On Thursday, during a press conference, the Minnesota Twins are expected to announce the hiring of Rocco Baldelli as the club’s new manager.
Baldelli will become the 14th manager in Twins history and has previously served as the field coordinator for the Tampa Bay Rays.
Rocco predominately played as an outfielder for the Rays, but retired after seven years due to a mitochondrial disorder. He was then hired as special adviser and from 2015-16, Baldelli served as the team’s first-base coach before becoming major-league field coordinator.
Rocco Baldelli will replace Paul Molitor, who had a record of 305-343 (.471) in four seasons, including one postseason appearance, when he led the Twins to the American League Wild Card Game, which they lost to the Yankees. That trip to the playoffs was part of a 26-win improvement, which had earned him the AL Manager of the Year Award. Minnesota regressed to 78-84 this season and never really came close to contending, which is prompting the club to make a change.