by Rob Schardt
Kevin Towers who was a former general manager for the San Diego Padres and Arizona Diamondbacks, has died after a 14-month battle with thyroid cancer. Towers was diagnosed with the cancer in 2016 and has battling hard every day since.
As for Towers, he has been around the game of baseball for over 40 years having played college baseball at MiraCosta College then later transferred to Brigham Young University. The Padres would later select All Western Conference pitcher in first round of the secondary phase in the 1982 MLB draft. Towers, however, never made it to the major leagues, but pitched in the Padres farm system for 7 years, accumulating a 29-40 record with a 4.64 ERA.
Towers would later continue his baseball career where he rose through the ranks of the Padres organization. He became a pitching coach for their single A affiliate, then became a scout for the Padres and later the Pittsburgh Pirates and then returned as the scouting director for the Padres in 1993.
The Padres later hired him as their General Manager and led them to 4 NL West Titles and went to the 1998 World Series. He would later be hired in 2010 to be the Diamondbacks GM where he brought a team that had 97 loses the previous season to 94 wins. He served as their GM for 5 years.
Towers is regarded as one of the most beloved men in the sport and his presence will never be forgotten in the game of baseball. Astros manager A.J Hinch during the past World Series held up the StandUptoCancer sign that read the name Kevin Towers which shocked the baseball world. The two were longtime friends and Hinch keeps Mr. Towers in his prayers every day. Towers, “who celebrated his todays” will be something that will live on and he will continue to be a face of strength and courage for years to come.
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