he original press release in which Terry Ryan was named interim General Manager.
Below you will find the transcript of the letter:
November 8, 2011
Dear [Season Ticket Holder],
On behalf of the Pohlad family and entire Minnesota Twins organization, I'd like to take this opportunity to follow up regarding this week's announcement of leadership changes within the club's baseball department. As a key stakeholder for this ballclub, the Twins value your support and passion for the franchise, while always striving to ensure you are fully up to speed on the long-term strategic direction of the team's baseball operations.
Over the years, the Twins have been incredibly fortunate to employ many high quality people at the helm of our baseball operations. Two of those leaders chiefly responsible for much of our franchise's recent successes are Bill Smith and Terry Ryan. Therefore, this week's news that Terry Ryan has assumed the role of interim General Manager - replacing Bill Smith - was a difficult for all of us.
First and foremost, everyone with the Twins family is indebted to Bill Smith for 26 years of service to this organization and specifically the passion, integrity and class in which he handled the General Manager role over the past four seasons. Under Bill's direction the club won two AL Central titles and would have won a third had it not been for a memorable Game 163 loss at the hands of the Chicago White Sox. In addition, Bill's impact on the design and opening of Target Field is significant as he played a critical role in shaping the creation of one of America's best ballparks. Going forward, we intend to have additional discussions with Bill about an ongoing role aimed at maximizing his many talents for this organization.
As we move forward, the club is grateful to have Terry Ryan back as interim General Manager with the belief that he is uniquely positioned to help ensure the Twins return to contention in 2012 and beyond. Few people across the game of baseball are more respected than Terry, and his impact on the Twins organization runs deep. We have significant work ahead, but feel that Terry's track record, leadership skills, knowledge of our system and relationships across MLB give us the best possible chance to win. We believe in Terry and are proud to have him back in a leadership role for our organization.
With this week's announcement behind us, the weeks and months to come promise to be exciting as our roster takes shape for the 2012 season. There is no question that key decisions await and opportunities are on the horizon. Rest assured, we are working harder than ever to return to postseason play with the hopes of bringing you a third World Championship.
For your reference we have included a copy of the official press release announcing the baseball department reorganization. Thanks so much for your incredible support of Twins baseball. We look forward to seeing you at Target Field again soon.
Dave St. Peter