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The Padres are considering bringing back Kevin Towers for some reason

Jun 23, 2014, 2:39 PM EDT

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Josh Byrnes’ chair isn’t even cold yet, but there are already leaks about who the Padres are considering to replace him. One of them is an old friend. From Bob Nightengale of USA Today:

The club has had internal discussions about bringing back former GM Kevin Towers, according to a high-ranking club official with direct knowledge of the discussions. The person was unauthorized to divulge the discussions because the GM search is ongoing.

Towers used to be the Padres’ GM, of course. He was fired. His is likely to be fired by the Dbacks sometime this season given that Tony La Russa has been brought in to change the entire organization.

Unsolicited advice to the Padres: there is literally one team in the National League worse than you right now. Maybe hiring the guy who made them what they are is not the best idea.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Jun 23, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    Consistently bad teams make consistently bad decisions.

    What do you expect them to do?

    • El Bravo - Jun 23, 2014 at 3:29 PM

      I don’t know! Can you tell us please????

      – The Chicago Cubs

      • SocraticGadfly - Jun 23, 2014 at 3:35 PM

        Maybe you can reverse an alleged curse by making a billy goat your manager. Or give it a rooftop seat on Waveland.

        Oh, we say thanks for that Brock guy from 50 years ago this month.

        – The St. Louis Cardinals

      • El Bravo - Jun 23, 2014 at 3:48 PM

        I was thinking the Cubs could get in on the Carmelo sweepstakes. Couldn’t hurt….

      • sportsfan18 - Jun 23, 2014 at 4:14 PM

        yep, give it a rooftop seat and then install a giant video board in front of the goat’s seat and the
        Cubs will be cursed for another 100 yrs…

  2. Balladeer - Jun 23, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    As a Padres fan, this kills me. I can withstand these boring, mediocre teams if there is some semblance of hope on the horizon, but if Towers were to come in, all of my hope would be obliterated. I’m beside myself right now. I would seriously consider cancelling my season tickets and boycotting this team. The CEO Mike Dee is absolutely CLUELESS and has no idea how to run a baseball team in the 21st century.

    • chill1184 - Jun 23, 2014 at 2:53 PM

      Not criticizing your decision if you choose to go that route but given how sports economics has evolved since the 70s and 80s attendance has very little affects on ownership groups.

      • Balladeer - Jun 23, 2014 at 3:00 PM

        It’s not meant to really “damage” the team’s finances, it’s more of a “I don’t want to spend my money on a team where they really don’t care about winning” kind of thing

  3. chill1184 - Jun 23, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    We remember what Dr Einstein said about insanity right?

  4. robco92 - Jun 23, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    I am a season ticket holder that will not renew next season if they bring Towers back. I won’t renew if they don’t bring in any good players, a new manager will do good as well. Putting in a different line up every game doesn’t work, and starting a bench player in Amarista over rookie prospect Peterson, makes no sense. Black does well with pitching, but the lineup is always terrible.

    • vanmorrissey - Jun 23, 2014 at 3:07 PM

      Lineup staying the same is WAY overrated, look it up. It makes virtually no difference and what’s the point? Sorry don’t get sticking with the same line up day after day since these hitters, to put it bluntly, all suck. All BB is trying to do is create a match up that would best give them an advantage to win. Lineup stagnation with these players? Please. And bringing Towers back would be insane, don’t know why that ever got floated out there unless someone’s agent thought it would help. Towers had more of a budget in Arizona, he had the ‘gritty’ Gibson as his manager, and they stink. Good luck trying to sell that to Padres ticket holders, won’t fly since there’s other options out there.

    • Balladeer - Jun 23, 2014 at 4:22 PM

      Peterson has quickly devolved into a fringe prospect and may well become a bust. He looks completely overmatched at the plate. Here is his triple slash line in 49 plate appearances: .111/.149/.111. He has also struck out nearly 40% of the time in those 49 plate appearances. I can’t stand Amarista, either, but complaining about lineups is totally pointless. The theory that they matter has been completely debunked. Obviously, there are ways to optimize your lineup, as outlined by Tom Tango in “The Book,” but the net effect of it is usually negligible. You really should be more afraid of Kevin Towers than anything else. He completely destroyed the Diamondbacks, and I feel really, really bad for the smart D-Backs fans who’ve had to endure his reign of terror.

      • wahoo21 - Jun 23, 2014 at 4:57 PM

        get rid of the hitting coaches and hire somebody that understands the dynamics of hitting and mental approach…..plantier and powell are lousy and it shows whan the padres come to the plate, They have ruined everybody on that team except seth smith who had a real hitting coach in oakland last year.

        Fire these guys and start over…………..a blind man can see that

      • yahmule - Jun 23, 2014 at 7:13 PM

        I know Baseball America doesn’t love him, but sucking out loud in your first 49 PA against the best players in the world doesn’t always indicate a future bust. Peterson’s speed and demonstrated plate discipline in the minors make me think he might perform better his second time up.

    • rohlo - Jun 23, 2014 at 4:31 PM

      peterson has been horrible though..jayce is hitting .100 he needs to go back down to el paso and they need to bring up conrad,liriano,and even francouer who are all hitting!

  5. xpensivewinos - Jun 23, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    This would be classic Padres.

