Twins hire ex-Rays player, coach Rocco Baldelli as manager

Twins hire ex-Rays player, coach Rocco Baldelli as manager

La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune first indicated that Baldelli, 37, had separated himself from the pack in the Twins' search for a replacement for recently dismissed manager Paul Molitor.

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

The Minnesota Twins are expected to hire Rocco Baldelli as their next manager, a source confirmed to ESPN. It's unclear if he will remain with the Twins. Neal also reported that Derek Shelton, the former Rays hitting coach who spent 2018 as the Twins bench coach, was no longer in contention. They were 85-77 last season and lost to the New York Yankees in the AL wild-card game.

Baldelli has been working as an assistant with the Tampa Bay Rays the last several years after playing seven Major League seasons from 2003-2010, all but one with the Rays.

They might have found their guy in Baldelli.

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

Baldelli said he feels great, adding, "I also know that I have to take care of myself as well in ways that, when I was a young guy I was not really thinking of".

"I was his track coach at the time and he went from being a rookie to the next year winning the state championship in the dash".

Meanwhile, Charlie Montoyo, a bench coach for the Rays this season, was hired as manager of the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday.

"I don't know the answers", he said, "but I'm interested in learning more and trying to figure out more, and when you surround yourself with people that are similar - and that's an important quality anywhere, not just in baseball - you end up pushing each other and expose each other to different things and you end up maybe improving what you do".

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