Originally posted on Big League Stew  |  Last updated 11/7/11
Bill Smith is out. Terry Ryan is back in — for now. In a somewhat surprising twist, the Minnesota Twins announced on Monday that they were reversing the Ryan-Smith switcheroo that had taken place after the 2007 season. With Smith (left) taking the fall for Minnesota's 63-99 record in 2011, Ryan (right) will move back into the general manager position on an interim basis. Ryan's firing ends his four-season reign atop the franchise, a period that saw the team win two division titles ('09-'10) and play for another in the 163rd game of the season ('08). His track record of GM moves, however, was not as impressive as the Twins really have nothing to show for the trades of Johan Santana, Matt Garza or J.J. Hardy. Though Smith could find another job with the Twins, Ryan will again take the reins after serving as the team's general manager from 1994 to 2007.   "No one in the Twins' organization wants to win any more than Bill," Twins Owner and CEO Jim Pohlad said in a statement. "He is unqu...
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