Rocco Baldelli to become next Twins manager

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The Minnesota Twins made a decision to shake things up this week by hiring former Major League Baseball outfielder Rocco Baldelli as their new manager.

Baldelli has worked in the Tampa Bay Rays organization in multiple roles over the last several years.

Baldelli also won back-to-back-to-back state titles in baseball for the Hawks, but his Major League career was cut short by a rare metabolic disorder.

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). Earlier this month, they fired Paul Molitor after serving as the manager for four seasons. He also spent one season with the Boston Red Sox. He, of course, is known for his eight-year big league career, mostly with the Rays. The Tampa Bay Times reported that he'd interviewed for all 5 teams actively seeking a manager. KSTP-TV has confirmed the Twins have hired their next skipper.

Ron Gardenhire coached under Kelly until taking over the job in 2002.

The Pohlad family, who owns the Twins, has a reputation for maintaining the status quo, but Jim Pohlad has shown more of a willingness to shuffle the deck following the passing of his father, Carl, in 2009.

Coaching changes figure to follow, and there's significant work for Falvey and Levine to do on the roster following a disappointing 2018 season.