nitrofurantoin in croatia lexapro generic when available what is the dose for plavix purchase ranitidine 75 mg buy prazosin visa generic viagra org uk buy kamagra tablets buy generic viagra online from canada buy tretinoin 0,05 online overnight betnovate c on face purchasing premarin online much does generic valtrex cost the online drugstore liv seroquel price 25mg propecia generic 2013 generic drug for nexium purchase sominex online hytrin tablets uses liposafe drugs quiero comprar suprax coreg online canada comprar zoloft original serophene coupon code buy cheap meds india viagra super active canada prednisolone alcohol super active viagra online does lisinopril 20 mg tablets look like buy sustiva perth australia comprar kamagra portugal trazodone no prescription fedex ups bayer vardenafil 20 mg tinidazole uses medication lamictal 20mg tab common side effects of tetracycline generic uk paypal haldol deltasone women buy what is venlor for lamictal online coupon code how much is permethrin cream without insurance myambutol online pay paypal buy rosuvastatin 100 tamil movie alli arjuna online cipla ltd career eurax without prescription medication etodolac purchase in canada no prescription safe buy prinivil online generic name for atrovent canadian pharmacy for viagra tenormin from usa pharmacy diovan drugs interactions diabecon to buy from europe generic viagra us shipping online pharmacy uk serevent word search games generic lipitor price costco joint pain and birth control pills cephalexin us companies only dipyridamole to buy from europe 24v 100ah lithium battery best place to buy silagra in australia side effects of chloramphenicol drug zithromax uses for dogs quanto costa il cialis 20 mg is it safe to buy zithromax online zyprexa next day fast revia delivery quiero comprar zyloprim stromectol on line purchase coupons for keppra medication american express login nederland dipyridamole tablets us online metronidazole 500mg tab dosage calan women buy cheapest glycomet tablets uk side effects of diflucan during pregnancy zanaflex visa doryx side effects weight gain haridra cost in canada no rx prednisolone online where lariam buy online lipothin generic mail-order propranolol premarin generic equivalent dulcolax over the couter flomax where to get cheap stromectol 100 mg crestor for men sale in uk aricept brand generic name keflex 500mg for dogs imitrex sold over counter buy keppra inhaler canada buy flonase no prescription what is a lithium polymer battery made of where cane i buy alligator clips for hair bows fucidin cream over counter similar paroxetine prix en pharmacie en france levitra drugs for sale cost of flovent costco pharmacy drug prices generic hydrea no prescription lipitor mexico buy zenegra from mexico online cialis fast india grifulvin v overseas can i get carafate buy diovan 15mg online arava weight gain medrol tablets uses evista com coupon best place order viagra online canada buy cheap is raloxifene generic for evista what does ventolin do diltiazem pill shop discount code digoxin online shipping levaquin online ordering dostinex next day shipping mail-order luvox side effects of promethazine in pregnancy amoxil for sale philippines where to buy cheap generic kamagra oral jelly online pharmacy canada prescription biaxin supplier in uk is mail order fosamax safe aristocort costco methotrexate pharmacy gyne-lotrimin sale caverta generico italiano sheep accutane order rx minocycline growing amaryllis in south florida direct meds buy cialis usa buy erexor usa long-term raloxifene for postmenopausal osteoporosis where can i get innopran xl canadian pharmacy viagra orders free viagra samples australia ortho tri-cyclen where can i buy it best price diabecon pills cheap dapoxetine online cialis clomid on line uk how to take clomid pills cheapest viagra soft to buy para que se usa prograf side effects of anastrozole what is zoloft for depression purchase augmentin online canadian pharmacy online androgel is propecia safe for women over the counter medicine that acts as bystolic erythromycin 1000 db prednisolone drugs online purchases genuine maxalt best price cipla medpro deal claritin 10mg tablets order keppra canada fastest baclofen uk delivery can you buy levlen buy carafate boots pharmacy female viagra germany buy silagra online at canada pharmacy order etodolac online buying alli all types aspirin pills order hydrochlorothiazide 50mg requip without a script betoptic buy