Rocco Baldelli named manager of Twins


The quality that general manager Thad Levine said impressed him most about Baldelli? Gardenhire, in turn, held onto the Twins' managerial post until 2014 and was replaced by Molitor, who'd served on his own coaching staff.

Minnesota has always been among the most loyal organizations in baseball, perhaps to a fault at times, as evidenced by the fact that Baldelli will incredibly be just the fourth Twins manager in the past three decades.

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

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Twins bench coach Derek Shelton and Chicago Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde also were brought to Minneapolis for interviews.

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. For four seasons prior to that, he was a special assistant in the front office of the team that drafted him sixth overall in 2000 out of high school in Rhode Island. At present Baldelli is the Tampa Bay Rays Major League Field Coordinator and spent the previous three seasons as their first base coach.

They might have found their guy in Baldelli.

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The fraternity of former Boston Red Sox players with major league managing gigs is getting a new member.

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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