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Twins' Bill Smith stays put

He'll stay in the office, anyway, but now with a different title. A little over a month after replacing him with Terry Ryan, the Twins gave Bill Smith a new title: assistant to the president and general manager
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He'll stay in the office, anyway, but now with a different title. A little over a month after replacing him with Terry Ryan, the Twins gave Bill Smith a new title: assistant to the president and general manager

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