Viewed as one of the frontrunners for the job, the 58-year-old Molitor was one of the first people interviewed. He spent the 2014 season as a coach on Gardenhire's staff, his first time on a major league staff since he was the Seattle Mariners hitting coach in 2004. As a player, Molitor's resume is impressive. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2004 after finishing his career with 3,319 hits, 504 stolen bases and 1,307 RBI in 21 seasons with the Brewers, Blue Jays and Twins. Molitor's success as a player is one reason why he's an appealing candidate for the manager's job, but he also worked with Minnesota's minor leaguers for 10 seasons before joining the Twins staff this past year. The one knock on Molitor: he doesn't have any managerial experience at any level.
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Another internal candidate, although Mientkiewicz doesn't come from the Twins' major league coaching staff. He's spent the last two seasons as the manager of Fort Myers, Minnesota's High-A affiliate, and guided the Miracle to records of 79-56 in 2013 and 82-57 in 2014. At just 40 years old, Mientkiewicz is the youngest candidate to have interviewed for the job. He spent seven of his 12 years in the majors with Minnesota and was a key part of the Twins teams that brought the franchise back into contention in the early 2000s. After retiring in 2009 following a brief stint with the Dodgers, Mientkiewicz eventually got his first coaching job in 2012 for the Dodgers' rookie team, Ogden. Mientkiewicz is a bit more fiery than a few of Minnesota's other potential candidates.
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Glynn is the third internal candidate to have interviewed for the vacant manager's job in Minnesota. He's spent the last three years as the manager of the Rochester Red Wings, Minnesota's Triple-A affiliate. In his three years at the helm, the Red Wings went 72-62 in 2012 (after winning just 53 games the year before), and had matching 77-67 records in both 2013 and 2014. Glynn does have experience as a big league coach. His first gig in the majors was as the Rockies' first base coach in 1994. He later went on to coach third base for Colorado for three seasons, and held the same role with the Cubs (2000-02) and Giants (2003-06). Glynn is a Minnesota native and former All-American at Waseca High School. In each of the last few years, Glynn has joined the Twins' staff in September after Rochester's season ended to serve as an extra coach.
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Russell, the bench coach of the Baltimore Orioles, has reportedly not interviewed yet because the Orioles are still playing in the playoffs, but the Twins are expected to talk to him after the postseason is over. Unlike most other candidates on this list, Russell has managing experience in the majors. He was the skipper of the Pittsburgh Pirates from 2008-10. His resume as a player includes 10 seasons as a catcher and outfielder with the Phillies, Braves and Rangers from 1984 to 1993. Russell, 53, had a record of 186-299 in his three seasons as the Pirates manager. His other coaching duties have included manager of the Phillies' Triple-A affiliate, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and the Pirates' third base coach from 2003-05. Russell has been the Orioles' bench coach since 2011, serving as manager Buck Showalter's right-hand man.
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Lovullo, 49, just completed his second season as the bench coach of the Boston Red Sox. As an infielder, Lovullo spent parts of eight seasons in the major leagues with the Tigers, Yankees, Angels, Mariners, A's, Indians and Phillies from 1988-99. Lovullo has since been closely linked to current Red Sox manager John Farrell. When Lovullo was a minor league manager in Cleveland's system from 2002-09, Farrell served as the Director of Player Development during five of those years. The two later connected in Toronto when Farrell was manager and Lovullo was the first base coach in 2011 and 2012 before Farrell took over in Boston. Lovullo managed as high up as Triple-A (Buffalo from 2006-08, Columbus in 2009) and has a 661-609 record in nine seasons as a minor league skipper.
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Another bench coach on this list, McEwing was one of the most recently reported candidates set to interview for the Twins' manager job. The 41-year-old McEwing spent nine years in the majors as a utility player, playing both infield and outfield for the Cardinals, Mets, Royals and Astros from 1998-2006. More recently, McEwing finished his third season as the bench coach of the Chicago White Sox on manager Robin Ventura's staff. McEwing does have some managing experience under his belt. He led Triple-A Charlotte in the White Sox's system during the 2011 season, and spent two years at the helm of Class A Winston Salem. McEwing is the second-youngest candidate on this list behind Mientkiewicz.
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Sandy Alomar, Jr.
Alomar is the eighth name reportedly added to the Twins' list of potential candidates. The Puerto Rico native enjoyed a 20-year major league career as a catcher for the Padres, Indians, White Sox, Rockies, Rangers, Dodgers and Mets from 1998-2007. Since retiring, the 48-year-old Alomar has been on Cleveland's coaching staff in a variety of roles. That includes first base coach and bench coach, a role he's served the last three seasons. Alomar's managerial experience includes all of six games, when he served as the Indians' interim manager after manager Manny Acta was fired late in the 2012 season. Alomar's name is an intriguing one, as the native Spanish speaker would be able to connect with Minnesota's wave of young Latin talent in the system.