Mariners president and CEO Kevin Mather, who made headlines after making insensitive remarks about the players and other employees of the team, resigned on Monday.
On February 5, Zoom in the Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club came under fire for comments made on February 5.
He made unconvincing remarks about the quality of English spoken by Japanese Mariners scout and ex-pitcher Hasishi Iwakuma, as well as Dominican Mariners prospect Julio Rodríguez. He said veteran Kyle Seeger overpaid and stripped the facilities of his single-A team. He admitted to manipulating service time as a way of retaining top prospects in the minor leagues, with former Mets draft pick and current mariner Jaredred Kellenic, who is not expected to start the season in the big leagues .
“Like everyone, when I was very disappointed to learn of Kevin Mather’s comments,” Mariners President and Managing Director Stanton Said in a statement. “His comments were inappropriate and do not represent the feelings of our organization about our players, employees and fans.
“There is no excuse for what he said, and I will not try to make one. I sincerely apologize to the players and fans on behalf of the club. We should get better, and do it. “
Mather was the CEO of the team since 2017. He started working for the organization in 1996.