Alderson Named Padres CEO

The San Diego Padres today announced that Sandy Alderson, one of Major League Baseball's highest-ranking officials, has been named the organization's Chief Executive Officer. In a press conference at PETCO Park, Padres owner John Moores called Alderson's appointment "a very significant and positive addition to the San Diego Padres and one that will immediately catch the interest and attention of anybody that knows baseball."

"Aside from Commissioner Bud Selig, there is absolutely no one in America who has a better understanding of the game at both the club and industry levels," Moores said. "He built championship teams on the field and capably represented the integrity of the game off the field. This is a very significant hire for the Padres and one that will strengthen our entire organization."

Dick Freeman will maintain his role as President and Chief Operating Officer for the organization. Freeman successfully led the organization through the completion and opening of PETCO Park.

"We've built a very solid foundation for this organization and I look forward to Dick's continued contributions," said Moores. "We've successfully opened PETCO Park, achieved franchise-record attendance of more than 3 million fans and saw a 23-game turnaround on the field. Clearly we're heading in the right direction. The addition of Sandy Alderson continues the exciting evolution of the Padres franchise."

Alderson, currently Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations for Major League Baseball, characterized his hiring as "an opportunity to directly impact the game on and off the field with one of MLB's premier organizations."

"This is a great opportunity to build on the continuing track record of success and momentum for the Padres organization," Alderson said. "The combination of the new ballpark, a solid and creative ownership, and a proud baseball heritage with tremendous community support make the Padres one of the most interesting prospects in the game. John Moores and all of us in the Padres organization intend to make PETCO Park Southern California's foremost baseball destination and the Padres a consistent championship contender."

Prior to assuming his duties with MLB, where he oversees Baseball Operations, Umpiring, On-Field Operations and Security and Facility Management, Alderson served as General Manager from 1983 through 1997 and as President from 1993 to 1995 and from 1997 through 1998 with the Oakland Athletics. The A's won four American League West Championships during his tenure (1988, '89, '90, and '92), participated in three consecutive World Series (1988-90) and captured the World Series in 1989.

In addition to his prescribed duties in MLB Operations, Alderson was also in charge of various special projects involving international play, including Major League Baseball's participation in the historic games with the Cuban National Team in the spring of 1999 and the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney where Team USA won the Gold Medal.

Alderson holds degrees from Dartmouth College (1969) and Harvard Law School (1976). He also served four years as a Marine Infantry Officer with a tour of duty in Vietnam. He and his wife Linda have two children.


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