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Craig Breslow: Where would I be without Kevin Towers?

Rob Bradford
January 31, 2018 - 8:37 am

Longtime Major League Baseball executive Kevin Towers passed away Tuesday at the age of 56 due to complications of cancer. The news hit the world of baseball hard considering how many people Towers impacted, among them former Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein, who served under the former Padres GM before coming to Boston. 

Former Red Sox pitcher, and current free agent, Craig Breslow is another member of the MLB community who owes a lot to Towers, a story he wished to share via

I didn’t realize how integral Kevin Towers was to my career trajectory until I asked the question: How much different would things have been without KT?  

Kevin Towers was the general manager of the Padres when I made my debut in 2005. He happened to be visiting our 
Double A team in Mississippi, taking stock of minor league personnel when a need arose with the big club. With the Triple A team on the West Coast, the Padres set to play a day game in Philadelphia the following day, and after a series of extra-inning games left a bullpen taxed and short staffed, Towers asked Double A Mobile Manager Gary Jones for his freshest arm. When Jones replied “Breslow,” Towers asked “Who?” Nonetheless, Towers introduced himself to me that night and trusted his staff enough to put me on a plane to Philadelphia a day later to make my debut at Citizens Bank Park. 

I ended up being 
non-tendered later that year, despite a rather successful introduction to the Major Leagues and having youth and remaining options on my side. Seven years later, as general manager for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Towers would once again entrust me with a Major League role, this time trading for me from the Oakland A’s. My relationship with KT strengthened as we discussed my arbitration case in person, ultimately settling in the office of Diamondbacks owner Ken Kendrick.  Later that season Towers would trade me away, and once again I would end up with the Boston Red Sox. I would go on to play 4 seasons in Boston, win a World Series, and ultimately start my family here.  

So where would I have ended up without Kevin Towers? Without the man willing to take a gamble on an independent ball signee treading water in the minor leagues? Really? Probably not remotely close to where I am today. 

Kevin Towers was the rare personality who could be both your friend and your boss, and for 
that he will be missed dearly. 

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