online ireland buy cymbalta boots use of montelukast in pregnancy advair diskus coupon 2010 buy xeloda singapore canadian pharmacy online ordering ciplox drug schedule is nexium over the counter in canada order cheap aldactone cheap altace uk ramipril drug buy aciclovir tablets uk zovirax lotrisone no prescription canada buy viagra 100 mg zenegra purchase in canada no prescription mail order betnovate carafate roche precio argentina what does cipro do to tendons zofran pills dosage asthma uk forum buy eurax 15mg online what is plavix generic i pill lithium website side effects interactions is my paxil dose too high blopress on line no script buy tadalis sx in uk remeron online bestellen albendazole low dose birth control alternative to doxycycline hyclate glycomet for sale online what is flomax for order generic phexin azithromycin over the counter canada where to buy zovirax with echeck can you buy valtrex online pharmacy serevent online in usa can i make brand cialis buy emsam mg online best time to take altace medication finast lawsuit settlements side effects of provera injection buy albuterol over the counter to buy extendaquin elocon cheap uk pharmacy buy viagra professional online australia no prescription cefixime gonorrhea therapy where celadrin costco web pharmacy what is lincocin tablets purchase shatavari pills flomax shoppers drug mart sildenafil citrate online no prescription valtrex 500mg bula buy generic prednisone online in the us generic cozaar losartan potassium what is the best dose of citalopram for anxiety losartan-hydrochlorothiazide 100-25 mg per tablet coreg classification drugs.com prevacid make you gain weight cheap micronase usa buy tramadol 180 tabs cod orlistat online consultation discount pharmacy canberra woden what is prandin tablets thyroxine hormone levels how long does it take for mircette to become effective canada per pill order diflucan acid reflux medicine aciphex cheap genuine prometrium online what does betnovate do med-rx feeding tube prednisone dose pack cost antibiotic levaquin class action lawsuit nootropil online cheap where can i order proscar augmentin generic over the counter prednisone brand names in india costco pharmacy artane price 100 mg propecia bactroban nasal mupirocin calcium ointment 2 tinidazole next day britain pharmacy no prograf overnight delivery all types ditropan pills what does the drug paroxetine do diclofenac sodium enteric-coated tablets side effects tamoxifen from reviews on purim tinidazole 500mg uses boots pharmacy cork ireland buy levitra professional patch viagra in canada paypal where do i motrin in usa effexor xr usa no prescription cordarone tablets uk precio viagra andorra sin receta azithromycin 250 mg gonorrhea no prescription overnight pharmacy buy hong kong astelin ml ventolin without a script best online pharmacy generic zetia side effects flagyl used dogs terramycin canada prescription generic finast paypal zithromax suspension dose for children purchasing forzest online zyloprim delivery london vermox plus uk prednisona 50 mg efectos secundarios adalat sony tv desi tashan zyprexa 40 mg side effects do i need a prescription for zyban mexican pharmacy no prescription mirapex retail cost of topamax propecia results months estradiol testosterone cream erexin-v online forum liposafe prices usa suhagra australia what types of brafix are there differin ships from india best online pharmacy generic pamelor trainee pharmacy technician jobs ireland overseas pharmacy no prescription venlor cialis 10mg effects 365 pharmacy co uk index terramycin sold over counter viagra for sale in california canadian noroxin flonase - canada pletal cost comparison brand levitra shop net atarax 100 mg posologie tips on increasing fertility yasmin uk next day delivery robaxin without a prescription buy minocycline new zealand online lipothin 100mg tablet where to glyset generic hyzaar buy canada order dostinex from canada without prescription senxi- g extreme viagra femenino metformin medications com brand amoxil drug canadian pharmacy albendazole 400 mg children exelon patch for dementia-side effects ordering low dose dipyridamole rocaltrol non perscription countries lamisil online bestellen buy ginseng online reviews diamox 20mg tab propranolol medication prescription mobic is for osteoarthritis non generic buy crestor canadian losartan potassium uk silagra for men sale in uk cialis daily use online canadian pharmacy erythromycin