Friday, January 27, 2012

Tom Kelly Gets What He Deserved

Last night, the Twins held their annual Diamond Awards. It honored the achievements of the team during the course of the 2011 season. And as the program came to a close, Twins President Dave St. Peter saved the most prestigious award for last. He announced the former manager Tom Kelly will have his #10 retired to the Captain's Deck in left field. He joins Harmon Killebrew (#3), Rod Carew (#29), Tony Oliva (#6), Kent Hrbek (#14), Kirby Puckett (#34), and Bert Blyleven (#28) to have their number retired by the Twins. TK was so touched by this honor, he walked off the stage without speaking. It was one of the more emotional moments in the history of the Diamond Awards.

This has been a long time coming. TK has been a staple in the organization for the past 25 years. He was big in instrumenting "The Twins Way" throughout the organization. Even after he retired from managing, he continued working with the minor leaguers on showing them how the game should be played.

No one is more deserving of this honor than TK. Congratulations!

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