Mike Dee needs to go away.
There, I said it.
In the three years Mike Dee has been the president of the Padres, the amount of public relations screw-ups, oopsies, and outright disasters have far outweighed any good that may have come during his tenure.
From forcing general managers to waste draft picks on alcoholic football players, to naming a part of Petco Park after a reviled figure in baseball, to just straight up screwing the pooch when it comes to fans complaints, Dee’s reign at the top is marked by failure.
Mike Dee needs to be fired.
The other night I sent the following request to our small corner of the world:
I thought this was a great question from Gaslamp Ball because, well really, what do we do now? While the Padres have been finished for awhile, the 2013 officially came to its conclusion last night when the Boston Red Sox defeated the St. Louis Cardinals in game six of the World Series. With the Hot Stove season upon us . . . what now?
I wasn’t sure what to think when I first heard in April of 2009 that new owner Jeff Moorad was bringing Tom Garfinkel from Arizona as the Padres new Chief Operations Officer. This was probably because I have no idea who the Padres’ previous COO even was, though turns out it was former CEO Dick Freeman. Nor did I have much of an idea what he did. What stood out most about Garfinkel at the time was having his own baseball card.
Tom’s Story Begins in Breakfastown
It didn’t take long for Garfinkel to make waves, catching the eye of jbox from Gaslamp Ball by making declarative statements about a city in which Garfinkel had only been employed for a few months.
A couple follow-up points to this archival post on jerseys (written in the present, if that isn’t clear).
The team is doing its best work focusing on the SD logo, which is part of former President / CEO / COO Tom Garfinkel’s legacy . It’s the only semi-consistent design element in the team’s history, and the tweaking they did in 2004 made it unique and really improved the typography.
This post was originally published November 15th, 2011, shortly following the Padres announcement of their most recent jersey redesign. It’s reproduced here, unedited, made relevant after the discussion surrounding new Padres President/CEO Mike Dee’s proclamation that the team would not be incorporating the color brown into their look and ESPN/Paul Lukas ranking the Padres jerseys dead last for the second year in a row.
Ray: Yesterday, after months of rumors and speculation, the Padres unveiled their new uniforms for the 2012 season and while no drastic changes were made, Jeff Moorad and Tom Garfinkel did give the uniform collectors out there something to put on their Christmas list. The biggest change is the piping featured on all of the jerseys, which is meant to emulate the design of the PCL-era set. Other changes include the evening out of the road script (goodbye bow tie) and a new alternate jersey which features the interlocking SD on the chest.
The whole look is incredibly underwhelming, which seems to be what the Padres are going for under Moorad and Garfinkel, but before I go any further, what do you think, Mel?
You may have noticed that Padres and Pints now has it’s own section located on the right (A big thank you to Melvin for setting that up for us!).
There’s a reason for this, as we currently have quite a few things in the works. Now that all of the past videos have been completed and posted, we are ready to book more new guests. And, as a matter of fact, we have indeed done just that….twice in the next two weeks.
To hold you over for the time being and to hopefully lighten the mood in Padre-land, we decided to cut a quick promo. Because “Hey! It’s baseball!”
This morning, Hacksaw and Hayworth interviewed ownership chairman Ron Fowler about the hiring of Mike Dee as the next CEO of the Padres. During the interview Hacksaw was tweeting out quotes from Fowler which prompted me to reply:
I’m not bashing Hacksaw but I have noticed that sometimes he plays loose with the quotation marks on twitter.
Back to the interview . . .
Well, that didn’t take long.
The Padres announced this morning that Mike Dee has been named as the new President and CEO, replacing Tom Garfinkel, who resigned last week.
Read the official press releases from both the Padres and the Miami Dolphins along with a story by Padres beat writer Corey Brock of MLB.com.