Molitor was one of three finalists reported to be in the running for the job, along with Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo and Doug Mientkiewicz, a former Twins player who currently manages the team's Class A affiliate.
Molitor was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, and attended the University of Minnesota. He played 21 years in the major leagues, 15 with the Brewers, three with the Blue Jays and spent the final three seasons of his career with the Twins. It was with the Twins that he recorded his 3,000th career hit. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2004, his first year of eligibility.
Molitor was coach with the Twins in 2000 and 2001. From 2005 to 2013 he was a minor league instructor for the team. He returned to the major league club as an assistant this season.
The Twins are seeking to replace Ron Gardenhire, who was fired at the end of this season after 13 seasons as manager.
- Dan Gartland