Padres parting ways with CEO Mike Dee

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SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Padres announced Wednesday that President and CEO Mike Dee is leaving the organization.

The announcement, made by Chairman Ron Fowler and Managing Partner Peter Seidler, was released on Twitter and did not specify whether Dee was fired or resigned.

Dee was hired in July 2013, nearly one year after Fowler, Seidler and other partners took over the local Major League Baseball franchise.

He previously worked in the team's front office from 1995 to 2002.

In three full seasons under his tenure, the Padres finished third, fourth and fifth in the five-team National League West division -- a combined 48 games below a .500 record.

Off the field, the Padres were embroiled in a series of controversies, including a fiasco in which an incorrect recording of the National Anthem was played while the San Diego Gay Men's Chorus performed before a game in May, subjecting them to ridicule.

Fans also panned the naming of a Petco Park plaza after former baseball commissioner Bud Selig, the firing of popular public address announcer Frank Anthony and the drafting of mercurial quarterback Johnny Manziel.

However, Dee also helped attract this year's All-Star Game to San Diego and oversaw renovations to the team's downtown ballpark.

It was a rough year for the Padres, who missed the playoffs for the 10th straight season and finished last in the NL West at 68-94.

In September, Padres General Manager A.J. Preller was suspended without pay for 30 days by Major League Baseball over a controversial trade with the Boston Red Sox. The suspension followed an investigation into the July 14 transaction in which pitcher Drew Pomeranz was sent to the American League team, a statement from the commissioner's office said.

According to previous reports, Red Sox officials discovered after the trade that Pomeranz had been receiving medical treatment, and that the Padres had not been fully entering player health data in a central database, which would give them an advantage in trade talks.

Check back for more information on this developing story.

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