Twins fire general manager Bill Smith

Updated: November 7, 2011, 11:07 PM ET
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- When Jim Pohlad came to what he called "a stomach-churning" conclusion that general manager Bill Smith needed to be fired, the Minnesota Twins owner was making the kind of decision rarely seen in one of the most loyal and patient organizations in baseball.

A 99-loss season is equally unique in these parts, so Pohlad swallowed hard, made the move and turned to one of the most trusted and revered figures in the organization to pick up the pieces.

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