FORT MYERS, Fla. - A popular face has a new role in the Minnesota Twins organization.
Hall-of-Famer and St. Paul native Paul Molitor has taken on the new role of assistant coach this spring. In year's past, he would work with young players in Fort Myers, but now Molitor, who is still wearing No. 4 for the Twins, is with the team in an official capacity.
He was hired in the offseason as an assistant coach to help with a variety of categories including base running and defense.
"You always used to hear as a player that the teacher or the coach's reward is in the success of his students and as you work with players, year after year, and they finally get a chance to fulfill their dream of being a major league player, in some small way you feel like you had a little bit of contribution and that part's rewarding," Molitor said.
He said he already feels like the new role is a good fit.
"I don't know if I feel like I'm indebted to be doing that, but it something that make sense and in the cycle of life for me it's the perfect place to be," Molitor said.
Molitor is not the only Twins great lending expertise to the team. Tom Brunansky, Terry Steinbach, Tony Oliva, Eddie Guardado, Rod Carew and Tom Kelly all very active in the tutelage of Twins' players during spring training.