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Here are quotes from a post-game chat with Hall Of Famer Paul Molitor. He is a roving instructor, and, after working with the kids in the Little League World Series, he's working this week with the still young, but closer to the majors Rock Cats.
Here is what he had to say about the minors, the Cats, and the Brew Crew.
"I've been doing this a number of years. I mostly try to catch our clubs at home. First time here at [Waterfront Park]. You know, it's a good fit for me in that I try to monitor the progress of all the players in our system. I emphasize base running and work with the hitters too. I just try to evaluate how these guys are coming along and help them find their way to get to the big leagues. Being part of the developmental staff works out well for me."
When asked if he'd like a more permanent role in minor league baseball at this point: "No, the role I'm serving fits me well. I've coached in the majors. You get to have more personal flexibility and still teach the game, so it works out well."
"I've seen a lot of these guys for a number of years. Naturally the guys that stick out are [Joe] Benson or [Chris] Parmelee. Guys that get on your radar screen are [Yangervis] Solarte, who has had a nice year. [Chris] Hermann has done a nice job since he's been called-up. I concentrate more on the position players, but these guys are in their second year of Double-A and they've made the adjustment."
When asked by a reporter if he keeps track of the Milwaukee Brewers: "I can't help it! Still...a lot of history there for me. I don't have a lot of connections personally to the organization anymore, except for Bob Uecker maybe, but it's nice to see them doing what they're doing."
When asked by a reporter about the differences in minors today: "Well, for one, the instruction is much greater and the amount of personnel that each club carries is much more specific to development. But back in the day, you had a manager and that was pretty much it. Now with the hitting coaches and pitching coaches and the roving instructors coming through on a fairly regular basis, these guys are getting a lot of attention and every chance to develop into a good player. A lot is still the same. You have to play, you have to learn, you have to develop your character as well as your ability to play the game."
Notes: Molitor was originally drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1974 Free Agent Draft out of Cretin-Derham High School (also where Twins catcher Joe Mauer attended). He decided to attend college at the University of Minnesota and was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers after his junior year. He made his professional debut playing for the Class-A Burlington Bees of the Midwest League. He made his major league debut in April of 1978.