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#1 gunnarthor

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Posted 19 December 2013 - 08:52 AM

http://www.mlbtrader...ns-viciedo.html

New title is vice president/assistant GM. Most likely Ryan's successor at this point.

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Posted 19 December 2013 - 09:04 AM

It makes you wonder how much longer Ryan plans on staying in the GM's chair. I think his role is a pretty reluctant one right now.

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Posted 19 December 2013 - 09:12 AM

Congrats to Mr. Antony!

What I just typed is probably an opinion, not a fact. I mean, I'm usually right, so you should maybe assume it is or will be a fact soon, but that's up to you. :)


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Posted 19 December 2013 - 09:15 AM

It makes you wonder how much longer Ryan plans on staying in the GM's chair. I think his role is a pretty reluctant one right now.


I don't think he'll retire until the Twins are winning again. He's done a pretty good job setting up a future (Buxton/Sano/Meyer foundation) in his time back but I think he'd want to see it blossom first.

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Posted 19 December 2013 - 09:19 AM

I'll give him credit for Meyer out of those 3. Even a blind squirrel would have picked Buxton.


Edit: He also made a few other good picks and signings to be fair. But He has missed about as much as the next guy.

Edited by COtwin, 19 December 2013 - 09:21 AM.


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Posted 19 December 2013 - 09:23 AM

Buxton could very well have flourished in any system, but all organizations don't progress their prospects the same way. Maybe in another system, he would have been more fast-tracked, and he'd be struggling. Who knows.

Point being, once a prospect is in the organization, it's not just cruise control. Some level of credit needs to be given for helping a prospect blossom (and the opposite, when they flame out)

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Posted 19 December 2013 - 09:29 AM

I don't think he'll retire until the Twins are winning again. He's done a pretty good job setting up a future (Buxton/Sano/Meyer foundation) in his time back but I think he'd want to see it blossom first.


Ryan was retired when that happened.

Reading Anthony's job description it seems that he is responsible now for everything a GM is responsible. Interesting to see how much different Ryan's job description is now.

BTW, as far as six months ago, there were strong indications that Anthony was prepared to be Ryan's successor and this is just another step towards that.
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Posted 19 December 2013 - 09:34 AM

I'll give him credit for Meyer out of those 3. Even a blind squirrel would have picked Buxton.

Edit: He also made a few other good picks and signings to be fair. But He has missed about as much as the next guy.


I won't give Ryan a ton of credit for picking Buxton because he was coveted by most organizations.

But let's not pretend that there were no questions surrounding him out of high school. He played in the sticks; there were questions about competition level and whether it was masking some inherent flaws in him as a player. Plus, playing out in the sticks meant that scouting on him was light compared to his relative talent level.

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Posted 19 December 2013 - 09:38 AM

I thought the cheif scout ran the draft, not the GM......

Would be cool if this thread was about Rob Antony, and not another debate about TR....

What I just typed is probably an opinion, not a fact. I mean, I'm usually right, so you should maybe assume it is or will be a fact soon, but that's up to you. :)


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Posted 19 December 2013 - 09:57 AM

Seems Rob would be one of the youngest GM's in the league correct?? The thing I like about Rob is that he seems to be pretty blunt in interviews. That is just my opinion.

As far as the TR argument goes, maybe some could start a thread about how they hate threads being hijacked...and quit bit chin' about it in every thread (which ironically is hijacking threads)

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Posted 19 December 2013 - 10:11 AM

Age-wise I think he'd be around average. I'm not excited with him as future GM... seems like Bill Smith 2.0.

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Posted 19 December 2013 - 10:26 AM

He's been with the team for more than 25 years .... not exactly a newcomer or youngster.

Congratulations to Mr. Antony and I do think that the Twins are setting up the line of succession. At least this gives them someone who has been active on the baseball side to move up. Although Mike Radcliffe may still be in that line of succession, too ... just not sure if he wants the GM job (didn't interview for an outside job last year although it was framed as the Twins not allowing him to interview).

Congrats, too, to the other 3 people the Twins made VP's yesterday.


Souhan had a pretty good story on Antony when he was made assistant GM in 2007: http://www.startribu...s/11922191.html

Article says he was born in 1965 so that would make him 48.

And, yes, I'd still like to see the Twins bring in some "new blood" at the higher levels of the organization on occasion.

Edited by JB_Iowa, 19 December 2013 - 10:31 AM.


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Posted 19 December 2013 - 10:37 AM

The thing I like most about this is that we are promoting from within, giving this team some much needed stability and proving you don't need recent on-field success to get promoted.

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Posted 19 December 2013 - 10:46 AM

I'll give him credit for Meyer out of those 3. Even a blind squirrel would have picked Buxton.


Edit: He also made a few other good picks and signings to be fair. But He has missed about as much as the next guy.


Wasn't trying to "give him credit," I was just saying that a foundation is in place and he'd want to see it out before he retires. I suppose I could have written more to make that more clear but ...

In any event, Antony seems to be setting up for a nice transition down the road. I personally think that stability is generally a positive for an organization.

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Posted 19 December 2013 - 10:50 AM

Seems Rob would be one of the youngest GM's in the league correct??


No. He will be one of the oldest...
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Posted 19 December 2013 - 11:11 AM

The thing I like most about this is that we are promoting from within, giving this team some much needed stability and proving you don't need recent on-field success to get promoted.


How much more recent can there be than any day now? It's getting almost impossible to miss the irresistible force descending on Target Field.

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Posted 19 December 2013 - 11:12 AM

He's always come across well in interviews, so good for him. Seems like he's put in his dues.

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Posted 19 December 2013 - 11:29 AM

Surprised no one has mentioned Antony's April 2010 interview with ESPN, where he did not know what FIP or BABIP stood for. I think that's about the only reference I hear about Antony around these parts...

I don't hold that interview against him, but hopefully the baseball analytics department he now oversees has him up to speed a little more. :)

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Posted 19 December 2013 - 11:38 AM

Aaron Gleeman passed up. Once again . . .

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Posted 19 December 2013 - 12:03 PM

I'll give him credit for Meyer out of those 3. Even a blind squirrel would have picked Buxton.


Edit: He also made a few other good picks and signings to be fair. But He has missed about as much as the next guy.


Except for Houston :)

I should note that there were some questions about him. Not everyone said he should be picked 1 overall.