In an unusual way, baseball may at last owe the President of Mariners, Kevin Mather debt of appreciation and gratitude
It’s not a result of anything he’s skilled in the game, where he’s existed generally as a leader numbers-cruncher until 2014 when he was promoted to the position of the president and also the Chief Operating Officer of the Seattle Mariners.
Mather guaranteed his inheritance not with a deft employing of a general manager or an industry-changing development. Yet rather by stepping before a Zoom camera for 45 minutes of truth-telling in a meeting with the Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club.
Think about his performance, caught by an eagle-eyed Mariners fan, Exhibit A for what’s wrong with Major League Baseball. Furthermore, consider taking what Mather has said and done in his career, and doing the inverse as a guide to fixing the game.
We are not sure, whether there’s a three-mimosa before entertaining the Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club, yet Mather’s authenticity in front of a friendly crowd was an alarming look into the ones who control the groups you cheer for.
In the Mariners’ case, it’s a 58-year-old golf devotee with a scorn for players who don’t surrender to the board, and a dash of ethnocentrism verging on racism and a history of the unseemly workplace behavior conduct toward women, as indicated by different previous employees.
In an era when the game of baseball is frantic to intensify it’s current and arising stars. Here’s the absolute first thing Mather had to say about 20-year-old outfield prospect Julio Rodriguez,
“He is loud. His English is not tremendous.”
At a time the game likes to flaunt its worldwide cast of players yet fails to coordinate the NBA and NFL for worldwide appeal. Here’s Mather’s interpretation on Asian players, similar to former Mariner pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma, requiring translators.
“He was a player, we’d pay Iwakuma X, but we’d also have to pay $75,000 a year to have an interpreter with him. His English suddenly got better, his English got better when we told him that!”
As the highest-ranking executive on a team with the longest season finisher dry spell in North American sports, In October, Mather is not nearly more interested in the Mariners’ playing than he is making free agents come begging for a job.“We have taken the position that there are 180 free agents still out there on February 5 unsigned, and sooner or later, these players are going to turn their hat over and come with hat in hand, looking for a contract.”