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Mariners likely to hire internal candidate for team president

Jan 11, 2014, 8:56 AM EDT

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported Thursday that Tony La Russa would be on Mariners’ short list for their team president job if the organization looks to outside candidates, but it doesn’t sound like the process will make it that far.

According to Greg Johns of, the Mariners will likely stay in-house for the hire. It’s unclear who is being considered for the position, but Johns names executive vice president of business operations Bob Aylward, executive vice president of finance Kevin Mather, executive vice president of legal affairs Bart Waldman, and vice president of marketing Kevin Martinez as possibilities.

The search is expected to intensify next week when the team’s board of directors interviews two internal candidates for the position. A decision is expected to be made before the end of the month, which is when outgoing team president Chuck Armstrong is set to retire.

  1. mmason0071 - Jan 11, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    The position of Mariner’s team ‘president” is really just a bean counting flunky for the clueless owners. LaRussa would have quit in a week.

    • joenash72 - Jan 11, 2014 at 1:34 PM

      What they should do is split the position up, like other teams have done. Internal guy does business side, Larussa the personnel side. But that would make way too much sense……

      • paperlions - Jan 12, 2014 at 12:24 PM

        For most teams, the front office structure is divided between business and baseball operations. In general, the team “president” (if any) is in charge of business aspects of the organization, and the General Manager is in charge of baseball operations, including personnel decisions. The two sides don’t work in isolation as the business side is in charge of the budget allocated to different aspects of baseball (e.g. salary, development, international markets/academies, etc.), but the baseball decisions are overseen by the GM.

  2. swu32733 - Jan 11, 2014 at 12:54 PM

    By hiring internally the Mariners can continue to deliver a quality of baseball to fans that is sub triple A.

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