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James John Rantz (born February 24, 1938, at Saint Paul, Minnesota) is an American front-office executive in Major League Baseball. Rantz has been the Minnesota Twins' farm system director since 1986, holding the title of "Director of Minor Leagues." As of 2009, his 24th consecutive season in the post, Rantz is one of the longest-tenured farm system directors in Major League Baseball. From 1971 through 1985, he was the assistant minor league director for the Twins.[1] As such, he has sent multiple generations of home-grown players to the Twins, and contributed materially to the team's 1987 and 1991 world titles and its run of playoff teams during the first decade of the 21st century.

Although Rantz is a native of Saint Paul and attended the University of Minnesota, his association with the Twins predates their arrival in his native city. A 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m), 175 lb (79 kg) right-handed pitcher as a player, he signed with the original Washington Senators in 1960 — the year before the franchise shifted to Minnesota. Rantz compiled a 22-16 won/loss mark with a 3.64 earned run average in five minor-league seasons.[2] After serving as manager for the St. Cloud Rox, the Twins' affiliate in the Class A Northern League, for one season, he moved into the club's front office in 1966. He also managed during the 1977 season, with the Wisconsin Rapids Twins of the Class A Midwest League. The 2009 season marked Rantz' 50th consecutive season with the Minnesota franchise.

In recognition of his accomplishments as the team's player development boss, Rantz was inducted into the Minnesota Twins Hall of Fame in 2007.[3]




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