Minnesota Twins hire Rays coach Rocco Baldelli as manager

Elena Summers
October 28, 2018

Baldelli has declined comment throughout the managerial search process, having also interviewed with the Blue Jays and Rangers, who still were interested, and the Angels and Reds, who hired others. It's unclear if he will remain with the Twins. At present Baldelli is the Tampa Bay Rays Major League Field Coordinator and spent the previous three seasons as their first base coach.

Baldelli will be the 14th manager for the Twins since the franchise relocated from Washington in 1961, only their fourth manager since 36-year-old Tom Kelly took over in 1986 and their first managerial hire outside the organization since Ray Miller in 1985.

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

Baldelli, 37, is a former Rays outfielder who spent four years after retiring early due to medical reasons as a special assistant in the Rays front office and the last four years as a coach.

They might have found their guy in Baldelli.

He spent seven years in Major League Baseball as a player including six seasons in Tampa Bay and one in Boston.

"He is beyond a wonderful representative of the Twins - he is the Twins in a lot of ways", Baldelli said, .

He is open-minded about how to play baseball, a signature of the Rays, who embraced concepts such as starting games with an "opener" - a reliever who pitches one or two innings - and is eager to find new and different ways to attack old problems by, at heart, "just being curious".

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