Rocco Baldelli named manager of Minnesota Twins

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Rocco Baldelli will take over for the ousted Paul Molitor this season, accordingo to multiple reports.

He spent three seasons at first base, then moved this year to a newly created position as major-league field coordinator, where he splits time working with outfielders, coordinating development and serving as sort of an assistant bench coach to Charlie Montoyo and manager Kevin Cash.

Baldelli, 37, retired from being a major league player in 2011. He spent six of those years with the Rays and one with the Red Sox.

The team's previous manager, Paul Molitor, was sacked in early October after the Twins finished with a disappointing 78-84 record. A news conference announcing the hiring is expected Thursday. "He has a lot of ideas as how to help players", said Falvey, who is just 35. The move came as a surprise, in part because Molitor was less than a year removed from winning the Manager of the Year Award.

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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. The 25-year-old Sano also had a career-worst season.

Those were the magic words in Baldelli's bio for Twins chief baseball officer Derek Falvey and general manager Thad Levine.

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

After eight seasons as a scout and bench coach for Tampa Bay, this morning, Baldelli got his big break. "They've counseled me. I'm talking about personal things on top of baseball things".

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