SEATTLE – The Seattle Mariners promoted general manager Jerry Dipoto to president of baseball operations and signed a multi-year contract extension with manager Scott Servais, keeping the pair locked up to oversee the completion of the franchise rebuild. started three years ago.
The two deals, announced Wednesday, were expected and were made with the Mariners looking to aim for an American League playoff berth. Seattle has the longest playoff drought of any North American sports team in the four major leagues, last reaching the playoffs in 2001.
Dipoto, who also received a multi-year extension as part of his promotion, has rebuilt the Mariners farming system with a host of better prospects, some of whom have become contributors this season. He also did some skillful free agency moves and trades to build one of the AL’s most trusted pitching sticks.
“Jerry is a creative and passionate leader with a clear vision for our franchise,” said Mariners President John Stanton. “After the 2018 season, Jerry came to us with a plan on how to compete and win championships. He was transparent about the difficulty, but also clear about the goals and milestones. Over the past two and a half years that followed, he led the group’s baseball operations through challenges on and off the field, while respecting the schedule he set. “
SEATTLE, WA – AUG 14: Seattle Mariners manager Scott Servais and general manager Jerry Dipoto chat in the dugout before a game between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park on August 14, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. Them
Servais helped bring the mix of perspectives and established veterans to work. Seattle came into play Wednesday 7½ games behind Houston in the AL West, but just 3½ behind Boston in the wild card race.
Dipoto and Servais have worked in tandem since they were both hired by the Mariners after the 2015 season. They have worked together since 2011, when Dipoto, then general manager of the Los Angeles Angels, hired Servais as an assistant.
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The Mariners went 419-422 under their leadership. This season, Seattle is on track for its third winning season with the pair in charge.
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