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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.

Seeking a fresh voice for their underachieving young players, the Minnesota Twins have made Rocco Baldelli the youngest manager in the major leagues.

After accepting the Twins job, the "Woonsocket Rocket" becomes the fifth ex-Red Sox player now managing a big league team, joining Cora (Boston), Kevin Cash (Tampa Bay), Dave Roberts (Los Angeles Dodgers) and Gabe Kapler (Philadelphia Phillies).

As it turns out, the Twins were looking for a younger manager that could communicate well with millenials. Neal also reported that Derek Shelton, the former Rays hitting coach who spent 2018 as the Twins bench coach, was no longer in contention.

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Baldelli will be the youngest active manager in the majors.

It's worth noting this will be the first time the Twins have hired a manager from outside the organization in more than three decades.

Baldelli is 37 years old and played for the Rays.

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. He, of course, is known for his eight-year big league career, mostly with the Rays. Molitor was let go after the season, despite winning AL Manager of the Year in 2017 and getting a contract extension. He ended his playing career in 2010 due to health issues.


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