Twins to hire Rocco Baldelli as manager

Rocco Baldelli shown during spring training in his playing days with the Tampa Bay Rays

English language Wikipedia Rocco Baldelli shown during spring training in his playing days with the Tampa Bay Rays

Baldelli was promoted to major league field coordinator last season after three years as Tampa Bay's first base coach.

Molitor was named the American League Manager of the Year in 2017.

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).

The Twins clearly aren't anxious about Baldelli's lack of managerial experience.

- The Minnesota Twins' search for a new manager appears to be over. "We need to continue to try to put the resources around them that can service them, in this new generation of player".

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Baldelli apparently wins the job over other candidates who were well regarded, like Twins bench coach Derek Shelton and Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde.

Molitor's teams were competitive for most of his four seasons, finishing above.500 twice and earning a wild-card playoff berth in 2017. He spent six seasons with the Rays and one with the Boston Red Sox. He assisted Cash and bench coach Charlie Montoyo during the game, worked with the outfielders and focused on continued development of the team's young players.

He was Tampa's first round draft pick in 2000, quickly advanced to the majors and finished third in MLB's Rookie of the Year voting in 2003.

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.

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