Twins Announce Rocco Baldelli, 37, As Next Manager

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The Twins also considered their own bench coach Derek Shelton and Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde for the position. He spent most of his time with the Rays, but played one season for the Boston Red Sox. He had previously served in a variety of roles with the Tampa Bay Rays, including first-base coach and field coordinator. Baldelli, 37, will be the youngest manager in baseball.

McGwire, who hit 583 home runs during his big league career, spent three seasons on the Padres' staff.

Though Baldelli has no experience managing, he is the kind of young, communicative, intelligent, analytics-embracing leader teams are hiring, all evidenced by the interest from the five teams.

Those injuries cost Baldelli the entirety of the 2005 season, but he returned looking none the worse for the wear in 2006 when he batted.302/.339/.533 in 92 games. Although he managed a few brief returns to the field, Baldelli made just 429 career plate appearances following that brilliant 2007 return effort.

Baldelli replaces Paul Molitor, who was 305-343 in four seasons as manager with one playoff appearance.

The Minnesota Twins have their man.

The Minnesota Twins will hire Rocco Baldelli as their next manager, according to a report. But he was not hired by the new guys in the front office, and a disappointing 2018 campaign opened the door for a change.

Ron Gardenhire coached under Kelly until taking over the job in 2002.

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