Retiring Numbers & Twins HOF ’12
Two comments on “Twins Legacy” happenings upcoming in 2012…
1. Tom Kelly’s #10 will be retired by the Twins:
Though many of my fellow Twins fans don’t agree with this decision, I have no problem with #10 being “taken off the books” in honor of Kelly. Why, then, should a manager with a losing record be given such an honor?
Well, first of all, he just happened to preside over the worst talent drought (1993-2000) in franchise history, when the team gave him (financially-speaking) absolutely no chance to win. Thus, all those losing seasons seriously tarnished his record.
When I think of TK, though, I think of the stability and (more importantly) respectability he brought to the Twins’ organization. There was no “Twins way” (pitching, defense, fundamentals, etc.) before Mr. Kelly took the reigns. Both during and since his tenure, however, the Twins have developed into a model baseball organization from the bottom up (with a few hiccups along the way, of course).
Thus, I am happy to see TK given the ultimate honor in the Twins organization.
2. Camilo Pascual was voted into the Twins Hall of Fame (seen here in Senators dress)…
Camilo spent all but the tail end of his career with the Senators/Twins. His curveball is compared to Bert Blyleven’s by old-timers, he racked up impressive strikeout totals for his day, and (during his prime) routinely completed half of the games he started.
Camilo also had that ” ace” persona about him, where he was the guy you wanted to have the ball in the big games.
I never got to see Camilo pitch, obviously, but I’ve “heard/read” enough to convince me that he belongs in the Twins’ HOF.