San Diego Padres chairman and owner, Peter Seidler, has tragically passed away at the age of 63, as announced by the team on Tuesday. This news has left the organization and fans devastated.
The baseball community mourns the loss of San Diego Padres owner Peter Seidler, a beloved figure who dedicated himself not only to the success of the team but also to making a positive impact in the community. His legacy as a passionate owner and advocate for the homeless in San Diego will be remembered for years to come.
A Beloved Figure in the Organization
In a heartfelt statement shared on social media, Padres CEO Erik Greupner expressed his sorrow over the loss and highlighted Seidler’s significant contribution to the team. Greupner described Seidler as a “beloved” figure within the organization.
While the cause of death has not been disclosed, Seidler, who had battled cancer twice before, had been facing health issues recently. In mid-September, he revealed that he had undergone a medical procedure in August, making it necessary for him to step away from his responsibilities for the remainder of the team’s 2023 games.
In his statement, Greupner emphasized the impact Seidler had on his family, calling him an extraordinary husband, father, son, brother, uncle, and friend. He also acknowledged Seidler’s dedication to his wife, children, and extended family.
A Passionate Owner and Community Advocate
Seidler, alongside his uncle, Peter, and Ron Fowler, purchased the San Diego Padres in 2012, forming the O’Malley Group. While Fowler served as the executive chairman of the ownership group, in 2020, he transferred the role to Seidler, who became the driving force behind the team’s operations. Fowler, however, continues to serve as the Padres’ vice chairman.
Not only was Seidler instrumental in shaping the future of the Padres, but he was also deeply committed to making a positive impact off the field. One of his notable endeavors was his involvement as a board member of the Lucky Duck Foundation, an organization dedicated to helping the homeless in San Diego.
Greupner acknowledged Seidler’s significant influence on the city of San Diego and the baseball world, stating that his generous spirit will be remembered for generations to come. Despite his position as chairman and owner, Seidler remained a passionate Padres fan throughout, and his absence will be deeply felt.
Remembering Peter Seidler
To honor the memory of Peter Seidler, the Padres have arranged an opportunity for fans to pay their respects at Petco Park’s Home Plate Gate on Tuesday afternoon. This gesture reflects the profound impact Seidler had on the team and the San Diego community.