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Twins GM turns in front office duties

Terry Ryan, 52, announced Thursday that he plans to resign his duties as general manager and executive vice president of the Twins at the conclusion of this season. Ryan, who has been the GM of the Twins since 1994, will remain with the organization as a senior advisor.

"I felt a lot of elation when we won and sorrow when we lost. “Now all of a sudden the defeats are getting a little harder to take, and the wins aren't as much fun. That's not a good thing to experience as a general manager,? said Ryan at a news conference Thursday, according to the Associated Press.

According to ESPN, Bill Smith is set to replace Ryan as GM. Smith is in his 22nd season with the Twins and been a close advisor to Ryan, according to the Star Tribune.

Ryan had been having difficulty in signing some notable Twins to extensions this season, such as Torii Hunter, Johan Santana and Justin Morneau, according to Mike Max of WCCO news.