Tag:Terry Ryan
Posted on: November 8, 2011 10:31 am
 

New GM Ryan to evaluate Twins medical staff

By Matt Snyder

There are some depressing numbers for the Twins in 2011. How about 63-99, the Twins' record? Yeah, that's bad. Negative 185 (the run differential) is pretty abysmal as well. What about the fact that only two position players appeared in more than 117 games during the season? Or the major-league leading 27 disabled-list stints? Yeah, it's all bad. And new general manager Terry Ryan is going to look into the health aspect.

"That needs to be talked about," Ryan said at his re-introductory press conference at Target Field (MLB.com). "We had a tough year in medical. We had a tough year in a lot of areas. Not only up here, but right through the system. We need to do some tweaking at the very least there. When it comes to communication, there are areas there that need to be addressed, and I plan on doing that. I know (former general manager) Bill (Smith) was in the process of doing that up until last week. He was worried about it, and I'm worried about it."

Ryan also made sure to keep the focus off the players, some of whom -- namely Joe Mauer -- have had their conditioning and toughness questioned by legions of fans.

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"The players can only take advice," Ryan said (MLB.com). "Players take the advice you give them. We not only give them an exam up here in the Twin Cities, but they're also welcome to get a second opinion. I would never put it on the players. It's our responsibility to take control of that, and we will."

The Twins certainly have more issues than health, but it would be idiotic to dismiss the concerns with the training staff. Bad luck is one thing; an entire team being injured for a whole season is quite another. Check out the number of games played from some of the supposed regular offensive players:

Mauer: 82
Justin Morneau: 69
Alexi Casilla: 97
Denard Span: 70
Jason Kubel: 99
Michael Cuddyer: 139

That's far too many games being missed from the bulk of the lineup. No one can dispute that.

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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: October 4, 2010 6:46 pm
 

Mets may go after Ryan, Hahn for GM job

Rick Hahn Now that Omar Minaya has been handed his walking papers , who could end up the new GM of the Mets?

Adam Rubin of ESPN New York says the team has a list of around 32 names to interview for the opening, with five to seven eventually receiving face-to-face interviews that are expected to last at least two rounds.

MetsBlog.com has two of the candidates in hand as White Sox assistant GM Rick Hahn and ex-Twins architect Terry Ryan.

Ryan, who began his career as a scout for the Mets in 1980, took over the Twins for the 1995 season. While he had to undergo six losing seasons, he eventually became one of the most successful GMs in franchise history as the Twins notched four division titles through 2007, when Ryan stepped down in favor of incumbent Bill Smith. Ryan currently serves as a senior adviser and hasn't been connected to any GM jobs in the past after indicating he had no interest in becoming a general manager again. However, the allure of the Mets may grab his attention.

Hahn (pictured) was named as the No. 1 general manager prospect by Baseball America in March 2010. Hahn also appeared on a Baseball Prospectus top 10 list in 2008. The 38-year-old turned down a chance to be considered for both the Cardinals and Pirates jobs in 2007, while the White Sox prevented him from interviewing in Seattle in 2008. Hahn has experience as an agent and has degrees from three separate colleges including Harvard Law School. It's possible Hahn could be Kenny Williams' successor, but Williams doesn't seem to be interested in retiring any time soon.

One person that won't be considered for the job opening is interim GM John Ricco, as the Mets feel Ricco doesn't have enough experience yet for the job.

-- Evan Brunell

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