Twins reportedly expected to hire Rocco Baldelli

Twins reportedly expected to hire Rocco Baldelli

Baldelli has worked in the Tampa Bay Rays organization in multiple roles over the last several years. Baldelli, 37, will be the youngest manager in baseball.

A talented player whose key RBIs helped Tampa Bay in its ALCS victory over the Boston Red Sox in 2008, Baldelli was forced to retire in 2011 because of a condition later diagnosed as mitochondrial channelopathy, a disease that obstructs neurological pathways and leads to extreme muscle fatigue. Earlier this month, the Twins fired Paul Molitor after four seasons. He also is the first base coach. Gardenhire, in turn, held onto the Twins' managerial post until 2014 and was replaced by Molitor, who'd served on his own coaching staff. They were effusive with their praise of Molitor for his acumen, character and flexibility, but the closest Falvey and Levine came to articulating a specific reason for Molitor's dismissal when they announced it a little more than three weeks ago was a desire for deeper connections with millennial players in hopes of more productivity on the field. Injuries ruined what looked to be an exceptionally promising career for the former No. 6 overall pick (Rays, 2000), who debuted in the Majors as a 21-year-old back in 2003.

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"When you take the time and invest with people in general, generally you get a good response", Baldelli said. Baldelli hit a combined.285/.326/.425 with 27 homers and 44 steals through his first 292 big league games, flashing the potential to emerge as a true five-tool asset for a still-young Rays franchise.

"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".

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