Seattle Mariners speak about Comments of Ex-CEO
The Seattle Mariners are doing damage control after the resignation of former Mariners CEO Kevin Mather, who made derogatory comments about some former players.
Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto says, “We are very open with our players and urge them to be the same. If they want to be angry, they should be, frankly. They should be insulted, “But at the same time, they are collectively driven toward what we’re trying to do here as a team.”
Dipoto also adds, “It’s embarrassing to be categorized or deal with the stigma that we are now pinned with, and we have to shed it. It’s ours to bear and we now have to be accountable to that, and then find a way to grow beyond it.”
In a video that was posted over the weekend, Mather expressed his views of the club’s organizational strategy and made controversial remarks about players during a recent online event. He took shots at a former All-Star from Japan and a top prospect from the Dominican Republic for their English skills. He also admitted the team may be manipulating service time for some of its young players. Mather apologized on Sunday and then abruptly resigned the next day.