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Rocco Baldelli | Outfielder

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (32) / 9/25/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Rocco Baldelli is expected to announce his retirement on Wednesday and accept a role in the Rays' front office.
"I don't anticipate ever playing baseball again. I'm retired. The paperwork will be filed," Baldelli said Tuesday. "And you know what. The only time I feel like it's good to retire is when you're happy to retire. And I'm happy." The 29-year-old Baldelli made a comeback last season and even homered in his first at-bat back with the Rays, but was eventually taken off the ALDS roster due to leg fatigue. The former 2000 first-round pick calls it a career with a .278/.323/.443 career batting line and 531 hits. It's a shame that injuries and illness had to snuff out what once looked like a promising career. Wed, Jan 26, 2011 08:34:00 AM

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Rocco Baldelli has been taken off the Rays' ALDS roster due to left leg fatigue.

As noted by Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse, the team says leg fatigue is a symptom of his mitochondrial disorder. Because Baldelli was taken off the roster, he is now ineligible should the Rays reach the ALCS. Willy Aybar will take his place on the roster and will be the DH in Game 2 Thursday against C.J. Wilson.
Thu, Oct 7, 2010 12:10:00 PM

Rocco Baldelli has been awarded a spot on the Rays' roster for the ALDS.

Rays manager Joe Maddon ultimately opted for Baldelli as an extra right-handed bat over Willy Aybar. He'll be the DH in Game 1. The 29-year-old outfielder batted .208 with one home run and five RBI after joining the team in September.
Wed, Oct 6, 2010 10:04:00 AM

Rocco Baldelli delivered one of the Rays' four homers on Sunday, but the Orioles still won the contest 8-7.

Baldelli was afforded a place on the bench when rosters expanded on September 1. Today he stepped to the plate for the first time all year in the majors and delivered a pinch-hit, two-run blast to make it an 8-7 game. The Rays lost anyway, but it was a fun story nonetheless. B.J. Upton, Evan Longoria, and Ben Zobrist also homered in the contest for the Rays.
Sun, Sep 5, 2010 05:29:00 PM

Rays purchased the contract of OF Rocco Baldelli from Triple-A Durham.

Baldelli, 28, hasn't exactly been lighting it up in the minors and probably won't play a major role for the playoff-bound Rays down the stretch. They love him in the clubhouse, though, so he's worth having around.
Wed, Sep 1, 2010 04:14:00 PM

Rocco Baldelli is making a case to be the Rays' DH down the stretch.

Baldelli, who decided in late July to resume his playing career, is hitting .333 with a pair of homers at Triple-A Durham after starting out at High-A. Rays manager Joe Maddon, when asked if Baldelli could join the team in September, replied, "of course he can," and added, "That was the plan from the beginning. We'll see how this all shakes out." Baldelli could be worth an add in AL-only leagues next month.
Wed, Aug 25, 2010 08:31:00 AM

The Rays have promoted Rocco Baldelli to Triple-A Durham.

Baldelli's unlikely comeback continues. The 28-year-old batted .283/.298/.370 with four doubles, six RBI and six runs scored in 46 at-bats with High-A Charlotte. There's still a chance he could join the big club in September.
Fri, Aug 13, 2010 09:14:00 AM

Rocco Baldelli is 1-for-8 through two games with Single-A Port Charlotte.

Baldelli abandoned his special assistant job with the Rays over the weekend and is trying to work his way back to the big leagues. So far he's not off to a good start, and he has to be considered a longshot to reach the majors this year despite the .744 OPS that he posted last season in Boston.
Thu, Jul 22, 2010 09:58:00 PM

Rocco Baldelli will attempt to resume his playing career on Monday with the Rays' Single-A affiliate in Port Charlotte, Florida.

Baldelli accepted a minor front-office position with the Rays at the start of spring training, but must have grown bored with that side of the baseball world rather quickly. The 28-year-old outfielder hit .253/.311/.433 with seven home runs in 150 at-bats for the Red Sox last season. He's going to have trouble reaching the big leagues in Tampa Bay.
Mon, Jul 19, 2010 01:44:00 PM

Rocco Baldelli has been hired as a special assistant to the Rays.

Baldelli told the St. Petersburg Times' Marc Topkin that he is still hoping to land a player contract. The 28-year-old free agent hit .253/.311/.433 with seven home runs in 150 at-bats last season for Boston. He will work this spring with the minor leaguers in Rays camp until he finds a deal.
Tue, Mar 2, 2010 10:40:00 AM

The Yankees, Rangers and Mariners are all interested in OF Rocco Baldelli.

The Cubs were previously linked to Baldelli as well. The right-hander hit .253/.311/.433 with seven home runs in 150 at-bats last season for Boston. Best utilized as a backup outfielder, Rocco will likely have to accept a minor league deal at this late stage.
Sat, Jan 30, 2010 08:38:00 AM

The Cubs are among the teams interested in free agent outfielder Rocco Baldelli, according to the St. Petersburg Times.

The Yankees have also expressed interest but are reportedly dealing with a small budget crunch at the moment. Baldelli hit .253/.311/.433 with seven home runs and 23 RBI in 150 at-bats last season for the Red Sox. The 28-year-old is seeking a role as a utility outfielder.
Wed, Jan 20, 2010 10:06:00 AM

According to Pete Caldera of the Bergen Record, there is mutual interest between the Yankees and free agent outfielder Rocco Baldelli.

Baldelli, 29, comes with serious injury risk, but still rakes against left-handed pitching and would fit within the Bombers' "hard-line budget," according to Caldera. He hit .253 with seven home runs and 23 RBI in 150 with the Red Sox last season while earning a $500,000 base salary.
Fri, Jan 15, 2010 06:38:00 PM

Rocco Baldelli said he has not heard from the Red Sox on whether or not the team is interested in bringing him back for a second season.

The Red Sox recently acquired Jeremy Hermida who tentatively should have a lock on the fourth outfielder job. The club could still use the Rhode Island native as a fifth outfielder who can crank it against left-handers, but there wouldn't be as much playing time available. Baldelli hit .253 with seven home runs in 150 at-bats on the year while drawing a $500,000 base salary.
Sun, Nov 8, 2009 08:27:00 AM

Rocco Baldelli (hip flexor strain) is not on Boston's ALDS roster.

It was thought Boston might carry Baldelli in the hopes he could recover in time for the Scott Kazmir/Joe Saunders combo in Games Three and Four, but it looks like the team determined he simply wouldn't be ready. Joey Gathright and Brian Anderson look to be the backup outfielders.
Thu, Oct 8, 2009 01:26:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Ryan Hanigan
2Jose Molina
3Curt Casali
1B1James Loney
2Sean Rodriguez
2B1Ben Zobrist
2Logan Forsythe
SS1Yunel Escobar
3B1Evan Longoria
LF1David DeJesus
CF1Desmond Jennings
2Kevin Kiermaier
RF1Wil Myers
2Brandon Guyer
3Jerry Sands
DH1Matt Joyce
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Alex Cobb
2Chris Archer
3Jake Odorizzi
4Jeremy Hellickson
5Drew Smyly
6Matt Moore
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jake McGee
2Grant Balfour
3Joel Peralta
4Brad Boxberger
5Cesar Ramos
6Kirby Yates
7Jeff Beliveau