|Stricker: When did you come to the Padres?
Towers: I was a player here. I was the number one draft pick in 1982 for the Padres. I played in the system until 1988, then I was a scout for the Padres 1990-92, then I left the Padres for one year to go over to Pittsburgh, and then came back as the scouting director and Iíve been the GM since 1995 so Iíve been a part of the organization for about 19 years.
Stricker: Why did you decide to become the General Manager?
Towres: Larry Lucchino and John Moores gave me that opportunity. I was the scouting director and Randy Smith, who was the GM at that time, left to go to Detroit. John and Larry gave me a great opportunity at that time. I had never dreamed of being a GM and Iím very thankful for it.
Stricker: Whatís your favorite book?
Towers: My favorite book is "Put a Dollar Sign On the Muscle", which is about scouting. Scouting is really where my heart lies; I love scouting, I love evaluating. The book is no longer in print, but itís about the old time scouts evaluating prospects.
Stricker: What was your favorite book as a kid?
Towers: As a kid I liked "Green Eggs and Ham", By Dr. Seuss.
Stricker: Whatís your favorite website?
Stricker: What do you spend most of your time doing?
Towers: Reading scouting reports, reading "Baseball America", reading "Baseball Weekly", looking at other teamsí websites and following whatís going on, not only in Major League Baseball, but Minor League Baseball. A lot of reading.
Stricker: Who is your biggest surprise as a player that you brought up?
Towers: Well the guy that has probably surprised me the most, we didnít bring him up from our minor leagues, was Phil Nevin. How good of a player he is has been my biggest surprise.
Stricker: : Whatís one thing that you do that makes you successful?
Towers: I would say that I communicate well with people within the organization, and I delegate real well, so I let people run their own departments, empower them to make their own decisions, and Iím a good listener. Also I think Iíve hired good people around me and that helps me become successful.
Stricker: Where were you on September 11?
Towers: I was in bed at home here in San Diego and was just getting up when I heard the reports on the TV. Itís a day Iíll never forget.