"He has a proven track record, and the talented players he helped draft and the philosophy he implemented at his previous stops in Oakland and Texas created two of the strongest minor league systems in all of baseball. Grady was perhaps our biggest off-season acquisition to date in 2005 and I look forward to reaping the benefits of his work within our scouting and player development departments," added Towers.
A native of San Diego and a graduate of Kearny High School, Fuson joined the Padres organization on March 1, 2005 as Special Assistant to the General Manager. He spent the past season assisting Towers in all areas of baseball operations, including scouting and the 2005 First-Year Player Draft.
The 49-year-old Fuson spent the previous three seasons (2001-04) as the Assistant General Manager, Scouting and Player Development for the Texas Rangers. With the Rangers, Fuson was responsible for all amateur, international and professional scouting as well as overseeing their minor league system.
"I look forward to helping mold a plan to take this organization to an even higher level of success," said Fuson. "Landing back at home with people who I have worked with [Padres CEO Sandy Alderson], admired from afar [Kevin] providing the opportunity to do what you do best is a dream come true. This is truly a dream job in a dream city," added Fuson.
Fuson joined the Rangers after 19 seasons with the Oakland A's, serving in a variety of roles including seven seasons as Director of Scouting. In that position, he was responsible for the A's Major and Minor league scouting as well as their international operations. During his tenure in Oakland, the A's were named Organization of the Year in both 1998 and 1999 by Baseball America. Fuson began his career in professional baseball in 1982 as an area scout for the A's after having served as the head baseball coach at his alma mater, the University of Puget Sound.
"I have known Grady personally and worked with him professionally over many years," said Padres CEO Sandy Alderson. "I have the highest regard for his knowledge of the game and his ability to succeed with our scouting and player development efforts. He is a great addition to our staff."