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Kelly agrees to manage Twins for 15th season

By Compiled from Times wires

© St. Petersburg Times, published October 4, 2000

MINNEAPOLIS -- Tom Kelly agreed Tuesday to a one-year contract extension to return for a 15th season as manager of the Minnesota Twins.

Kelly, who has the longest tenure of any manager, led the Twins to World Series titles in 1987 and 1991, though Minnesota since has had eight straight losing seasons.

He met Tuesday with Twins president Jerry Bell before the extension was announced.

"He is without a doubt one of the finest managers in the game today and we are extremely pleased to have him leading our club," Twins owner Carl Pohlad said.

Kelly, 50, has guided the Twins since Sept. 12, 1986, when he replaced Ray Miller.

"I believe our team is greatly improved and we look forward to continuing our efforts in building a competitive ballclub," Kelly said in a statement.

MATHEWS IMPROVES: Hall of Famer Eddie Mathews, 68, hospitalized near San Diego for the past month because of a heart problem, has improved enough to be moved out of intensive care.

"They've got his fever under control, the infection in his lungs is gone or almost gone, and the swelling in his leg has gone down," Mathews' wife, Judy, said from the family home in Del Mar, Calif. "He's going to be starting to get some physical therapy soon."

PLAYERS OF THE MONTH: Astros outfielder Richard Hidalgo won in the NL and Athletics first baseman Jason Giambi in the AL for September.

ASTROS: Outfielder Hidalgo and infielder Bill Spiers had minor arthroscopic surgery. Both are expected to be ready for spring training.

BLUE JAYS: Outfielder Marty Cordova was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for right-handed pitcher John Sneed, claimed off waivers from the Phillies.

ROYALS: Tom Burgmeier's contract as bullpen coach will not be renewed for next season, although he might remain with the club in another position.

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