Twins hire Rocco Baldelli

Twins hire Rocco Baldelli

Twins hire Rocco Baldelli

At 37 years old Baldelli will now be the youngest manager in the big leagues, so that alone should help along with the general idea he worked in a player development capacity for the Rays.

The Minnesota Twins are set to make Rocco Baldelli the youngest manager in Major League Baseball, according to ESPN.

The Twins clearly aren't anxious about Baldelli's lack of managerial experience. Incumbent Twins bench coach Derek Shelton was also said to be a finalist, and Neal notes that Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde was the team's other top choice. For four seasons prior to that, he was a special assistant in the front office of the team that drafted him sixth overall in 2000 out of high school in Rhode Island.

Molitor's teams were competitive for most of his four seasons, finishing above.500 twice and earning a wild-card playoff berth in 2017.

They might have found their guy in Baldelli. He spent most of his time with the Rays, but played one season for the Boston Red Sox.

"He is beyond a wonderful representative of the Twins - he is the Twins in a lot of ways", Baldelli said, . Before that, he was their third-base coach for three years. But Baldelli's career took a mysterious downturn the following season, and doctors initially diagnosed him with a rare mitochondrial deficiency and, eventually, a condition called channelopathy.

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

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