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The Seattle Mariners are on pace to win 102 wins this season, as such General Manager Jerry Dipoto, who was in his last year, has been given a multi-year extension. “Trader Jerry” suffered 2 underperforming seasons a couple of bad trades making many wonder if Dipoto would see another season. Many fans had been calling for an end to the 17-year playoff drought and in his 3rd year it looks as if Dipoto may deliver as the M’s sits at 56 wins before the All-Star break.
“Jerry arrived here two-and-a-half years ago with a specific plan for our franchise,” Mariners President and Chief Executive Officer Kevin Mather said in a statement. “He has successfully executed that plan, resulting in a younger, more athletic and, most importantly, far more successful Major League team.
Trader Jerry has added the likes of Dee Gordon, Jean Segura and Mitch Haniger, to Marco Gonzales, Mike Leake and Wade LeBlanc in the last year. All of these acquisitions have been major contributors to the winning culture on the team.
The Mariners finished 86-76 in the duo’s first year in 2016 and 78-84 in 2017 and with the loss of Robinson Cano, one could have almost seen the ship sinking. But credit to the additions that Dipoto added as the new acquisitions have taken the ball and run with it. With role players to supplement the M’s superstars, it is very hard to find any real weakness on this team.
“As I said when I arrived here, I believe this organization has every opportunity to be successful on a consistent basis,” Dipoto said. “The combination of a supportive ownership group, great ballpark, passionate fan base and beautiful city gives us all the tools we need to consistently compete for division titles, and division titles give us the opportunity to attain our primary goal: Winning the Word Series here in Seattle.”