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.
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.
If you dig “Old Baseball Cards,” we have plenty of great episodes below for you to check out.
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COMPILATIONS: Best trades of 2017 | Best finds of 2017 | Best Guests of 2017 (Part 1) | Best Guests of 2017 (Part 2) | The Best of People Eating 30-Year-Old Gum | The Best Finds of 2018 | Favorite Guests of 2018
STARS FROM BACK IN THE DAY: Fred Lynn | Eduardo Perez | J.J. Putz | Luis Gonzalez | Duane Kuiper | Edgar Martinez | Ryne Sandberg | Frank Thomas | Sandy Alomar Jr. | Delino DeShields | Cliff Floyd | Dan Plesac | Aaron Boone | Bobby Bonilla | Andre Dawson | Ivan Rodriguez | Jack Morris | Jeff Nelson | Mark Teixeira | Rick Ankiel | Kevin Millar
MANAGERS/COACHES: Terry Francona | Joe Maddon | Bruce Bochy | Clint Hurdle | Buck Showalter | Brad Mills | Bob Melvin | Dave Roberts | Gabe Kapler | Alex Cora | Dave Martinez | Ron Gardenhire | Scott Servais
CURRENT PLAYERS: Alex Bregman | CC Sabathia | Curtis Granderson | Noah Syndergaard | Kyle Hendricks | Clayton Kershaw | Todd Coffey | John Axford | Dee Gordon | Adam Eaton | Rajai Davis | Brad Ziegler & Tyler Clippard | Buster Posey, David Price & Anthony Rizzo
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