Twins name Rocco Baldelli as new manager

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have named Rocco Baldelli the 14th Manager in club history, agreeing to a three-year contract that covers the 2019-21 seasons.

This will mark the first managerial assignment of Baldelli’s career and the first time for the Twins to hire a manager outside the organization since Ray Miller in 1985.

Baldelli, 37, joins the Twins for what will be his 20th season in professional baseball. The former outfielder most recently served as the Tampa Bay Rays major league field coordinator in 2018. In that role, Baldelli assisted Manager Kevin Cash and Bench Coach Charlie Montoyo during games, worked with outfielders and focused on continued development of major league players. Prior to that, he served as Tampa Bay’s first base coach for three seasons from 2015-17 and was in charge of outfield defensive positioning.

He spent four seasons with the Rays from 2011-14 as a Special Assistant to Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman. In that capacity, he worked with outfielders and held several scouting assignments, including serving time as a national cross-checker. In addition, he also spent time serving as a coach during the Rays Instructional League.

The Minnesota Twins fired Paul Molitor after the 2018 season. He was offered another position within the organization. Molitor was AL Manager of the Year in 2017.

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