The Detroit Tigers are in town, and it’s fitting because the Minnesota Twins are in a celebrating mood. They’re celebrating the 30th anniversary of the 1987 World Series team — a team which toppled the Tigers to get there — and they also unveiled the eighth statue in Target Field history.
That is, that of manager Tom Kelly, who led the team not only to the ‘87 crown but another in 1991. He’s the winningest manager in Twins history, and helped usher in the era of winning baseball before departing following the 2001 season. A lot of the young players on his last teams were key parts of the next winning culture in Minnesota, such as Torii Hunter, Jacque Jones, Corey Koskie, Brad Radke, Doug Mientkiewicz and many, many others.
Here’s TK addressing the media and a large throng of Twins fans outside Gate 34 as his statue was unveiled prior to Friday’s game:
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