ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Twins fire GM Terry Ryan

The Twins have fired general manager Terry Ryan, the team announced Monday morning. He will be replaced on an interim basis by assistant GM Rob Antony.

2683253+Ryan.jpg

The Twins have fired general manager Terry Ryan, the team announced Monday morning. He will be replaced on an interim basis by assistant GM Rob Antony.

Ryan, 62, was the architect of the Twins teams that won six division titles between 2002-10 but struggled in his second stint as GM to rebuild a team that has routinely finished at the bottom of the American League Central since 2011.

After replacing Bill Smith in November, 2011, Ryan was aggressive in his efforts to rebuild the major league team and replenish the farm system, which resulted in fine prospects such as Miguel Sano, Byron Buxton and Max Kepler, all currently with the big league team.

But a series of bad trades and free-agents signings, mostly of veteran pitchers, capsized all other efforts to improve the team in the standings, an above-.500 season in 2015 notwithstanding.

“Terry has been a gifted leader of the baseball department for over eighteen seasons. It is impossible to overstate his contribution to our game, our team and the Upper Midwest baseball community,” Twins owner and CEO Jim Pohlad said in a statement. “The decision to part ways with Terry was difficult, painful and not obvious.”

ADVERTISEMENT

Ryan, a former minor league pitcher who grew up in Wisconsin, said in a statement he is disappointed he couldn’t bring the Twins back to the World Series for first time since 1991 but was leaves “the GM post with immense pride in being part of the Twins organization for the better part of three decades.”

Ryan initially named the team’s fourth general manager on Sept. 13, 1994, and stepped down following the 2007 season. He has twice been named Sporting News executive of the year (2002, 2006), and was Baseball America’s major league executive of the year in 2004.

“It’s been an honor to be part of the Twins organization and I wish everyone nothing but the best going forward,” he said in a statement.

Antony is in his 29th season in the Twins organization and his ninth as assistant general manager, named to that role on September 13, 2007. He was promoted to vice president in December 2013 and is responsible for major league contracts, including arbitration, and evaluating major and minor league players.

Related Topics: MINNESOTA TWINS
What To Read Next
Willmar surrenders a late lead to fall 4-3 at Mason City
New Ulm beats Willmar 5-1 in an NA3HL game Saturday in which 32 penalties were called
BBE senior guard Abby Berge surpasses 1,000 career points in BBE's 65-48 win over ACGC.