The bearded one fires Kevin Towers
The Padres are holding a press conference today at 2pm PST where they will announce Kevin Towers dismissal.
I'll be watching on Padres.com and we can comment about it right here in this open thread.
- They had to make the decision to extend KT or make a change
- Yesterday they told Kevin that they had made a decsion to hire a new GM
- "We'll miss him day to day... we're going to be paying him for another year."
- If KT becomes GM for another team than Moorad will be a big fan.
- KT is leaving the club in a very good spot to go forward.
- A new GM will be brought in in the next few weeks.
- A greater focus on planning, strategy and discipline in scouting. Looking forward to a new GM to take the lead on crafting the new strategy.
- The new GM will make decisions on the baseball front not Moorad.
- There is not an internal candidate at this point.
- Moorad is thrilled that Bud Black is the manager and thinks it's extremely unlikely that he will be impacted.
- Towers has done a terrific job molding the team this year on the fly.
- He feels bad about the impact on Towers but feels good about the future of Padres baseball.
- "It wasn't an easy decision"
- They thought now was the right time because they didn't want him to be a lame duck for 2010.
- Towers feels he should clean his office out, but Moorad wants him to keep an office in Petco Park.
- Moorad respects Towers for remaining professional.
- "The human side is the most difficult challenge." Towers, Towers' mother, Moorad and Garfinkel flew to Cooperstown this year.
- Moorad hopes they can remain friends.
- All employee meeting on Monday at Petco Park to honor him and let him say goodbye.
- They have interviewed three candidates and plans to interview more.