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  1. Since July 28 the Padres are 36-23, fourth-best in the major leagues in that span.

    Gwynn was a nice pickup, so was Gregerson. The Mets should dump Minaya and sign Towers now. Or Towers to Oakland and Beane to the Mets?

    Comment by Ezra — October 3, 2009 @ 9:24 pm

  2. het matt not be a grammar nazi but second to last paragraph it says “They also game oh so close to making the postseason in 2007″ *came

    Comment by don — October 3, 2009 @ 9:32 pm

  3. So is Brian Sabean now the longest-tenured GM in baseball? Lord have mercy on our souls.

    Comment by Mark — October 3, 2009 @ 10:12 pm

  4. Guess who is the Padres 4th highest paid player?

    Heath Bell at $1.255 million,


    David freaking Eckstein at $850,000

    The Yankees 4th highest paid player? Derek Jeter at $20 million. Shoot, the Diamondbacks 4th highest paid player makes 5 times what Heath Bell makes (Brandon Webb, $6.5 million)

    Kevin Towers is a great GM, the blame is squarely on ownership for running a mid-market team with a brand new stadium on a minor league budget.

    Comment by Scott — October 3, 2009 @ 11:28 pm

  5. Ownership was in the middle of a messy divorce. It’s always the children who suffer.

    Comment by joser — October 3, 2009 @ 11:44 pm

  6. Beane is a co-owner of the team and has repeatedly said he will not go to another team until he wins a championship with the A’s. He’s not going to the Mets, or anywhere.

    Comment by PL — October 4, 2009 @ 12:58 am

  7. The Fathers are a mess. They did get out from under Peavy’s contract though, which is a plus. I think Towers is a shrewd guy so we’ll see how he does. He can’t be worse than Dayton Moore, right?

    Comment by Pete — October 4, 2009 @ 7:10 am

  8. I’d take Towers in Cincy in a heartbeat. He’d fire Dusty Baker.

    Comment by Lou Doench — October 4, 2009 @ 3:21 pm

  9. I would feel bad for Towers except this is probably a good thing for him. There are a lot of places that would be smart to hire him asap.

    Comment by walkoffblast — October 4, 2009 @ 4:37 pm

  10. Firing Towers and hiring Randy Smith would be one of the all-time boneheaded moves ever made by ownership in the history of baseball. Seriously, I can make that claim without even seeing future results.

    Comment by The Nicker — October 4, 2009 @ 10:24 pm

  11. Is there any reason to think Beane is leaving Oakland? or that the Mets are interested?

    Or are you just a Mets fan?

    Comment by fan — October 5, 2009 @ 12:27 am

  12. Actually, I’ll be a grammar Nazi (or, more specifically, an apostrophe Nazi) for a moment and point out a couple of things:

    (1) “…and its hard to fully blame Towers for the Padres results on the field” should read “”…and it’s hard to fully blame Towers for the Padres’ results on the field.”

    (2) “Who is going to step into Towers role?” should read “Who is going to step into Towers’ role?”

    Apologies if this is out of line, but I see these kinds of basic errors quite often in Mr. Carruth’s writing and find them pretty distracting.

    Comment by WY — October 5, 2009 @ 1:47 am

  13. Beane didn’t take the Red Sox job when it was offered to him, so I seriously doubt that he will take an offer from the Mets.

    Comment by Bill — October 5, 2009 @ 2:37 pm

  14. I’ve got a lot of respect for Towers. He isn’t the smartest guy who’s been in charge of a baseball organization, but he’s got a truly enviable mixture of humility and confidence. He surrounded himself with smart people his entire career, including a wet behind the ears Theo Epstein who taught him that the stolen base was an overrated statistic. I’ve seen a lot of baseball execs speak, and Towers alone showed me that he was willing to admit when he didn’t understand something, listen to people smarter than him, and make good decisions on that basis.

    I really hope the Pads give DePodesta another shot at a GM job, but I also really, really hope Towers ends up at the helm of another team in the near future. Maybe when the Cubs finally get tired of Jim Hendry.

    Comment by JH — October 5, 2009 @ 5:32 pm

  15. One thing I missed: not only does Towers listen, he gives credit to people who teach him. In a 30-minute Q&A session he doled out praise to 5 or 6 different low-level staffers he’d brought in, each of whom had taught him something new about how to run a baseball team. It was really cool to watch.

    Comment by JH — October 5, 2009 @ 5:34 pm

  16. Has anyone considered adding up a teams’ individual players’ 2009 dollar values and comparing it to the players’ actual 2009 salaries as a method to determine a GM’s ability?

    Comment by fan — October 8, 2009 @ 1:17 am

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