Twins to retire Tom Kelly's No. 10

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MINNEAPOLIS - Tom Kelly, the manager who led the Twins to their two World Series championships, had his No. 10 retired by the club Thursday.

The number will be officially retired Sept. 8 in a ceremony at Target Field.

Kelly, 61, has been a member of Minnesota's organization for most of the past 40 years, signing as a minor league free agent in 1971 and making his major league debut with the Twins in 1975. He is currently a special assistant to general manager Terry Ryan and the organization's guru on infield defense.

"Few, if any, individuals have had as much direct impact on the success of the Twins franchise as Tom Kelly," Twins CEO Jim Pohlad said in a statement.

Though Kelly managed the Twins for lean years at the beginning and end of his career, he led the franchise to World Series victories in 1987 and 1991 and helped develop homegrown players such as Kirby Puckett and Kent Hrbek. His 1,140 career victories are the most in Twins history, and he was named American League manager of the year in 1991.

Kelly, or "TK" as he is known to players, coaches and fans, is the first Minnesota manager to have his jersey retired and joins Puckett (34), Hrbek (14), Harmon Killebrew (3), Tony Oliva (6), Rod Carew (29) and Bert Blyleven (28) as former Twins receiving the honor.

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