Tom Kelly Field dedicated in Maplewood
Twins Community Fund provided a grant to complete renovations
MAPLEWOOD, Minn. -- The Twins dedicated a newly-renovated field in Maplewood to former manager Tom Kelly in a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday.
In honor of Kelly having his No. 10 retired by the organization, the Minnesota Twins Community Fund provided a grant to renovate the field, which was renamed Tom Kelly Field. Twins president Dave St. Peter and Maplewood mayor Will Rossbach were present for the dedication.
"This is quite an honor," Kelly said. "I like that No. 10 hanging up there, that's a pretty good deal. I told Dave that I wish I had a field this nice to play on. It really makes you appreciate what you have, and the opportunity that you have."
Kelly is Minnesota's all-time leader in managerial wins with 1,140, a figure that ranks 43rd on the Majors' all-time list. He also excelled in the postseason with a record of 16-8 that includes the franchise's World Series titles in '87 and '91.
St. Peter said the Twins wanted to do something special to honor Kelly and thought the baseball field was a perfect place, as it's near Kelly's longtime home.
"We wanted to do something away from [Target Field] and specifically in the community that he has lived in for a long, long time," St. Peter said. "And we thought that community would of course be Maplewood. I cannot say enough about the partnership that was formed with the Mayor, with the Parks Department, and with the Maplewood Athletic Association to come here and see the beautiful result of those discussions."
Improvements to the field included general cleanup, new covered dugouts, a larger outfield area and a larger infield and pitcher's mound to accommodate three different age groups.
"We look to fund projects like this all over Twins Territory, but I will tell you that there has never been another Tom Kelly Field that we have funded," St. Peter said. "When you see that No. 10 up there, to these young people it means something special. It should mean playing the game the right way, having fun and going about your business the right way away from the ballpark, too."