Notebook: Mariners President Resigns, Twins Look Forward to First Workout
Image courtesy of Michael McLoone, USA TodayMARINERS PRESIDENT RESIGNS
In a wildly candid and revealing interview with the rotary club, Mariners president Kevin Mather opened up about specific extension talks, manipulating service time, and his feelings about foreign players’ language. Mather’s outlandish comments were met with disdain from numerous prominent players and media members. Mather resigned from his position Monday and the team’s chairman and managing partner released the following statement:
Mather, in the video that has since been deleted, explicitly detailed the team’s intentions in manipulating service time clocks for their prospects.
"There was no chance you were going to see these young players at T-Mobile Park [in 2021]”, he said, “We weren’t going to put them on the 40-man roster. We weren’t going to start the service time clock. You might’ve seen my big tummy out there in left field. You would not have seen our young players, our prospects, playing at T-Mobile Park.”
Mather also criticized former Mariners All-Star pitcher Hishahi Iwakuma for having to pay his Japanese interpreter.
“I’m tired of paying his interpreter. When he was a player, we’d pay Iwaukuma ‘X’ but we also had to pay $75,000 a year to have an interpreter with him,” he said, “his English suddenly got better when we told him that.”
The Major League Baseball Player’s Association released the following statement:
Twins third baseman Josh Donaldson wrote on the matter:
Jomboy also broke down the highly questionable and insulting comments from Mather here:
TWINS APPLY TO HOST 10,000 FANS AT THE HOME OPENER
Per a report from the Star Tribune, the Twins are looking to welcome back fans for their home opener on April 8. According to the report, the Twins have submitted a plan to the state to safely welcome back fans at 25% capacity, or about 10,000, to start the 2021 campaign. The team is hoping to hear back at least a month before the opener, says Darren Wolfson of KSTP:
TWINS LOOK FORWARD TO FIRST TEAM WORKOUT TUESDAY
The Twins continue to trickle into Fort Myers ahead of the inaugural practice on Tuesday. Among those position players reported to camp: Max Kepler, Donaldson, Nelson Cruz, Luis Arraez, Jake Cave, Brent Rooker, Jorge Polanco, Alex Kirilloff and many more.
The club will open their Grapefruit League schedule Sunday with a home game against the Boston Red Sox. First pitch is scheduled for 12:05 p.m. CT. The Twins have not yet released their plans for broadcasting Spring Training games.
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