    It’s so incredibly stupid and preposterous, that it has to be true.

    Whatever the smart decision is in order to build a path towards long-term, sustainable success, these guys will do the absolute opposite……………..and then scratch their heads wondering why they can’t draw flies to their games.

  6. mas1012 - Jun 23, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    These guys can’t be serious

    • gloccamorra - Jun 23, 2014 at 6:26 PM

      It’s not the Padres, it’s Nightingale spreading a rumor.

  7. icanspeel - Jun 23, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    I’d like to think that they considered and then realized it’d be a dumb idea.

    • gloccamorra - Jun 23, 2014 at 6:38 PM

      The pattern with Walter and Peter O’Malley was to always be ready with step two before executing step one. I expect Peter’s sons and nephews to have done the same, i.e., they already have a candidate ready, and it’s not Kevin Towers.

      People keep forgetting the new majority owners of the Padres are real baseball royalty with a lot of contacts and relationships in the sport. All the previous Padres owners were amateurs, even the Krocs, who could afford to buy out their mistakes.

      The new majority owners are in a shakedown cruise, and the timing between the removal of Garfinkel and now Byrnes should tell you moves will be made when appropriate, after all due deliberation.

  8. jsally430 - Jun 23, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    With how small this market is I cannot believe that they haven’t went with an analytical view point like most of the small market clubs.

    • asimonetti88 - Jun 23, 2014 at 5:22 PM

      San Diego is actually the 8th largest city in the US… the TV market is middle of the pack, but I feel like people act like SD is some podunk town. It’s pretty big!

      • gbrim - Jun 23, 2014 at 5:55 PM

        City is big enough, and a wonderful place, but the team’s revenues are near the bottom of MLB. That’s the problem, and it won’t go away any time soon.

      • gloccamorra - Jun 23, 2014 at 6:12 PM

        gbrim, the CEO mike Dee is a top financial guy and Larry Lucchino hire both in San Diego and Boston. He’s already said the arrangements with the move to Petco can be made to work for the ballclub, though they’re not optimal (due to the debt former owner John Moores incurred in borrowing at a very high interest rate to build the ballpark.

    • gloccamorra - Jun 23, 2014 at 6:47 PM

      You make it sound like the club is run by old timers, or seat-of-the-pants people who don’t know how the game has changed. Every ballclub, including the Padres, is like an iceberg, where what you see is dwarfed by what’s below the surface.

      Scouts and evaluators for the Padres are familiar with all the latest measures and analysis. Where all teams differ is in the weight they attach to various components of all the information they collect, and how they act on it.

  9. chinahand11 - Jun 23, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    I saw the title of this article and started giggling. It was difficult to stop. This is so nutzo the Padres will probably do it, then the newspaper and radio guys will abet them (as always) with “Good ol’ Kevin is back!” articles. And the Padres will still be awful. Is it beer-thirty yet?

  10. rohlo - Jun 23, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    i have to say im not a big fan of towers recent work in san diego before leaving,but remember when he had free reign and money to thro around when moores would spend money he did pretty well.he was the gm for the 98 world series team that was put together!!!

    • rohlo - Jun 23, 2014 at 4:34 PM

      reason towers sucked afetr they went to petco is becasue stopped spending money once he got he new stadium !! any gm is gonna suck when thye have no resources!

      • stex52 - Jun 23, 2014 at 4:38 PM

        Kevin can suck with resources, too. Witness the Snakes.

  11. Jason @ IIATMS - Jun 23, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    Padres: Look at these tires! So cheap and we need new tires
    Fans: Those tires are bald. You even dumped them here a few years ago. Very same tires!
    Padres: No, there’s plenty of tread left on them. We made a mistake years ago
    Fans: So don’t make that mistake again. Please! We’re begging.
    Padres: Don’t you worry. You outsiders know nothing about running a real baseball club.

    (takes out switchblade, carves treads in tires)

    Padres: All better. Now where can I get Tri-tip nachos and fish tacos?

    • Balladeer - Jun 23, 2014 at 5:05 PM

      This is fantatsic. Although, those tri-tip nachos are delicious

      • chinahand11 - Jun 23, 2014 at 6:26 PM

        Oh yeah. Hit the mahi-mahi burritos at Rubio’s too. They make the Pads games go down better.

  12. coloredink5 - Jun 23, 2014 at 4:52 PM

    Let me guess, the high ranking club official was apart of the Moorad era.

  13. chargrz - Jun 23, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    The saga of the Padres continues. Ownership hasn’t a clue.How depressing.

  14. gloccamorra - Jun 23, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    Nightingale was taken! That rumor may even have come from Towers himself, through a friend still with the Padres. A couple minority owners may have reminisced about Towers and the good old days, but the majority owners have enough baseball background to know better.

  15. drs76109 - Jun 23, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    Well, they could hire Ruben Amaro. Or even Ed Wade.

    Then hire Larry Bowa back as manager.

    (ba dum dum)

  16. drs76109 - Jun 23, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    …unless, of course, Trader Jack is still around…

    • gloccamorra - Jun 24, 2014 at 1:08 PM

      Trader Jack is 83, and did his best work in the dugout managing. The Padres don’t need a new manager – yet.

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