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Tuesday Twins: Paul Molitor moves up the handsomeness rankings

Plus the real reason Jake Mauer is leaving the Twins, Aaron Slegers, Jack Morris coming to terms with himself, and more.

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Links for you today:

  • Craig Calcaterra of NBC’s Hardballtalk came out yesterday with his annual ranking of the most handsome managers in MLB. The Twins’ better season helped Paul Molitor move up in the rankings, and Ron Gardenhire has made his triumphant return!
  • Last weekend it was confirmed that minor league manager Jake Mauer would not be returning to the Twins organization in 2018. LEN3 dug a little deeper into that, and the reason is as expected: Family. The Twins even offered Jake a more flexible position that would require less travel, but the elder Mauer declined. He’s going to go work at Billy’s car dealership instead.
  • Over at Twins Daily, Tom Froemming has an interesting piece out comparing a unique similarity between Aaron Slegers and free agent Jake Arrieta. Does it mean Slegers should get more consideration as a Twins rotation member in 2018?
  • Now that he’s finally made it into the Hall of Fame, Jack Morris is willing to forgive the writers of the BBWAA, who failed to vote him in themselves. In fact, he even slightly conceded that they may have had a point. “I appreciate and understand how difficult it had to be,” Morris told reporters. “I finally grew up and learned that there’s reasons I maybe didn’t deserve to be in.”
  • According to Mike Berardino, there’s speculation that Ramon Borrego could be managing the High-A Ft. Myers Miracle next season. Borrego, 39, has been in the Twins organization since 1995, managing the Gulf Coast League Twins last year. So it would be promotion from within again!