Twins to hire Rocco Baldelli as manager

Source Rocco Baldelli to be named new Twins manager

The Minnesota Twins' youth movement officially extends to their manager. Kind of purplish! Must be a Prince tribute.

Baldelli, a Rhode Island native, spent six of his seven major league seasons as a player with the Rays, interrupted only by a stint with the Red Sox during the 2009 season.

The Twins clearly aren't anxious about Baldelli's lack of managerial experience.

"He is beyond a wonderful representative of the Twins - he is the Twins in a lot of ways", Baldelli said, . Though Buxton won a Gold Glove award in 2017 and has 46 steals in 51 career attempts, his on-base-plus-slugging percentage is just.672 in 306 major league games. 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.

Baldelli also has four years of front-office experience as a special assistant in the baseball operations department with the Rays.

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Cut to 2000 and the Devil Rays drafted Baldelli with the sixth overall pick out of high school.

Baldelli spent the last four years on the staff of Rays manager Kevin Cash. Injuries hounded him for most of his career, however, and a rare disorder that caused muscle fatigue ultimately forced him to retire after the 2010 season.

This marks the first time the ballclub has gone outside their own organization to hire a manager since 1985, when they took on Ray Miller.

A source with knowledge of the situation confirmed Baldelli's hiring to KSTP Sports early Thursday morning.

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