The Seattle Mariners have found their man after announcing that the team has signed former Los Angeles Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto as their new GM. The team confirmed reports today and there will be a press conference to introduce Dipoto, 47, on Tuesday at 10 a.m. PST.
Dipoto resigned from his general manager position with the Angels in July and was in an advisory role with the Boston Red Sox starting in mid-August, with the Red Sox hoping to put him in a bigger role according to the Tacoma News Tribune. He seemed to be excited for this new opportunity and the chance to try and turn the Mariners’ franchise around.
“I’m honored to be joining the Mariners family,” Dipoto said in a statement released by the club. “As the 2015 season draws to a close, we have a great fan base, ballpark and organization, providing a great opportunity for success,” via Tacoma News Tribune.
“I truly look forward to both the challenges and rewards to come as we chart a fresh course for the future of Mariners baseball,” via Tacoma News Tribune.
Dipoto served as Angels GM for 3 1/2 years (Oct. 2011-July 2015) before his resignation happened. The Angels’ had their share of struggles during his time with the team but they also finished with the best record in Major League Baseball last season before being swept by the Kansas City Royals in the ALDS.
The Mariners’ struggles ended up costing Jack Zduriencik his GM job with the team on Aug. 28, 2015, mainly because Seattle failed to live up to expectations. Dipoto has a history of exceptional player development as general manager, and he helped create a solid Angels’ lineup over the last few years.
The biggest question that Mariners’ fans are asking today is this: Can Jerry Dipoto build a team in Seattle that is competitive in the AL West and can he help get them back to the postseason?
A question like that will be answered over the course of the next few seasons, but it is time for Seattle to do all that they can to end the longest playoff drought in baseball. The addition of Dipoto is only the beginning of a long journey with many cliffs and valleys but it is a signing that gives the Mariners and their fans hope after a dismal season.