Twins name Baldelli as manager

Twins name Baldelli as manager

Rocco Baldelli will be announced as the Twins new manager Thursday, according to Fox 9 Sports in Minnesota. Baldelli was promoted to major league field coordinator last season after three years as Tampa Bay's first base coach.

The Star Tribune first reported that the managerial search had keyed in on Baldelli. The only year as a professional he spent apart from the Rays was 2009, when he played in 62 games for the Boston Red Sox.

The team's previous manager, Paul Molitor, was sacked in early October after the Twins finished with a disappointing 78-84 record. It seems quite possible that Shelton, who served on the Rays' coaching staff with Baldelli until being hired by the Twins last offseason, could remain on hand as the bench coach, given his familiarity with Baldelli.




That tie the newest Twins manager was wearing for Thursday's introductory press conference?

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.

Those were the magic words in Baldelli's bio for Twins chief baseball officer Derek Falvey and general manager Thad Levine. I've gotten to go through four scouting seasons and four years of coaching, and I feel more than comfortable that my body and my mind will hold up great. "They've counseled me. I'm talking about personal things on top of baseball things".

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