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Published October 21, 2009
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NEXT STOP? Former Padres GM Kevin Towers yesterday said that he "has spoken with both" Yankees GM Brian Cashman and Mets GM Omar Minaya and that he is "open to working for either New York team." Towers said that he "wasn't looking to get back into the game until around the time of the winter meetings, which are in December." He added that he also "has spoken with Red Sox GM Theo Epstein." Red Sox Assistant GM Jed Hoyer is "expected to replace Towers" as Padres GM (Davidoff & Boland, NEWSDAY, 10/21). In Boston, Nick Cafardo reported Towers "could easily land a scouting gig or special assistant job" with the Red Sox or Yankees. Towers attended Tuesday's Yankees-Angels ALCS Game Four with White Sox Special Assistant to the Chair Dennis Gilbert, who is bidding on the Rangers (BOSTON.com, 10/20).
OUT OF THE PARK: In Boston, Dan Shaughnessy writes former Red Sox Senior VP/Planning & Development Janet Marie Smith's departure from the team is a "big bowl of wrong." Smith "polished Fenway into the jewel that it is today" with Red Sox Owner John Henry's money and President & CEO Larry Lucchino's vision, as she "found space where there was no space." There are "always going to be things about" Fenway Park "that do not work." But Smith "did more for the park than anyone since Tom Yawkey rebuilt Fenway in 1934," and her departure "speaks to new tension inside the walls on Yawkey Way" (BOSTON GLOBE, 10/21).
THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES: In St. Louis, Derrick Goold reported Cardinals President Bill DeWitt III on Monday "sent out a thank-you letter" to Cardinals fans. A team official indicated that "about 340,000 email addresses" received a letter from Dewitt. The post-season letter went to "season-ticket holders and ticket-buyers, but also to fans who logged onto the Web site for updates from the team" (STLTODAY.com, 10/19).