appeal for Molitor to rejoin the Blue Jays. Molitor left Toronto in 1995 for the Minnesota Twins.After an unsuccessful attempt at setting up a conference call among Molitor, Schmoke and himself, Angelos said, the owner spoke with Molitor yesterday afternoon.
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By Jim Henneman and Jim Henneman,Staff Writer | October 20, 1993
PHILADELPHIA -- Barring an unforeseen circumstance, which translates to an offensive malfunction by the Toronto Blue Jays, Paul Molitor will not start World Series games 4 and 5.After much deliberation, that was the decision reached yesterday by manager Cito Gaston. Less than two hours before the scheduled start of Game 3 last night, Gaston revealed that Molitor would replace John Olerud at first base against Philadelphia Phillies left-hander Danny Jackson.But, at the same time, Gaston dropped something of a bombshell by saying that "Paul probably will sit the next two games."
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By Jim Henneman and Jim Henneman,Staff Writer | October 20, 1993
PHILADELPHIA -- Before the game, it was a hard decision to make. Almost 3 1/2 hours and a 3-for-4, three-RBI effort later, the decision was excruciating. But Toronto manager Cito Gaston stuck by his decision not to start Paul Molitor at third base or left field in tonight's fourth game of the World Series."I don't think it would be fair to him and I think it might take a lot away from him as a player if he has to play out of position," Gaston said of the veteran designated hitter, who starred as John Olerud's replacement at first base in the Blue Jays' 10-3 victory in Game 3 last night.
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By TRIBUNE/KNIGHT RIDDER | October 15, 2001
ST. PAUL, Minn. - The search for Tom Kelly's replacement hit full stride yesterday when Twins general manager Terry Ryan conducted his first interviews for the vacant managerial job. Less than 48 hours after Kelly announced his retirement following 15 seasons at the Twins' helm, Ryan met with Ron Gardenhire, a coach on Kelly's staff the past six seasons. Paul Molitor, a Twins coach the past two years, also was expected to be interviewed for the job, possibly yesterday. Neither he nor Ryan returned phone messages yesterday.
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By Roch Kubatko | August 19, 1998
Paul Molitor remained out of the Minnesota Twins' lineup last night after leaving Saturday's game with a sprained right ankle.The Twins' designated hitter was batting .405 (17-for-42) with five RBIs in his last 10 games, and had his sixth career five-hit game Aug. 8 against the Orioles.Three of those hits came off last night's starter, Sidney Ponson.He was joined on the bench last night by center fielder Otis Nixon, who was scratched with a strained left hamstring.Nixon had two of Minnesota's seven hits in Monday's 3-2 loss to Scott Erickson.
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | December 8, 1997
The Orioles will announce the re-signing of outfielder Brady Anderson to a five-year, $31 million contract this afternoon. Whether the 3: 30 p.m. news conference will also be used to announce the acquisition of designated hitter Paul Molitor remained a mystery last night.Having narrowed his choices to the Orioles, Minnesota Twins and Toronto Blue Jays, Molitor met in Minneapolis with agent Ron Simon last night to consider a decision that will also have a bearing on whether the Orioles will offer arbitration to free-agent Harold Baines.
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | December 8, 1997
The Orioles will announce the re-signing of outfielder Brady Anderson to a five-year, $31 million contract this afternoon. For .. now, their run of success stops there.Free-agent designated hitter Paul Molitor notified general manager Pat Gillick last night that he will re-sign with the Minnesota Twins. As a result, the Orioles quickly offered arbitration to their own free agent, Harold Baines.Assistant general manager Kevin Malone projected that the club would return to the platoon of Baines and Geronimo Berroa next season.
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | December 5, 1997
The Orioles aren't just throwing money at Paul Molitor. They're throwing Schmoke at him, too.At the invitation of general manager Pat Gillick and owner Peter Angelos, Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke has joined a campaign to bring the free-agent designated hitter to Baltimore. Gillick's idea may have been an inspired one, but it apparently wasn't an original one. Toronto Mayor Mel Lastman also made an appeal for Molitor to rejoin the Blue Jays. Molitor left Toronto in 1995 for the Minnesota Twins.After an unsuccessful attempt at setting up a conference call among Molitor, Schmoke and himself, Angelos said, the owner spoke with Molitor yesterday afternoon.
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | December 3, 1997
Seriously pursued by a fistful of teams less than a year after signing a minor-league contract with the Orioles, free-agent right-hander Scott Kamieniecki says there is a "50-50" chance he will return to the club that provided him the opportunity to resuscitate his injury-marred career.Kamieniecki, 33, is seeking a three-year contract. Concerned over his health history, the Orioles have offered a two-year package. Meanwhile, the Arizona Diamondbacks, Tampa Bay Devil Rays and Cleveland Indians have emerged as the Orioles' stiffest competition while the Seattle Mariners and New York Yankees also are believed to have interest.
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | December 8, 1997
The Orioles will announce the re-signing of outfielder Brady Anderson to a five-year, $31 million contract this afternoon. For .. now, their run of success stops there.Free-agent designated hitter Paul Molitor notified general manager Pat Gillick last night that he will re-sign with the Minnesota Twins. As a result, the Orioles quickly offered arbitration to their own free agent, Harold Baines.Assistant general manager Kevin Malone projected that the club would return to the platoon of Baines and Geronimo Berroa next season.
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | November 25, 1997
As Orioles owner Peter Angelos and free-agent center fielder Brady Anderson extended their negotiations another day, general manager Pat Gillick turned his attention yesterday to the pursuit of free-agent pitcher Willie Blair and designated hitter Paul Molitor.Gillick participated in a news conference to announce the hiring of Eddie Murray as coach, then left to meet Blair in Lexington, Ky., according to club sources. Blair, 16-8 with the Detroit Tigers last season, appears to be Gillick's most likely acquisition to improve a starting rotation in search of one more durable arm.Meanwhile, Anderson and Angelos set aside their daily routine of talks, and it appears likely now that the issue will extend beyond the Thanksgiving end point the player and his representatives had projected.
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By DALLAS MORNING NEWS | September 15, 1997
DALLAS -- Some of baseball's best offensive performers -- players such as Rickey Henderson, Edgar Martinez, Paul Molitor and Chili Davis -- could find themselves in limbo if their teams agree at this week's owners meetings to switch leagues under a widespread realignment plan.At least six American League teams face immediate problems if changing leagues next year. Their dilemma is how to contend with the loss of the designated hitter in the DH-less National League. It is a particularly thorny problem for Seattle, Minnesota and Kansas City, teams whose offenses are largely built around talented designated hitters no longer cut out to be everyday defensive players.
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