Here is a sampling of reaction to the news, which caught a lot of people by surprise even though the Twins are 33-58 this season — the worst record in the American League.
*Twins closer Glen Perkins, appearing on 1500-am just as the news of Ryan’s departure was breaking, had this to say: “It’s going to be a weird situation — as weird as when Gardy got fired. … In a way, it’s just a shock. To see it happen is just more stunning than anything.”
Perkins added that Ryan has been an advocate of his, including some rocky earlier years of his career. “He’s always been in my corner. … He’s always gone to battle for me. … He’s probably more instrumental than anyone for me still being here.”
*Dick Bremer, the Twins’ longtime TV play-by-play voice, tweeted about his respect for Ryan:
Professionally and personally, there are few men I respect more than Terry Ryan.
— Dick Bremer (@dbremer_pxp) July 18, 2016
National baseball writers also weighed in on Twitter with both perspectives on Ryan and what his firing means for the Twins:
There may be no GM in game more respected than Terry Ryan who will be besieged with job offers at least as special assistant — Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) July 18, 2016
— Scott Miller (@ScottMillerBbl) July 18, 2016
The big question, for Minnesota, is whether Terry Ryan’s firing represents a coming house-cleaning or a continuation of the same efforts. — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 18, 2016
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 18, 2016
There may be no GM in game more respected than Terry Ryan who will be besieged with job offers at least as special assistant— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) July 18, 2016
Terry Ryan being relieved of his duties is simultaneously the most shocking and least shocking news I've seen in this town for years.— Phil Mackey (@PhilMackey) July 18, 2016