Kevin Towers: A tribute to the MLB-talent guru

Kristopher Nichols
February 1, 2018

In 2011, he succeeded Jerry Dipoto as General Manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Unfortunately for Towers and the rest of his family, Towers would die just 14 months after being diagnosed with the cancer.

Kevin Towers left a legacy and impact on the MLB world, far more profound than the game of baseball.

The former Padres farmhand played seven seasons as a minor-league pitcher, never getting the call to the majors.

Former Diamondbacks Executive VP/General Manager Kevin Towers passed away Monday night after a long illness. Under his watch, the Padres won National League West Division titles in 1996, 1998, 2005 and 2006.

Towers was finally let go by San Diego in 2009, after which he spent two years as an advisor in the Yankees front office. He served as a scout and pitching coach for the Padres before being promoted to director of scouting in 1993 and was named Padres general manager in 1995.

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Friend and former agent Barry Axelrod said Towers died Tuesday at a hospital.

During his tenure, Towers helped the Padres landed Greg Vaughn, Kevin Brown, Adrian Gonzalez and Heath Bell, among others. Numerous downs during his tenure were attributed to team ownership's unwillingness to spend money, however, and Towers continued to be well-respected within the industry regardless of how the Padres fared.

Kevin Towers devoted his life to baseball. His diagnosis wasn't made public until current Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch put Towers' name down on his "Stand Up to Cancer" card during the 2017 World Series. When Jones replied "Breslow", Towers asked "Who?"

Those who knew him best remembered his utter hatred for his rivals, especially the Dodgers, who according to Towers, celebrated "too much".

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