The Minnesota Twins announced today that Paul Molitor will not return in the role as manager next season, but left the door open for his return doing another job within the organization.

“I would like to thank Paul for his tremendous dedication to the Minnesota Twins over his last four years as manager of this club,” Twins Executive Vice President, Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey said in a press release. “Paul’s roots here run deep and his commitment to the organization, his staff, and the players is special. I have every hope and desire that he remains a part of this club for many years to come.”

The team said that they will immediately begin their search for a new manager, internally and externally.

In a statement Molitor said, “I was informed today that the Twins will seek a new manager for the 2019 season and I fully respect that decision. I will forever be grateful for the opportunity they gave me to serve in the role as manager for these past four years. I’m going to consider their genuine offer to serve in a different capacity to positively impact the Twins from a different role. Special thanks to my coaches and players I have had a chance to manage and I certainly appreciate the tremendous support I received from all of Twins Territory.”

Molitor, a St. Paul native, leaves the Twins with a record of 305-343 over four seasons and was named the American League’s manager of the year last season.

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