Baldelli appointed as Twins manager

Report: Twins to hire Baldelli, 37, as manager

They have since settled on their next skipper, with the team announcing Rocco Baldelli as the 14th manager in franchise history on Thursday. But such is the current trend in Major League Baseball of bringing in fresh faces at the managing level, just as the Red Sox did with Alex Cora and the New York Yankees did with Aaron Boone. At 37 years old Baldelli will now be the youngest manager in the big leagues, so that alone should help along with the general idea he worked in a player development capacity for the Rays. Last year, he was promoted to the newly created position of major league field coordinator, which included coaching and defensive analytics.

The Minnesota Twins began the offseason by dismissing manager Paul Molitor.

The Pohlad family, Levine said, told him and Falvey to aim for making this their last managerial hire; not because they're on the hot seat, but because they want someone who will be with the Twins a long time.

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That is the word from several baseball people at and around the World Series on Wednesday, and that an announcement may come as soon as Thursday. 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.

Cash, who is 40, is the next-youngest manager behind Baldelli. Before that, he was their third-base coach for three years. The Twins certainly hope the Baldelli era proves to be more fruitful.

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