They have since settled on their next skipper, with the team announcing Rocco Baldelli as the 14th manager in franchise history on Thursday.
Baldelli has worked in the Tampa Bay Rays organization in multiple roles over the last several years.
Baldelli, 37, is the youngest manager in the Majors.
After accepting the Twins job, the "Woonsocket Rocket" becomes the fifth ex-Red Sox player now managing a big league team, joining Cora (Boston), Kevin Cash (Tampa Bay), Dave Roberts (Los Angeles Dodgers) and Gabe Kapler (Philadelphia Phillies). Incumbent Twins bench coach Derek Shelton was also said to be a finalist, and Neal notes that Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde was the team's other top choice.
Baldelli will be the youngest active manager in the majors. On the contrary, it means the Twins' new manager will have more influence on the front office. He spent six seasons with the Rays and one with the Boston Red Sox.
FOX 9 Sports first reported that Baldelli would be the Twins' manager.
Of course, Baldelli is better known for his career as a big league outfielder.
"I was his track coach at the time and he went from being a rookie to the next year winning the state championship in the dash".
Ron Gardenhire coached under Kelly until taking over the job in 2002. Before that, McGwire was hitting coach of the St. Louis Cardinals for three seasons following a hiatus after his steroid-tainted playing career ended.