Getting to know Larry Lucchino
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Stricker: How did you get to be the president of the Padres?
Lucchino: Well, I became the president in January of 1995 right
after John Moores and I bought the team. John wanted to buy the team and
someone who worked for him knew of me when I was president of the Orioles
and had some success there.
Stricker: You know David Wells? He said he wanted to be a Padre.
What do you think about that?
Lucchino: (Laughs) We have a lot of respect for David Wells
and we love the fact that he is from Point Loma. but I don't know that
the team he plays for would be willing to trade him to us.
Stricker: Do you get to choose the Padres?
Lucchino: No, technically I participate in that
decision but the responsibility for it falls mainly to the general manager.
Stricker: What do you do as president?
Lucchino: I select people to be in different jobs in the organization.
I also get involved with the negotiation of important
contracts; radio or television contract or player contracts, things like
that. And then I'm involved with Major League Baseball with the commissioner
and other clubs in the politics and decision making of MLB.
Stricker: Who is the nicest player on the Padres?
Lucchino:Oh we have a lot of really nice guys on the team. That's
hard for me to pick one. Certainly. Trevor Hoffman.
He's a guy that does great things in the community and is a really great
Stricker: Who is the meanest?
Lucchino: I don't know that I want to answer that question.
We don't have too many mean guys. We are real careful about the kind of
people we bring here.
Stricker: What do you do for fun?
Lucchino: My job is fun so I have a lot of fun at work. But,
I also like to travel and get together with friends.