Twins dismiss GM Smith, return Ryan as interim

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Smith didn’t immediately return messages seeking further comment.

In addition to the usual general manager duties, the Twins said Ryan will be responsible for succession planning within the baseball department “to identify future leadership candidates.” The 58-year-old Ryan, who pitched in the Twins‘ minor league system, joined the organization as the scouting director in 1986 and has been here since. He served as a special assistant since resigning from the GM role.

The Twins scheduled a news conference for later Monday with Ryan and team president Dave St. Peter.

“As we move ahead, I’m looking forward to the challenge of improving this club for 2012 and beyond,” Ryan said in a statement. “We have many assets in place including a strong front office, manager, coaching staff and returning core of players. We have a lot of work to do in relation to development of our roster, but I’m optimistic in our collective abilities to ensure the future on-field success of this franchise.”

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