Tucson padres: After 36 years in pro ball, Kennedy is at a crossroads

2012-09-20T00:00:00Z Tucson padres: After 36 years in pro ball, Kennedy is at a crossroadsDaniel Berk Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
September 20, 2012 12:00 am  • 

When Terry Kennedy wrapped up the 2012 baseball season, it marked his 36th year in a row of being on the field as a professional.

Kennedy was a player, coach and, finally, a minor-league manager.

Managing is where Kennedy's on-field ride appears to be ending.

Kennedy was informed Friday he wouldn't be retained by the Padres organization as Tucson's manager. Now the 56-year-old is trying to figure out what's next.

"After (36) years on the field, I want to stretch myself some," Kennedy said Wednesday. "I'd like to try scouting and then eventually move into a front office.

"I still feel like I have a lot to offer."

Whatever Kennedy ends up doing, it likely won't be with the Padres.

With a couple of weeks remaining in the 2012 season, Kennedy looked into the possibility of being reassigned within the organization. He asked his bosses if there was a spot for him to be a scout for the Padres and the answer was a quick no. Kennedy said OK and figured he'd stay in his role as Triple-A manager.

However, on Friday he was notified he wouldn't be.

"It was very disappointing," Kennedy said. "I made my name there as a player. I always considered myself a Padre even though I didn't start there.

"You don't get much of an explanation, but they don't have to give you one."

Kennedy said he's known Randy Smith, San Diego's vice president for player development, for more than 30 years and said he was "always a good boss to me."

The manager said he didn't have a relationship with San Diego general manager Josh Byrnes or assistant general manager A.J. Hinch, which hurt him.

Kennedy went 121-167 in his two seasons with Tucson, including a 56-88 mark this past season.

"He's a good baseball man," Tucson general manager Mike Feder said. "He was put in a tough situation and he handled it like a professional.

"I'm sure something good will happen for him."

The former manager said it was tough to win in Tucson because the Padres weren't prepared to send their best players to Kino Stadium.

"There's a fear of this league up there and they don't want to send players to the PCL," Kennedy said. "That's especially true with pitchers. They are going to have to deal with that."

That's San Diego's issue to deal with.

For Kennedy, he's ready to close the page on his two years in Tucson and move on.

In the offseason, Kennedy works with his wife, Teresa, running Kennedy Realty out of the Phoenix area. He will continue to help but definitely wants to stay in baseball as well.

He's not ready to be a full-time realtor.

"I know the great things that can happen for you and your family because of baseball," Kennedy said. "You can never get too high or too low. You have to go out and grind and that's what I want to do."

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