Twins hiring Rocco Baldelli as manager

ByABC News
October 25, 2018, 7:36 AM

The Minnesota Twins are expected to hire Rocco Baldelli as their next manager, a source confirmed to ESPN.

Baldelli has spent the past four seasons as a coach for the Tampa Bay Rays and was a special assistant in the front office for four seasons before that. At 37, he will become the youngest manager in the majors.

FOX 9 Sports first reported that Baldelli would be the Twins' manager. A news conference announcing the hiring is expected Thursday.

Baldelli played seven seasons in the majors from 2003 to 2010, including six with the Rays. He also spent one season with the Boston Red Sox.

He will replace Paul Molitor, who was 305-343 in four seasons as manager with one playoff appearance. Minnesota went 78-84 in 2018, finishing second in the American League Central but 13 games behind the Cleveland Indians.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.