Rocco Baldelli named new Twins manager

It's the 37-year-old former Major Leaguer's first job as a manager

Sloane Martin
October 25, 2018 - 9:18 am

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The Minnesota Twins announce Rocco Baldelli as their new manager.

The 37-year-old former first round pick and seven-year Major League centerfielder comes from the Tampa Bay Rays where he was a coach with the official title of Major League Field Coordinator, but he does not have experience as a manager. The Rays, known as an analytically aggressive and progressive franchise, are coming off a 90-win season and finished in third place in the American League East. They made the practice of "bullpenning" -- or using relievers as starters to control how many times a batter faces a pitcher to reduce diminishing returns-- mainstream.

Baldelli succeeds St. Paul native and former Twin Paul Molitor who was dismissed from his managerial duties earlier this month.

Baldelli reportedly interviewed with six other teams.

An introductory press conference is scheduled for 3 p.m. which we will carry live on WCCO.