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MOORES & LUCCHINO HOLD COMING OUT PARTY FOR NEW LOOK PADRES
Published January 13, 1995
New Padres Owner John Moores and CEO Larry Lucchino held a news conference to speak on the state of the franchise. Their $80M purchase of the team was approved on December 22, and they discussed what the future holds for "their small-market team." Moores said he has no intention of moving the team; he will hold a consulting position with the team and attend home games as "often as possible." Lucchino, who will run the day-to-day operations, said the club will "renew efforts to market the Padres in Mexico, and talked about making Jack Murphy Stadium more "user-friendly for Spanish speaking patrons." Moores on buying the team during the strike: "I was a little nervous, frankly. ... But if I thought there was going to be a lot of fallout, I wouldn't be here" (Buster Olney, SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 1/13). The two received high marks from columnist Tom Cushman: "If Moores and Lucchino deliver as well as the personalities project, a pennant should soon be flapping atop a Mission Valley flagpole" (Tom Cushman, SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 1/12).