Of course, Baldelli also played in parts of seven big-league seasons, mostly with the Rays, amassing 10 career Wins Above Replacement before his body forced him into retirement.
Baldelli, 37, retired from being a major league player in 2011.
The Twins announced Paul Molitor would not return as manager after Minnesota went a disappointing 78-84 this season, a year after making the playoffs in the second wildcard spot.
Baldelli's most recent experience fit perfectly with what Twins chief baseball officer Derek Falvey and general manager Thad Levine sought.More news: Girls Planned Knife Attack's At Bartow Middle School
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He was Tampa's first round draft pick in 2000, quickly advanced to the majors and finished third in MLB's Rookie of the Year voting in 2003.
Montoyo is a 53-year-old Puerto Rican who worked as the bench coach for the Tampa Bay Rays this season. He picked up the nickname "Woonsocket Rocket" for his birthplace city and his speed on the field.
Baldelli's parents took a last-minute flight to Minneapolis Thursday morning, so they could surprise their son when he was officially introduced as the Twins manager.
"He is beyond a wonderful representative of the Twins - he is the Twins in a lot of ways", Baldelli said, . Baldelli hit a combined.285/.326/.425 with 27 homers and 44 steals through his first 292 big league games, flashing the potential to emerge as a true five-tool asset for a still-young Rays franchise. "They've counseled me. I'm talking about personal things on top of baseball things".