"Aside from Commissioner Bud Selig, there is
absolutely no one in
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
"We've built a very solid foundation for this organization and I look
forward to Dick's continued contributions," said
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
Alderson holds degrees from