Padres give Towers extension

Jan 24, 2008 - 12:24 AM SAN DIEGO (Ticker) - The longest-tenured general manager in the major leagues is going to stick around a little longer.

The San Diego Padres on Wednesday handed Kevin Towers a contract extension through the 2010 season.

That would make it 15 years as Padres GM for Towers, after he first took the job in November 1995.

"Kevin is the leader of what may be the best baseball operations staff in the major leagues," said Sandy Alderson, the Padres' chief executive officer said. "As general manager, Kevin has done an excellent job in the three seasons that I have been in San Diego, just as he has done in every capacity during his 24 years with the organization.

"Given his recent achievements with the Padres, including four straight winning seasons and two postseason appearances in the last three years, I look forward to working with Kevin over the next three years to further the success of the San Diego Padres."

Towers, 46, joined the Padres as scouting director in 1993, having previously been in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization.

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