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Mariners President & CEO Resigns After ‘Inappropriate’ Comments

Seattle Mariners president and CEO Kevin Mather issued an apology Sunday night after a video of controversial remarks he made to the Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club earlier this month surfaced on YouTube — he resigned Monday.

The comments were recorded on a video conference that was uploaded to YouTube and gained attention on social media over the weekend.

Mather made remarks criticizing his own players’ English skills, called a player overpaid, got the name of one of the team’s prospects wrong, trashed the facilities of their own Class-A affiliate, and admitted to manipulating the service time of the team’s prospects, according to Yahoo Sports.

He apologized on Sunday night and reiterated his comments were his own and do not reflect the organization, but resigned on Monday.

“Kevin Mather has resigned his position effective immediately,” a statement from Mariners chairman and managing partner John Stanton reads. “I want to thank Kevin for his 25 years of service to our franchise.”

The Major League Baseball Players Association released a statement Monday afternoon condemning Mather’s remarks as well.

“The club’s video presentation is a highly disturbing yet critically important window into how players are genuinely viewed by management,” the statement reads. “Not just because of what was said, but also because it represents an unfiltered look into club thinking.”

Stanton will serve as acting president and CEO until a successor can be chosen, he said in the statement.

Written by Megan Turner

Meg is in her last semester at the University of Central Florida and writes and tweets about anything related to sports. She replies to comments she shouldn't reply to online and thinks the CFP Rankings are absolutely rigged.

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  1. We don’t like paying extra for an interpreter. Ok
    We held this guy back because it makes us more money/costs us less money over time. Ok
    This guy doesn’t speak very good English. Ok
    Mather probably doesn’t speak very good Spanish or Japanese either. Nor do I.
    Hmmm. A company in business makes business decisions. How dare they talk about such things. I’m clutching my pearls right now.

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