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Could New Ownership and Changes to Citi Field Lead to Alterations at Petco? 

Interesting couple of weeks for baseball fans in San Diego. It now looks like the long and complicated purchase of the club by a group led by former player agent Jeff Moorad is dead in the water. Moorad recently stepped down as CEO of the team, replaced by club president Tom Garfinkel on an interim basis. Rumor has it that Moorad may have been pushed out due to his inability to gain the necessary support from enough of MLB’s other owners to approve him as the face of Padres ownership.

There is still a chance the group formerly headed by Moorad and who still owns 49% of the team could pursue the purchase of the remainder of the team under the leadership of another member of the group. Regardless Moorad is no longer the man in charge of the Padres. This fact may have some far-reaching and secondary consequences in how the club is run in the future.

Remember Moorad was strongly opposed to altering the dimensions of Petco Park in an effort to make it less favorable for pitchers and to give hitters a better chance to succeed. Instead he wanted to capitalize on the extreme advantage and build the Friars around their pitching and defense. Winning a lot of boring, low-scoring games is fine; losing a bunch of boring, low-scoring games is not and the Padres have posted losing records three of the last four seasons. Maybe it



About the author: Glen Miller

Life-long baseball and Padres fan who attended his first Friar games way back in 1983. I've been a contributor on Friarhood for more than two years and enjoy talking baseball with the knowledgeable fans that frequent the site. Prior to my beginning here I owned and operated my own San Diego sports site while writing for several other sites focusing specifically on hockey. When not watching, reading or writing about sports I might be sleeping or perhaps spending time with my family since I have few other hobbies. I did recently try my hand at golf and am a pretty good pool player to boot.