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Minnesota Twins manager Rocco Baldelli taking paternity break

Sep 3, 2021; St. Petersburg, Florida, USA; Minnesota Twins manager Rocco Baldelli (5) looks on during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 3, 2021; St. Petersburg, Florida, USA; Minnesota Twins manager Rocco Baldelli (5) looks on during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Twins manager Rocco Baldelli is leaving the team Sunday to return to Minnesota for the birth of his first child.

Baldelli, 39, and his wife, Allie, are expecting a daughter.

“It’s a big day,” Baldelli told reporters before Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla.

“There’s nothing better than this and I’m incredibly excited.”

Baldelli’s flight to Minneapolis was scheduled to leave about three hours after the 1:10 p.m. ET first pitch.

Bench coach Bill Evers will fill in during Baldelli’s absence. The Twins travel to Cleveland for a four-game series starting Monday.

–Field Level Media