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Dolphin CEO Mike Dee leaves fins to 'return to my roots' with San Diego Padres

Miami Dolphins CEO Mike Dee is leaving the franchise to take a similar role with the San Diego Padres, Dee and the teams announced Wednesday.

Dee, who has headed up the Dolphins’ business operations since 2009, worked with the Padres from 1995 through 2002. He will replace Tom Garfinkle, who resigned last week.

“I’m excited to announce that I’m returning to San Diego as President & CEO of the Padres,” Dee wrote on a Twitter message. “It’s not easy to make this move at such an exciting time for the franchise, but I could not turn down this incredible opportunity to return my roots.

“Despite my new role, I will always be a member of Dolfan Nation,” Dee said. “A big thank you to [Dolphins owner] Steve Ross + So. Fla. for four great years.” More here.

-- Adam Beasley