The Twins hire former big-league outfielder Rocco Baldelli as their new manager

Report: Twins to hire Baldelli, 37, as manager

Baldelli, 37, is now with the Tampa Bay Rays as a field coordinator, working in the dugout with Ray manager Kevin Cash and the bench coach on a daily basis.

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

As it turns out, the Twins were looking for a younger manager that could communicate well with millenials.

FOX 9 Sports first reported that Baldelli would be the Twins' manager.

Molitor was named the American League Manager of the Year in 2017. "We need to continue to try to put the resources around them that can service them, in this new generation of player". He first worked as a special assistant to vice president Andrew Friedman (2011-2014), then he moved down to the field as first base coach (2015-17) and as field coordinator during this past season.

He spent seven years in Major League Baseball as a player, including six seasons in Tampa Bay and one in Boston, hitting.278 with 60 home runs, 262 RBIs and 60 stolen bases in 519 career games.

"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". "But I also know that I do have to take care of myself".

Meanwhile, Charlie Montoyo, a bench coach for the Rays this season, was hired as manager of the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday.

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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