Andy MacPhail likes to surround himself with people he's comfortable being around. GM Matt Klentak worked with MacPhail in Baltimore and now, there's another former MacPhail colleague joining the Phillies front office. The team announced Wednesday that Terry Ryan, the former GM of the Minnesota Twins, will work for the club as a special assignment scout.
http://www.scout.com/mlb/phillies/story/1729482-pbi-annual-members-get-s... On two separate occasions, Ryan was the GM of the Twins and they won four American League Central titles, with Ryan being named the Executive of the Year by the Sporting News twice. Ryan spent 19 seasons leading the Twins. Ironically, during one of those stints, Ryan traded former Phillies infielder Dave Hollins to the Mariners for David Ortiz. Hollins will be a colleague of Ryan's now, serving as a professional scout for the club. Ryan famously went on to release Ortiz when he was a young player. Of course, Ortiz, who played his last season in 2016, went on to become a potential Hall of Fame player.
By hiring Ryan, the Phillies are beefing up the scouting portion of their organization after recent moves to improve the analytical side of the baseball operations staff. Klentak has always stressed that he wanted to improve the analytical operations, but also considers getting eyes on players to be a time-tested player evaluation tool that the Phillies wouldn't abandon.
While serving as the GM of the Twins, MacPhail promoted Ryan to be the team's vice president and player personnel director. Prior to that, Ryan had served as the team's scouting director and oversaw drafts that brought players like Chuck Knoblauch and Brad Radke. When MacPhail left the Twins, it was Ryan that succeeded him for his first tenure as the Minnesota GM. Ryan retired following the 2007 season after spending 13 years on the job. When Minnesota fired Bill Smith in 2011, Ryan agreed to return to the position and stayed there until the Twins fired the 63-year old Ryan in July.