As announced by the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball today, Peter Seidler has been formally approved by Major League team owners as control person of the San Diego Padres. Seidler will be accountable to Major League Baseball for the operation of the Club and its compliance with the rules of Baseball. Additionally, the Padres have announced that Seidler will assume the position of Chairman, while Ron Fowler will transition to the role of Vice Chairman.
Seidler, 60, previously held the title of General Partner and has been the lead investor of the Padres since 2012.
"I greatly appreciate the support of Commissioner Manfred and the other MLB team owners and am excited to assume the responsibilities of control person and Chairman,” Seidler said. “The Padres hold a special place in San Diego and our organization will continue to work tirelessly to bring consistent championship quality baseball to our supportive and deserving fans. I particularly want to thank Ron for being instrumental in building outstanding qualities including a strong work ethic, an entrepreneurial spirit and a focus on continuous improvement into the foundation of our franchise.”
Fowler, who previously served as Executive Chairman for the Padres, will remain in an advisory role as Vice Chairman and will continue to sit on MLB’s Labor Policy Committee.
“I’m very proud of our accomplishments over the last eight years in San Diego, including rebuilding our brand, improving the product on the field and showcasing our beautiful ballpark to our community and beyond,” Fowler said. “As an ownership group, we set out to right the ship and restore pride in the Padres, and I believe we have delivered on those goals. While I will be taking a step back in my daily duties with the Club, I feel we are well positioned for Peter to continue the process and deliver a World Series championship to the City of San Diego.”