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Robin Yount (1999)

Robin Yount was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in 1973 and one year later he was their full-time shortstop. His first season in the major leagues, he was not impressive, batting just .250 with 86 hits and 14 doubles in 107 games. It took six more seasons before Yount began to show his power at the plate.

In 1982, Yount won his first Silver Slugger award, batting .293 with 179 hits, 49 doubles, 23 home runs, and 87 RBIs in 143 games. Two years later, he won his first American League MVP award, his second Silver Slugger award, and his only Gold Glove. In 1982, Yount had his best season, batting .331 with 210 hits, 46 doubles, 12 triples, 29 home runs, and 114 RBIs in 156 games.

Yount won his second MVP award and his third and last Silver Slugger award in 1989. That season he batted .318 with 195 hits, 38 doubles, 21 home runs, and 103 RBIs in 160 games. It would be his last good season. From 1990 though 1993, Yount's last season in the major leagues, his highest batting average was .264.

Yount retired as a player after the 1993 season. Almost 10 years later, he returned to major league baseball as a coach, first for the Arizona Diamondbacks (2002-2004) and then for his former team, the Brewers (2005-2006).

Statistics for Yount in 20 seasons (1974-1993) in the major leagues include:

  • 11 seasons with over 150 hits, with a high of 210 in 1982
  • 8 seasons with over 30 doubles, with a high of 49 in 1980
  • 4 seasons with 10 or more triples, with a high of 12 in 1982
  • 4 seasons with over 20 home runs, with a high of 29 in 1982
  • 3 seasons with over 100 RBIs, with a high of 114 in 1982
  • 6 seasons with a batting average over .300, with a high of .331 in 1982

Career statistics for Yount include:

  • 3,142 hits
  • 583 doubles
  • 126 triples
  • 1,406 RBIs
  • 271 stolen bases
  • 251 home runs
  • .285 batting average

Sources for Information
Wikipedia - Robin Yount
ESPN Sports - Robin Yount

Paul Molitor (2004)

Paul Molitor, who played for most of his 21-year baseball career with the Milwaukee Brewers, made major league baseball history by becoming the only player to finish his career with 3,000 or more hits, a .300 or greater batting average, 500 or more stolen bases, and 200 or more home runs. He also made World Series history in 1993 by being the only player with at least 2 home runs, 2 doubles and 2 triples in one World Series.

Molitor was first drafted in 1974 by the St. Louis Cardinals but he opted for a college education instead. Three years later, he signed with the Brewers and spent the 1977 season in the minor leagues. Molitor was originally a shortstop for the Brewers but later in his career, he played second base and third base, and eventually he became a full-time designated hitter.

In 1978, Molitor's first year in the major leagues, he batted .273 with 142 hits, 26 doubles, and 30 stolen bases in 125 games. In his second year, he was even better, batting .322 with 188 hits, 27 doubles, and 33 stolen bases in 140 games.

Molitor won two consecutive Silver Slugger awards during his time with the Brewers. In 1987, he won his first one for batting .353 with 164 hits and 41 doubles in 118 games. The following year he batted .312 with 190 hits and 34 doubles in 154 games.

Molitor became a free agent after the 1992 season and he signed a contract with the Toronto Blue Jays. In his first season with the Blue Jays, Molitor won his third Silver Slugger award, batting .332 with 211 hits, 37 doubles, 22 home runs, and 111 RBIs in 160 games. That year he also won the World Series MVP award. In post-season play in 1993, Molitor batted .447 with 21 hits, 4 doubles, 3 triples, 3 home runs, and 13 RBIs in 12 games.

In 1996, Molitor made another team switch and he spent his last three years with his hometown team, the Minnesota Twins. He led the American League in hits in his first season with the Twins and he won his fourth Silver Slugger award. Molitor retired after the 1998 season.

Statistics for Molitor in 21 seasons (1978-1998) in the major leagues include:

  • 13 seasons with over 150 hits, with a high of 225 in 1996
  • 10 seasons with 30 or more doubles, with a high of 41 in 1987 and 1996
  • 13 seasons with 20 or more stolen bases, with a high of 45 in 1987
  • 12 seasons with a batting average over .300, with a high of .353 in 1987

Career statistics for Molitor include:

  • 2,683 games played
  • 3,319 hits
  • 605 doubles
  • 114 triples
  • 234 home runs
  • 1307 RBIs
  • 504 stolen bases
  • .306 batting average

In 1999, Molitor was hired as the bench coach for the Twins. He stayed in that position through the 2001 season. Three years later, he was hired as the hitting coach for the Seattle Mariners. He coached one year (2004) with the Mariners and then stayed out of baseball coaching until 2014, when he returned to the Twins.

In November, 2014, Molitor was hired to replace long-time Twins manager Ron Gardenhire. In his first year as manager, he led the Twins to a second place finish in the American League Central Division. They team finished with 83 wins to 79 losses.

Sources for Information
Wikipedia - Paul Molitor
ESPN Sports - Paul Molitor