Twins to hire Baldelli, 37, as manager

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Baldelli, a Rhode Island native, spent six of his seven major league seasons as a player with the Rays, interrupted only by a stint with the Red Sox during the 2009 season.

If you squinted hard enough, you could maybe see a little bit of Minnesota and the Twins ingrained in Rocco Baldelli.

Still, it's clear that these are no longer your father's Minnesota Twins.

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For the past four years, Baldelli has coached for the Tampa Bay Rays, where he played six of his seven seasons as an Major League Baseball outfielder. He also is the first base coach. It seems quite possible that Shelton, who served on the Rays' coaching staff with Baldelli until being hired by the Twins last offseason, could remain on hand as the bench coach, given his familiarity with Baldelli. In 2017, the Twins reached the AL Wild Game card, but lost to the New York Yankees. Baldelli was a special assistant in the front office for four seasons prior to that.

They might have found their guy in Baldelli.

Baldelli is 37 years old and played for the Rays.

He was Tampa's first round draft pick in 2000, quickly advanced to the majors and finished third in MLB's Rookie of the Year voting in 2003. "But I also know that I do have to take care of myself".

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