Terry Ryan, the general manager of the Minnesota Twins for 12 seasons, and was voted the 2006 The Sporting News MLB Executive of the Year will resign today from the organization, in what is being reported as a forced ouster from the position.
A press conference to make the announcement will occur at 2pm local time, according to the Twins.
Ryan will be replaced by longtime assistant general manager Bill Smith.
The announcement comes as a surprise to many, fueling speculation that there has been an internal conflict within the highest layers of the Twins organization.
However, La Velle E. Neal III of the Minnesota Star Tribune reports that Ryan will remain with the organization:
Ryan is expected to stay with the organization as a senior advisor, working with the scouting department.
The report states that Ryan’s move is not the only one. A major reorganization of the front office will be occurring. Including:
- Mike Radcliff, the Twins longtime director of scouting, is expected to be named to a new position within the front office.
- Rob Antony, the director of baseball operations and contracts, also is expected to have a different role.
As reported by ESPN, many see Ryan as pivotal to the successes that the franchise has seen recently.
"They should name the [new] ballpark after him," a rival GM told Olney.
(Read The Biz of Baseball interview with Terry Ryan)
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