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August 16, 1987 | RICHARD JUSTICE, The Washington Post
Six weeks ago, Paul Molitor said: "People used to come by and ask how I felt. They don't anymore because they already know the answer. It's a joke." Except it wasn't a joke, not for one of the game's best and classiest players. Paul Leo Molitor was once the prototype of a great leadoff hitter and the one that, at least for a while, Rickey Henderson was measured against. He was not only handsome and articulate, but had speed and power.
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December 9, 2013
Members of the Baseball Hall of Fame's expansion era committee: Hall of Fame players: Rod Carew, Andre Dawson, Carlton Fisk, Paul Molitor, Phil Niekro, Frank Robinson. Hall of Fame managers: Whitey Herzog, Tom Lasorda. Executives/owners: Paul Beeston, Andy MacPhail, David Montgomery, Jerry Reinsdorf. Historian: Steve Hirdt. Journalists: Bruce Jenkins, Jim Reeves. Baseball Writers' Assn. officer: Jack O'Connell.
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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
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July 26, 2004 | From Associated Press
Dennis Eckersley can still come up with the save in a tough spot. Flanked by 50 Hall of Famers, cheered by hundreds of fans, and staring out at his parents, Eckersley repeatedly fought back tears on Sunday and managed to complete his induction speech into the Baseball Hall of Fame. The cocky right-hander with the mustache and shaggy hair was humbled as never before. "It was brutal. I've never been through something like this.
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June 29, 1997 | PETER SCHMUCK, THE SPORTING NEWS
Life does not begin at 40, but Twins designated hitter Paul Molitor is proving it doesn't end there, either. The Angels' Eddie Murray has begun to act his age, right-hander Dennis Martinez recently retired after being recently released by the Mariners and a few other fortysomething players are in the throes of a midlife crisis, but Molitor still looks and plays like a much younger guy. Need proof? During June he has batted nearly .
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February 20, 1990
Paul Molitor became baseball's ninth $3-million player when he agreed to a $9.1-million, three-year contract with Milwaukee.
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December 9, 2013
Members of the Baseball Hall of Fame's expansion era committee: Hall of Fame players: Rod Carew, Andre Dawson, Carlton Fisk, Paul Molitor, Phil Niekro, Frank Robinson. Hall of Fame managers: Whitey Herzog, Tom Lasorda. Executives/owners: Paul Beeston, Andy MacPhail, David Montgomery, Jerry Reinsdorf. Historian: Steve Hirdt. Journalists: Bruce Jenkins, Jim Reeves. Baseball Writers' Assn. officer: Jack O'Connell.
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January 30, 1988
Times must be changing. In recent days, two of baseball's free agents signed with their clubs without making any complaints about them first. Paul Molitor of the Brewers and Gary Gaetti of the Twins both were appreciative and grateful to their ballclubs, respectful cities and fans when they signed their contracts. Both players said they liked where they were playing, and liked their team and teammates. What a delight to hear an athlete for once say thank you to his boss and his fans.
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July 25, 2004 | From Associated Press
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.
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March 21, 2004 | Tim Korte, Associated Press
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.
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January 7, 2004 | Mike DiGiovanna, Times Staff Writer
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.
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December 4, 1998 | From Associated Press
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.
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August 23, 1998 | From Associated Press
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.
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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
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August 17, 1997
Minnesota designated hitter Paul Molitor, who turns 41 on Friday, violates a key rule in baseball: He gets better as he gets older. A look at his career: *--* YEARS AGE AVG. HR RBIs 1978-81 21-24 .296 26 163 1982-86 25-29 .287 53 227 1987-91 30-34 .319 69 311 1992-96 35-39 .
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July 12, 1997
While I agree with Mike Downey that an "all-time" all-star team which does not include the likes of Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle or Hank Aaron should be suspect, I strongly take exception to Downey's apparent outrage at Paul Molitor's being named "all-time" designated hitter. Why is it so hard for Downey to believe that Paul Molitor would be considered one of the greatest hitters of all time? Where was Downey in 1982, when Molitor got a record five hits in a World Series game, a record that still stands?
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