D-backs executives attend celebration of life for Kevin Towers
Former Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers was remembered Sunday in San Diego, and D-backs CEO Derrick Hall and GM Mike Hazen were expected to have attended.
The Padres and the Towers family hosted a celebration of life at Petco Park for the former Diamondbacks general manager who passed away in January after a battle with cancer, according to the San Diego Tribune.
Outside of Hall and Hazen, Diamondbacks vice president Cullen Maxey, CFO Tom Harris and other D-backs employees attended the gathering.
Several current Diamondbacks players were drafted while Towers was GM, including Archie Bradley and Braden Shipley. Towers was also responsible for locking Paul Goldschmidt into a long term extension with the D-backs in 2013.
Towers headed the Diamondbacks’ front office from 2010-14 after leading the San Diego Padres’ organization from 1995-2009. The Padres went to the 1998 World Series, their second in franchise history.
The D-backs won the NL West in 2011 and with a 94-68 record lost to the Milwaukee Brewers in the NLDS. Arizona went 320-328 (.494) under Towers’ leadership.
Towers was able to keep the news of his battle with cancer mostly private until it was revealed by Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch on a Stand Up to Cancer sign displayed during the 2017 World Series.
Hinch, who was the D-backs’ manager from 2009-2010, worked under Towers during his time in Arizona.
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