Mariners Likely To Hire New President From Within

The Mariners will likely choose a new president from among their internal candidates, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. A report yesterday indicated that the Mariners could consider Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa, but that may not be the case. The team will interview two internal candidates next week.

It's unclear which internal candidates the Mariners might consider, but Johns suggests that the possibilities could include executive vice president of business operations Bob Aylward, executive vice president of finance Kevin Mather, executive vice president of legal affairs Bart Waldman and vice president of marketing Kevin Martinez. Departing president Chuck Armstrong will finish working at the end of the month, and the Mariners plan to have a replacement ready by then.


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36 Comments on "Mariners Likely To Hire New President From Within"


Barry Wood
1 year 7 months ago

That was the only way we were going to get out of the S bucket.

John Evans
1 year 7 months ago

Looks like maybe they just AREN’T going to learn after all…

Stevil
1 year 7 months ago

Personally, I’m pullin’ for the Moose. He’s done an amazing job at keeping his mouth shut and simply smiling while reaching out to fans.

Jonathan Barlock
1 year 7 months ago

That sounds like the Mariners mentality were all used to. I hope this isnt the case!

Wayne
1 year 7 months ago

How do you not interview LaRussa? We need fresh ideas from a real baseball guy.

Jonathan Barlock
1 year 7 months ago

I read that there were a few rumors that La Russa was in Seattle.

pft2
1 year 7 months ago

Yeah, La Russa can bring in guys like Canseco and McGuire as hitting /training instructors.

westcoastwhitesox
1 year 7 months ago

Sorry to be a grump, but I’m not convinced these owners are trying to win with Cano. They needed to replace Ichiro as the token elite offensive player and they did; now back to business as usual.

Jonathan Barlock
1 year 7 months ago

Im not sold either! Not until the upper mgt. is flushed out. Who knows how long that will take. La Russa has the knowledge and the desire to win. Hiring him would be the salvation of the Mariners Im convinced of it.

fred c
1 year 7 months ago

omg … this is so “Mariner”

Jonathan Barlock
1 year 7 months ago

Please enlighten me

westcoastwhitesox
1 year 7 months ago

Did you type your post from a boat?

Jonathan Barlock
1 year 7 months ago

No

westcoastwhitesox
1 year 7 months ago

then I don’t understand fred c’s comment either.

Barry Wood
1 year 7 months ago

Your boat comment doesn’t make sence either.

DogleggedWalnut
1 year 7 months ago

A Mariner is someone on a boat….he was trying to make a funny <_<'

johnrhee
1 year 7 months ago

Also, bring in Sean “P. Diddy” Combs as an owner won’t be as bad to make Jay-Z, Ken Griffey, Jr., the team, and community :).

Yettyskill
1 year 7 months ago

Well to be fair, business as usual never included a rotation anchored by Felix & Iwakuma with the potential Walker, Paxton, Sanchez and Hulzten down the road.

thegrayrace
1 year 7 months ago

yeah, and while far from elite, Hart and Morrison are solid additions.

the Mariners have some tough competition with the Texas and Oakland (who somehow always manage to surprise), but they’re in a position that they could contend.

Mike Blowers
1 year 7 months ago

Unfortunately I have to agree with you. They now have two highly marketable players, one ace pitcher and one all-star second baseman. The M’a make money every year via marketing and TV deals. They are set now with those two in place for the long term.

jayson
1 year 7 months ago

Of course we are.

GD
1 year 7 months ago

There’s been too many questionable FO issues over the past decade to hire within. Just like the Cano signing, they need to bring in someone with the top notch connections that LaRussa has. La Russa would be Huge in bringing in on a PR related change along with a Cano signing, and hopefully a Tanaka signing!

pft2
1 year 7 months ago

How does this vacuum impact the Mariners decision on how much to offer Tanaka? Obviously, they signed Cano, and the next President would prefer that the decision on Tanaka be made before he comes on board as President.

Ichiro was a money make for the Mariners. Surely Seattle sees the revenue opportunities in signing Tanaka. Maybe they can get the city of Seattle to fit some of the bill. More Japanese tourists is good for business.

Lefebvre Believer
1 year 7 months ago

They’ve already got that big TV deal in place, so they don’t really need to focus too much on finances, marketing, and sales. They need another baseball mind to help turn their minor leaguers into Major Leaguers. Don’t like what I’m hearing here.

omavricko
1 year 7 months ago

All I’m gonna say is look at the mariners 116 win season and find me someone who thought we’d win that many games. Last time we had a stud 2nd baseman was during the 116 albeit that was boonies only good season lol

Eslva917
1 year 7 months ago

Maybe R.Cano can be president after he gets injured after the first year of the contract.

livestrong77nyyankz
1 year 7 months ago

Guy has been a stud and incredibly durable during his entire career.

Bob Thatcher
1 year 7 months ago

Hire a financial “guru” for the president’s job, n hire Tony La Russa as the GM.

Jonathan Barlock
1 year 7 months ago

Agreed, I wonder if La Russa would take it if offered? For now we are stuck with Jack Z . Sigh…

Barry Wood
1 year 7 months ago

The President job should be spilt into 2 jobs. One for the business side and one for the baseball side. La Russa for the side that has been lacking in the front office since Pat G. was here. Then hire your baseball finance executive president of stadium operations from within for the business side.

DogleggedWalnut
1 year 7 months ago

TLR has a law degree from FSU. I’m pretty sure he’s capable for the job.

DogleggedWalnut
1 year 7 months ago

The Mariners don’t need someone who is good at making money. Mariners already are good at that. They need someone with a baseball mind who knows how to run a baseball team and knows what is needed to win. This is not like we’re hiring TLR for CFO or another board position. Former players have been in president positions before. He has a law degree. He knows what he’s doing. Please Mariners, do something smart baseball-wise for once in this decade and hire TLR.

DogleggedWalnut
1 year 7 months ago

The Mariners don’t need someone who is good at making money. Mariners already are good at that. They need someone with a baseball mind who knows how to run a baseball team and knows what is needed to win. This is not like we’re hiring TLR for CFO or another board position. Former players have been in president positions before. He has a law degree. He knows what he’s doing. Please Mariners, do something smart baseball-wise for once in this decade and hire TLR.

johnrhee
1 year 7 months ago

Tony LaRussa or Joe Torre would make a great President of the team to build a winning franchise for years to come just like the Oakland Athletics, St. Louis Cardinals, Detroit Tigers, etc. Sean ” P. Diddy” Combs would make a great owner as he can generate lots of fans by selling out quite a few games including a live concert performance by the owner. He wanted to be an owner in the NFL but baseball will work, esp. if friends w/ Jay-Z and Ken Griffey, Jr.

Jonathan Barlock
1 year 7 months ago

Nolan Ryan has no prior managing experience. La Russa has not only managed but is a winning manager and has led his teams to 3 world series wins. Big difference IMO

dshires4
1 year 7 months ago

Success in the dugout does not mean he’ll be successful in an executive role. And I do understand they have different backgrounds as “baseball people,” but the notion that we need a “baseball person” isn’t as cut and dry as Seattle fans may think. I do want La Russa, more than I want most anybody else in baseball, but half of the Rays ownership/executive level members are from Wall Street. They’re pretty good at what they do, eh?