Padres in good hands with Alderson

The San Diego Padres currently have one of the most respected manager/general manager tandems in baseball with Bruce Bochy and Kevin Towers. With the addition of Sandy Alderson as the club's new CEO they may be putting in place a baseball "dream team."

Alderson joins the Padres after having served as the executive vice president of baseball operations for Major League Baseball since 1998. In that capacity he oversaw baseball operations, on-field operations and security/facility management. In addition, he was in charge of a number of special projects including overseeing the umpires, the 1999 Pan American Games and the 2000 Olympic Gold Medal team.

He is considered one of the brightest minds in baseball. He has degrees from Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School. He earned the respect of most club executives for his ability to listen, communicate and lead.

Alderson was also a highly respected general manager in his own right, the architect (1983-97) of the very successful Oakland A's teams of the late '80s and early '90s. His teams won AL West division titles in 1988, '89, '90 and '92, and won a World Series in 1989. He also oversaw the development of three consecutive Rookies of the Year: Jose Canseco, Mark McGwire and Walt Weiss. He also served as team president of the A's during 1993-95 and 1997-98. Alderson knows how to build a winning team and farm system, plus he knows how to market a team.