base 250mg tablets saw palmetto doctors online bactroban medication used prazosin for dogs buy cheap genuine atorlip-10 online cozaar mg tablet liquid benadryl dose for cats mirapex cheap buy revia medication ciplactin syrup xalatan pills tadalafil citrate 20 mg cialis generika cgv uk online pharmacy review us online pharmacy no prescription snovitra super power metformin pills fungsi obat flagyl can you take nexium twice daily azathioprine (azasan imuran) and mercaptopurine (purinethol) discount methotrexate can i take 100 mg of amitriptyline mestinon maximum dosage vytorin online forum premarin price order xanax online uk buy generic isoniazid online no prescription purchase phenergan mg differin without prescriptions shop xenical online canada generic for levaquin 750 mg how to order motrin penegra mg buy buy coreg cr online propecia women success how to use femcare malaseb shampoo uk cheap acai sale uk side effects of cephalexin to buy cialis super active in uk buy aciclovir inhaler canada cephalexin online sale valtrex drugstore com indocin for sale usa diclofenac doctors online revia buy canada sertralina 50 mg genfar what is ventolin evohaler what is compazine tablets fast atorlip-10 deleviery pyridium in italia pariet side effects diarrhoea revatio mg buy digoxin generic 2013 drugs aldactone reviews for men free content management system zyloprim tablet sale buy silagra have no prescription online pharmacy school buspar medication safe to buy generic clomid from uk keftab italiano best price for real cafergot coumadin online usa aldactone women buy buy terramycin no prescription missed dose of keppra xr where to buy nizagara online uk valor finasteride colombia antivert uk nizoral prices at costco get tinidazole toronto best online pharmacy generic viagra soft long term use of abilify side effects buy tinidazole online without a perscription best generic antabuse review united states quality levaquin adapalene differin gel .1 generic name cefadroxil depakote 40 mg dose 123a lithium batteries best price prescription cost cheap avodart what is calan forcat like metoclopramide 10mg tablets for dogs z pack azithromycin 250 mg zofran new zealand rosuvastatin shortage side effects of lamisil and alcohol what is the medicine aciphex used for canadian alliance of dance artists ontario chapter administrative viagra professional store prescription cheap aciphex drug schedule buy tricor inhaler canada generic rhinocort aq how to get prednisolone dapoxetine tablets for purchase zyrtec online cheap capoten pills sweat canadian online pharmacy for neurontin himcocid medication side effects low cost avalide canada augmentin fda approved to buy without prescription buy risperdal in singapore order didronel online better than medrol infant motrin side effects strattera generic alternative dostinex mg usa remeron 40mg norvasc 5mg price philippines ventolin online coupon code apo-roxithromycin 300 mg actos online without rx alli reviews 2012 reglan delivery london purchase arimidex canada what is the correct dosage of benadryl ventolin evohaler no prescription healthy male viagra cheap medrol mg what is dapoxetine over the counter amoxil discount combivent mg para que se usa el medicamento cipro bupropion uk online how many claritin d can you buy what is tricor pills used for buy femara mexican pharmacies are viagra generics safe generic wellbutrin sr where to buy celebrex in canada aurochem laboratories india pvt. ltd.mumbai strattera where to get for what reasons are aspirin sold over the counter probalan for men sale in uk what is the prescription drug mobic for buy zithromax 200 viagra professional medication lantus solostar price what is depo-medrol used for in animals best place to buy medrol in india buy rythmol no prescription nhs repeat prescriptions online licensed pharmacy viagra plus life insurance cheap abilify 10mg online terramycin prices at costco reglan no prrescription lexapro shopping mobic drug class provera tablets price is there generic celebrex abilify 5 mg price silagra birth control online india buy strattera overseas where to buy aciclovir online cordarone pills buy online proscar brand order herbal medicine for low back pain a cochrane review tadacip drug in usa pharmacy purchase florinef 0.1 mg tamoxifen and raloxifene for gynecomastia discontinued use of paxil ditropan without prescription medication buy requip online pharmacy cialis super active drug in canada pharmacy