The Arizona Diamondbacks made the decision to relieve Kevin Towers of his general manager duties on September 5, though he remained with the team in that role through most of the rest of the season.
At the time, the organization said it was possible Towers would stay with the team in some capacity even after a new GM was hired. As it turns out, that will not be the case.
Kevin Towers will not remain with the #Dbacks front office. Asst. GM Billy Ryan is also leaving the organization.
— Steve Gilbert (@SteveGilbertMLB) October 3, 2014
“I thank Kevin for his time and hard work while here with the Diamondbacks,” D-backs president/CEO Derrick Hall said in a statement. “We considered a different role for him, but it would create an awkwardness for him and our existing staff. He is a tremendous professional with outstanding relationships and will be working with another team in no time.”
The Diamondbacks named Dave Stewart as their new GM on September 26.
Towers was hired as the general manager of the Diamondbacks in September 2010. In 2011, the D-backs won 94 games and captured their fifth NL West title, only to be ousted from the playoffs by the Milwaukee Brewers in five games in the NLDS.
That was followed by consecutive .500 seasons and a 64-98 mark, the worst in the Majors, in 2014.