Mariners promote Jerry Dopito and extend Scott Servais contract

The Seattle Mariners Organization cemented its leadership fo the near future with the announcement of a multi-year contract extension for manager Scott Servais and the promotion of Jerry Dipoto to President of Baseball Operations.

Chairman & Managing Partner John Stanton announced that Jerry Dipoto has been promoted to become the team’s first-ever President of Baseball Operations. As part of the announcement, Dipoto and the club have agreed upon a multi-year contract extension.

Dipoto will remain as the Mariner’s key baseball decision-maker and will continue to report directly to Stanton and the Mariners partnership group. All aspects of the Mariners baseball operation ultimately report to Dipoto.

Servais is already the second-winningest manager in Mariners history at 419-422 (.498) in his sixth season. He was named as the 20th manager (17th full-time) in Mariners history on Oct. 23, 2015.

“Scott has done a terrific job in defining our team’s culture as one that is driven by process, hard work and heart,” Dipoto said. “That has allowed us to bring young, talented players to the Majors over the past three years and see them adjust and succeed as we build towards a team that competes for championships on an annual basis.

“The resiliency our club has shown in overcoming challenges on, and off, the field over the past two years have been a direct result of Scott’s leadership of the team and coaching staff.”

The Mariners are currently 71-62 (.534) this season, 3 ½ games behind Boston in the AL Wild Card race. Only Dave Roberts (LAD), Terry Francona (CLE), Joe Maddon (CHI/LAA), AJ Hinch (HOU/DET), Kevin Cash (TB), Bob Melvin (OAK) and Craig Counsell (MIL) have more wins since 2016.

“I am very positive about the makeup and direction of our team, in 2021 and beyond, so it’s exciting for me to look ahead to being with this group in this city for years to come,” Servais said. “And I want to be sure to acknowledge the key role the coaches and other staff have played in the successes we’ve had here.

“The support I’ve received from Jerry and Justin, and John and his partners and the fans has meant a lot to me. We have everything we need in Seattle to be successful and that will continue to be my focus.”

Prior to joining the Mariners, Scott spent the previous 10 years (2006-2015) in high level player development roles. He spent four seasons (2012-2015) as Assistant General Manager, Scouting & Player Development with the Los Angeles Angels and the previous six seasons (2006-2011) as the Texas Rangers Senior Director of Player Development. With the Rangers he was responsible for the on-field development of all players in the Rangers minor league system. He was also responsible for instructing Texas’ Major League catchers. Scott spent one season (2005) as a professional scout for the Rockies, after spending the prior two years as a roving catching instructor for the Chicago Cubs (2003-04).

Scott had an 11-year Major League playing career (1991-2001) with the Houston Astros (1991-95, 2001), Chicago Cubs (1995-98), San Francisco Giants (1999-2000) and Colorado Rockies (2000). He batted .245 with 130 doubles, 63 home runs and 319 RBI in 820 career MLB games. He ranked among the top-three NL catchers in fielding percentage in three separate seasons.

Servais played college baseball at Creighton University (his head coach was former Cubs GM Jim Hendry) and was inducted into the Creighton Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003. He played for Team USA, winning a Silver Medal in the Pan Am Games in 1987 and a Gold Medal in the 1988 Olympics (Seoul, South Korea). He earned USA Baseball’s Alumni Award in 1994.

Servais was drafted by the New York Mets in the second round (scout: Terry Ryan) out of high school but did not sign. He was selected in the third round of the 1988 June Draft following his junior year of college. Scott is a native of Coon Valley, WI and graduated from Westby High School (WI) in 1985. Scott and his wife, Jill, have three children: son Tyler and daughters Jacqueline and Victoria.

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