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Paul Molitor is hired as Minnesota Twins manager

Paul Molitor is hired as Minnesota Twins manager

The last time Paul Molitor was up for consideration for the Minnesota Twins managing job, the Hall of Fame infielder removed his name from consideration because the franchise's future was being considered for contraction.

The team isn't on the chopping block this time, but after four consecutive seasons of at least 92 losses, turning things around appears almost as daunting. This time around, Molitor is embracing the challenge.

Molitor, 58, was hired Monday as Twins manager and will be introduced at a news conference Tuesday. He got a three-year deal to replace Ron Gardenhire, who was fired five weeks ago.

"It's pretty exciting. I'm...