Twins manager Rocco Baldelli talks about chasing Ken Griffey Jr.'s rookie on 'Old Baseball Cards'

Inevitably someone reading this is still going to be surprised that Rocco Baldelli is a big-league manager now. Yes, Baldelli — all of 37 years old — is the new manager of the Minnesota Twins.

Once his playing career ended in 2010, Baldelli went to work inside the Tampa Bay Rays organization, learning from one of baseball’s more forward-thinking front offices. He’s been groomed to return to the dugout, though, and now he’s got his chance in Minnesota.

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Baldelli joins us this week on “Old Baseball Cards,” Yahoo Sports’ baseball-card driven nostalgia show, to open a pack of cards from 2004 (his second year in the big leagues) and 1994, back when he was just a kid in Rhode Island.

He talks about his Rhode Island childhood, buying baseball cards and about Paul Konerko *not* being from Providence. We talk about something every kid of the era can relate to — the chase for the famous Ken Griffey Jr. rookie card. Baldelli also shares memories of Bobby Abreu, Cal Ripken Jr. Dontrelle Willis and more. By the end, we pull off a trade with the one Minnesota Twins player we find.

Twins manager Rocco Baldelli opened baseball cards from 1994 and 2004. (Yahoo Sports)
Twins manager Rocco Baldelli opened baseball cards from 1994 and 2004. (Yahoo Sports)

If you dig “Old Baseball Cards,” we have plenty of great episodes below for you to check out.

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