Spring Training: Twins Report

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Twins New Manager starts his first spring training as the man in charge.

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Twins pitchers and catchers had their first full workout on Monday under the watchful eye of new manager Paul Molitor.

Chemistry. Clubhouse culture. Attitude.

They’re all things that winning teams have, right?

After a fourth-straight losing season, the Twins almost cleaned house when it came to their coaching staff – with the exception of Paul Molitor, who they promoted to manager.

“I think Paul will really work to establish maybe a little bit of a different tone inside our locker room and clubhouse and inside our dugout,” said Twins President Dave St. Peter.

On Monday, Molitor said last year’s team didn’t have a “losing culture” and losing can’t be pinned on one thing alone.

“I don’t think we had bad culture,” said Molitor. “Obviously when you lose, it’s always going to be challenging for how guys are able to go day to day with their focus and be present.”

Molitor, who grew up in Minnesota before a hall-of-fame playing career, said he’s a firm believer in “horizontal leadership.” He says he thinks veteran guys like Torii Hunter are just as important when it comes to establishing the clubhouse culture as a manager.

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