Ex-Rays player, coach Rocco Baldelli hired as Twins manager

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Baldelli also won back-to-back-to-back state titles in baseball for the Hawks, but his Major League career was cut short by a rare metabolic disorder.

Baldelli, a Rhode Island native, played seven seasons in the Major League Baseball for Tampa Bay and Boston. Earlier this month, the Twins fired Paul Molitor after four seasons. Neal also reported that Derek Shelton, the former Rays hitting coach who spent 2018 as the Twins bench coach, was no longer in contention.

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. Last year, he was promoted to the newly created position of major league field coordinator, which included coaching and defensive analytics.

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It's worth noting this will be the first time the Twins have hired a manager from outside the organization in more than three decades.

Molitor was named the American League Manager of the Year in 2017. A news conference announcing the hiring is expected Thursday.

"I was his track coach at the time and he went from being a rookie to the next year winning the state championship in the dash". "He has a lot of ideas as how to help players", said Falvey, who is just 35. The Twins under Falvey and Levine over the last two years have dived much more deeply into the data-driven era of the grand old game, with a particular admiration for what the Rays have pioneered.

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