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WestCoastAg
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Kevin Mather is resigning after giving a wild speech to a Rotary Club
His resignation was announced about an hour ago. Here is the full transcript of his speech

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here are some cliffs where he outright admits they would have manipulated service time:
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The risk was, if our major league team had had a COVID outbreak, or injuries, and we had to call people up from the taxi squad, we were a little short on players. Because there was no chance you were going to see these young players at T-Mobile Park. We weren’t going to put them on the 40-man roster, we weren’t going to start the service time clock. There were all kinds of reasons that, if we had an injury problem or COVID outbreak, you might’ve seen my big tummy out there in left field. You would not have seen our prospects playing in T-Mobile Park.
complains about foreign players not speaking English:
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As far as Korea, Japan, Taiwan, those players are typically older. THey don’t come over as 16 or 18 year olds, they come over as 28, 30, 32 year olds. We typically...it frustrates me...For instance, we just re-hired Iwakuma, he was a pitcher with us for a number of years. Wonderful human being, his English was terrible. He wanted to get back into the game, he came to us, we quite frankly want him as our Asian scout, interpreter, what’s going on with the Japanese league. He’s coming to spring training. And I’m going to say, I’m tired of paying his interpreter. When he was a player, we’d pay Iwakuma X, but we’d also have to pay $75,000 a year to have an interpreter with him. His English suddenly got better, his English got better when we told him that! For the older players from the Far East, we have an interpreter that travels with them. For the younger Dominicans, Venezuelans, Caribbean players, we really invest in them at a young age before they get here. Good question! It’s important
calls Kyle Seager overpaid
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And I have to compliment Kyle Seager, [he] is a veteran player. He’s probably overpaid, but his attitude, and this has been a tough couple of years where we traded veterans and came in with young kids who are learning, and Kyle Seager has stayed positive and has had a tremendous attitude. There’s been several times, that’s why I whispered in his ear that he’s going to be a Mariner Hall of Famer because it’s gotta be some tough years for him, but he’s been positive, he’s been upbeat, and it’s really been fun to watch him grow.
goes into how the players and the union weren't happy with Evan White taking his deal
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He took a lot of heat for signing that deal, the union really pushed back and said, don’t do it. But I like Evan White, he’s a nice young man, and he made the comment, he said, “I have $23 million guaranteed. That changes a person’s life. I’m signing the deal. And if I’m good and they pick up my options, I’ll have $55 million guaranteed. That changes my family’s, my grandkids’ lives.” I like the young man. We will offer more long term deals.
And there’s a certain pitcher that I won’t mention, who was in the bullpen at T-Mobile Park during our summer camp. And this was reported by one of the coaches. The players were sitting around talking about Evan White and, you know, he made a mistake signing this long term deal and delta.
talked about Jared kelenic turning down a similar deal
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On the minor league side, Jarred Kelenic, we’ve been talking about him for a year and a half now. He’ll be in left field in April. He’s a 21-year-old player who, um, is quite confident. We offered him a long-term deal, six-year deal for substantial money with options to go farther. After pondering it for several days and talking to the union, he’s turned us down and in his words, he’s going to bet on himself. He thinks after six years, he’ll be such a star player that the 7th, 8th, 9th year options will be under value. He might be right, he might be right, we offered and he turned us down.

and spent a decent amount of time taking thinly veiled shots at the players union

Impressive


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re: Kevin Mather is resigning after giving a wild speech to a Rotary Club
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admits they would have manipulated service time:


This was the dumbest part. The MLBPA is salivating over it.


wildtigercat93
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re: Kevin Mather is resigning after giving a wild speech to a Rotary Club
I honestly don’t see the issue with any of his comments unless I’m missing the one that’s supposed to be really bad



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re: Kevin Mather is resigning after giving a wild speech to a Rotary Club
He’s a complete idiot


WestCoastAg
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re: Kevin Mather is resigning after giving a wild speech to a Rotary Club
The service time comment is really bad. Everything else is just not stuff you normally have a sport exec talk about


hyzersoze
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re: Kevin Mather is resigning after giving a wild speech to a Rotary Club
Did he get liquored up first? Jeez


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nicholastiger
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re: Kevin Mather is resigning after giving a wild speech to a Rotary Club
Phillies did it with Aaron Nola
Agents were pissed


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wildtigercat93
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re: Kevin Mather is resigning after giving a wild speech to a Rotary Club
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The service time comment is really bad


Not something you want out there publicly but if anyone out there didn’t think that kind of stuff doesn’t go on in every clubhouse, then that says more about them than this GM.

If the MLB really has a problem with those comments then they need to change the service time rules


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re: Kevin Mather is resigning after giving a wild speech to a Rotary Club
This dude is going to hear the phrase “over-sharing” a lot over the next few days


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Brian Wilson
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re: Kevin Mather is resigning after giving a wild speech to a Rotary Club
Dumbass


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re: Kevin Mather is resigning after giving a wild speech to a Rotary Club
Dude took an extra Adderall.


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PhillyTiger90
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re: Kevin Mather is resigning after giving a wild speech to a Rotary Club
So was he toasted when he did this? That’s the only way he could’ve thought this was a good idea


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TigerintheNO
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re: Kevin Mather is resigning after giving a wild speech to a Rotary Club
You can't say it, teams usually give a reason why they aren't calling up a player. Cubs said Kris Bryant need more work on his fielding, Philly said Nola needed more work pitching with runners on base.

This GM flat out side he was going to manipulate service time, that's a no go.


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re: Kevin Mather is resigning after giving a wild speech to a Rotary Club
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The service time comment is really bad.


meh


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chalmetteowl
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re: Kevin Mather is resigning after giving a wild speech to a Rotary Club
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teams usually give a reason why they aren't calling up a player.
you shouldn’t have to give a reason


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moneyg
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re: Kevin Mather is resigning after giving a wild speech to a Rotary Club
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This GM flat out side he was going to manipulate service time, that's a no go.



Well, what he really said was that he wasn't going to start service time on a guy who otherwise wouldn't be called up simply because of a COVID outbreak.

That's very reasonable IMO.


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re: Kevin Mather is resigning after giving a wild speech to a Rotary Club


Damn, The Beaver grew up and shite away a career in baseball.


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GeauxAggie972
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re: Kevin Mather is resigning after giving a wild speech to a Rotary Club
Every team manipulates the service time and it's not even just for the star players or star minor leaguers.

But like you said, it's something you just don't say publicly as a baseball exec


kywildcatfanone
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re: Kevin Mather is resigning after giving a wild speech to a Rotary Club
All true, all honest, so of course he's cancelled.


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re: Kevin Mather is resigning after giving a wild speech to a Rotary Club
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Kevin Mather is resigning after giving a wild speech to a Rotary Club


WestCoastFag and his merry band of cancel culture strikes again!!!


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