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Terry Ryan stepping down at TWINS GM!!!

PHERSY:The Strib is reporting that Twins general manager Terry Ryan is stepping down.

This is crazy news out of Twins camp. I guess I thought Terry Ryan would always just be the Twins GM ... you know, until the end of time or until he passed away, whichever came first.

I have absolutely no problem ripping Ryan for some of the decisions he's made of the past few years. Bringing in aging veterans who have nothing left in the tank to fill holes has been a disaster. Of course, much of that is because Ryan has been limited by a cheap family who just happens to own the team. At the same time, there's no denying that this guy is one of the better GMs of all time. He's made the Twins the model franchise for developing young players. Just look around the league ... everyone is trying to do what Terry Ryan did in Minnesota.

I'm interested to hear his reasoning for stepping down. I'd love to hear him say that he just got fed up with the Pohlads and their tight pocketbooks. But he won't say that ... he's above that.

Sounds like there is a 2 p.m. press conference scheduled, and I'm guessing most local TV stations will break into it.

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FELDY: WHAT!?! WHAT!?! I'm not sure how to respond to this one. Anyone outside of the Twins clubhouse who says they knew this was coming is lying. What a shock and a sad day for the Twins organization.

Like Phersy said, Ryan deserves to be ripped on a bit for some of the decisions he made/didn't make this past offseason, but there's not a GM in baseball who has done more with less than Ryan.

Maybe he's tired of dealing with a shoestring budget. Maybe he's tired of trying to get all the Twins' stars signed and somehow stay within said budget. Maybe he's tired of getting ripped for signing Tony Batista, Sidney Pontoon, Rondell White, et. al. I believe Ryan had a son who played in the Northwoods League this summer; maybe he wants to spend more time with his family.

Or,maybe he's just tired. The guy was on the road all the time, watching the Twins minor leaguers. He always deflected credit when things went well and took the blame when they didn't.

Whatever the reason, he'll be missed. And whoever replaces him has big shoes to fill.

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