Bill Smith Out; Terry Ryan Back

7 Nov

The Twins announced minutes ago that Bill Smith is no longer the General Manager of the Minnesota Twins. He will be replaced by Terry Ryan in an interim basis. The assumption I would have is that Rob Antony, Mike Radcliff and Wayne Krivsky would all be candidates to take over as GM in the near future. There is a press conference at 4:30 this afternoon, and we’ll hear more.

Obviously there will be much more happening. This is no surprised based on comments that leaked last week.

As I’ve said throughout the second half of the 2011 season, I’m never ‘happy’ when someone loses their job or fails. It doesn’t make me feel good or happy that Bill Smith has been fired. That said, I really don’t have any problem with this restructuring. Twins fans (and clearly management) no longer had confidence in Smith. If nothing else, Terry Ryan has that, and I think that Mike Racliff and Wayne Krivsky do too. That means something.

More to come, but feel free to comment.

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15 Responses to “Bill Smith Out; Terry Ryan Back”

  1. dave November 7, 2011 at 4:08 pm #

    I agree completely. I’m never happy when someone gets axed. But the issue isn’t whether Bill Smith should occupy a place in the Twins organization but whether he had the skills to lead it. Clearly he didn’t. The list of disastrous trades and non-trades and poor investments [see: Mauer, J]could fill several pages. There are other more competent men in the organization. Let’s hope one of them gets the job.

    • Brad November 7, 2011 at 4:16 pm #

      While I am glad that this happened, you can’t blame Smith for the Mauer signing. The Twins had no choice but to re-sign Mauer for whatever he wanted. If they didn’t, the public would have crucified them for not spending money after getting their new stadium. There are plenty of bad decisions that Smith made that we don’t need to blame him for things that are out of his control.

  2. mike wants wins November 7, 2011 at 4:11 pm #

    Holy cow! I admit that there is no way I would have predicted that. No way. I thought he had one more year. Gotta be Krivsky, doesn’t it? That said, since I would not have predicted this, what the heck do I know?

  3. Ian November 7, 2011 at 4:25 pm #

    I think it’s interesting that (according to the Twins statement) Smith and the FO differed on how to move forward. I wonder if Ryan means the Twins are committed to a big rebuild – and therefore, big reduction in payroll in year 3 at Target Field.

  4. Gopher Nation November 7, 2011 at 4:37 pm #

    Wow, I am surprised. This was the right move but I didn’t think the Twins were ready to make a move like this. I just had no confidence that Smith would be competent enough to rebuild the Twins as he has gotten the short end of every deal he has made.

  5. rhobbs November 7, 2011 at 5:00 pm #

    Bill Smith seems like a really nice man who did an awful job. Mauer can’t be pinned on him though. But in addition to all the horrid trades he was responsible for; I never thought he got enough grief for the horrific shape of the minor league system. Probably because that is out-of-sight/out-of-mind to the average fan.

    • mike wants wins November 7, 2011 at 5:09 pm #

      The quality of the youngest twins and AAA is really about Ryan, not about Smith. Assuming it takes 3-6 years to get to the majors, nearly every player that is young and NOT on the Twins and that is “older” for AAA would have been brought in by Ryan.

      I’m not going to defend Smith, but we have to be fair to the guy.

  6. benji November 7, 2011 at 5:32 pm #

    It is sad because he is a human not just a label (GM) and has a family etc. That being said I hope his replacement can hit the ground running, there is a lot of work to do. He did a lot of damage with his ZERO return on key trades. I hope the decision makers are competent enough to get a good replacement. I’m worried because they picked him in the first place.

  7. rhobbs November 7, 2011 at 5:53 pm #

    He has been charge for four years. We have one legitimate top 100 prospect (Kyle Gibson) and he has undergone Tommy John surgery. We didnt take a catcher in the 2011 draft until the 30th round. College players don’t take 6 years to get to the Show, a mistake Smith tried to correct by going older last year, realizing he has no one at AA or AAA worth a hoot. It is clear he can’t evaluate talent.

    • mike wants wins November 7, 2011 at 6:28 pm #

      Miguel Sano disagrees with your assessment of the number of top 100 prospects in the system.

      The GM does not generally make the draft picks, he generally makes the trades. Your scouting director generally makes the draft picks. (this is according to KLAW, who worked in and talks to front offices).

  8. Greg November 7, 2011 at 9:34 pm #

    Well, I am sure Bill Smith is relieved himself, sad to see these happen overall. I think the Twins will be better off.. Hopefully Radcliff or Krivsky become the permanent and soem other outside people come in..

    Win Twins!

  9. dave November 7, 2011 at 11:55 pm #

    Good news, unless in getting the band back together he brings cuddyer back (at all) or nathan back (by paying too much). Then we are really in a hole.

  10. BrynmawrDave November 8, 2011 at 3:45 am #

    This is a shock because the Twins rarely do business this way, yet Bill was clearly in over his head. He wasn’t dynamic enough to handle being the boss with “employees” like Gardy, Terry Ryan, and Tom Kelly under him whose opinions would have a strong sway in the argument. When you lose 99 games, someone has to pay. It wasn’t going to be Rantz, Gardy, or Joe Mauer, so goodbye GM!

  11. rhobbs November 8, 2011 at 9:25 am #

    The GM must be responsible for draft direction (not necessarily the individual selections) because it goes hand in glove with what he is thinking about the existing roster in respect of trades/ free angency, etc. If dysfunction exists ( and obviously it does with the club) that blame resides at the GM’s door. We have no catching prospects, no shortstop prospects, 1 injured pitching prospect and gaping needs at the major league level. All of this is inexcusable.

  12. Gary November 10, 2011 at 11:39 am #

    I am sorry that Smith lost his job. I do believe that he was trying to suceed to the best of his ability. Clearly he was not the right choice for the job and should have remained in a “numbers” type of position. The blame for this firing and for the bonehead moves made over the past 4 years clearly rests on the ownership that felt that Smith could adequately perform the duties of the General Manager position and that despite clear performance evidence they failed to take action earlier to remove Smith from his position which allowed him to further damage the organization by his activity and/or inactivity.

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