Phillies hire Terry Ryan as special assignment scout

September 16, 2016: First Base with Phillies logo during a Major League Baseball game between the Miami Marlins and the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire)
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Former Minnesota Twins’ general manager Terry Ryan has been hired by the Philadelphia Phillies as a special assignment scout, vice president and general manager Matt Klentak announced on Wednesday.

“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.”

Ryan spent 30-plus years as a member of the Twins’ organization, and for 19 of which he served as the team’s general manager across two separate stints. Under his tutelage, the Twins won four American League Central division titles and twice Ryan was named the Executive of the Year by Sporting News.

“I’m very happy to be joining the Phillies and have the opportunity to provide some impact and evaluation,” Ryan said. “This is an exciting time for the franchise as they have what many in the industry consider to be one of the top farm systems in baseball.”

Ryan should be a fantastic asset to the organization’s scouting pool. During his time in Minnesota, he oversaw drafts that registered players such as LaTroy Hawkins, Chuck Knoblauch, Scott Erickson, Denny Neagle, Brad Radke and Eddie Guardado, as well as former American League Rookie of the Year Marty Cordova.

“While we have made significant investments in our analytical endeavors over the past year, it is important to remember that quality talent evaluation is essential to making quality baseball decisions,” Klentak said. “We are thrilled to welcome Terry to the Phillies.”

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