It was not surprising, then, that Molitor's speech was heavy on human recollections and light on his own achievements. "There was even one day when (then Brewer coach) Frank Howard asked me if the scout was drunk when he signed me. “I’d like to thank God for His many many blessings in my life, including my salvation that he’s allowed me through his son Jesus,” Molitor told the crowd in Cooperstown, NY. He's just another tough hitter. "I'd like to thank God for his many, many blessings in my life, including my salvation that he's allowed me through His son Jesus," Molitor said near the close of his remarks. It's a great place to be.". And again when mentioning his daughter. And I cried every time," Eckersley said immediately after the speech. Information about your device and internet connection, including your IP address, Browsing and search activity while using Verizon Media websites and apps. In 2004, Molitor was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, where he openly shared about his Christian faith and how salvation in Christ is the reason for all of his success. The Quip Refillable Floss Pick is...actually kinda cool? "I didn't want to forget anyone that's important to me, and that's hard. Molitor signed a new three-year contract extension at the end of the 2017 season that will keep him in Minnesota through 2020. You know, why someone can hit a 95 mile-per-hour fastball and someone else can't, certainly isn't something you can take credit for. I'm working on finding a way to improving that relationship.". As the keepers of the Game’s history, the Hall of Fame helps you relive your memories and celebrate baseball history. MLB Advanced Media, L.P. All rights reserved. Eckersley's video included a clip of the Kirk Gibson home run in the 1988 World Series, but it was mostly shots of Eckersley converting saves with sound bites about how he redefined the role of closer under La Russa. After spending two more seasons with the Blue Jays, Molitor signed with his hometown Twins as a free agent. Thanks for the feedback! Cooperstown, N.Y. — (AP) - Flanked by 50 Hall of Famers, cheered by hundreds of fans, and staring out at his parents, Eckersley repeatedly fought back tears on Sunday and managed to complete his induction … Ted Simmons just had to stop and soak it all in. When Toronto defeated the Phillies in six games in the 1993 World Series, Molitor was named MVP with a .500 batting average (12-for-24), two home runs, eight RBI and 10 runs scored (tying a Series record.). ", In a lighter moment, he spoke of making a play at first base to end the 1989 World Series, a four-game sweep of the Giants, and he said, joyously, "For a kid from Fremont, California, it doesn't get any better than that.". When Hall of Famer Ted Williams was asked what he saw when he watched Paul Molitor, the Splendid Splinter’s response was: “I see Joe DiMaggio.”. × You disliked this video. ". (Rich Pilling / National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum), Paul Molitor - Baseball Hall of Fame Biographies, National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, 25 Main Street,Cooperstown, NY 13326Phone: 1-888-HALL-OF-FAME | 607-547-7200 | Fax: 607-547-0398, "Molitor didn't walk across the lake to get here, and he didn't change his clothes in the phone booth. Paul Leo Molitor (born August 22, 1956), nicknamed "Molly" and "The Ignitor", is an American former Major League Baseball (MLB) player and former manager of the Minnesota Twins, who is in the Baseball Hall of Fame. John Shea is The San Francisco Chronicle's national baseball writer and columnist. After signing with Toronto following the 1992 season, the 37-year-old Molitor collected 111 RBI, becoming the oldest player in major league history to post his first 100-RBI season while also leading the big leagues with 211 hits. The speech might have been harder to finish than any game he ever closed. "He's baseball," Killebrew said of Molitor. Molitor's stature in the game was secured by this induction, but his stature as an individual was also bolstered by the comments of another Hall of Famer. Share it with your friends! (Photo Courtesy: Keith Allison/CC License NEW YORK -- In their final confrontation, Paul Molitor wanted to beat Dennis Eckersley so badly he bunted in the ninth inning to win a game that was meaningless to the Minnesota Twins. Compared with getting through his moving 22 minutes of eye-watering tributes, retiring three batters in the ninth inning was a snap. He talked of playing ball with his older brother, Wally, who's now in prison. Molitor was composed and precise and upbeat through most of his address, appearing to be overtaken with emotion only at the points when he spoke of his parents, who are now both deceased. As a student-athlete, he was named First-team All American (one of only two Golden Gophers in school history to receive First-team All-American honors twice in career). Several times, Eckersley lost it. Paul Molitor isn’t just a good manager, he was one of the greatest players in baseball history. Mazeroski was so touched with sentiment that he left the podium bawling, hardly uttering a word. Yeah, I practiced it. Early money at sportsbooks is going to Warriors, not... Has this Rams star always been right about Jimmy G? Represent the all-time greats and know your purchase plays a part in preserving baseball history. (Milo Stewart, Jr. / National Baseball Hall of Fame), Bat used by designated hitter Paul Molitor during his 39 game hit streak.