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MLB Franchise Notes: Twins' Terry Ryan Remains Involved During Cancer Treatment

Ryan has not stopped working despite being diagnosed with cancer
In St. Paul, Charley Walters notes Twins GM Terry Ryan, who is "still receiving radiation treatment for cancer in his neck, has been in his Target Field office this week trying to improve the team." Twins President Dave St. Peter yesterday said of Ryan, "He never will draw attention to himself, and he never will complain. There will never be any excuses with him. ... I think the best medicine for (Ryan) would be a little more offense." Meanwhile, Walters notes the Twins are "a few thousand tickets shy of a sellout" for next Monday afternoon's home opener against the A's (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 4/2).

O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU? In San Diego, Kevin Acee noted Padres co-Owners Kevin and Brian O'Malley are "no longer prominently featured" in the team's media guide. Padres President & CEO Mike Dee yesterday said that the decision "was made this year to only include pictures and biographies of people involved in the day-to-day operation of the Padres." The O'Malleys "remain part of the ownership group, along with cousins Peter and Tom Seidler," who are "featured in the 2014 media guide, same as last year" (UTSANDIEGO.com, 4/1).

FORGIVE & FORGET? Brewers COO Rick Schlesinger said of Brewers fans' feelings on LF Ryan Braun's PED suspension last year, "There's a small minority that says 'I will not forgive him.' Even that small minority says ... 'I'm not going to wear my Ryan Braun jersey' but will still come and root for the Brewers. People are separating Ryan and his conduct from how they feel about the Brewers in general." Meanwhile, Schlesinger said, "We are behind, as we expected, in season ticket sales because after '13, some of the most recent people to buy seats are some of the first ones to drop off. ... Where we're ahead is in individual tickets and group sales" (MILWAUKEE BUSINESS JOURNAL, 3/28 issue).

CAN'T BUY ME LOVE: In K.C., Lisa Gutierrez noted the Royals were "slammed with so many marriage proposal requests" at Kauffman Stadium that they "ran out of time and space for them and suspended them halfway through last season." Fans could "pay $500 -- which went to Royals Charities -- to have their in-stadium proposals shown on the giant CrownVision video board in center field." But Royals VP/Community Affairs & Publicity Toby Cook said the offer became so popular that “we were just running out of space in the game to have them." He added, "We just made the decision that we weren’t going to do it anymore" (K.C. STAR, 4/1).
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