Baldelli, who inherited a Paul Molitor lead team that finished second in the dreadful AL Central in 2018 with a record of 78-84 turned the team around and finished with a record of 101-61, becoming just the sixth manager in history to win one hundred games in their rookie season. After being drafted in the 1st round (6th overall) out of Rhode Island high school baseball powerhouse Bishop Hendricken to Tampa Bay Rays.
Baldelli played seven Major League seasons six with Tampa Bay and one with Boston, finishing third in Al Rookie of The Year voting during his rookie campaign. However, after being diagnosed with a rare metabolic/muscular disorder that placed him frequently on the disabled list throughout his career, a career that was cut short when he was forced to retire at age 29 in 2010. Baldelli spent ten of his eleven professional seasons with the Rays, only spending one season outside the organization with his hometown team, the Boston Red Sox.
Prior to retiring Baldelli was hired as a minor league coach in December of 2009 but decided to make a comeback late into the 2010 season. Ultimately retiring after that season Baldelli began his coaching career as a roving minor-league instructor. In 2014 Baldelli was promoted to Ray’s first base coach from 2014 to 2017. In 2017 he was promoted to Major League Field Coordinator, a position made specifically for him.
On October 25th, 2018 Baldelli was named as the newest manager of the Minnesota Twins. At the time he was only 37 years old, the same age his mentor, Kevin Cash was when he was hired. During the 2019 season, he lead the Twinkies to their record-setting season, both in wins and the MLB single-season home run record. This lead to Baldelli to becoming the youngest to ever win manager of the year.