Something’s bothering me about Tuesday’s resignation of Padres CEO and President Tom Garfinkel. No official reasons were given for his departure, but stories have leaked out about
Garfinkel having “different ideas” than the new ownership group.
There’s nothing too unusual about that. If I bought a baseball team, I’d want to hire someone I felt comfortable with to run day-today operations. Here’s what worries me…what exactly are the “ideas” that caused such a divide between Garfinkel and the Fowler group?
I know that Tom Garfinkel was passionate about the Padres, responsive and interactive with fans, and willing to experiment in order to create a first-class baseball-watching environment. Are these the “ideas” that make the new owners uncomfortable? I hope not.
By the way, what exactly does the new ownership group stand for? They’ve been around for nearly a year now, and I couldn’t tell you. I know the O’Malleys have a good reputation for
family-run baseball, but I have no clue what that means for the product on the field. Ron Fowler has been a philanthropic giant in San Diego, but good works in the community don’t lead to a World Series appearance. I’ve heard talk about building a strong minor league system, but which MLB team isn’t interested in building a productive farm system?
Everything Tom Garfinkel touched didn’t turn to gold, but I liked his ideas and what he stood for. I still have no idea what the Fowler/Seidler/O’Malley group is all about.