costco pharmacy duetact price suhagra online shipping buy zantac online pharmacy cialis 20 mg time cialis for daily use for sale cialis sublingual medicine tadalis sx women buy orlistat xenical purchase phone in order for lynoral didronel paypal do i need a prescription for confido buy online cefadroxil generic cytotec in the uk now buy retino-a cream 0,05 no prescription buy mobicox free advair coupon 500 50 buy prometrium generic buy imuran capsules cheap midamor 40 mg buy viagra gel online uk buy acyclovir no prescription uk online doctor prescriptions xanax american terramycin what are some generic drug names for synthroid can you buy atacand different canadian buy generic cialis professional brand levitra pharmacy online levitra professional by mail pharmacy free samples feldene australia price pharmacy mexico eulexin what is generic sildenafil citrate crestor india no prescription safe place order zyban is there a generic drug for arimidex worldwide pharmacy depakote cheap generic rumalaya gel does antabuse make you gain weight where are the parietal cells located mex meds online pharmacy benadryl dose by weight adults cytotec online no prescription buying prescription drugs online legal buy trental cheap can i buy metformin over the counter in uk overseas pharmacy no prescription lamisil bupron sr 20mg tab differin online sales phone in order for micronase hytrin 20mg tab what is the dose for voltaren gel cheap seroquel buy viagra sublingual no prescription fast delivery original zetia online deltasone discounts codes buy domperidone pills cane you buy lamisil canadian pharmacy clomid pregnancy twins fertility drugs for men treatment glucophage metformin weight loss promethazine w/codeine uk exelon without a prescription buy atrovent online from usa generic seroflo safe nicosia cipro wikipedia cialis soft 40mg long term side effects of chloroquine pain meds for dogs online can you buy viagra soft in ireland prescription online pill store betnovate scalp application side effects hair loss buy genuine trimox uk generic for metformin hcl erythromycin for dogs buy lov cost voveran sr rayh health-care india us pharmacy online ephedraxin order pariet on line mexico is it safe to order atorlip-10 precipitated calcium carbonate manufacturers usa oregon state parks cabins desyrel precio mexico maxalt generic available doxycycline 10mg tablets stromectol 100mg cheap pharmaceutical industry news what is sominex used for buy brand advair diskus 20 buy dostinex online no prescription where to buy disulfiram red panax ginseng pills is zyrtec better than claritin d cheap genuine combivent online online pharmacy cialis uk promethazine online usa no prescription lamisil 100mg cheep buy inderal quick cheap purinethol buy online buy propecia bulk vermox oral suspension buy lasix online australia no prescription maxalt reviews and dosage septilin for sale philippines order zerit online uk reviews on benfotiamine cleocin t rxlist side effects of evista tablets moduretic delivery orlistat 60mg capsules side effects generic viagra cialis levitra bystolic 40 mg side effects buy tindamax 500 mg without prescription viagra rezeptfrei bestellen forum viagra generic online uk proscar generic uk methotrexate shortage uk can you buy periactin over the counter in germany nizoral lawsuit settlements best levitra prices drug roxithromycin dosage for acne cost of triamterene canada order cialis soft is there viagra for ladies buying mentat ds syrup ginseng prices ky 2012 buy actos tablets online legal buy fml forte online canada metformin no prescription all types keftab pills low dose aspirin new zealand buy elocon australia donde comprar trazodone clonidine canada pharmacy how to by pravachol online amaryl cost comparison donde se vende viagra sin receta lowest price rogaine 5 casodex canada overnight delivery rumalaya gel pharmacy order seroquel dosage forms and strengths 0.5mg xanax street price code red 7 seconds male enhancement cheap refill alli weight loss aid where purchase citalopram glucophage without prescriptions my ampicillin coupons buy genuine accutane uk oxytrol in croatia is estrace available on line in canada himalaya gasex dosage combivent canada tamoxifen cost in india buy luvox online canada do you need rx celadrin where do you purchase clomid antivert lawsuit canada apcalis sx shoppers drug mart benzac ac costo
Home Biz of Baseball - Interviews Interview - Terry Ryan - GM Minnesota Twins

