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Bill Smith returning to Twins a month after being fired as GM

Dec 14, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

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Minnesota fired Bill Smith as general manager on November 7, replacing him with former GM Terry Ryan, but they talked about wanting to keep him as part of the organization in a different role and apparently Smith is willing to stay.

Phil Mackey of 1500ESPN.com reports that Smith is close to returning in a “special assistant to the president and GM” role that would involve overseeing the team’s efforts in Latin America and their spring training complex in Florida.

Smith was overmatched as a GM, making multiple team-crushing decisions, but he’s been with the Twins since the mid-1980s and handled his firing with class, refusing to say a bad word about anyone involved.

  1. kopy - Dec 14, 2011 at 4:40 PM

    I’m glad it’s an “assistant to the president and GM” role and not “assistant president and GM”

  2. sknut - Dec 14, 2011 at 4:41 PM

    Only in Minnesota can you get fired and then get a job a month later with the same place that fired you. I bet they even apologized to Bill for firing him. Hopefully he still has his red stapler.

  3. bigleagues - Dec 14, 2011 at 4:51 PM

    Bill Smith is one of the NICEST dudes you will ever meet and he knows baseball, but he NEVER struck me as a MLB GM type.

    Even Brian Cashman who is also one of the nicest down to earth people of stature you’ll ever meet has more of an edge to him that Bill Smith.

    Glad Minnie brought him back.

  4. Kyle - Dec 14, 2011 at 4:51 PM

    lol twins.

  5. wlschneider09 - Dec 14, 2011 at 5:31 PM

    What, somebody has to fry up that walleye on a stick.

  6. azvikefan - Dec 15, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    I hope he has NO say in player signings.

  7. foreverchipper10 - Dec 15, 2011 at 3:26 PM

    Assistant to the regional manager.

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