Padres extend Towers through 2010

The San Diego Padres announced today the club has extended Executive Vice President/General Manager Kevin Towers' contract through the 2010 season.

"Kevin is the leader of what may be the best baseball operations staff in the Major Leagues," said CEO Sandy Alderson. "As General Manager, Kevin has done an excellent job in the three seasons that I have been in San Diego, just as he has done in every capacity during his 24 years with the organization. Given his recent achievements with the Padres, including four straight winning seasons and two postseason appearances in the last three years, I look forward to working with Kevin over the next three years to further the success of the San Diego Padres."

Towers, 46, is entering his 27th year in professional baseball. All but two of those years have been spent in the Padres organization, serving as a player, coach, scout and Director of Scouting prior to being named the seventh General Manager in club history on November 17, 1995. He was promoted to Executive Vice President/General Manager in March of 2000 and became San Diego's longest-tenured GM at the conclusion of the 2006 season.

In his 12 seasons as General Manager, the Padres have claimed four National League West Championships, including the franchise's first back-to-back postseason appearances in 2005 and 2006. The Padres also reached the postseason in 1996 and 1998 and are coming off their fourth consecutive winning season, a franchise record. His 12-season tenure also stands as the longest with the same organization among all active Major League General Managers.

Other achievements by the Padres under Towers include a National League Championship and franchise-record 98 wins in 1998 and a 23-win turnaround from 2003 to 2004, the single largest improvement from one season to the next in club history.

Since Towers first took over as GM prior to the 1996 season, the club is 970-975 (.499), just 30 victories shy of 1,000 entering the 2008 campaign. The Yankees Brian Cashman (985) is the only active General Manager with more victories with his current club than Towers.

Prominent players added in trades during Towers' tenure include: Josh Bard, Milton Bradley, Kevin Brown, Mike Cameron, Adam Eaton, Jim Edmonds, Brian Giles, Adrian Gonzalez, Scott Hairston, Wally Joyner, Ryan Klesko, Mark Kotsay, Cla Meredith, Phil Nevin, Reggie Sanders, Greg Vaughn, Quilvio Veras, David Wells, Woody Williams and Chris Young.

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