Twins Manager Kelly Snubs Umpire
Jul. 01, 1999
CLEVELAND (AP) _ Minnesota manager Tom Kelly, upset over two calls by Greg Kosc the previous night, snubbed the umpire prior to Wednesday night's game against the Cleveland Indians.
Instead of participating in the pregame meeting between the umpires and both managers, Kelly simply handed his lineup card to plate umpire Kosc, then turned and jogged back to the dugout.
The normally mild-mannered Kelly delivered a postgame tirade to reporters after Tuesday night's 5-4 loss to the Indians. He was furious about two calls made by Kosc at first base.
The first was a seventh-inning pickoff of the Twins' Doug Mientkiewicz. Kelly was even more irate when Kosc called Cleveland's Roberto Alomar safe on a bunt play in the Indians' ninth.
``You saw the game, you watched the replays,'' Kelly said after the game. ``Tell me Mientkiewicz was out. Was he? Yes or no? How about Alomar?''
Prior to Wednesday night's game, Kelly said he was ``still fuming'' over the calls.