Kevin Towers

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Kevin S. Towers

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Biographical Information[edit]

Pitcher Kevin Towers was selected by the San Diego Padres in the 1982 amateur draft. He pitched through 1989, all in the Padres' chain, but his playing career peaked out at AAA due to injuries.

Towers started scouting for the Padres in 1990. He was the Padres' Scouting Director in 1994-1995, and was General Manager of the Padres from November of 1995 until October 2009. He frequently traded with former boss and then Detroit Tigers GM Randy Smith.

In 2011, he succeeded Jerry DiPoto as General Manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks, He was fired on September 5, 2014 by new team Chief Baseball Officer Tony LaRussa, although he was offered to remain withing the organization in another capacity.

He died of thyroid cancer at the age of 56 in January 2018.

Preceded by
Randy Smith
San Diego Padres General Manager
Succeeded by
Jed Hoyer
Preceded by
Jerry DiPoto
Arizona Diamondbacks General Manager
Succeeded by
Dave Stewart

Record as General Manager[edit]

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1st Round Picks

Other Notable Selections

Significant Trades[edit]

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Further Reading[edit]

  • Steve Gilbert: "Former D-backs, Padres GM Towers dies: San Diego won NL pennant in 1998; Arizona made 29-game turnaround in 2011",, January 30, 2018. [1]
  • Gabe Lacques: "Former Padres, Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers dies at 56", USA Today Sports, January 30, 2018. [2]
  • Bob Nightengale: "Kevin Towers' ultimate baseball legacy: 'If you were in his orbit, you were happy'", USA Today Sports, January 30, 2018. [3]
  • Ryan Posner: "Towers revered as friend, mentor to many: Life of former Padres, D-backs GM celebrated at Petco Park ceremony",, February 25, 2018. [4]

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