INTERVIEW: Twins GM Terry Ryan at Spring Training - KMSP-TV

INTERVIEW: Twins GM Terry Ryan at Spring Training

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Joe Mauer is finally healthy and had a great season last year. Now comes the World Baseball Classic. Are you worried about his participation?

Not at all. Historically those guys that play in the World Baseball Classic, once they return they seem to go on and have a good year. That's what we're hoping happens to all of our guys. We've got a bout 13 guys going to this thing.

I'm not any more worried about him than I am Morneau going or Perkins going – if something happens it could just as well happen here. They're in good hands with Joe Torre and the people managing those clubs.

Justin Morneau is in a unique situation where his contract is coming to an end. How do you think he feels?

I think he feels about the same way we do. Contracts usually take care of themselves, and if he goes out and has the type of year he's had in his career here, it'll take care of him. And if things don't quite work out, he understands this a business.

You don't see this becoming a distraction?

That's all expected. When you have a one year contract on a guy with his type of presence and his history with an organization, I'm sure it will get some attention. It doesn't get too much attention until the media brings it up to one of both of us, and I think we've both been around long enough to realize that will be the case here.

Ron Gardenhire is in the same type of situation. Do you see any issue with the players not respecting his voice?

I don't see that. If you look at the industry as a whole, there's probably about ten managers on one year contracts right now and some of them are very respected managers. That's just the way it works in this profession we're in. We discussed this back in September and we talked it out and I told him we're not going to extend and he said he didn't deserve one.

You also made a change to his staff this year, bringing in new coaches. What was the philosophy?

We haven't played very well for two years, and I didn't want that to have a lasting effect – and I'm not going to make those coaches a scapegoat, because there were certainly a lot of people that contributed to that, including myself.

But there comes a time when you start making chances, you think about it for the good of your organization. So we went ahead and did that, not only at the major league level.

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