Twins Hiring Rocco Baldelli as Manager

28 October, 2018, 16:00 | Author: Amy Huff
  • Report: Twins to hire Baldelli, 37, as manager

The Minnesota Twins hired Rocco Baldelli as their new manager Thursday, the team announced on social media.

Baldelli, 37, has spent the past four seasons as a coach for the Tampa Bay Rays. Baldelli will serve as the Twins 14th manager in club history.

After accepting the Twins job, the "Woonsocket Rocket" becomes the fifth ex-Red Sox player now managing a big league team, joining Cora (Boston), Kevin Cash (Tampa Bay), Dave Roberts (Los Angeles Dodgers) and Gabe Kapler (Philadelphia Phillies). He first worked as a special assistant to vice president Andrew Friedman (2011-2014), then he moved down to the field as first base coach (2015-17) and as field coordinator during this past season.

Injuries hounded him for most of his career, however, and a rare disorder that caused muscle fatigue ultimately forced him to retire after the 2010 season.

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Twins bench coach Derek Shelton and Chicago Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde also were brought to Minneapolis for interviews.

Baldelli, a Rhode Island native, played seven seasons in the Major League Baseball for Tampa Bay and Boston.

The Twins need someone who can reach young players, as Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano in particular have faded from highly touted prospects to disappointing major leaguers. Injuries ruined what looked to be an exceptionally promising career for the former No. 6 overall pick (Rays, 2000), who debuted in the Majors as a 21-year-old back in 2003.

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