2 teams poach Rays staff for new manager

Rocco Baldelli

If you squinted hard enough, you could maybe see a little bit of Minnesota and the Twins ingrained in Rocco Baldelli. At present Baldelli is the Tampa Bay Rays Major League Field Coordinator and spent the previous three seasons as their first base coach.

According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Baldelli will be the first manager hired by the Twins from outside the organization since 1984, when Ray Miller took over the club.

The team will introduce Baldelli at a 3 p.m. press conference at Target Field.

Of course, Baldelli also played in parts of seven big-league seasons, mostly with the Rays, amassing 10 career Wins Above Replacement before his body forced him into retirement. Earlier this month, they fired Paul Molitor after serving as the manager for four seasons. It wouldn't involve staying with the Twins. Neal also reported that Derek Shelton, the former Rays hitting coach who spent 2018 as the Twins bench coach, was no longer in contention.

Of course, Baldelli is better known for his career as a big league outfielder.

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

Though Baldelli has no experience managing, he is the kind of young, communicative, intelligent, analytics-embracing leader teams are hiring, all evidenced by the interest from the five teams. I've gotten to go through four scouting seasons and four years of coaching, and I feel more than comfortable that my body and my mind will hold up great.

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