According to reports, the Twins are hiring former Rays major league field coordinator, Rocco Baldelli, to take over the duties most recently assigned to one Paul Molitor.
The organization will be making their managerial announcement
As for the 37 year-young Baldelli’s baseball background, the Rhode Island native, who graduated from high school with a 4.25 GPA, was taken by Tampa Bay with the 6th overall pick of the 2000 MLB draft.
After busting out of the minors in 2003, the (soon-to-be) newest member of the Twins organization spent seven seasons competing at baseball’s highest level.
Unfortunately, an overwhelming amount of disabled list stints due to “complications from a muscular disorder” ultimately forced the outfielder into an early retirement.
Obviously, while he walked away from playing America’s pastime, the seemingly baseball fiend couldn’t fully quit the game.
Immediately upon hanging up his glove, Baldelli, who was 29 at the time, was offered a job by the Rays GM at the time, Andrew Friedman.
From there, the Bishop Hendricken High School product was promoted to be Tampa’s first base coach. After spending two season in that role, Baldelli was bumped up to his most recent position, major league field coordinator.
In regards to the holding the title of Twins manager, Baldelli, who interviewed for several other managerial openings, beat out the likes of bench coaches Derek Shelton (Twins), Brandon Hyde (Cubs), Joe Espada (Astros), Hensley Meulens (Giants), & hitting coach James Rowson (hitting coach).
In conclusion, while Minnesotans may be bitter that the already in-house Shelton didn’t get the job, it feels necessary to note that he and Baldelli worked together in Tampa Bay.
Ultimately, while the guy who got this particular Twins’ job was getting raises with the Rays, the guy who didn’t was getting released.