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Posted at 4:42 PM on October 18, 2005 by Ben Tesch

Two stories involving the Twins on today's sports wire:

Molitor turns down offer as Twins hitting coach
Paul Molitor has turned down an opportunity to be the hitting coach for the Minnesota Twins, he said Monday.

Molitor, Seattle's hitting coach in 2004, said the time commitment that comes with the job was a factor in his decision.

"I spent a lot of time thinking about it," Molitor, 49, told the Star Tribune for a report in its Tuesday editions. "I decided to allow myself more flexibility in my personal time with my family and other issues. I took a lot of time and went back and forth, trying to go through the schedule and try to make it work. Then I started thinking about things I wanted to get done."

Gov. Pawlenty, top MLB officials discuss Twins ballpark
Major League Baseball's top officials, including commissioner Bud Selig, reached out to Gov. Tim Pawlenty in recent days about the stalled proposal for a new Minnesota Twins stadium.

On Monday, Pawlenty spokesman Brian McClung confirmed the discussions, which included a call between Selig and Pawlenty over the weekend. McClung said Pawlenty listened to concerns about lack of progress on the Twins stadium plan but he wasn't given an ultimatum or deadline for action.

The Twins have been seeking public subsidies for a new ballpark for a decade. They contend the Metrodome is ill-suited for baseball. They currently have no lease binding them to the Dome, a stark contrast from 2001 when a use agreement prevented baseball from folding the team.

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