Found November 07, 2011 on Fox Sports North:
MINNEAPOLIS Glen Perkins said he was probably one of the last people to hear the news. But when the Twins' reliever found out Monday that general manager Bill Smith was being replaced by Terry Ryan, Perkins was surprised."I guess I was caught off-guard," Perkins said in a phone interview. "It's not usually their way to do things like that. You lose 99 games and things happen. Hopefully we'll be able to move on and this will help us."The shocked feeling was shared by Perkins' teammate, center fielder Denard Span."I'm definitely surprised. I thought that Terry Ryan had retired," Span said in a phone interview. "I think everybody knows Terry Ryan. He's done a good job in the past. I think there's no question it's a good fit for the organization."The Twins' front office announced the change Monday, naming Ryan as the interim GM. Ryan spent 13 years as Minnesota's general manager from 1994-2007, but stepped ...

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