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A.j. Preller Newsbeat

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The day the direction of the Padres changed | SanDiegoUnionTribune.com

The story gets better.

Preller was the quirky, baseball savant who showed up for interviews with a nondescript spiral notebook that Peter Seidler, the franchise’s lead investor, described as the kind you’d pick up at a Target with “scribbles and notes at all these weird angles.”

Other finalists, by contrast, surrounded themselves with leather-bound notepads, Power Point presentations and unmistakable polish.

Preller, though, had climbed into final contention for the job with Yankees Assistant GM Billy Eppler, now GM of the Anaheim Angels and reportedly Dee’s initial pick. The candidate with the no-ego notebook requested one more sit-down as he scouted an area high school tournament.

“I told him I’d meet him one last time, just as a kind of courtesy, because he was so good throughout the process,” Dee said. “He basically blew me away. When I said, if we don’t go with you because of this concern or that concern, he was just like an attorney cross-examining. He basically mitigated every concern.

“I got back to San Diego at 5 a.m. and called (Chairman) Ron Fowler at 8 a.m. I said, ‘I had a change of heart overnight.’ We have to hire A.J.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 22, 2016 at 03:22 PM | 4 comment(s)
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