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The 37-year-old was previously employed as Tampa Bay's first base coach and worked in the team's scouting department. He spent one season with the Red Sox and missed the entire 2005 season due to injury.

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.

The Pohlad family, Levine said, told him and Falvey to aim for making this their last managerial hire; not because they're on the hot seat, but because they want someone who will be with the Twins a long time. He, of course, is known for his eight-year big league career, mostly with the Rays. On the contrary, it means the Twins' new manager will have more influence on the front office. Baldelli will be the first major league manager born in the 1980s. "But I also know that I do have to take care of myself".

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Having featured in a deeper midfield role at Huddersfield, the Switzerland global played off the right in midweek - and he is happy to be flexible on behalf of the greater good.

Baldelli will come to the Twins from one of the most progressive organizations in baseball.

The team's previous manager, Paul Molitor, was sacked in early October after the Twins finished with a disappointing 78-84 record.

A source with knowledge of the situation confirmed Baldelli's hiring to KSTP Sports early Thursday morning. But Falvey and Levine look to have settled on the voice they hope can lead the organization back to prominence in a weak American League Central division that features multiple rebuilding clubs.