July 25, 2004 |
Dennis Eckersley and Paul Molitor excelled in the clutch, so they should be used to it by now. Then again, induction speeches at the Baseball Hall of Fame are once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. "I'm getting a little bit more anxious," said Molitor, contemplating today's ceremony. "There's a lot of things to handle." Eckersley, a studio analyst on cable TV for Boston Red Sox home games, said he was "uptight" about his induction.
March 21, 2004 |
The new hitting coach for the Seattle Mariners sure knows a thing or two about his trade. Paul Molitor finished his 21-year playing career with 3,319 hits, ranking eighth all-time. He had a .306 lifetime batting average, drove in 1,307 runs and was MVP of the 1993 World Series. Did we mention he's going into the Hall of Fame this summer? "He brings instant credibility to the job before he even steps into the uniform," Seattle Manager Bob Melvin said.
January 7, 2004 |
The last time Paul Molitor and Dennis Eckersley faced each other on a baseball field, Eckersley was a 43-year-old reliever with the Boston Red Sox, Molitor was a 42-year-old designated hitter with the Minnesota Twins, and Molitor came to bat with the bases loaded in the ninth inning of a tie game in September 1998. "I dropped a bunt toward third, Eck made an off-balance throw, I beat the play, and the run scored to end the game," Molitor recalled.
December 4, 1998 |
Paul Molitor refused to use the word retirement, but all indications are his 21-year career is over. The Minnesota Twins' star said Thursday he has decided to end his playing career. "My heart tells me I'm done," he said at a news conference. In the next breath, Molitor said he wants to look at other opportunities and refused to call his announcement a retirement. But Molitor, 42, said he will not accept offers from the Milwaukee Brewers or Toronto Blue Jays.
August 23, 1998 |
Paul Molitor gave himself a fitting 42nd birthday gift Saturday night, a bunt single with two out in the ninth inning that stunned the Boston Red Sox and drove in the winning run in a 4-3 victory for the Minnesota Twins at Minneapolis. "I think the only thing that surprises me about him anymore is that he still surprises me," said Minnesota reliever Mike Trombley. The play was vintage Molitor--heady and hard-charging all the way.
April 30, 1998
* 1. In April: .315 * 2. In May: .302 * 3. In June: .312 * 4. In July: .308 * 5. In August: .308 * 6. In September-October: .302 Regular-season games; average of .308 for his career through 1997. Source: Minnesota Twins