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' Dave Campbell (h/t Star-Tribune).

  • 26 Apr
    "This is about what we

    think is best as we continue to grow a young team in the direction toward being
    a championship contender."Minnesota bench coach Derek
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    , Chicago Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde and Houston Astros
    bench coach Joe Espada are among those who were considered for the vacancy.The
    37-year-old Baldelli does not have any major league managerial experience, but
    he spent three seasons as the first base coach for the Tampa Bay Rays before
    taking on the role of major league field coordinator this past season.Even
    without having previous experience, Baldelli has been a hot name this fall. He
    has interviewed for five of the six managerial openings around baseball this
    offseason, with the Baltimore Orioles the only team that hasn't met with him.
    According to the Star-Tribune's La Velle E. Neal III, Baltimore is focused on
    hiring a general manager before a skipper.If he is indeed hired, Baldelli will
    become the 31st manager in the history of the Twins.Baldelli is a former sixth
    overall pick who spent seven seasons in the majors as an outfielder, six with
    Tampa Bay and one with the Boston Red Sox. After finishing third in American
    League Rookie of the Year voting in 2003, his playing career was derailed by
    injuries.He last played in 2010. United States President Donald Trump announced
    Saturday he's selected three former athletes Ruth, Roger Staubach and Alan
    Page receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a ceremony Friday.The
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    , which has been awarded since 1963, is regarded as the
    nation's top civilian honor for "meritorious contributions to the security or
    national interests of the United States, to world peace or to cultural or other
    significant public or private endeavors."Ruth will obtain the honor
    posthumously. The baseball legend, who won seven World Series titles and long
    held the MLB home run record with 714 after stints with the Boston Red Sox, New
    York Yankees and Boston Braves, died in 1948."His legacy has never been
    eclipsed, and he remains the personification of America's pastime. Off the
    baseball field, he created the Babe Ruth Foundation and tirelessly raised funds
    for the war effort during the Second World War," the announcement noted.Staubach
    won the 1963 Heisman Trophy at Navy and served in the military during the
    Vietnam War before embarking on his Hall of Fame professional career with the
    Dallas Cowboys. The quarterback earned six Pro Bowl selections and led America's
    Team to a pair of Super Bowl titles.The announcement called the 76-year-old
    Cincinnati native a "champion for many charitable
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    including the United Way of America, the Children's Scholarship Fund and Allies
    in Service, an organization devoted to supporting service members, veterans and
    their spouses."Page, 73, is a Pro Football Hall of Famer who earned nine Pro
    Bowl selections as a defensive tackle for the Minnesota Vikings and was a
    justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court from 1993 until his 2015
    retirement."Since 1988, his Page Education Foundation has provided scholarships
    to nearly 7,000 students," the White House press release stated.Joe
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    , Jackie Robinson, Ted Williams, Hank Aaron, Muhammad Ali,
    Billie Jean King and Michael Jordan are among the athletes previously granted
    the Presidential Medal of Freedom.Other honorees Friday include doctor Miriam
    Adelson, Sen. Orrin Hatch, late musician Elvis Presley and late Supreme Court
    Justice Antonin Scalia.