The Phillies continued adding administrative talent to the organization on Wednesday afternoon. The Phillies announced that they have hired former Twins general manager Terry Ryan. Ryan will serve as a special assignment scout for the Phillies organization.
Ryan was dismissed as general manager of the Twins in July, his second run with the team. After serving as the team's general manager from 1994 to 2007, Ryan retired from the position. After successor Bill Smith was fired in 2011, Ryan returned to the general manager position. In between, Ryan worked for a Minnesota-based charity.
The Phillies press release included a quote from Phillies general manager Matt Klentak:
"I have known Terry for more than a decade and have enormous respect for all that he accomplished during his tenure with the Twins," said Klentak. "Terry's work ethic, loyalty and track record as a talent evaluator are simply unparalleled in our game."
However, the roots run much larger with Phillies president Andy MacPhail.
MacPhail and Ryan worked together in the Minnesota Twins organization in the late 1980s and early 1990s. After serving for six years as the scouting director of the Twins, MacPhail promoted Ryan to vice president and player personnel director. Ryan then replaced MacPhail when MacPhail left the Twins for the Chicago Cubs in 1994.