Paul Molitor (1978-1992)
Paul Molitor is probably the most famous name on this list, and the player with the longest tenure with the Crew. He was a seven-time All-Star, five of them with the Milwaukee Brewers. He also is a World Series Champion (1993 with the Toronto Blue Jays) where he was named the series MVP.
Molitor also won four Silver Slugger Awards, two with the Crew, and he is on the Major League Baseball All-Time Team.
He was inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame in 2004 in his first time on the ballot.
His Playing Career
When visiting Miller Park, Paul Molitor’s name is visible, as his jersey number, 4, has been retired by the organization. He began his career with the Brewers where he was highly successful.
With the Crew, he notched himself in the history books as the fifth longest hitting streak in MLB history, getting a hit in 33 straight games. It was ended when he stood in the on-deck circle and watched Rick Manning drive in the winning run against the Cleveland Indians.
He has a career batting average of .306. After his 15 seasons in Milwaukee, he spent three years with the Toronto Blue Jays. Then, he finished off his career in Minnesota with the Twins before retiring in 1998.
He started off as the Twins bench coach for three years. Molitor stepped away from Minnesota’s organization for a year to be a hitting coach with the Seattle Mariners in 2004.
He returned to the Twin Cities from 2005 to 2013 as a minor league coach before transitioning to the Twins coaching staff as an instructor. In 2015, he took on the role as the Twins manager where he will be until 2020.
He was named the American League Manager of the Year in November of 2017.
Molitor is the third and final current Major League manager in the AL Central that once played in Milwaukee. His team resides in the middle of the divisional pack, behind Francona’s Indians and the Detroit Tigers.