MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUND-UP: Molitor returns to Twins coaching staff
MINNEAPOLIS - Milwaukee Brewers’ Hall-of-Famer Paul Molitor will return to the Minnesota Twins’ coaching staff next year.
Molitor grew up in Saint Paul, and he played the final three of his 21 Major League seasons with the Twins. Molitor will supervise base-running, bunting, infield positioning, and in-game strategy from the dugout. He spent two years coaching with the Twins under manager Tom Kelly in 2000 and 2001. He later went to Seattle as a hitting coach. For the last eight years, Molitor has been coaching in Minnesota’s minor league system. The 57-year-old Molitor graduated from Cretin High School in Saint Paul in 1974 and attended the University of Minnesota. He played his first 15 Major League seasons in Milwaukee, helping the Crew get to its only World Series in 1982. The Brewers let Molitor go as a free agent in ‘93, when he won his only World Series ring with the Toronto Blue Jays. Molitor belted his three-thousandth career hit as a Twin in 1996, essentially punching his ticket to Cooperstown. He retired as a player in ’98.
The University of Minnesota rules Division I college hockey as both its men's and women's teams are ranked No. 1 the polls. Both squads are undefeated on the season with the women's squad riding a 55-game winning streak. The Golden Gopher men's team took 31 first place votes in the U.S. College Hockey.com poll with No. 2 Notre Dame taking 11 votes, No. 3 Miami of Ohio five votes and No. 7 ranked and defending national champion Yale three votes. Other ranked Minnesota teams in the men's poll are St. Cloud State at No. 10, and Minnesota State at No. 16. The defendingnational champion U women's team grabbed all 15 first place votes in the USCH.com women's poll. The Gopher men are in action Friday and Sunday this weekend against Boston College. The U women are at Bemidiji State for a weekend series.