Report: Molitor will return to Twins in 2018

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David Richard / USA TODAY Sports

Paul Molitor led the Minnesota Twins to a remarkable turnaround season and a shocking playoff appearance, and it looks like that run has saved his job for another year.

Molitor will reportedly return as manager of the Twins next season and is currently ironing out a new contract with team executives, according to LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star-Tribune.

Molitor, who also spent three seasons with the Twins during his Hall of Fame playing career, was elevated to the position of manager in 2015 after serving as a Twins coach the previous year. He came into 2017 as a lame duck of sorts, however, as his three-year contract expired at the end of this season.

The 61-year-old native of St. Paul, Minn., has posted a 227-259 (.467) record in his three seasons as Twins manager. After his team lost a league-worst 103 games in 2016, Molitor guided the Twins to a surprising berth in this season's American League wild-card game, marking the first time in MLB history that a team made the playoffs one season after losing 100 or more games. The stunning reversal of fortune has made Molitor a favorite to win his first Manager of the Year award this offseason.

Minnesota finished 2017 with an 85-77 record, but dropped the wild-card game 8-4 to the Yankees.

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