New Mariners manager Scott Servais was officially introduced in a press conference on Monday afternoon. You can watch the whole thing right here.
A big theme of the press conference was “togetherness.” General Manager Jerry Dipoto and Servais kept coming back to the theme of communication throughout the organization and getting input from everybody before making key decisions.
One item that came out of the press conference is that Servais managed a few games in the Angels minor league system when he was the farm director, helping out when an affiliate’s manager had to step away for a day or two. This included two PCL games for Salt Lake in 2012: he went 1-1 filling in for Bees manager Keith Johnson during a series at Colorado Springs (hat tip to Bees broadcaster Steve Klauke for the details).
The team also announced four of the major league coaches: new pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre Jr., bench coach Tim Bogar, returning hitting coach Edgar Martinez, and returning first base/infield coach Chris Woodward. They still need a third base coach, a bullpen coach, and possibly one more such as an assistant hitting coach.
The World Series starts tonight, and the we got totally shut out in terms of ex-Rainiers on the active rosters: there are no Royals or Mets who ever played for Tacoma.
The Royals have a pair of recent ex-Mariners in Kendrys Morales and pitcher Chris Young. The Mets have a Local Guy in rookie outfielder Michael Conforto.
My prediction: Royals in six games. I see this as a very evenly matched series, but the Royals excel at making contact against high-velocity pitchers and that’s what they’ll be seeing. Also, I like the fact that the Royals were in this thing last year and have “unfinished business.”
- Jerry Dipoto immediately addressed Scott Servais‘ lack of managing experience.
- Larry Stone writes that winning over the players is going to be instrumental for the inexperienced Servais.
- John McGrath wrote about the football analogies Servais made during his press conference. Over the weekend, he started thinking about managers with no experience.
- The Servais hire was all about being on the same page, Matt Calkins writes.
- Bob Dutton has a Winter Ball Update on Mariners and Rainiers players. The story also includes some updates on the minor league coaching changes.
- Baseball America’s “Draft Report Card” for the Mariners is up – everyone can read a snippet, or the whole thing if you are a subscriber.
- We’ve got a fun, flippant column from Las Vegas on all of the ex-51s in the World Series.
- The Chicago Sun-Times posted video footage of the 1917 World Series. You know, the one that was played 98 years ago.
Enjoy the Series!