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SEATTLE – To be fair, as the Mariners have slowly climbed up from where they couldn’t go any lower, the two front-office members most often asked about the subject – general manager Jerry Dipoto and director of player development Andy McKay – still maintain that rankings from “third-party” media don’t influence their decisions.
Logan Gilbert throws regularly from a mound in his Florida backyard, aiming at a posted target rather than a catcher’s glove. He lifts weights at home diligently, and consumes the Mariners’ myriad of virtual training, from mental skills to the intricacies of mobility and stretching.
The Mariners told minor leaguers that the organization will continue to pay them through the 2020 season. But the team also made tough financial decisions elsewhere, including reducing a large group of employees’ salaries.
The mere phrase “pitchers and catchers report” is always enough to thrill the senses – even if you know going in that those pitchers and catchers are not nearly good enough to compete for a title.
The Mariners’ pre-spring training luncheon traditionally is an opportunity to pump up the fan base with optimism and good vibes for the season to come.
Mitch Haniger suffered the injury on Monday while working out.
You know it had to have killed Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto to be a benign observer to the most active winter meetings in recent memory.
The Mariners’ most coveted player last offseason remains one of their most coveted this offseason, despite an interrupted season in which he missed the last 99 games due to injury.
It’s readily evident that the Mariners, as presently constituted, aren’t even in the same ballpark as the 10 teams that qualified for the postseason.
As the sweat-drenched Arkansas Travelers exited the field at Dickey-Stephens Park on Wednesday afternoon for the refuge of their air-conditioned clubhouse, Andy McKay, the Mariners director of player development, walked into the dugout and motioned to general manager Jerry Dipoto.
For all the wheeling and dealing that “Trader” Jerry Dipoto has done as the general manager of the Mariners, surprisingly little of it has come at the July 31 trade deadline.
Mariners owner John Stanton explains his views on the team’s long-term strategy that currently involves trading away players with expensive contracts while still paying a large chunk of their salaries.
Mariners owner John Stanton sat down to offer insight into his view of the team’s “step-back” plan that has resulted in a 35-47 record.
If this rebuild is going to meet its timetable, the Mariners are going to need a little outside help.
The self-realization of who they were and who they never could become came at different moments for the Mariners’ decision-makers. Why pretend to be something you’re not?
Jay Bruce and Edwin Encarnacion are still productive major leaguers with the potential for big seasons. They just don’t fit perfectly into the Mariners’ long-term plans to build for the future.
The 50-year-old Dipoto had a hectic offseason, his fourth in charge of the Mariners, as he overhauled Seattle’s roster in the hopes of creating a contender in two or three years rather than remaining on the fringes of the postseason.
Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto and director of player development Andy McKay have strongly denied allegations from the team’s former high performance director that they disparaged Latino players. Dipoto and McKay reiterated the team’s stance that Lorena Martin is fabricating claims against members of the front office. Major League Baseball is investigating the accusations, which included a post on social media that stated Dipoto and McKay had called Latino players “stupid.”
So a mom, dad and their two kids hop into a self-driving Subaru, zip under some hoverboards on their way to the stadium, slip on their climate-controlled jackets when they get out, devour their drone-delivered hot dogs 10 rows behind the third-base dugout, and get set to watch the Mariners’ first playoff game since 2001. What? Not a possibility? It isn’t feasible that the longest postseason drought in American sports can double in unsightliness over the next decade or two?
Lorena Martin made shocking allegations of racist and sexist comments against the Mariners, who strongly denied them. No matter how it’s resolved, it’s a damaging blow to an organization that seems to be in constant turmoil.