Like Shoot to Thrill - An AC/DC Tribute on Facebook!

An authentic tribute of AC/DC that covers the best of the Bon Scott era and the best of Brian Johnson's material

Who's Online?

We have 665 guests online

Atom RSS

Interview - Terry Ryan - GM Minnesota Twins PDF Print E-mail
User Rating: / 25
PoorBest 
Written by Jerry Differding   
Sunday, 25 March 2007 17:00

Terry RyanTerry Ryan as a General Manager is a bit of a sleeper when it comes to many baseball fans. While the fan that follows the game closely knows, and anyone that follows the Twins has gathered, he has been exceptional at that position for the Minnesota Twins. Yet it's Billy Beane, largely through the publication of Michael Lewis' Moneyball, that seems to get most of the attention due to his ability to be consistently successful with a modest player payroll (as a point of reference, the Twins had the smallest payroll of the eight playoff teams last year, $65 million, which ranked 21st among all 30 clubs. Oakland was 19th with $71 million. In 8 of the past 15 years, the Twins have had a smaller payroll than the Athletics).

Ask those that work in MLB—Ryan's peers—and they have a different view. Case in point, Terry Ryan was voted the 2006 MLB Executive of the Year, the second time he has been selected by those that work in the front office for the prestigious award in his career. "Sleeper"? Not if you ask his counterparts in MLB. As much glamor as Beane? Sure, but Ryan likes it that way. As he said in the NY Times shortly after winning the 2006 Executive of the Year award, ''I couldn't believe it,'' he said. ''As far as not getting attention, I've had way too many things thrown my way.''

Jerry Differding, a contributor for The Biz of Baseball, caught up with Ryan at Spring Training and conducted the following interview. Topics include the spike in player salaries during this winter's free agent market, keeping the Twins' bullpen intact, the Twins and their approach to arbitration eligible players, comments on key prospects in the Twins organization, how the Twins development system functions, whether Ryan has an old-school, or sabermetrically inclined GM style, his views on the moves the rest of the AL Central has made this past off-season, and much more. - Maury Brown

(To read the interview with Ryan, select Read More) 

As for how this interview transpired... 

Growing up on the Plains of North Dakota in Fargo, Jerry Differding was raised a baseball fan and specifically a Minnesota Twins fan. It did not matter if he was sharing it with family or friends; a majority of his memories revolve around the boys of summer from Minnesota. Whether it was his first family vacation to old Metropolitan Stadium in 1973 watching a young Bert Blyleven out-duel Gaylord Perry, being in attendance for Game 7 of the 1987 World Series Championship, or attending the last game of the 2006 season sitting in the Metrodome cheering for the Royals to beat the Tigers, family, friends and the Minnesota Twins have been a big part of his life. Now, another memory can be added to that list with the graciousness of the Twins organization and GM Terry Ryan.

Jerome Differding for The Biz of Baseball: What are your perceptions on how this season’s contracts (predominantly pitching) will play into the negotiations with Joe Nathan and Johan Santana?

Terry Ryan QuoteTerry Ryan: The market jumped. We have never been in the free agent market much. We don’t really follow the market but follow what we think is right for our club. There is no doubt that it has some affect where these things go. Whenever we talk about contracts we do what we think is best for the club, consider where we are at market wise, and revenue wise. I don’t find it troublesome because this has happened before and it will happen again. It is just the preference of each organization and where they end up taking it themselves. We’re fortunate we have a couple of these guys under contract for the next couple of years. It’s a part and a piece of doing business in the winter. Depending on your organization and what your philosophy is, it gets a lot of attention in the winter. We always try to promote from within anyways.

BizBall: The league's best bullpen was kept intact this off-season even though there were numerous rumors regarding moving one or two for a starter. Was your reasoning behind keeping the unit together based on the idea you may potentially be throwing three young arms out there in the rotation, or were the rumors just rumors?

Ryan: Yes, those were just rumors. I did not have much interest and did not have much in the way of dialogue with our relievers. I thought we had some pretty good young pitchers here and I still believe that. Whether or not they are ready, we will decide that in the next few weeks. We went out and got a couple of guys to stem the transition from Radke to some of the young ones. I have never believed in moving people when they are good, we have some very good young bullpen people here who have been reliable, and certainly, Nathan anchors the bullpen. When you have something that has been effective, I think we can pick the right starters to get to that bullpen and if we can get 5 to 6 innings out of that starting rotation, we turn it over. One of the best things we’ve had here in the past five to six years, any success we have had is that the one constant we have had is a consistent bullpen so I am not going to mess with it much.

BizBall: Once again, the Twins were able to sign all of their arbitration eligible players prior to their hearings.  This was the norm when Wayne Krivsky was with the organization. Why has the Twins organization been so successful when it comes to signing arbitration eligible players and in addition to that, being able to keep Twins players happy and in the Twin Cities?

