Thad Levine is taking over as the new Twins general manager

Thad Levine has spent the last 11 years helping turn the Texas Rangers into a yearly contender.
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Forty-four year old Thad Levine has officially been named general manager of the Minnesota Twins.

The Twins sent a press release Thursday morning, with new Twins Executive Vice President and Chief Baseball Officer, Derek Falvey, saying he's "thrilled" to add Levine to the team.

"I couldn’t envision a better partner to help return championship-caliber baseball to Minnesota," Falvey added. "Thad’s leadership and management experiences across all facets of baseball operations make him the perfect fit for the role, and I’m looking forward to executing our vision together."

Both Falvey and Levine have championship experience.

Falvey was in Cleveland Wednesday night as the Indians' assistant general manager, so he's fresh off the feeling of defeat on the biggest stage. Levine spent the past 11 years as the assistant GM in Texas. The Rangers went to back-to-back World Series in 2010 and 2011, with the latter coming down to a seventh game against the Cardinals.

"As I embark on what I hope to be the most impactful phase of my career, I would like to thank the Pohlad family, Derek Falvey, Dave St. Peter and the Minnesota Twins fans for giving me the opportunity to join the Minnesota Twins family,” Levine said. "I am inspired to work for the Twins franchise, known as being one of the best organizations in all of professional sports due to the stalwart leadership of the Pohlad family, commitment of its loyal workforce, talent of its players and unflagging loyalty of its fans."

We did a breakdown on Levine a couple of weeks ago when reports started surfacing his name. The most notable portion of that story was Levine's belief that great players just want to play for a winner, regardless of how hot or cold the weather is, or how hitter- or- pitcher-friendly a ballpark is. 

“Turns out playing for a winner is an amazing aphrodisiac," he said.

The Twins will formally introduced Falvey and Levine at an 11 a.m. press conference on Monday.

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