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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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Comments

Visduh July 9, 2013 @ 12:34 p.m.

I'd say that the ten straight losses and the attendance are very definitely related to this resignation, as in the direct cause of it. But I recall when he came on board. Oh, the reports of how smart he was, and what a wonderful job he'd done previously, and . . . oh my. That was typical UT shilling for the team.

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aardvark July 9, 2013 @ 1:53 p.m.

He may have been running the team, but he wasn't in the ownership group. He takes care of the business end of things, but the GM, given whatever pennies he is given by ownership, builds the team. One thing Garfinkel did that really sucked was institute "dynamic" pricing, in which you go to the ticket windows, and you find out how much the tickets are for that game, as there are not posted ticket prices for any Padres games any longer.

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Visduh July 9, 2013 @ 8:57 p.m.

All the more reason to avoid attending the games, I'd say. There are many more reasons to avoid "Pads" games.

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danfogel July 10, 2013 @ 10:42 a.m.

response to visduh I was in San Diego back in April, when I was thinking about moving back down there. It really wasn't a coincidence that I picked opening week. My wife and I moved to SD right after high school to go to college and ended up staying almost 20 yrs and we were huge Padres fans. Then we moved to the LA area, and so huge Dodgers fans. It was just pure happenstance that I came down on Thursday, which happened to be the night a baseball game broke out during a brawl. I actually didn't pay any attention to the ticket price. I just wanted the best seat I could find along the 3b line that I could get, so I really didn't notice anything weird about the pricing. I did notice, however, that the stadium was at most about half full. I was kind of surprised by that, given that, even though it was a Thursday, it was opening week and it was the Dodgers. I have only been to one other game this year and it's a pretty big contrast. I went to the third game of the season, a Wednesday and even after getting shutout by the Giants the night before, Dodger stadium was packed. I think it was only a couple of thousand short of a sell out. I just looked up the 2013 attendance figures and it seems like a lot of people down there are "avoiding" the games.

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David Dodd July 10, 2013 @ 8:27 a.m.

Garfinkel was very close with Jeff Moorad, so it was a little surprising that Ron Fowler and the new ownership group kept him on. Tom's resignation wouldn't have been a surprise in October, but it was entirely unexpected on July 9th. All parties are claiming that it is just another part of ownership transition, but that's difficult to buy into considering that there isn't already a successor in place. I have more questions than answers but the Padres management isn't talking about it.

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