Here's what Tom Kelly's Target Field statue will look like

Photo that will be the basis of a statue of Tom Kelly.
The photograph that the statue of Tom Kelly, long-time Twins manager, will be based on.
Courtesy of the Minnesota Twins

Tom Kelly, who managed the Twins when the team won its only two championships, will be immortalized with a bronze statue that will be unveiled later this season outside Target Field.

Kelly says he's humbled by the honor.

The Twins asked for his input about what photograph would be used as a model for the statue. The one that Kelly and the team agreed on shows him in uniform leaning against a bat used during fielding practice.

It's a fitting image for Kelly, who really enjoyed working with his players on the field.

He told MPR's Jim Bickal, "hitting ground balls, fly balls, whatever it would be, you get to see how people work. If they're having a little problem here or there, it's something you might be able to help out with. You get out on the field and work, and I think the players appreciate it as well. I think they feel that, 'well he's out here working, I can too.' One other thing about that, it gets you away from the media too."

Click on the audio player above to hear more from Kelly.

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