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Encyclopedia > Paul Molitor
Paul Molitor
Designated Hitter
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB Debut
April 7, 1978 for the Milwaukee Brewers
Final game
September 27, 1998 for the Minnesota Twins
Career Statistics
Batting Average     .306
Home Runs     234
RBI     1307
Teams
Career Highlights and Awards
Reverse side of a Paul Molitor baseball card
Reverse side of a Paul Molitor baseball card

Paul Leo Molitor (born August 22, 1956 in St. Paul, Minnesota) is a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, elected in 2004, his first year of eligibility. He played for 21 seasons, with the Milwaukee Brewers (1978-1992), Toronto Blue Jays (1993-1995) and Minnesota Twins (1996-1998). A designated hitter (often shortened to DH), is an official position adopted by Major League Baseballs American League in 1973 that allowed teams to boost sagging offensive performances by designating a player to bat in place of the pitcher. ... April 7 is the 97th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (98th in leap years). ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1978 calendar). ... Major league affiliations National League (1998-present) Central Division (1998-present) Current uniform Ballpark Miller Park (2001-present) Major league titles World Series titles (0) None NL Pennants (0) None AL Pennants (1) 1982 Central Division titles (0) None AL East Division Champs (1) [1] 1982 Wild card berths (0... September 27 is the 270th day of the year (271st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 95 days remaining. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901-present) Central Division (1994-present) West Division (1969-1993) Major league titles World Series titles (3) 1991 â€¢ 1987 â€¢ 1924 AL Pennants (6) 1991 â€¢ 1987 â€¢ 1965 â€¢ 1933 1925 â€¢ 1924 Central Division titles (3) 2004 â€¢ 2003 â€¢ 2002 West Division titles (4) 1991 â€¢ 1987 â€¢ 1970 â€¢ 1969 Wild... 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Major league affiliations American League (1977-present) East Division (1977-present) Current uniform Ballpark Rogers Centre (1989-present) Major league titles World Series titles (2) 1992 â€¢ 1993 AL Pennants (2) 1992 â€¢ 1993 East Division titles (5) 1985 â€¢ 1989 â€¢ 1991 â€¢ 1992 1993 Wild card berths (0) None The Toronto Blue Jays... Major league affiliations American League (1901-present) Central Division (1994-present) West Division (1969-1993) Major league titles World Series titles (3) 1991 â€¢ 1987 â€¢ 1924 AL Pennants (6) 1991 â€¢ 1987 â€¢ 1965 â€¢ 1933 1925 â€¢ 1924 Central Division titles (3) 2004 â€¢ 2003 â€¢ 2002 West Division titles (4) 1991 â€¢ 1987 â€¢ 1970 â€¢ 1969 Wild... The Major League Baseball All-Star Game is an annual exhibition baseball game between the best players from the National League and the American League. ... For other events named World Series, see World Series (disambiguation). ... 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Major league affiliations American League (1977-present) East Division (1977-present) Current uniform Ballpark Rogers Centre (1989-present) Major league titles World Series titles (2) 1992 â€¢ 1993 AL Pennants (2) 1992 â€¢ 1993 East Division titles (5) 1985 â€¢ 1989 â€¢ 1991 â€¢ 1992 1993 Wild card berths (0) None The Toronto Blue Jays... Major league affiliations American League (1901-present) Central Division (1994-present) West Division (1969-1993) Major league titles World Series titles (3) 1991 â€¢ 1987 â€¢ 1924 AL Pennants (6) 1991 â€¢ 1987 â€¢ 1965 â€¢ 1933 1925 â€¢ 1924 Central Division titles (3) 2004 â€¢ 2003 â€¢ 2002 West Division titles (4) 1991 â€¢ 1987 â€¢ 1970 â€¢ 1969 Wild...


Molitor played several positions during his career. He started out as a second baseman and then was moved to third base at the age of 25. During the latter half of his career, he was used primarily as a designated hitter. Molitor is the first, and as of 2006 only, player inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame as a designated hitter. The position of the second baseman Second base redirects here. ... The position of the third baseman A third baseman, abbreviated 3B, is the player in the sport of baseball whose responsibility is to defend the area nearest to third base, the third of four bases a baserunner must touch in a counterclockwise succession in order to score a run. ... A designated hitter (often shortened to DH), is an official position adopted by Major League Baseballs American League in 1973 that allowed teams to boost sagging offensive performances by designating a player to bat in place of the pitcher. ...


