Posted at 11:00 AM on September 14, 2007
by David Zingler
Most of us were stunned when Terry Ryan announced his resignation yesterday. He cited burn out as the biggest reason. The game has changed and he was not sure he wanted to change with it.
There will be speculation that Ryan was forced out over his inability to make a deadline deal or lock up Torii Hunter. Then there was the Luis Castillo trade which caused a group of well-paid professionals to pout for way too long. Only the bridge collapse could put an end to their public whining. I’m sure his relationship with the players and even the manager was strained, but that’s routine in pro sports.
I take Ryan at his word. There’s no reason not to, I can’t think of anyone in his position that has been more straightforward with the fans and the media. Ryan always worked hard, never took himself too seriously and, most of the time, made shrewd decisions. At the risk of sounding like Sid Hartman, I doubt any executive could have gotten more out of this situation than Terry Ryan.
So what do you think Mr. Smith brings to the table.
The comment about temperament was an interesting one. At first blush, it sounded like it dealth with the relationship between, say, Ryan and Hunter.
Now I'm wondering if it deals with the relationship between Ryan and Pohlad.
I don't know much about Bill Smith. It sounds he was doing most of the talking w/Hunter at Ryan's instruction of course. He may get along better w/Jim Pohlad, but who knows. I doubt Carl has meaningful discussions with anyone at this point.
Another thing worth mentioning about Ryan is his loyalty through the contraction talks, if he had taken the Toronto job, who knows what this organization would look like today.