Posted February 24, 2014 on AP on Fox
While listening to assistant general manager Rob Antony deliver the traditional clubhouse talk on the first day of full-squad workouts, Minnesota Twins reliever Brian Duensing kept thinking of Terry Ryan. That speech, given on Saturday, had been Ryan's responsibility for all but four springs since he replaced Andy MacPhail as general manager nearly two decades ago. With Ryan recuperating back home in Eagan, Minn., following Feb. 11 surgery to remove a cancerous lump from his neck, Twins spring training isn't quite the same. ''When you see Terry Ryan each spring, you know, `All right, it's here. It's time to go,''' Duensing said Monday. ''Rob Antony gave that speech this time, and the whole time he was talking I could hear Terry Ryan giving the same speech. I could hear his voice. You could tell it was almost out of his mouth.'' Antony, who had asked Ryan for copies of his previous camp-opening speeches, was wearing a black T-shi...

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