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.