Mather spoke about the ability of foreign-born players to speak English, the decisions of team members and the financial situation, and about the tactics the team used to limit the time to serve young potential customers – a maneuver that allows the team to maintain control of the player for longer.
Stanton said he was “very disappointed” to learn of Mather’s comments to Rotary.
“I want to apologize to every member of the Seattle Mariners, especially our players and our fans,” said Mather at MLB.com. “There is no excuse for my behavior, and I take full responsibility for my terrible lapse in judgment (sic).”
The comments spark anger across MLB
Anger at Mather’s comments spread throughout the league, including from some of the individuals referenced in Mather’s comments.
In a team statement announcing Mather’s resignation, Stanton said.[Mather’s] The comments were inappropriate and did not represent the feelings of our organization towards our players, employees and fans. “
“There is no excuse for what was said, and I will not try to make it,” Stanton added. “I offer my sincere apologies on behalf of the club and my partners to our players and fans. We must be better and do it.”
Stanton will assume the role of acting team leader and CEO until his successor is announced.
Mather’s comments were also severely criticized by the MLB Players Association. In a statement, MLBPA described Mather’s video as “a very disturbing but very important window into how the administration honestly views players” and said the comments provided an “unfiltered look at the club’s thinking”.
“It’s offensive, and it’s not surprising that fans and others in the game have been insulted as well,” the MLBPA statement read.
Mather also faced controversy in 2018
It isn’t the first time that Mather has had to apologize for his actions while working as CEO at Mariners. In 2018, he apologized after it emerged that two of the team’s employees complained of inappropriate language and actions from Mather between 2009 and 2010, while Mather served as executive vice president of the team.
Mather said in 2018: “Throughout my career, I have tried to treat people with respect and professionalism. When I was moving up the ranks, I thought I needed to be a strong manager, but I realized I was facing her sometimes as scary or even mean. I also took part in the banter and was in Sometimes I’m overly familiar, in ways I’ve realized aren’t appropriate in the workplace.
“At the time, I didn’t realize how my actions affected the people around me. I’m really sorry for the people I hurt and how I ran into them. It was a humble experience, and I tried to learn from mistakes. I take full responsibility for my actions, and I was grateful for the opportunity to change my behavior and management training. I worked to be a better coworker, a better leader, and a better person. “
The Mariners’ family said at the time that after investigating the allegations against Mather, “the organization has imposed appropriate discipline, management and sensitivity training, and other corrective measures”.
Mariners also revealed that the team “made adjustments” to female employees.
In a statement released in 2018, Stanton said, “Kevin learned from the experience and has since become an outstanding director and CEO.” Promotion to President in 2014 and to CEO last year. We wouldn’t have promoted Kevin if we had any doubts about his ability to drive and meet our high standards. “