By Joe Christensen
San Diego Padres general manager Kevin Towers and Terry Ryan are longtime friends. They knew each other back when both were scouting. We’ll have a lot more on Ryan stepping down as Twins GM in our first editions, but I just wanted to relay Towers’ sentiments, since he was nice enough to call me back in the middle of a pennant race.
“I’ve always had a great deal of respect for Terry,” Towers said. “I know how much he’s cared for that organization, even during the tough times. He has tremendous respect of the other 29 general managers. He’s not a self-promoter. All he cares about is the Twins.”
I asked Towers if he was surprised by Thursday’s news.
“I wasn’t that surprised. Terry’s one of those guys, just knowing him, he never seemed real happy [as GM]. He was like, ‘Being a GM is what it is. If this is what the organization wants me to do, I’ll do it.’ He could have done it for 40 years, but with Terry, you figured there was a point in time where he’d say, ‘I’ve had enough.’
“He’s an honest man with a tremendous integrity, and a great evaluator. The best way I can put it is he’s a baseball man.”