The Twins have fired GM Terry Ryan, according to a press release sent out by the team. Rob Antony will move from assistant GM to interim GM, effective immediately.
It’s an unprecedented move for the organization under the Pohlad family ownership. The organization has been known for decades for its loyalty and the long tenure of some of its key employees, perhaps none more notable than Ryan, the face of the baseball operations department.
Ryan originally joined the organization as a player in 1972, and he’s served as GM since 1994, with a four-year absence from the job in 2008 until 2011 when he decided to step down. Even in those years, he was a special assistant to his hand-picked replacement, Bill Smith.
“Terry has been a dedicated, loyal and respected member of the Minnesota Twins family,” Twins owner and CEO Jim Pohlad said in a statement released by the team.
“The decision to part ways with Terry was difficult, painful and not obvious. We are extremely grateful and very thankful to Terry, his wife Karilyn and their family for being a part of the Minnesota Twins,” Pohlad said.
The Twins, 33-58, have the worst record in the American League and have had losing records in four of the past five seasons.