Padres hire Mike Dee to take over as CEO

Kirby Lee-US PRESSWIRE

The long-time sports exec has left his job with the Miami Dolphins to rejoin San Diego's front office.

The San Diego Padres have wasted no time finding a new president and CEO following last week's resignation of Tom Garfinkel. The club's owners announced Wednesday morning that long-time baseball exec Mike Dee will be rejoining the Padres' front office to take over the position.

Dee spent the last four years as the CEO of the Miami Dolphins, but will be vacating the post (obviously) to join the Padres organization.

Dee worked in various capacities the Friars' front office from 1995-2002, eventually making his way up to vice president of business affairs before moving on to the Boston Red Sox. In all, he's spent 15 years working in baseball and nearly two decades in professional sports.

Dee went to Twitter to express his excitement at rejoining the Padres:

Not sure about the "exciting time for the franchise" part -- unless he really likes selling at the trade deadline -- but he seems to be genuinely elated about coming back to baseball.

While Dee's first go-round with San Diego was under different ownership, he's not without his ties to the current front office. He has a long-standing relationship with the Padres' newish executive chairman, Ron Fowler, and worked for three years with the club's general manager, Josh Byrnes, when they were both in the Red Sox front office.

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