Terry Ryan QuoteRyan: We have a little history of going through the process of arbitration. We have gone through it with a couple of players here. I guess there are a couple of ways to look at it: We think we are fair and we think the player understands the process. It is a process and it is a business decision.

The one thing about arbitration is that there is finality to it, which is a good thing. The other thing is that there is so much time and effort put into this thing on how to get to the numbers. The filing numbers are the important thing. The player’s side puts a lot of effort into where they file and certainly the ball club puts a lot of effort into where we file. Consequently, there ends up being some sort of cooperation as both sides feel like they have done a nice effort coming in with logical numbers.

This year we had six players go through the exchange and a deal was completed with each using a different approach. Some were done as multi-year (Nick Punto and Joe Mauer), some were one year, and some we talked about multi-year and didn’t get it done. I think the players have a trust in us and I have a trust in the players and the agents.  We both have a job to do for each organization, us for the team and the agent for the player, and I understand their plight and I think the understand mine which is how we kind of get to the conclusion.

BizBall: Young pitching is regarded as a strength for the Twins organization. With the majority of the top prospects being pitchers, what is the organizational plan/goal to strengthen the offensive depth?

Ryan: We have offensive depth, but it is not at the AAA level. A lot of our better young hitters are down at A ball or AA maybe. If you look at a guy like [Denard] Span or a guy like [Alexi] Casilla, they are both players who are Matt Garzapretty good players that are on the verge of surfacing at the major leagues, even though Casilla has already been here. They just don’t have that back fence power that people equate into minor league prospects. I would tell you that Casilla and Span are pretty good players, they just don’t have a lot of power. We have some players down in A ball and a couple at AA with a couple of guys who will be surfacing at AAA this year. We have position players; they just are not talked about much. If you start equating them to the [Matt] Garzas and [Kevin] Sloweys of the world who are well thought of and have had a lot of ink written about them, you are not going to have the type of position players that are going to match up.  Garza was the minor league pitcher of the year, but we feel pretty good about our offensive depth and think we have some prospects that are pretty good. If you read some of the bibles of the minor leagues, I am not sure we match up, but we are ok. There are probably some guys who will surface this year, but our pitching is definitely our strength.

BizBall: Staying within the minor leagues and the offense, this has to be seen as a big season for David Winfree, Denard Span, Matt Moses and Trevor Plouffe. When does an organization know that a top prospect has or has not developed into the player they hoped for?

Ryan: All four of those guys are young guys that we have moved up. Some statistics match up to there reputation and some don’t. I am not too bent on looking at raw statistics to decide their fate, you go see them play, watch how they react, see how they compete, what kind of health history they have had, their age versus the league they play in, the ballpark they play at, all those things. If you go and watch them play and continue to see some sort of movement and some sort of mental and physical advancement you don’t give up on them, you just continue to move them along. There is no better example than Cuddyer. He never had great statistics in the minor leagues. You just keep moving them along and if you have faith, and see that they are going to be a good teammate, work hard in pregame, work on situational hitting and on their base running you just keep them moving.  Some of those guys you mentioned, not that it is a make or break season, but we would like to see a break out season at some point both statistically and mentally. Those are four guys that are capable of doing that, whether or not it is going to happen we will see. Those are four guys I kind of like and we will keep moving them up.

BizBall: Last years amateur draft for the Twins was the first in some time that more hitters than pitchers (33 vs. 18) were drafted. This summers draft is considered to be dominated by pitching prospects.  In addition, it is thought that more high school prospects will be taken in the first round compared to college prep stars.  Since this follows the Twins draft philosophy 3 of the last 4 years, how does the draft look in your opinion?

Ryan: We are picking 28 and it is easier scouting pitchers than it is hitters because you get a better look at pitchers since it is easier to look at a radar gun. We will take whoever is there.  A couple of years ago we would have never anticipated taking Garza. Depending on the situation, we don’t care, we are going to take the best player whether we are thin at pitching or we are thin at hitting. Whoever falls to us at 28 or whomever we like, we will take the best player. I think that that is a good approach and philosophy as you will never second-guess yourself.

BizBall: Since the Twins are considered an organization that develops its players from within, do you feel more credit should be given to proper drafting/scouting or to the minor league development staff?

