This was unexpected: Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the San Diego Padres have fired team president and CEO Mike Dee. The club did not give a specific reason for his firing and Dee has declined comment. The club’s managing partner, Peter Seidler, issued a statement with vague platitudes about “stability” and “changes,” said that Dee was “no longer with” the Padres and that the club being on the right track.
Dee first joined the Padres front office in 1995, lasting in various positions until 2002, where he led the charge to get Petco Park built. A Larry Lucchino protege, Dee left to join the Red Sox that year and stayed there until 2009, where he topped out as Boston’s COO, before becoming the President of the Fenway Sports Group, which is the parent organization of the Red Sox and team ownership’s other sports ventures. Between 2009 and 2013 he was the CEO of the Miami Dolphins before returning to the Padres in 2013.
Dee hired general manager A.J. Preller, but Lin reports that his dismissal has nothing to do with Preller’s recent suspension for misconduct relating to player medical reports. Dee had worked primarily on the business side of things, overseeing renovations to Petco Park and the club’s hosting of the 2016 All-Star Game.