The Minnesota Twins have hired Tampa Bay Rays assistant coach Rocco Baldelli as their new manager, seeking a young voice to help revive a struggling team.

The 37-year-old Baldelli replaces Paul Molitor, who was fired after four seasons with a 305-343 record. Baldelli will be the youngest manager in the major leagues, the first skipper ever born in the 1980s.

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FILE – This is a 2018 file photo showing Rocco Baldelli of the Tampa Bay Rays baseball team. Two people with knowledge of the decision tell The Associated Press that the Minnesota Twins have hired Tampa Bay Rays assistant coach Rocco Baldelli as their new manager. The 37-year-old Baldelli replaces Paul Molitor, who was fired after four seasons with a 305-343 record. The sources spoke to The AP on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018, on condition of anonymity, because the Twins had not yet made the announcement about Baldelli, who spent the last four years on the staff of Rays manager Kevin Cash. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Baldelli spent the last four years on the staff of Rays manager Kevin Cash. 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. Baldelli debuted with the Rays at age 21 in 2003, finishing third in the American League Rookie of the Year award voting after batting .289 with 51 extra-base hits and 27 stolen bases.

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FILE – In this June 30, 2018, file photo, Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash, left, and coach Rocco Baldelli, right, congratulate Jake Bauers (9) after Bauers scored on Joey Wendle’s sacrifice fly off Houston Astros starter Juustin Verlander during a baseball game in St. Petersburg, Fla. Two people with knowledge of the decision tell The Associated Press that the Minnesota Twins have hired Tampa Bay Rays assistant coach Rocco Baldelli as their new manager. The 37-year-old Baldelli replaces Paul Molitor, who was fired after four seasons with a 305-343 record. The sources spoke to The AP on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018, on condition of anonymity, because the Twins had not yet made the announcement about Baldelli, who spent the last four years on the staff of Rays manager Kevin Cash. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius, File)

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Source: The Associated Press

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