Baseball notes: Twins hire Rocco Baldelli as manager

Baseball notes: Twins hire Rocco Baldelli as manager

Baseball notes: Twins hire Rocco Baldelli as manager

Two people with knowledge of the decision tell The Associated Press the Minnesota Twins have hired Tampa Bay Rays assistant coach Rocco Baldelli as their new manager.

Baldelli was named the Rays first base coach in 2014 and promoted to his current position as major league field coordinator before the 2017 season.

Baldelli, 37, retired from being a major league player in 2011.

After accepting the Twins job, the "Woonsocket Rocket" becomes the fifth ex-Red Sox player now managing a big league team, joining Cora (Boston), Kevin Cash (Tampa Bay), Dave Roberts (Los Angeles Dodgers) and Gabe Kapler (Philadelphia Phillies). He posted a 305-343 record in four seasons as skipper in Minnesota. Baldelli will be the first major league manager born in the 1980s.

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Those were the magic words in Baldelli's bio for Twins chief baseball officer Derek Falvey and general manager Thad Levine. A news conference announcing the hiring is expected Thursday.

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