Former San Diego Padres and Arizona Diamondbacks General Manager Kevin Towers has died at the age of 56.
Towers had been in a struggle with an aggressive form of thyroid cancer. He began his baseball career as a pitcher in the Padres system, eventually being forced to retire due to arm issues. He then began work inside of the Padres organization, first as a pitching coach and then a scout.
He eventually worked his way up to the General Manager position, leading the Padres to the 1998 World Series. He continued this role until 2009, when he was let go. That offseason, Towers accepted the offer of Diamondbacks GM, leading them to a NL West title.
Towers was one of the most highly respected people in Major League Baseball. He leaves behind his wife, Kelley, and their family.