MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins announced Monday, July 18, Terry Ryan has been relieved of his duties as general manager and executive vice president.

“Since joining our organization as a player in 1972, Terry has been a dedicated, loyal and respected member of the Minnesota Twins family,” Twins owner and CEO Jim Pohlad said in a press release. “Terry has been a gifted leader of the baseball department for over eighteen seasons. It is impossible to overstate his contribution to our game, our team, and the Upper Midwest baseball community. The decision to part ways with Terry was difficult, painful and not obvious. We are extremely grateful and very thankful to Terry, his wife Karilyn and their family for being a part of the Minnesota Twins.”

Ryan was named executive vice president and general manager on Nov. 7, 2011, after having spent the previous four seasons as a special assistant to General Manager Bill Smith. Ryan was originally named the fourth general manager in Twins history on Sept. 13, 1994, holding the position until stepping down following the 2007 season.