Kevin Mather, photographed in 2016, resigned from his position as team president and CEO Monday, … [+] after a video surfaced of him making insensitive comments about Mariners players and team personnel.
Former New York Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen made the highly-criticized December 2018 trade with the Seattle Mariners, which brought an aging Robinson Cano and reliever Edwin Diaz to Flushing in exchange for a package that included prized outfield prospect Jarred Kelenic.
The hype for the 21-year-old Kelenic, the lefty-swinging, Wisconsin-born slugger, has only grown in the last two years, but he has yet to play with the Seattle major league club. Kevin Mather, the now former Mariners president and chief executive officer, recently explained why Kelenic wouldn’t begin the 2021 season playing left field for the Mariners, and in doing so, exposed one of baseball’s dirty little secrets.
During Mather’s now infamous remarks to a Washington state Rotary Club February 5 — in which the executive made a slew of inappropriate and offensive comments about numerous Mariners players and prospects and team personnel, resulting in Mather’s resignation Monday — he indicated that the club was manipulating Kelenic’s service time in order to keep him under team control for longer.
The Mariners did not call up Kelenic from the club’s alternate site during the 2020 pandemic-shortened MLB season — the ‘20 minor league season was cancelled altogether — and if Kelenic is elevated to the majors in May, that would further