Twins hiring Rocco Baldelli as manager

Twins hiring Rocco Baldelli as manager

Twins hiring Rocco Baldelli as manager

The Minnesota Twins will hire Rocco Baldelli as their next manager, according to a report.

Baldelli has spent the past four seasons as a coach for the Tampa Bay Rays and was a special assistant in the front office for four seasons before that.

While it's not news that the Twins were in the market for a new skipper after firing Paul Molitor, the Internet was shook when it realized that Baldelli is only 37 years old.

Joined at a news conference at Target Field by his parents, two brothers, longtime girlfriend and a close childhood friend, Baldelli won over Falvey, Levine and the dozens of others who met him in the organization with his honesty and affability. Molitor was let go after the season, despite winning AL Manager of the Year in 2017 and getting a contract extension.

The only year as a professional he spent apart from the Rays was 2009, when he played in 62 games for Boston. The 25-year-old Sano also had a career-worst season. Before that, he was their third-base coach for three years.

Baldelli grew up in Rhode Island and was nicknamed "The Woonsocket Rocket" early in his career.

As it turns out, the Twins were looking for a younger manager that could communicate well with millenials.

Baldelli will come to the Twins from one of the most progressive organizations in baseball.

After eight seasons as a scout and bench coach for Tampa Bay, this morning, Baldelli got his big break.

"When you take the time and invest with people in general, generally you get a good response", Baldelli said.

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