This afternoon, the San Diego Padres announced the death of Chairman and Owner Peter Seidler via X. Seidler was 63.
Seidler assumed full ownership of the Padres organization on Nov. 18, 2020. During his tenure, the Padres competed in their first NLCS since 1998 and saw the acquisition and retention of some of baseball's brightest stars, including Xander Bogaerts and Manny Machado, thanks to Seidler's go-ahead on raising the team's payroll to $250 million last year.
In a press release, Padres CEO Erik Greupner said of Seidler's passing:
"The Padres organization mourns the passing of our beloved Chairman and owner, Peter Seidler. Today, our love and prayers encircle Peter’s family as they grieve the loss of an extraordinary husband, father, son, brother, uncle, and friend. Peter was a kind and generous man who was devoted to his wife, children, and extended family. He also consistently exhibited heartfelt compassion for others, especially those less fortunate. His impact on the city of San Diego and the baseball world will be felt for generations. His generous spirit is now firmly embedded in the fabric of the Padres. Although he was our Chairman and owner, Peter was at his core a Padres fan. He will be dearly missed.”
In September of this year, Seidler — a two-time cancer survivor — underwent an unnamed medical procedure while his team fought valiantly to keep themselves out of Wild Card elimination. Although they eventually fell out of contention, the Padres finished the season with a winning record, 82-80.