October 4, 2009 |
Towers falls in San Diego The contracts of Ned Colletti, Dan O'Dowd and Brian Sabean all expire after the season. Yet the National League West general manager now out of work is the dean of them all. The San Diego Padres, under the new ownership of a group led by Jeff Moorad, fired Kevin Towers on Saturday. Moorad, who previously ran the Diamondbacks, could import Jerry DiPoto or Peter Woodfork from Arizona. The two longest-tenured general managers in baseball were Towers, hired by the Padres in 1994, and Sabean, hired by the San Francisco Giants in 1996.
November 18, 1995 |
Kevin Towers, the San Diego Padres' first-round draft pick in 1982, became their general manager Friday. Towers, the club's scouting director since August 1993, was given a two-year contract with a club option for 1998. He replaces Randy Smith, who left in October and has become the Detroit Tigers' general manager. Before becoming Padre scouting director, Towers was a regional and national scout with the Pittsburgh Pirates and an area scout for the Padres.
June 10, 1999 |
All of you who believed the Dodgers would be one game under .500 and in third place in the National League West on June 9, raise your hands. I see one hand there in the back. Your name, sir? "Kevin Towers." That's the San Diego Padre general manager who reacted to L.A. counterpart Kevin Malone's optimism--delusions of grandeur?--by declaring even before spring training that the Dodgers were no better than the third-best team in the division.
January 24, 2008 |
San Diego Padres General Manager Kevin Towers received a two-year contract extension Wednesday that runs through 2010 and is thought to put him among the top five or six highest-paid GMs in baseball. The team wouldn't divulge financial details. This off-season, Towers, 46, became the longest-tenured active GM in the big leagues with 12 years. His current deal was set to end after the 2008 season.
August 2, 2009 |
On the West Coast, you're on the clock from the moment you wake up. The trade deadline hits at 1 p.m. our time, time enough for a cup of coffee and a few hours of chaos. Kevin Towers, the general manager of the San Diego Padres, awoke Friday at 6 a.m. He had been at his Petco Park office until midnight, and he was back in the office at 7 a.m. Six hours to the deadline, and Towers thought he had a pretty good idea of what might happen.
April 24, 2005 |
Kevin Towers, the San Diego Padre general manager, cast himself into baseball's steroid furor by revealing he'd had dark suspicions about Ken Caminiti, and was called with a handful of fellow executives before the House Government Reform Committee. Steroids, as it turned out, were not Caminiti's ruin. Five months after his friend had died in a drug-ridden quarter of the Bronx, Towers would sit before Congress to take questions about the steroid era, as a face on the Caminiti experience.