Every now and then some MLB exec demonstrates just how arrogant/full of hubris said person is. Usually they don’t take it to the point of imploding their careers. Kevin Mather, erstwhile president and CEO of the Seattle Mariners, has done just that.
He spoke for 45 minutes to a Rotary Club. During that brief time, he called Julio Rodriguez “loud” and denigrated his ability to speak English. He essentially admitted service time manipulation of Jarred Kelenic in retaliation for his not signing a deal that could buy out his first three years of free agent eligibility. He called Kyle Seager “overpaid” (he’s not, BTW). He stated Marco Gonzalez got into a clubhouse dispute with a former teammate and pushed him (he didn’t). He said Hisashi Iwakuma‘s English is “terrible” and complained about having to pay an interpreter $75K a year. Iwakuma made $50M in his big league career, signed up to help coach, does not need the money, but quite reasonably likely thinks accurate communication is a good thing.
Remember that a few years ago the Mariners had to settle with two former employees over sexual harassment by Mather…and then they promoted him to president.
Bye, Mr Mather, don’t let the door hit you on the way out.