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Former GM Kevin Towers passes away at 56

He’d been fighting cancer for over a year.

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Sad news from the baseball world this Tuesday morning, as former Arizona Diamondbacks and San Diego Padres GM Kevin Towers has passed away. Towers, 56, had been a member of the Cincinnati Reds’ front office for the past few years, serving as Special Assistant to the GM while also in charge of player personnel in the Pro Scouting department.

Towers had been fighting an incredibly aggressive form of cancer. While we at Red Reporter offer wholehearted condolences to Towers’ family and friends, I thought it pertinent to highlight how much of a positive impact he had on the baseball world, something that became incredibly obvious as his peers and those that covered him took to social media to chronicle his life.

Former Los Angeles Dodgers GM Dan Evans recalled a classic Towers interaction from their time running NL West franchises.

Padres TV analyst Mark Grant reflected on the former San Diego GM.

The Athletic’s C. Trent Rosecrans remarked on another tidbit from Towers’ time in baseball that sums up the fun he brought to the game.

The fun, the joy - sentiments Jayson Stark will always associate with Towers.

Former Padres beat writer Bill Center echoed those assessments of Towers in celebrating his life.

So, too, did ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick.

Yahoo’s Tim Brown penned an excellent piece about Towers, his impact on the game, and his fight through the cancer that ultimately claimed him, and it’s a piece I’d hope all of you take the time to read.

The Cincinnati Reds, too, offered their condolences.

By all accounts, Towers was the kind of person that brought exactly the kind of life to baseball that the game has always, always needed. For as big of a business as it has become, it is and always has been a game, and it seems Towers never lost track of that fact despite climbing to the highest string-pulling roles within it. Baseball, it’s now obvious, has lost one of the biggest cogs of the last era, and far too soon at that.

Rest in peace, KT.