Paul Molitor is a former baseball player who played for three different baseball teams. This page is dedicated to him. Paul had some nicknames while he was playing, he was known as "Moly" and "The Ignitor".
Paul Molitor played for 21 seasons from 1978 to 1998, with three different teams. The teams that he played for are the Milwaukee Brewers from 1978- 1992, the Toronto Blue Jays from 1993- 1995 and the Minnesota Twins from 1996- 1998.
Milwaukee Brewers 1978- 1998
During his time with the Brewers, Molitor had played different positions for the team. He started out as a shortstop but also played second and third base. But due to so many injuries during his days with the Brewers Molitor played as designated hitter (DH) for most of the rest of his career.
Molitor was on the Brewers in 1982 when the team went to their only World Series in the team's history. In that World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals, Molitor had a five hit game in game one of the series and batted a .355 average. In 1987 Molitor had a 39 game hitting streak. He was on deck to bat next went Rick Manning had a game winning hit which left Molitor on deck to end the streak. The hitting streak still holds as the fifth longest in Major League history. Molitor along with Jim Gantner greeted Robin Yount in congratulated him in collecting his 3,000 hit in 1992.
Toronto Blue Jays 1993-1995
In 1993, Molitor signed with Blue Jays and during his stay with the team, he became a key part of the offense to lead the team to their second straight World Series. During the series he tied a record for batting average by batting .500 during the series. He was also named World Series MVP (Most Valuable Player) award.
Minnesota Twins 1996-1998
Molitor played his final seasons with the Minnesota Twins. During this time is where he had some of his memorable highlights, one of them was collecting his 3,000 hit. He became the only player to get it with a triple. In 1996, he also became the second player at age 40 to ever get 200 or more hits in a season, the other was Hall of Famer, Sam Rice, with 225 hits with was good enough to lead the league. He was also the last player to driven in over 100 or more RBI (runs batted in), with less then 10 homeruns, he had 9 homeruns and 113 RBI's.
Other Career Highlights
During his career Molitor had played in 2,683 games, scored 1,782 runs, collected 3,319 hits, driven in 1,307 RBI's, stolen 504 bases, he was also a seven time All Star. He was elected into the baseball Hall Of Fame in 2004. His election into the Hall Of Fame was on his first ballet with 85.2% of the votes.
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