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Tom Garfinkel steps down as Padres President/CEO

Jul 9, 2013, 1:06 PM EST

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You tend not to hear much about team presidents unless they get involved in baseball operations in meaningful ways. Padres team President Tom Garfinkel didn’t do that, but you did hear about him anyway back in April when he said some insensitive things about Zack Greinke’s anxiety disorder and subsequently apologized about it.

Now we’re hearing about him again: he has stepped down as Padres President and CEO according to a team press release.

It’s kind of surprising he lasted this long as he was a holdover of Jeff Moorad’s management team. Moorad, you’ll recall, put in years trying to buy the Padres on an installment/rent-to-own plan of sorts before having his bid rejected by Major League Baseball. With Garfinkel’s departure the last remnants of the old republic have been swept away.

  1. senioreditor2 - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    no loss

  2. Francisco (FC) - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    So who’s Grand Moff Tarkin in this story?

  3. singingfriar - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    Unfortunately it’s not quite true that the Moorad regime has finally been swept away. Aside from Moorad’s hand-picked GM, Josh Byrnes, Ron Fowler and several minority owners under Moorad are still very much in the picture, with Fowler being listed as primary owner and now Interim Team President. Their influence cannot be overstated, particularly when you consider how little the franchise has changed course since Moorad left.

  4. icanspeel - Jul 9, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    Guess he couldn’t handle the Padres going from buyers to sellers in the span of 10 games during their losing streak.

  5. deathmonkey41 - Jul 9, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    To be perfectly honest, he hasn’t done much since him and Paul Simon decided to part ways anyway.

    • aceshigh11 - Jul 9, 2013 at 2:39 PM

      Hey, Milton Berle…I already made that joke the first time Garfinkel was mentioned in a story on HBT!

      • deathmonkey41 - Jul 9, 2013 at 2:49 PM

        Sorry, if I don’t recall every comment made on every post on HBT. I’ll try harder next time!

      • gloccamorra - Jul 9, 2013 at 6:22 PM

        Try google search first. Trying harder doesn’t work. Avis did that and went from second place to third!

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