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Tom Kelly

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Note: This page discusses long-time Twins manager Tom Kelly. For the college coach of the same name, click here.


Jay Thomas Kelly

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Biographical Information[edit]

Tom Kelly began his playing career in the Seattle Pilots organization in 1968 and had a cup of coffee in the majors with the Minnesota Twins in 1975.

After his playing career ended, he was a minor league manager for five years and then a Twins coach from 1983 to 1986, when he became the team's manager. He remained the club's skipper through the 2001 season, winning the World Series twice during his tenure, in 1987 and 1991. After retiring as manager, Kelly continued to work with the Twins as a Special Assistant to the General Manager and as a special instructor in spring training. He suffered a mild stroke late in 2014, but was back in spring training with the Twins the following February.

The Twins retired Kelly's uniform number 10 at a ceremony before the game of September 8, 2012, as part of "Tom Kelly Day". In 2017, they announced they would erect a statue of him outside Target Field, alongside those of other great names in Twins history. The ceremony took place on July 21st.

Kelly's father Joe Kelly was a pitcher in the New York Giants system.

Notable Achievements[edit]

Preceded by
Ray Miller
Minnesota Twins Manager
Succeeded by
Ron Gardenhire

Year-By-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1977 Tacoma Twins Pacific Coast League 28-26 3rd Minnesota Twins replaced Del Wilber (40-49) in June
1979 Visalia Oaks California League 86-54 2nd Minnesota Twins Lost in 1st round California League Manager of the Year
1980 Visalia Oaks California League 71-69 6th Minnesota Twins Lost League Finals California League co-Manager of the Year
1981 Orlando Twins Southern League 79-63 2nd Minnesota Twins League Champs Southern League Manager of the Year
1982 Orlando Twins Southern League 74-70 4th Minnesota Twins
1986 Minnesota Twins American League 12-11 6th Minnesota Twins replaced Ray Miller (59-80) on September 12
1987 Minnesota Twins American League 85-77 1st Minnesota Twins Won World Series
1988 Minnesota Twins American League 91-71 2nd Minnesota Twins
1989 Minnesota Twins American League 80-82 5th Minnesota Twins
1990 Minnesota Twins American League 74-88 7th Minnesota Twins
1991 Minnesota Twins American League 95-67 1st Minnesota Twins Won World Series
1992 Minnesota Twins American League 90-72 2nd Minnesota Twins
1993 Minnesota Twins American League 71-91 5th (t) Minnesota Twins
1994 Minnesota Twins American League 53-60 4th Minnesota Twins
1995 Minnesota Twins American League 56-88 5th Minnesota Twins
1996 Minnesota Twins American League 78-84 4th Minnesota Twins
1997 Minnesota Twins American League 68-94 4th Minnesota Twins
1998 Minnesota Twins American League 70-92 4th Minnesota Twins
1999 Minnesota Twins American League 63-97 5th Minnesota Twins
2000 Minnesota Twins American League 69-93 5th Minnesota Twins
2001 Minnesota Twins American League 85-77 2nd Minnesota Twins

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