Meet the new boss…same as the old boss…..
The Minnesota Twins made a major change in their front office Monday: Bill Smith is out as the team’s general manager.
Smith, who took over as the Twins’ GM at the end of the 2007 season, will be replaced on an interim basis by Terry Ryan. Ryan has been in the Twins’ organization for more than 28 years, including 13 seasons as the team’s GM from 1994-2007.
Smith was a member of the Twins organization since 1986 and took over as GM in October of 2007. Since then, Minnesota won two American League Central titles in 2009 and 2010. But the 2011 season was the worst in recent memory for the Twins, as they lost 99 games and finished last in the division.
“No one in the Twins’ organization wants to win any more than Bill,” Twins owner and CEO Jim Pohlad said in a statement. “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. Going forward, we intend to have additional discussions with Bill about an ongoing role within the organization.”