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Seattle Mariners CEO Kevin Mather resigns following controversial comments

  • February 23, 2021

startling comments about service-time suppression, foreign-born players’ English skills and the inner workings of the Seattle Mariners roiled the baseball industry, resigned as the team’s president and CEO on Monday, according to club chairman John Stanton.

Mather, 58, made the comments during a Feb. 5 virtual meeting with the Bellevue (Washington) Breakfast Rotary Club, and they were unearthed from YouTube by a Mariners fan Sunday. 

By day’s end, top Mariners prospect Julio Rodriguez tweeted his dissatisfaction with a comment criticizing his bilingual acumen, and the flap also resurfaced complaints of harassment Mather faced as club executive vice president in 2009 and 2010. 

Come Monday, his seven-year reign as club president was over.

“His comments were inappropriate and do not represent our organizations’ feelings about our players, staff and fans,” Stanton said in a statement. “There is no excuse for what was said, and I won’t try to make one. I offer my sincere apology on behalf of the club and my partners to our players and fans. We can, and must, do better.” 

Stanton, who took control of the Mariners in 2016, said he will serve as acting president and CEO until a successor is chosen.

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