Padres: President Mike Dee Departs, Team Searching for Replacement

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The Padres announced on Wednesday that team President and CEO Mike Dee has been relieved of his duties. Now, the search for a replacement begins.

The San Diego Padres are beginning to take action. On Wednesday morning, the team released a statement informing the media and fans that the CEO and President of the organization, Mike Dee, will be replaced.

The official statement reads as follows:

“San Diego Padres executive chairman Ron Fowler and managing partner Peter Seidler today announced the departure of Padres president and chief executive officer Mike Dee.”

The move comes after Dee spent three and a half seasons with the organization in this role. Also worth noting, the former CEO was with the Padres between 1995 and 2002, serving as their director of corporate development. In between his two stints, he worked for the Boston Red Sox, and became CEO and President of the NFL’s Miami Dolphins in 2009.

Dee’s legacy ad accomplishments include the hiring of current general manager A.J. Preller in place of Josh Byrnes, who was fired in 2014, as well as the hiring of current manager Andy Green.

The reasons for this are assuredly due to different combining factors. But what is undeniable is that a move had to be made for the sake of accountability following a last place finish.

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As for what it means for the team moving forward, the transaction may not have a seemingly direct impact. In fact, for many fans, they feel that it is positive to bring in new leadership who can rebuild the organization until the desired results are achieved. Whoever the new President is, they will need to have the ability to hire effective leaders while placing emphasis on the rebuilding process at hand. This means that the next CEO will be dealing specifically with player development, as well as the important trades and other acquisitions which will need to be made. Most of all, whoever takes Dee’s place will experience a great degree of pressure to turn the organization around in a timely manner.

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The Padres will begin searching for Dee’s replacement immediately. Fans already have ideas of who they would want to fill the void, based on who would most aggressively pursue staff which would speed up the rebuilding process. Fans are antsy, and rightfully so. Now with Dee gone, many believe that the first part of this winter’s agenda has already been accomplished.

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