Medford grad will lead Arizona Diamondbacks

A Medford high school graduate has been named the next general manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks baseball team.

The team will hold an afternoon news conference to introduce Kevin Towers, who spent 14 seasons as general manager in San Diego, building a team that won four NL West titles and reached the 1998 World Series. He was fired in 2009 and spent this season as a special assistant for the New York Yankees.

Towers takes over a last-place team that fired manager A.J. Hinch and GM Josh Byrnes in June. Jerry Dipoto had been serving as the interim GM and was a finalist for the job.

The status of interim manager Kirk Gibson has not been determined.

Towers graduated in 1979 from then-Medford High School and was inducted into the Medford Sports Hall of Fame in 2007.

— The Associated Press

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