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Nobody wants to be the Twins' president of baseball operations

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Thursday’s Say Hey, Baseball recognizes the Twins have a job that no one wants, and the hypocrisy of Tony La Russa.

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The Twins are in rough shape. They’ve been promoting from within and recycling executives in their front office for years, and in troubling ways. In 2007, general manager Terry Ryan was replaced by Bill Smith. Smith was then fired as GM in 2011, and was replaced by ... Terry Ryan. Who then named Smith an assistant to the GM, keeping him and the tendencies that got him fired in the organization in a high-ranking spot. So, when the Twins say things will be different this time, it’s not necessarily easy to believe them. In fact, multiple former GMs have apparently turned down the new role of president of baseball operations that they’re trying to fill, including former Red Sox GM and new Blue Jays vice president, Ben Cherington.

This isn’t dissimilar to the situation the Orioles found themselves in back in 2011. No one wanted their GM job, and some execs decided to stay on as assistant GMs rather than have their own team, because they didn’t think it would actually be their team with owner Peter Angelos around. Eventually, Dan Duquette, who had been out of MLB for nearly a decade, stepped in. The Twins might similarly need to wait for a bit until someone desperate enough to get back in the game and run their own team comes around. It worked out well for the O’s, who snapped a playoff drought and are currently just a game back in the AL East under Duquette.

The Twins do have a desirable collection of youth, but their roster is still a mess and it’s unclear just how much control over the front office a new president would have. It’s a fancy title, sure, one used in more and more front offices across the game, but will the person holding it be the President of The Twins Way of Doing Things, or will they be able to inject some new thought and procedure into a front office that is well overdue on adding either? Cherington, a former GM who was part of the three Red Sox World Series runs during his time as an exec, took on a VP role and demotion from his last job with a team that already has a GM and a president of baseball ops rather than takeover the Twins. That should tell you how the league feels about the Twins changing.