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The Minnesota Twins have fired general manager Bill Smith and returned Terry Ryan to the role on an interim basis.
The change was announced Monday.
Smith was one of Ryan's assistants who took the job four years ago when Ryan stepped down to become a special assistant, citing burnout.
Ryan served as general manager from 1994-07. His moves helped turn the Twins from one of the worst teams in baseball in the mid-90s to one of the best the next decade. They won four division titles over Ryan's last five full seasons.
Smith's decisions haven't turned out as well, trading Johan Santana, Matt Garza, J.J. Hardy and Delmon Young for little production in return. The Twins lost 99 games this year.
BEST OF MAXIM
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.
The Minnesota Twins have named Terry Ryan as the team's interim General Manager, according to a press release issued by the team today. The move replaces Bill Smith effective immediately.
“No one in the Twins' organization wants to win any more than Bill,” Twins Owner and CEO Jim Pohlad said. “He is unquestionably loyal, committed and talented. The Twins goal is to...
Philosophical differences led to the firing of Bill Smith:
“This is a culmination of multiple internal conversations among Jim Pohlad, Bill Smith and myself,” said Twins president Dave St. Peter during a late afternoon press conference.
“We just felt we weren’t on the same page,” Pohlad said.
Asked about the philosophical differences within the organization: St. Peter...
The Minnesota Twins have fired general manager Bill Smith and returned Terry Ryan to the role on an interim basis. The change was announced Monday. Smith was one of Ryan's assistants who took the job four years ago when Ryan stepped down to become a special assistant, citing burnout. Ryan served as general manager from 1994-07.
The Twins fired Bill Smith over rebuilding issues, among other things:
The interpretation from here is that Smith was the key decision-maker feeling as if the Twins could fix their problems with minor changes in the operation. And that the Pohlads, while not officially signing on to rebuilding, were convinced that significant problems had to be addressed in player evaluation, in...
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota Twins fired general manager Bill Smith on Monday and returned Terry Ryan to the role on an interim basis.Smith was Ryan's top assistant when he stepped down four years ago, citing burnout.Ryan served as GM from 1994-07. His moves helped turn the Twins from one ...
The fallout from a 99-loss season for the Minnesota Twins has started with the firing of general manager Bill Smith. Smith was dismissed Monday...
Nick’s Twins Blog tries to make sense of why the Twins fired Bill Smith. He figures either Smith wanted to rebuild slower, or wanted a bigger payroll to make the team competitive now. This passage struck me, however:
I wrote a post back in late September yearning for an injection of fresh thinking into the Twins’ front office power structure. While swapping Ryan for Smith...
The Minnesota Twins say Bill Smith out as general manager and replaced by Terry Ryan as interim GM.