Twins name Baldelli as manager

Report: Twins to hire Baldelli, 37, as manager

- The Minnesota Twins have hired Tampa Bay Rays assistant coach Rocco Baldelli as their new manager, seeking a young voice to help revive a struggling team. Baldelli most recently was the field coordinator for the Tampa Bay Rays.

Some of it was a stretch, sure, but there were still signs that Baldelli, the first Twins manager in 33 years with no previous ties to the organization, knows his audience. He spent one season with the Red Sox and missed the entire 2005 season due to injury. While manager Paul Molitor was more than open to data and modern baseball strategies - evidenced by the Twins' aggressive shifting in his tenure and usage of "the opener" in 2018 - Baldelli has spent the past seven years immersed in an analytic-based culture with the Rays.

Twins bench coach Derek Shelton and Chicago Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde also were brought to Minneapolis for interviews. A news conference announcing the hiring is expected Thursday.




Baldelli's name had been linked to several of the manager openings around the league.

The Pohlad family, Levine said, told him and Falvey to aim for making this their last managerial hire; not because they're on the hot seat, but because they want someone who will be with the Twins a long time.

"He is beyond a wonderful representative of the Twins - he is the Twins in a lot of ways", Baldelli said, . Before that, he was their third-base coach for three years. "They've counseled me. I'm talking about personal things on top of baseball things".

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