Jul 18 2013, 1:17am CDT | by Poch de la Rosa
Dee's appointment with the Padres marks his return to San Diego. He worked for the team's front office under former team president and CEO Larry Luchino from 1995-2002, per the Padres official website.
He also gets a chance to rekindle his long-standing relationship with club executive chairman Ron Fowler. When current San Diego general manager Josh Byrnes was with the Red Sox, he worked alongside Dee as a member of the Boston front office. Dee was the Red Sox's chief operating officer from 2004-2009.
"It's a dream come true. I'm anxious to get started on the journey ahead. I never got baseball out of my blood."
"It's a chance to return to my roots. This is a great opportunity to run a team and a facility. It's a chance to sail a ship I helped construct."
Fox Sports Florida adds Dee also couldn't pass up on the chance to return to San Diego, a city which means so much to him and his family.
"Under Mike, we have broadened our role in the community, improved our technology footprint within the organization and enhanced our customer service to fans. As a result of Mike's leadership and combined with the hard work of our football operations department, I feel that the organization is well positioned for future success both on and off the field."
Dee steps in for Mike Garfinkel, who resigned on July 9 after only 17 months as Padres CEO. During Dee's previous tenure in San Diego, the Padres won two division titles and appeared in the 1998 World Series against the New York Yankees, getting swept in four games.
Poch de la Rosa
Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.
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