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Jake Peavy rips the Padres

Jun 10, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

Not the team, the ownership for getting rid of Kevin Towers last year.  Jon Paul Morosi from FOX has the quotage:

“Kevin Towers getting let go out there is an absolute joke. You can quote me on that. Kevin Towers
is a heck of a general manager. You see the product of his work. Moorad and those guys just took
over the team last year. They didn’t change that team — (Jon) Garland’s
pitched well for them, but they didn’t make any significant moves to
that team, that coaching staff.

“Kevin Towers put that team together. That’s almost all his people
there. And he didn’t have hardly anything to work with, either. That was
not the right move, letting him go.”

He’s not wrong about the merits of Kevin Towers who, while far from perfect, got a lot more out of an often cash-strapped Padres team than most guys would have.  He had some bad drafts, he made some good trades, but he never drove the team off a cliff. As Peavy says, the guys getting it done right now are Towers’ guys.

It’s just that Towers really wasn’t Jeff Moorad’s guy, and that’s really what was going on there.  It happens. If I bought a team I’d probably want my guy there too.

  1. JBerardi - Jun 10, 2010 at 12:28 PM

    Towers never drove the team off a cliff, but he never really assembled a great Padres team, either. While keeping a small-market team around .500 for a decade or more isn’t anything to scoff at, it doesn’t make a guy Branch Rickey, either.

  2. Geoff - Jun 10, 2010 at 1:15 PM

    True but he also assembled a few playoff teams which included a WS appearance. Having said that, he’s great at getting pitching together but he’s been terrible at finding position players. A-Gon being the only exception that I can think of off the top of my head.
    Towers will land on his feet somewhere, and if it happens to be a team with some money, they’ll be happy he’s there.

  3. Path - Jun 10, 2010 at 2:23 PM

    Mr. Peavy really needs to worry more about pitching and less about who the GM is in San Diego.
    How’s that American League treating you Jake.

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