A news conference to announce the hiring is reportedly set to take place Thursday, which is a travel day in the World Series between the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers.
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.
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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).
- The Minnesota Twins' search for a new manager appears to be over. For four seasons prior to that, he was a special assistant in the front office of the team that drafted him sixth overall in 2000 out of high school in Rhode Island.
The Twins also considered their own bench coach Derek Shelton and Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde for the position. Baldelli will be the first major league manager born in the 1980s. I've gotten to go through four scouting seasons and four years of coaching, and I feel more than comfortable that my body and my mind will hold up great. Before that, McGwire was hitting coach of the St. Louis Cardinals for three seasons following a hiatus after his steroid-tainted playing career ended. Tom Kelly was hired by Minnesota in 1986 and held that role until being succeeded by one of his coaches, Ron Gardenhire, in 2001.