By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Minnesota Twins have hired their new manager. The team has hired former MLB player Rocco Baldelli, as their new manager.
Baldelli replaces Paul Molitor, who spent four seasons as the team’s manager. He was let go at the end of the season when the team decided to go in a different direction.
He is now the youngest active manager in the majors at 37.
Molitor was offered a position to stay in front office. He was 305-343 in the four seasons, including two seasons without 80 wins.
He also guided the team to one postseason appearance when they lost in the Wild Card game.
Baldelli spent the last four seasons working for the Tampa Bay Rays, as a coach. He also spent four seasons prior to that, as a special assistant in the front office.
He was the team’s first base coach from 2015-2017, before being named major league field coordinator in 2018. According to ESPN, he assisted Rays manager Kevin Cash and bench coach Charlie Montoyo during games.
The Woonsocket, Rhode Island native played in the Majors in 2003-2004, then again from 2006 through 2010. He missed the 2005 season due to an injury.
He began his career with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, before being a part of the first Tampa Bay Rays team in 2008. He played the 2009 season with the Boston Red Sox, before ending his career with the Rays in 2010.
Baldelli had to end his career to a medical condition. The rare condition caused him to suffer from muscle fatigue and forced him to retire following the 2010 season.
With the Devil Rays/Rays franchise, he appeared in 457 games and had 1,901 plate appearances. He had a .280 batting average with 53 home runs and 239 RBIs. Baldelli also scored 258 runs, while having 95 doubles and 17 triples, along with 59 stolen bases.
Baldelli also appeared in 62 games and had 164 plate appearances in his one season in Boston. He had a .253 batting average with seven home runs and 23 RBIs. He also scored 23 runs with four doubles, and one triple. He had just one stolen base.
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