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Fox Sports North:
MINNEAPOLIS When Terry Ryan took over for Bill Smith as the Minnesota Twins' interim general manager Monday, he knew he had his work cut out for him. The Twins finished the 2011 season with their worst record since 1982 and were last in the American League Central for the first time since 2000.
Injuries doomed Minnesota in 2011, and now the Twins are faced with several big offseason decisions. Ryan has sat in the general manager's chair before, as he was Minnesota's GM from 1994-2007 before retiring and recommending Smith for the job. But many challenges await Ryan as he returns to his old post. Here's what he had to say about the tough road ahead in an exclusive interview with FOX Sports North.
FSN: What are some of the biggest challenges you think you'll face as general manager?
RYAN: We lost 99 games last year, and that puts us 32 games out. That's a long haul here. We had a lot of things happen last year that contributed to that. Some of them are very ...
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.