Former San Diego Padres general manager Kevin Towers dies

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Former Padres general manager Kevin Towers, who is credited for putting together contending ballclubs in San Diego including the 1998 National League championship team, has died at the age of 56.

Multiple national baseball writers reported the passing of Towers on Twitter.

Towers was the Padres' general manger from 1995-2009. Under his watch, the Padres won National League West Division titles in 1996, 1998, 2005 and 2006. The 1998 team made it to the World Series, but fell to the New York Yankees.

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He served as the Arizona Diamondbacks' general manager from 2010-2014.

Padres Executive Chairman Ron Fowler and General Partner Peter Seidler issued the following statement on Towers' death:

"We are profoundly saddened by the loss of Kevin Towers, who passed away early this morning after a courageous battle with cancer. Kevin spent nearly thirty years in the Padres organization as a player, scout, and front office executive. He led our Club with strength, conviction and unwavering determination, and was beloved by all who knew him. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, especially his wonderful wife, Kelley."

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Word of Towers' death spread throughout social media:

Sports Illustrated reported Towers was diagnosed with a rare form of thyroid cancer in December 2016.

Towers was a native of Medford, Oregon, who played college baseball at Brigham Young University in Utah. He was drafted by the Padres as a pitcher in the first round of the 1982 draft but never made it to the Majors.

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