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The Brewers had the third pick of the 1977 baseball draft and used it to select Paul Molitor of the University of Minnesota. The Crew assigned Molly to Burlington in the Midwest League, where he had this very impressive half-season:

   AVG  G  AB  R  H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB
  .346 64 228 52 79 12  0  8  50 47 25 14

The Burlington team had finished last in the Southern Division for the first half of the season; Molitor helped turn the Bees around. They won the division's second half flag and knocked off Cedar Rapids and Waterloo in the playoff to win the league championship. Paul was selected to the post-season All-Star team at shortstop and was declared league MVP.

That's pretty much his minor league career. The next summer he was in Milwaukee, and the AL Rookie of the Year. Thus began a Hall of Fame career.


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Paul played three more minor league games. He had a rehab game at Beloit in 1990 (2 for 4, with a solo home run), and appeared twice in a Salt Lake rehab stop in 1998 (5 for 10, a double, 2 runs scored).


Paul's probably my favorite player in his baseball generation. I miss him.

His major league career.


This profile originated as the March 27, 1999, Midwest League Tidbit on the Midwest League Mailing List.

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