Twins hire Rocco Baldelli as new manager

Twins hire Rocco Baldelli as new manager Click to Enlarge

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A source tells ESPN that the Twins are going to hire Rocco Baldelli as the 13th manager in club history.

Baldelli has spent the past four seasons as a coach for the Tampa Bay Rays, which is also where he spent six of his seven years as a player. At 37, he will become the youngest manager in the majors.

A news conference announcing the hiring is expected Thursday.

Baldelli played seven seasons in the majors from 2003 to 2010, with six of those being with the Rays. He also spent one season with the Boston Red Sox.

He will replace Paul Molitor, who was 305-343 in four seasons as manager with one playoff appearance. Minnesota went 78-84 in 2018, finishing second in the American League Central but 13 games back of the Cleveland Indians.

Baldelli will be the first outside hire the Twins have made at manager since hiring Ray Miller in 1985. The Twins have only had three managers since promoting Tom Kelly to manager midway through the 1986 season (Ron Gardenhire, Paul Molitor.)

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