The Minnesota Twins have placed Terry Ryan as the interim general manager of the team after Bill Smith was relieved of his duties today, according to MLB.com.
"No one in the Twins' organization wants to win any more than Bill," Twins owner and chief executive officer Jim Pohlad told MLB.com. "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.”
Smith had been hired by the Twins as their general manager in 2007, and helped lead the team to American League Central titles in 2009 and 2010. This season the Twins went 63-99, which marked their worst finish since 1995 when they went 56-88. Much of their issues this year stemmed from injuries as franchise cornerstones Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau, who combined to play in just 151 games.