Published: Sun, October 28, 2018
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Twins Name Rocco Baldelli Manager

Twins Name Rocco Baldelli Manager

After eight seasons as a scout and bench coach for Tampa Bay, this morning, Baldelli got his big break. Around 9:30 a.m., the Twins twitter account confirmed the earlier reports.

He will be the youngest manager in the Major Leagues. The Hall of Famer was offered a front-office role to remain with the organization.

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.

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Molitor was named American League Manager of the Year in 2017 and was sacked with two years remaining on his contract.

A talented player whose key RBIs helped Tampa Bay in its ALCS victory over the Boston Red Sox in 2008, Baldelli was forced to retire in 2011 because of a condition later diagnosed as mitochondrial channelopathy, a disease that obstructs neurological pathways and leads to extreme muscle fatigue.

The Minnesota Twins ended their 2018 season with a 78-84 record.

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

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