MINNEAPOLIS - Two days after finishing with a 66-96 record, and one day after a big shake up with the coaching staff, Minnesota Twins officials wrapped up the 2012 season.
Twins general manager Terry Ryan, team president Dave St. Peter and owner Jim Pohlad met the media at Target Field.
During the press conference, Ryan had the interim tag removed from his title. Ryan assumes the GM role he previously held with the Twins from 1995-2007. Ryan replaced Bill Smith on an interim basis after the 2011 season.
On Thursday, three assistant coaches and the team's head trainer were notified they would not be brought back for next season.
Two other assistants, Joe Vavra and Scott Ullger, were relieved of their duties and given other assignments for 2013. Vavra was re-assigned to infield instruction and Ullger to outfield instruction for next year.
"I value both those guys as baseball men, not that I didn't the others, but as you've seen we've changed a few things around structurally," Ryan said of Thursday's moves. "I just thought that I'd like to keep those two guys and build around [Gardenhire].
"There's one thing that I think I do recognize in a clubhouse and the hierarchy down there. When you've got a manager, you have to surround him with people he's comfortable with and loyal to," Ryan continued. "If it's not going to work that way, you may as well clean it out and we aren't going to do that. I'm very responsible to Ron Gardenhire. He's got to be surrounded with people he trusts and that's what we'll do moving forward as well."
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