Twins GM Terry Ryan will remove interim tag

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Minnesota Twins general manager Terry Ryan has removed his own interim tag and will retain lame duck manager Rod Gardenhire, who enters the 2012 postseason with one year left on his contract.

Minnesota Twins general manager Terry Ryan has removed his own interim tag and will remain with the team through at least the 2013 season, according to a report from Bob Sansevere of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

"I've made it permanent," Ryan said during a Friday news conference at Target Field. "I'm happy to do that. I'm all set and committed and ready to go."

It has not been decided how long Ryan will stay on as general manager, but team owner Jim Pohlad confirmed the job was Ryan's for as long as he wanted it.

After retiring in October 2007, Ryan returned to the Twins as interim general manager for the 2012 season replacing Bill Smith, who was fired last November and re-hired as an assistant to Ryan and team president Dave St. Peter.

Ryan also said that he never considered replacing Twins manager Rod Gardenhire, who will be back next season on a one-year deal, stating the 2010 American League Manager of the Year "doesn't deserve an extension" after a league-worst 66-96 season.

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