Molitor emphasizes positives in hitters' meeting

Molitor emphasizes positives in hitters' meeting

JUPITER, Fla. -- Paul Molitor has supreme confidence in his team's ability to pound the ball, but it never hurts to get together and just go over some of the finer points. That was the intent when the Twins manager called a special hitting meeting on Wednesday.

In their first 17 Grapefruit League games, the Twins hit .258 as a team. Six players with a minimum of 10 games played, hit above-.300. That group was led by first baseman Matt Hague and shortstop Leonardo Reginatto, each at the .500-mark, and also included Benji Gonzalez (.438), ByungHo Park (.400), Niko Goodrum (.308), and Danny Santana (.308).

"I was relatively comfortable coming in [to spring]," Molitor said of his team's abilities. "It was more of how it was going to shape and where guys are in terms of their progress and development."

Emphasizing the positives was the message of Molitor's meeting.

"Kind of a reminder of the identity that we want to continue to establish as an offensive team," the Twins manager said.

Included in the meeting were some videos that were put together, including a boxing match in which one fighter was knocked down twice in the same round and came back and won the fight before the round was over.

Not being a big boxing fan, Molitor said he could not identify who the fighter was, but that it was inspirational nonetheless.

"It was entertaining," Molitor said. "It was good."

Focus and scoring runs were the key ingredients to the video of a meeting that included team discussion.

"Players had input, it was good," said Molitor, who was cautious to point out that there should be a limit on that type of thing.

"You can over meet," Molitor said. "But there are times when you gather up. We've had a little bit more smaller work groups in the morning, just kind of isolating things to people. I think it's been well received. I think a lot of good things have happened that way."

Glenn Sattell is a contributor to and covered the Twins on Thursday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.