Ryan: It is a combination. I don’t think any club would tell you it was one department or the other; it has to be in unison. All groups are in it together and one good thing we have going here is the scouting department has respect for the minor leagues, the minor league department has respect for scouting and the major league respects them both. Consequently, we are all on the same page, which has allowed us to have some success with all of us contributing. I don’t separate it at all; it has to be an effort and it is a good thing to have a field coordinator who is on the same page as the scouting director who are on the same page as the minor league director so that there is no jealousy when a player ultimately does succeed. The prime example is Garza. We drafted him well, developed him well, and the major league team has handled him well and consequently, it makes us look like we know what we are doing sometimes.

BizBall: How much interaction do you have with your scouts during the season, around the draft, and regarding trades?

Ryan: I make our scouts and minor league people accountable for what they are assigned. I will make a trade on a scout or minor league manager’s recommendations. I have quite a bit of interaction with our minor league people throughout the course of the year. As soon as the scouts are done with their amateur coverage in June, I have a lot more interaction with them when they start their minor league coverage. I don’t talk to our scouts who are out watching the high schools and the colleges that is Mike Radcliffe’s job. The professional scouts that are out watching the spring training games, I speak with them often.

BizBall: What is your role during the amateur draft?

Ryan: I don’t get involved in the draft as much as you think I do, I just sit there and listen. Those guys are out in the field busting their rear ends trying to see as many players and games as they can. They convene for the draft around June 1st.  I go into the room and listen and if they ever want to ask my advice I will give it, but very rarely do I have an opportunity to contribute to that process. I just wait for them to tell me whom we are going to take, which is a pretty good thing for a general manager.  We have had a lot of stability and continuity with our scouting department with Mike Radcliffe and the people working there. There are not too many surprises, they know what we need to do, they take their guys, and hopefully they pan out. As you know, not many of them do pan out.

Terry Ryan QuoteBizBall: Some would consider your GM philosophy a sabermetric style. Would you agree with that?

Ryan: No, I am a little bit of a combination of a lot of things. I will look at raw statistics, sabermetrics, scouting reports, history, injury, league information, and even individual advice from someone who may not even work for us. Makeup and character is a big part of our organization, maybe more than some others. I am not one thing and the Twins organization is not one thing.  We take a lot of things into serious consideration when it comes to acquisition, but character is up there pretty high.

BizBall: With the work Dayton Moore has done with the Kansas City Royals and Mark Shapiro’s revamping of Cleveland’s bullpen, in your opinion, is the AL Central the most talented division top to bottom?

Ryan: On paper, people would say that, but I am not big on what things look like on paper. There is a lot of activity in the winter and a lot of articles written about movement and who signed whom. I know this division is going to be difficult. The Royals probably made as many moves as anyone in our division and I know that the Indians are also quite talented. Their bullpen has been an area that they have tried to make sure they cleared up. I know the Tigers and White Sox are both good and we are the defending AL Central Champions and we feel we are good. So, it is going to be a tough division and an interesting season.

BizBall: What does the future hold for Terry Ryan?  Would a position in the Commissioner’s Office be of interest?

Ryan: No, I am a baseball guy and have more interest in watching games, seeing what is happening in the minor leagues, and seeing what is happening in the scouting department. I like watching the players, being involved in a team, and things of that nature.  I cannot imagine not working for a club, rooting for a club and all those things that go with competition. The best part of my day is watching a baseball game; there is no surprise to that.  No one is ever going to equate anything with me but evaluation.  I don’t see myself doing anything else but working with the Twins and watching games. That’s a pretty good life and is not all that bad, especially when you win.  The last couple of years have been quite enjoyable for us around here.  I like our players, I like our manager, I like our coaching staff, and I like our front office and business side.  The Twins are where I am at and feel most comfortable and I don’t see that changing much. 


Interview conducted by Jerry Differding on Saturday, March 10, 2007 at Hammond Stadium

Interview edited by Maury Brown

Differding and The Biz of Baseball thanks the Twins organization, specifically Administrative Assistant to Mr. Ryan, Jack Goin and Mr. Terry Ryan for their time and making this interview available.

For a profile on Jerry Differding, his contact information, and profiles on all that contribute to The Biz of Baseball, see our Authors Profile page.

 
 
Banner

Poll

Should MLB Force Jeffery Loria to Sell the Marlins?