Twins hire Molitor as manager

Molitor becomes the eighth Hall of Fame player to manage in the big leagues. Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Twins announced Monday that they have hired Hall of Famer Paul Molitor as their new manager.

Molitor, 58, will be introduced as the 13th manager in team history at a news conference on Tuesday. The Twins said he has signed a three-year contract.

Molitor has no previous managerial experience, but he spent last season on the Twins coaching staff working with the base-runners and infielders. Prior to that, he served as a minor league instructor for the Twins for 10 years.

The St. Paul native played for the University of Minnesota prior to his 21-year major league career with the Milwaukee Brewers, Toronto Blue Jays and Twins. Molitor ranks 10th on the all-time hit list with 3,319 hits and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2004.

Molitor replaces Ron Gardenhire, who was let go at the end of the 2014 season following four straight 90-loss seasons.