Padres Press Conference where they fire Kevin Towers

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.

LIVE BLOGGING!

  • 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.
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