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Padres announce change in baseball operations leadership
10/03/2009 4:44 PM ET

San Diego, CA - The San Diego Padres announced today that Executive Vice President/General Manager Kevin Towers will not return for the 2010 season. Vice Chairman/Chief Executive Officer Jeff Moorad made the announcement.

"As I've said consistently, it was always our intent to use the 2009 season as a time to evaluate and assess all areas of the organization," said Moorad. "After a great deal of reflection, we have made a decision to make a change at the GM position to equip our club for the long-term future. I have the utmost respect for Kevin, his tenure with the club, and his standing in our community and our industry, and thank him for his significant contributions to the Padres over the years.

"As our leadership team focuses on achieving our goal of building a championship-level club that has a chance to win its division year in and year out, we will be constantly challenged with hard choices; this was certainly one of them. Making this change now allows us to continue to redefine a new era of Padres baseball while affording Kevin the opportunity to transition into his next baseball challenge."

Towers, 47, was named the club's seventh General Manager on November 17, 1995 and is the longest-tenured GM in club history. Over parts of 14 seasons, the Padres have gone 1,107-1,160 under his guidance, reaching the postseason four times (1996, 98, 2005, 06) and winning the second National League championship in club history during the 1998 campaign.

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