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Tom Kelly Biography
Tom Kelly was born August 15, 1950 in Graceville, Minnesota and is the former manager of the Minnesota Twins baseball team from 1986 to 2001. Currently, he serves as a Special Assistant to the General Manager for the Twins.
Kelly grew up in Sayreville, New Jersey and attended St. Mary's High School in nearby South Amboy.
Following the 1978 season, Kelly was sent down to manage the Twins A-affiliate, the Visalia Oaks in the California League, staying there through the 1980 season. After taking a year off, Kelly was named the manager of the Twins AA-affiliate, the Orlando Twins, for the 1982 season. In 1983, Kelly was added to manager Billy Gardner's big league coaching staff where he would remain until being named Twins manager during the 1986 season. Kelly was the 11th manager of the team and his tenure as manager was the longest in team history. Under his tenure, the Twins won two World Series crowns in the span of five years (1987 and 1991); however, from 1994 to 1997 a long sequence of retirements and injuries (including superstars Kent Hrbek and Kirby Puckett) hurt the team badly, and Kelly spent the remainder of his managerial career rebuilding the Twins.
In 1998, management cleared out the team of all of its players earning over 1 million dollars (except for pitcher Brad Radke) and rebuilt from the ground up; the team went 7092 and in fourth place in the AL Central, 19 games behind the Cleveland Indians and five games ahead of the Detroit Tigers. A run of eight consecutive losing seasons ended in 2001, when the Twins led the division for much of the year before fading, finishing at 8577, second to Cleveland. He then resigned at age 51, citing burnout, and the threat of contraction. Kelly was succeeded as manager of the Twins by Ron Gardenhire, and his rebuilding efforts paid off the year after he retired from the Twins, with a repeat of divisional championships in 2002, 2003, and 2004.
The Minnesota Twins announced on January 26, 2012 that they would retire Tom Kelly's jersey number, No. 10, before a September 8, 2012 game.
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