Tag:Dave St. Peter
Posted on: November 7, 2011 4:17 pm
Edited on: November 7, 2011 6:12 pm

Twins fire Smith; Ryan back as interim GM

Terry RyanBy C. Trent Rosecrans

What's old is new again, as the Twins have fired general manager Bill Smith and named former GM Terry Ryan the interim GM.

Smith, who took over for Ryan in 2007, will be offered another job in the organization, owner Jim Pohlad said in a statement released by the team.

"No one in the Twins' organization wants to win any more than Bill," Pohlad said in the release. "He is unquestionably loyal, committed and talented. The Twins goal is to get better in 2012 and beyond. Bill was equally motivated to achieve that goal but we differed in the scope and approach that was required."

Smith has worked for the Twins since 1986. In four seasons as the team's GM, the team went 332-318 with two AL Central titles. He was the man behind the trade of Johan Santana and J.J. Hardy and also signed Justin Morneau and Joe Mauer to lengthy contract extensions. He also sent Wilson Ramos to Washington for Jon Rauch at the trade deadline 2010, which has come under fire as Mauer's injury concerns have increased.

Ryan, 58, was the team's general manager form 1994-2007.

"As we move ahead, I’m looking forward to the challenge of improving this club for 2012 and beyond," Ryan said in the statement. "We have many assets in place including a strong front office, manager, coaching staff and returning core of players. We have a lot of work to do in relation to development of our roster, but I’m optimistic in our collective abilities to ensure the future on-field success of this franchise."

Ryan, according to the release, "will be responsible for succession planning within the baseball department with the intent to identify future leadership candidates."

"The Pohlad family asked me to come in and take over for Bill as interim GM, is that for one year or ten years, I don't know," Ryan said during the team's news conference with Ryan and president Dave St. Peter at Target Field on Monday.

Ryan also announced that former Reds general manager Wayne Krivsky would also re-join the Twins organization as a "professional scout and assistant to the general manager" -- or "interim" general manager. Krivsky left the Twins to take over the Reds in 2006 before being replaced by Walt Jocketty in 2008. Since then he has worked for the Orioles and Mets.

The Twins payroll was around $113 million last season and Ryan said the team would likely be somehwere around $100 million in 2012. 

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Posted on: November 12, 2010 9:19 am

Morneau unhappy with Target's dimensions

Justin Morneau On Wednesday, the Twins announced improvements to Target Field, and they were all geared toward fans -- a new scoreboard, more food choices and free Wi-Fi at the park. The one thing they didn't change was the way the field plays for the players, and first baseman Justin Morneau said Thursday he and his teammates were "very disappointed" the fences weren't moved in.

The Twins hit 52 home runs at Target Field in 2010 and 90 on the road. Their pitchers allowed 64 at home and 91 on the road, making it the toughest park to homer in in the majors.

"Right-center to left-center is ridiculous," Morenau said in an e-mail to the Star-Tribune. "[It's almost impossible for a right-handed hitter to [homer to the] opposite field and very difficult for lefties. It affects the hitters a lot, and you start to develop bad habits as a hitter when you feel like you can only pull the ball to hit it over the fence. You take those habits on the road."

Team president Dave St. Peter noted the Twins had an American League-best 53-28 record at home, while they were 41-40 on the road.

"We had a lot of discussions in the clubhouse with the manager and general manager, but right now there is no plan to alter the dimensions," St. Peter told the newspaper. "We have to remember we won 53 games in this place, so I think we liked how Target Field played."

Morneau conceded that point, and also stressed he hoped he didn't sound selfish, but was thinking about the team's future success.

"I think we had a team built around power and offense and were not able to take full advantage of it," Morneau said.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 3, 2010 1:16 pm

Twins open to adding payroll

Howie Mandel isn't the biggest impediment for a deal or no deal come trade deadline, much of the time it is a willing owner to shell out a couple extra (million) bucks.

Dollars won't get in the way for the "small market" Minnesota Twins, team president Dave St. Peter tells the Minneapolis Star Tribune 's La Velle E. Neal III .

"We think we have some flexibility," St. Peter said. "The last couple of years we have had some flexibility to try to make the team better."

He's right. Last year the Twins added Orlando Cabrera, Carl Pavano, Jon Rauch and Ron Mahay to help push the Twins into the playoffs. This year, any added payroll could push the Twins into the $100-million club. They currently stand at $97 million.

St. Peter told Neal every option -- even Cliff Lee -- would be explored.

"We feel like we are well-positioned, if we so choose, to make a move to make the team better," St. Peter said. "Ultimately, we are about trying to get better. If that means trade, if that means kids from the minor leagues, great."

The Twins lead the Tigers by one game and the White Sox by two heading into Saturday's game, and none of the three seem to be going anywhere. The American League Central could be decided by which team makes the best moves -- and it's easier to make moves when you're not afraid to open your wallet.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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