Rays Rocco Baldelli appears headed to Twins as manager

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Minnesota has always been among the most loyal organizations in baseball, perhaps to a fault at times, as evidenced by the fact that Baldelli will incredibly be just the fourth Twins manager in the past three decades.

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.

The former Tampa Bay Rays player, assistant and coach will be a first-time manager, the first in the major leagues born in the 1980s. He spent six seasons with the Rays and one with the Boston Red Sox.

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Baldelli takes over for the recently-fired Paul Molitor, who stumbled to a 78-84 record with Minnesota this season.

- The Minnesota Twins' search for a new manager appears to be over.

Baldelli's name had been linked to several of the manager openings around the league. "He has a lot of ideas as how to help players", said Falvey, who is just 35.

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The 24-year-old Buxton was again affected by injuries and struggled anew at the plate, so much that he spent the last four months in Triple-A. Baldelli debuted with the Rays at age 21 in 2003, finishing third in the AL Rookie of the Year Award voting after batting.289 with 51 extra-base hits and 27 stolen bases.

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

As it turns out, the Twins were looking for a younger manager that could communicate well with millenials. Baldelli has been the field coordinator for the Tampa Bay Rays since November 2017.

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"I don't know the answers", he said, "but I'm interested in learning more and trying to figure out more, and when you surround yourself with people that are similar - and that's an important quality anywhere, not just in baseball - you end up pushing each other and expose each other to different things and you end up maybe improving what you do".

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