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Minnesota Twins GM Terry Ryan Bites The Dust

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The last place Minnesota Twins have fired their general manager Terry Ryan.  The team sits in last place in the AL central and has the worst record in the American League. The Twins have a 33-59 record which is 21 games out of first place in the AL Central and the only team with a worse record is the Atlanta Braves (32-60).

The firing is somewhat bizarre in that the all-star break just ended and it is 2 weeks away from the trade deadline but, the decision has been made.

Replacing Terry Ryan as an interim position will be assistant GM Rob Antony. Owner and CEO Jim Pohlad commented on the firing as

“difficult, painful, and not obvious.”

During Ryan’s run  as general manager he helped move the franchise to be one of the models for small market team success and helped build one of the best farm systems in major league baseball. All of this plus some of the key trades he completed allowed for the Twins to win 4 AL Central championships in 5 years.

Ryan had originally stepped down as GM in 2007 but after replacement Bill Smith could not find success Ryan stepped up and returned in the 2011 season. Currently the Twins are facing another losing season which would be their 5th in the last 6 seasons.

When asked about the firing Terry Ryan responded

“While disappointed we were unable to bring Minnesota a third World Championship, I leave the GM post with immense pride in being part of the Twins organization for the better part of three decades,”… “It’s been an honor to be part of the Twins organization and I wish everyone nothing but the best going forward.”

Ryan’s replacement, Rob Antony has spent 29 years with the Twins organization and 9 as assistant GM. It is unclear whether team owner Jim Pohlad wants to stick with Rob Antony as GM or sign someone else as there are some quality candidates available such as former Boston Red Sox GM Ben Cherington or  the former Dodgers executive Kim Ng.