Former Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers passes away from cancer

Kevin Towers watches batting practice during his time with the Diamondbacks in 2013. More

He would later be let go from the Padres and take over the Diamondback's general manager position a year later.

Kevin Towers, whose 14-year tenure as general manager of the San Diego Padres included an appearance in the 1998 World Series, has died from complications of cancer.

Former Red Sox pitcher and Major League Baseball free agent Craig Breslow caught up with WEEI.com, revealing how much of a lasting impact Kevin Towers left on his life. Towers' wife, Kelley, was at his side.

The illness that affected Towers was not widely known, but former D-backs manager A.J. Hinch, while leading the Houston Astros to the World Series, revealed that his former boss was in a battle with cancer.




And even former players, like Padres great Trevor Hoffman who let his emotions come out after finding out he would be inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame. "KT gave me the opportunity to get to the big leagues", Anderson said in a tweet. It is no surprise he fought for extra innings.

"KT was the epitome of a good baseball man who played a significant role in the history of the D-backs, and his contributions to our franchise will never be forgotten", said D-backs Managing General Partner Ken Kendrick. He was drafted by the Padres in 1982 and pitched for their farm team until 1989 when an injury sidelined his career. He led our Club with strength, conviction and unwavering determination, and was beloved by all who knew him.

Under Towers, the Diamondbacks signed Paul Goldschmidt to what became an extremely team-friendly five-year contract in 2013 and drafted current bullpen ace Archie Bradley. After playing in the minors and coaching, Kevin spent almost 20 years as a general manager who was known for great talent evaluation.

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