Jeff Smith 12:30 p.m., Feb. 11
Padres President and CEO Tom Garfinkel resigns
In an unexpected move Tuesday morning, Garfinkel quits and Ron Fowler assumes duties
Tuesday morning, the Padres announced that President and CEO Tom Garfinkel tendered his resignation. No reason was given for Garfinkel’s decision. The announcement to media was delivered electronically and no press conference was announced as of Tuesday morning.
“Peter Seidler, lead investor of the San Diego Padres, and Ron Fowler, Executive Chairman, announced today that they have accepted the resignation of Tom Garfinkel as President and CEO of the team.
Both Fowler and Seidler expressed their appreciation for Tom’s many contributions to the Padres over the last four years. Fowler will assume Garfinkel’s responsibilities on an interim basis until a new President and CEO is hired.”
Garfinkel was the executive vice president of the Chip Ganassi Racing Team before leaving that position to become Vice-President and CEO of the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2006. He left the Diamondbacks and came to the Padres with Jeff Moorad, who unsuccessfully tried to purchase the Padres from previous owner John Moores.
When new ownership purchased the Padres in August of 2012, Garfinkel stayed on in his capacity of President and CEO. At that time, no indication was given by either Ron Fowler – acting spokesman of the ownership group – nor by Garfinkel that it was a temporary appointment.
Under Garfinkel’s reign, the Padres changed their pricing policy to where premium games cost more to attend. Garfinkel was also responsible for bringing in the fences in right and center field, and for supplying local Little League teams with uniforms.
The Padres are currently losers of ten straight games, and average home attendance in 2013 is down compared to 2012. It is unclear if this is related to Garfinkel’s resignation.
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