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Twins general manager Terry Ryan diagnosed with cancer

Feb 10, 2014, 2:16 PM EDT

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Twins general manager Terry Ryan has been diagnosed with cancer and will undergo treatment at the Mayo Clinic, the team announced in a statement.

Ryan was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma in his neck following a routine physical exam and will not be with the team in Florida when spring training begins, but issued a quote to the media saying:

I’ve been assured this form of cancer is treatable and remain optimistic about my return to good health in the near future.

Ryan is in his second stint as Twins general manager and ranks as one of the longest-tenured, most respected GMs in baseball. He’s one of the most genuine, straight-up people you’ll ever meet, whether he’s dealing with mainstream media, fans, or even lowly bloggers. Here’s hoping he beats the hell out of cancer.

  1. deepflakes - Feb 10, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    All the best to Terry — Twins fans are praying for a speedy recovery.

    • tc4306 - Feb 10, 2014 at 2:48 PM

      Make that, “baseball fans everywhere are praying for a speedy recovery.”

      • asimonetti88 - Feb 10, 2014 at 5:07 PM

        Perhaps even, “everyone praying for a speedy recovery.”

  2. raysfan1 - Feb 10, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    Assuming this is a squamous cell carcinoma of the skin, there’s good reason to be optimistic. Best wishes to him.

  3. idolized1 - Feb 10, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    Hate to see this happen to anybody.

    Hopefully he can make a full recovery.

  4. pipkin42 - Feb 10, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    I don’t recommend googling or wiki-ing squamous cell carcinoma.

  5. tmhofficial - Feb 10, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    Knowing Terry, he’s going to kick cancer’s ass. He’s first class, tough, and has a heart of gold.

  6. moogro - Feb 10, 2014 at 6:33 PM

    Good luck to Terry.

    Aaron: as you are becoming more of the establishment, you sure are sounding like it.

  7. nickhoberg - Feb 10, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    Cancer sucks. Good thoughts your direction Terry, beat this.

  8. apeville - Feb 10, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    Rooting for ya. All the way.

  9. dylanthom2013 - Feb 11, 2014 at 2:51 AM

    dirtyharry – “Those fuc_ing Blue Jays – they gave him cancer. And my ass is itchy. Fuc_ing Blue Jays making my ass itchy!” etc. etc.

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