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Paul Leo Molitor

Inducted into Hall of Fame in 2004

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[edit] Biographical Information

Paul Molitor played twenty-one years in the major leagues, getting over 3,000 hits and achieving a number of other standards typically associated with the Hall of Fame. He is ninth on the all-time list for hits, eleventh for doubles, eighteenth for runs scored and thirty-sixth for stolen bases. Although he never won the MVP award, he was second in 1993.

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He had a 39-game hitting streak in 1987, which is the seventh longest of all time, and the longest since Pete Rose's 44 game streak in 1978. He had 7 consecutive hits in the 1982 World Series, including the first 5-hit game ever in a World Series. It would be 29 years until Albert Pujols had the second. His career World Series batting average is .418 in 55 at-bats and he was the MVP of the 1993 World Series.

His 3000th hit was a triple in 1996; he is only player to ever do so. He is also the only player to lead the league in hits the year he reached the 3,000 plateau; finishing the season at 225, ten more than runner-up Alex Rodriguez. He is third all-time in stealing home, among modern players. Jackie Robinson (19) and Rod Carew (17) are the only two players who have more than his 11. He is also third all-time in leadoff home runs, behind Rickey Henderson (72) and Bobby Bonds (35); Molitor hit 33.

Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on January 6, 2004 by the Baseball Writers Association of America.

Ted Williams remarked that Molitor reminded him of Joe DiMaggio, the best right-handed hitter he'd ever seen.

After his playing days, Molitor was the Minnesota Twins bench coach in 2000 and 2001 and the Seattle Mariners' hitting coach in 2004. In 2011 he is the minor league baserunning coordinator for the Twins.

After retiring, Molitor admitted to struggles with drug use during the early part of his career.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 1978 Topps All-Star Rookie Team
  • 7-time AL All-Star (1980, 1985, 1988 & 1991-1994)
  • 1993 World Series MVP
  • 4-time AL Silver Slugger Award Winner (1987/DH, 1988/DH, 1993/DH & 1996/DH)
  • 2-time AL At Bats Leader (1982 & 1991)
  • 3-time AL Runs Scored Leader (1982, 1987 & 1991)
  • 3-time AL Hits Leader (1991, 1993 & 1996)
  • 2-time AL Singles Leader (1994 & 1996)
  • AL Doubles Leader (1987)
  • AL Triples Leader (1991)
  • 20-Home Run Seasons: 1 (1993)
  • 100 RBI Seasons: 2 (1993 & 1996)
  • 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 5 (1982, 1987, 1988, 1991 & 1993)
  • 200 Hits Seasons: 4 (1982, 1991, 1993 & 1996)
  • Won a World Series with the Toronto Blue Jays in 1993
  • Baseball Hall of Fame: Class of 2004

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