Kevin Towers, Former Padres GM, Dies at 56

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BC-BBN-Obit-Towers, 1st Ld-Writethru, 407Former Padres, Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers dies of cancerEds: Updates with Diamondbacks statement, more background. Only the good die young.

Longtime Major League Baseball executive Kevin Towers passed away Tuesday at the age of 56 due to complications of cancer.

A native of Medford, Oregon, he was selected in the first round of the 1982 draft and pitched in the Minor Leagues for seven seasons before a series of arm injuries ended his playing career in 1988. He led San Diego to the World Series in 1998 and won four division titles along the way.

"So sad to hear the news about the passing of Kevin Towers". He served as a scout and pitching coach for the Padres before being promoted to director of scouting in 1993 and was named Padres general manager in 1995.

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Tower's impact on baseball, makes him nothing short of baseball-lifer, and Towers wouldn't want it any other way.

Breslow: "I didn't realize how integral Kevin Towers was to my career trajectory until I asked the question: How much different would things have been without KT?"?

Tower's influence on the current game is apparent and can be found all over the league, from front offices like the Cubs and Theo Epstein, who said, "He was the best".

Even though I moved to Missouri in 1999 and converted to St. Louis Cardinals fandom, a piece of me will always be a Padre. My heart goes out to his family! His passion and generosity carried over to his players, no doubt enhancing their performance on the field. Thanks for the lovely memories you gave this young Padres' fan.

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