Molitor understood the approach, but it did not mean it was easy.

“It’s not a totally comfortable thing,” Molitor said. “But I think for the most part, staying task-focused … obviously having a competitive season with a wild-card appearance helped keep that focus consistent without being too distracted by it.

“I tried to put it on the back burner as best as I could.”

The Twins qualified for the postseason for the first time since 2010. It was a short stay thanks to the loss to the Yankees, but Falvey and Levine saw enough through the season to extend Molitor and offer to remain as manager in that meeting last week. After a few days of negotiations, Molitor signed a three-year contract that runs through 2020.

“I can’t commend him more for how he handled that in such a professional manner,” Falvey said. “I’m not surprised, given the relationship we’ve built and the person he is and how I feel about him. But it felt like, for us, the first time going through this that the right time to do it was after we stopped playing baseball.”

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Reggie Wayne picks a QB other than Luck or Manning as hardest passer

Congratulations are in order for Curtis Painter. On Tuesday, Reggie Wayne gave him an unofficial award that pertains to playing quarterback.

When Wayne was asked about who threw the hardest passes, he didn't name Andrew Luck or Peyton Manning (before his arm stopped functioning like a normal arm last year). He also didn't name Tom Brady, who threw to Wayne this past summer during Patriots training camp. Instead, Wayne chose Curtis Painter.

It's 2016, and we're talking about Curtis Painter.

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