Padres won’t comment on firing of GM
The San Diego Padres are refusing further comment Saturday on the apparent decision to fire longtime general manager Kevin Towers, who was axed as the baseball team’s CEO attempts to steer in a different direction, it was reported Saturday.
Kevin Towers, known at times for his “seat of the pants” stewardship, was the Padres’ general manager for 14 years. Padres CEO Jeff Moorad told the San Diego Union-Tribune. that he wants to completely rebuild his baseball operation, and that he wants detailed short-, mid-and long-term plans.
Moorad said that Towers, whose salary is estimated to be between $1.5 million and $2 million, is not the right person anymore for that job.
“The organization is indebted to Kevin for not only the 14 years he served as general manager, but for the fact that the club is well-positioned to go forward into the future,” Moorad told the Union-Tribune before Friday night’s game at Petco Park.
“I think we need to build a better baseball operations department, better skilled at the areas we’re committed to going forward. I admire (Towers’) skills very much and respect his relationships that exist around the game. But I think over the next period of time, our focus is on more of a strategic approach to drafting and development that has a chance to compete in the division year-in and year-out.”
Moorad confirmed Towers’ departure on Friday amid growing speculation and media reports, the newspaper said. Moorad declined to name any specific candidates, but said he is not looking within the team for Towers’ replacement.
Since Towers promotion to general manager in 1995, he was responsible for four division champions and the Padres’ 1998 National League pennant winner, the newspaper reported.
Under Towers’ leadership the Padres showed an 1,107-1,160 record, including Friday night’s loss against the San Francisco Giants.
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