On July 18, the Twins announced that they have relieved General Manager Terry Ryan from his duties. The Twins owners informed Ryan last month that he would not be back in 2017, and he just decided to be let go now.
Fans have been clamoring for Ryan’s firing after the Twins lost 90-plus games from 2011-2014. After the 2014 season, the Twins fired Ron Gardenhire from their Managerial position. After Paul Molitor took over last year, the club won 83 games and went into the final weekend still in play-off contention. However, things have taken a turn for the worse this season, as the Twins currently have a 33-58 record going into tonight’s game versus Detroit.
Ryan’s tenure with the Twins has been sketchy. He took over as GM in 1994 and it took him seven years to get the Twins in the post-season. In 2008, Ryan traded superstar pitcher Johan Santana to the New York Mets for four players; that trade didn’t turn out. Trying to shore up his pitching staff in recent years, Ryan brought in Ricky Nolasco, Phil Hughes, and Ervin Santana with no results. After Hughes produced a 16-win 2014 season, Ryan offered him a two-year extension. Soon after Hughes accepted that offer, he faltered and eventually had several injuries, including one that required shoulder surgery ending his 2016 campaign. Ryan’s latest failure was when he signed Korean slugger Byung Ho Park in December. Park had a fantastic start this year, hitting 12 home runs in 61 games. However, he really failed during the last weeks with the Twins, before being sent down to Triple-A on July 1.
Ryan’s several blunders with how he handled the Twins organization eventually cost him his job, although he managed to keep chugging along way longer than anybody had expected. In the meantime, Assistant GM Rob Antony will take over the position on the interim basis.
Written by: Michael L. Sack