Molitor was part of a young Milwaukee Brewers team that lost the 1982 World Series in seven games to the St. Louis Cardinals. Molitor batted .355 during the series. In Game 1 of the '82 Series, he had five hits, which set a Major League record. During the '82 season, he hit .302 and led the American League with 136 runs scored. Molitor also attracted national media attention during his 39-game hitting streak, which ended with "Molly" in the on-deck circle when the winning, game-ending run was scored against the Cleveland Indians on August 26, 1987. He had several seasons early in his career which were severely shortened by injuries, including 1980, 1981, 1984, 1986 and 1987. After moving to designated hitter, his injury problems seemed to go away. Molitor was acquired through free agency by the Toronto Blue Jays in December 1992 and was a key part of the Blue Jays second World Championship. Molitor won the World Series MVP Award award for hitting .500 in the series. He left the Blue Jays after the 1995 season and joined his home town Minnesota Twins for the final three seasons of his career. Molitor relished his opportunity to play with Twins superstar Kirby Puckett, but as fate would have it, Puckett developed glaucoma during spring training in 1996 and never played another game. Major league affiliations National League (1998-present) Central Division (1998-present) Current uniform Ballpark Miller Park (2001-present) Major league titles World Series titles (0) None NL Pennants (0) None AL Pennants (1) 1982 Central Division titles (0) None AL East Division Champs (1) [1] 1982 Wild card berths (0... 1982 World Series Logo The 1982 World Series matched the St. ... 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Paul Molitor is a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Paul Molitor is a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Molitor's lifetime statistics include 2,683 games played, 1,782 runs scored, 3,319 hits, 234 home runs, 1,307 runs batted in, a .306 batting average, and 504 stolen bases. He batted .368 in 5 postseason series and was an all-star seven times. He was also the first and, so far, only member of the 3,000-hit club to reach 3,000 with a triple. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2048x1536, 915 KB) Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY, Feb. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2048x1536, 915 KB) Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY, Feb. ... The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, located at 62 Main Street in Cooperstown, New York, United States, is a semi-official museum operated by private interests that serves as the central point for the study of the history of baseball in the United States and beyond, the display... In baseball, a home run is a base hit in which the batter is able to circle all the bases, ending at home plate and scoring a run himself (along with a run scored by each runner who was already on base), with no errors by the defensive team on... In baseball statistics, a run batted in (RBI) is given to a batter for each run scored as the result of a batters plate appearance. ... The all-time stolen base leader, Rickey Henderson, swipes third in 1985 In baseball, a stolen base occurs when a baserunner successfully advances to the next base while the pitcher is delivering the ball to home plate. ... A playoff in sports (North American professional sports in particular) is a game or series of games played after the regular season is over with the goal of determining a league champion. ... All-star (also, Allstar or All Star) is a term with meanings in both the worlds of sports and entertainment. ... In Major League Baseball, the 3000 hit club is an informal term applied to the group of players who have made 3000 or more career base hits. ... In mathematics, a triple is an n-tuple with n being 3. ...


On June 11, 1999, the Brewers retired Molitor's uniform number 4. During the ceremony at Milwaukee County Stadium, Molitor announced that if he went into the Hall of Fame, he would do so as a Brewer. On January 6, 2004, he was elected to the Hall in his first year of eligibility, with 85.2% of the votes. True to his word, he joined Robin Yount as the only Hall of Famers to be depicted on their plaques with Brewers caps. June 11 is the 162nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (163rd in leap years), with 203 days remaining. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Milwaukee County Stadium (locally known as just County Stadium) was a ballpark in Milwaukee, Wisconsin from 1953 to 2000. ... January 6 is the 6th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The 2004 elections to select inductees to the Baseball Hall of Fame proceeded in keeping with rules enacted in 2001. ... Robin Yount in the 1970s Robin R. Yount (born September 16, 1955 in Danville, Illinois) was a Major League Baseball player who spent his entire career with Milwaukee Brewers. ...


In 1999, Molitor ranked No. 99 on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players, and he was nominated as a finalist for the Major League Baseball All-Century Team. Yount also was a finalist for the All-Century Team but did not make the TSN 100 list. 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... The Sporting News (TSN) is an American-based sports newspaper. ... Major League Baseball (MLB) is the highest level of play in professional baseball in the world. ...


Molitor once was "pantsed" by a mascot while playing in a regular-season game for the Blue Jays. Considering he was wearing polka-dot underpants, it is safe to assume this was deliberate, and an example of the eccentric camaraderie Toronto players sometimes had.


External links

  • Baseball-Reference.com - career statistics and analysis
  • Paul Molitor Batting Instruction Video
Preceded by:
Pat Borders
World Series MVP
1993
Succeeded by:
Tom Glavine

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Paul Molitor - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (619 words)
Molitor also attracted national media attention during his 39-game hitting streak, which ended with "Molly" in the on-deck circle when the winning, game-ending run was scored against the Cleveland Indians on August 26, 1987.
Molitor was acquired through free agency by the Toronto Blue Jays in December 1992 and was a key part of the Blue Jays second World Championship.
Paul Molitor is a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.
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