Padres owner Peter Seidler dies at 63

Field Level Media

November 14, 2023 at 7:45 pm.

Padres owner Peter Seidler died Tuesday in San Diego. He was 63.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reported Seidler had been in ill health and that he was surrounded by his wife and children. The family requested that his cause of death not be revealed at this time, per the report.

Near the end of the 2023 season, the team announced he had undergone an medical procedure, which wasn’t specified.

“The Padres organization mourns the passing of our beloved Chairman and owner, Peter Seidler,” Padres CEO Erik Greupner said in a statement. “Today, our love and prayers encircle Peter’s family as they grieve the loss of an extraordinary husband, father, son, brother, uncle, and friend. Peter was a kind and generous man who was devoted to his wife, children, and extended family. He also consistently exhibited heartfelt compassion for others, especially those less fortunate.

“His impact on the city of San Diego and the baseball world will be felt for generations. His generous spirit is now firmly embedded in the fabric of the Padres. Although he was our Chairman and owner, Peter was at his core a Padres fan. He will be dearly missed.”

Seidler was a two-time cancer survivor. He told the Union-Tribune in July that, upon his death, the Padres would remain in his family.

The founder of a private equity firm, Seidler came from a baseball family. His grandfather, Walter O’Malley, was the longtime owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Seidler was part of an ownership group that bought the Padres in August 2012, and he became majority owner in November 2020.

He gave the green light for the Padres to spend millions to sign players such as Manny Machado, Fernando Tatis Jr., Yu Darvish and Xander Bogaerts in a quest to bring the first World Series title to San Diego, but the Padres failed to reach the playoffs this season after advancing to the National League Championship Series in 2022.