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SBD/July 10, 2013/Franchises
Garfinkel Out As Padres President & CEO After He And Ownership See "Big Picture Differently"
Published July 10, 2013
PRELUDE TO MORE? In San Diego, Matt Calkins writes the Padres need to make some moves “that actually make waves and not just ripples in a puddle." Garfinkel was an "influential off-the-field figure, and every organization needs one of those." But there has "never been a SportsCenter anchor who shouted 'did you see the way he negotiated that television deal?!'" If the Padres are to "upgrade themselves to contender-status, then Garfinkel's departure must simply be the prelude, because if it ends up as the headline, this story is barely fit for print." Garfinkel's exit on its own has "no more significance than a producer leaving a TV show." It "doesn’t hinder the writers" or "take actors off the set." And in "all likelihood, it wouldn’t affect ratings." If Garfinkel's removal was the "drizzle before the downpour, then it might provide fans with something they have long struggled to experience in Petco Park: Hope" (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 7/10).