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  1. Really good stuff. One of my favorite interviews.

    Comment by Scott — July 12, 2012 @ 8:41 am

  2. If the Twins way is so great why has their big league club been in last place for 2+ years witha a 100+- payroll? Why is their minor league system pathetic? Their top 2 prospects are international signings which further proves how poorly Terry’s buddies have scouted for the draft. This once proud organization is in shambles and desprately needs an infusion of new blood in the front office.

    Comment by Eduardo — July 12, 2012 @ 8:45 am

  3. Da Nile. Not just a river in Egypt.

    Comment by Ghost of Greg Gagne — July 12, 2012 @ 9:23 am

  4. (to Eduardo)

    Comment by Ghost of Greg Gagne — July 12, 2012 @ 9:24 am

  5. As a Twins fan this interview does not install a lot of confidence…

    Comment by Peter — July 12, 2012 @ 9:29 am

  6. It doesn’t instill them either.

    Comment by I Agree Guy — July 12, 2012 @ 10:03 am

  7. No. His install bar is stalled.

    Comment by Brandon Warne — July 12, 2012 @ 10:19 am

  8. I like TR’s “no dabbling” philosophy to scouting but the Twins draft history has been lousy for quite some time. It may be time to start dabbling.

    Comment by payroll — July 12, 2012 @ 11:08 am

  9. Has any team drafted worse than the Twins for the last 5-7 years. As a Sox fan I hope Terry and his scouts remain in tact for years to come! Extend Mauer and Blackburn while you’re at it. lol

    Comment by Larry — July 12, 2012 @ 11:17 am

  10. The commenters on this story and others about the Twins would have said the same things in 1986 and 1990. The Twins are a fine organization and as a fan who watched the 1965 WS as a 10 year old I wouldn’t trade with any other city for their team.

    Comment by Joe — July 12, 2012 @ 11:39 am

  11. “Well, how our club does things is we try not take shortcuts.”

    Comment by HankHill — July 12, 2012 @ 1:29 pm

  12. News flash buddy, this is Ryan’s first year back as the GM

    Comment by luke — July 12, 2012 @ 2:03 pm

  13. Ryan’s always been pretty frontal about stuff that he has been hands off on. He’s basically admitted that he didn’t have much to do with choosing the players in the Pierzynski deal (Joe Nathan and Francisco Liriano). I tend to agree with him that GM’s shouldn’t really be too involved in grading talent outside the first couple rounds.

    Comment by Brian — July 12, 2012 @ 2:20 pm

  14. all that talk about the value of catchers… they should have drafted Mike Zunino who is the most mlb ready hitter in the draft and a great defensive catcher as well rather than high-school talent Byron Buxton who has enormous potential but is at least 3-4 years away IF he develops as hoped. Then they could alternate between Mauer and Zunino at catcher/DH/1B which would reduce their wear and tear and get both of them closer to the 150+ games played mark.

    Comment by G4Gr8 — July 12, 2012 @ 2:20 pm

  15. Fyi Ryan was heavily involved in all personnel actions when Billy Smith was GM. Billy was just a money guy with little knowledge of scouting or personnel. Terry and the scouts are the #1 culprits for Twins current issues.

    Comment by Larry — July 12, 2012 @ 2:41 pm

  16. Amazing interview, regardless of your opinion of the Twins.

    Comment by Nick — July 12, 2012 @ 6:24 pm

  17. Has any team had a worse farm system than the White Sox over the last 5-7 years?

    Comment by Jamie Burke — July 12, 2012 @ 10:10 pm

  18. Great work David. Love the depth of these interviews.

    Comment by John — July 13, 2012 @ 12:18 am

  19. Cool dude that is totally relevant

    Comment by Lance — July 13, 2012 @ 1:09 am

  20. Ryan got surprised at the SABR convention, I think, when the GM panel turned into just him. He responded with an extremely carefully thought out outline for his opening remarks, a half hour that amounted to a “GM 101″ class for anyone with the presence of mind to take notes. I wish I had; I guess a video of it must exist. I couldn’t have been more impressed.

    Comment by John — July 13, 2012 @ 1:13 pm

  21. As a erstwhile Twins fan who’s been on-the-wane for several years now (going back before the losing began) due to their analytical benightedness and nauseatingly exceptionalist propoganda… I just waned some more. This is the smoking gun. They are freaking DECADES behind the plot.

    “Statistical analysis. We never messed with that too much back in the ‘70s, but we did in the ‘80s and the ‘90s and the 2000s. We’ve been looking at that forever.”

    Twins idea of statistical analysis: “Well, player x is 12 for 27 lifetime against pitcher Y so he MUST get the start. Small sample whatsit? No, we’re totes SABR-friendly!”

    I am glad Brad Radke is his model pitcher and a continued touchstone here in 2012, since there are SO MANY successful pitchers in his mold. <— not serious (but I do respect Radke, who was underrated; it's just that chasing the spirit of Radke with Nick Blackburn was is and always will be laughable)

    Comment by toby — July 13, 2012 @ 3:31 pm

  22. Nick Blackburn was a 29th round draft pick, the fact that he even made the majors is a testiment to the Twins scouting and player development. His 4 yr/14Mil deal is peanuts for a back end starter if healthy and able to throw 180-200 innings a year.

    Comment by Reality Check — July 13, 2012 @ 4:05 pm

  23. Nick Blackburn was a 29th round draft pick, the fact that he even made the majors is a testiment to the Twins scouting and player development. His 4 yr/14Mil deal is peanuts for a back end starter if healthy and able to throw 180-200 innings a year.

    Comment by Reality Check — July 13, 2012 @ 4:05 pm

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