Here’s your first chance to ask Jerry Dipoto in person what the hell he’s doing. The new Mariners general manager will join me at the Sports Salon at World Trade Center Seattle at a Feb. 11 happy hour to explain his extreme makeover of the hometown team. You’re invited.
Since his September hire, Dipoto has moved 42 players on or off the roster, including five players who were acquired and dispatched before playing an inning for the Mariners.
The Mariners have two new starting pitchers, a remade bullpen and only four holdover starting position players.
A former MLB relief pitcher for eight seasons, Dipoto was for four years the general manager of the Anaheim Angels, who had 98 wins in 2014. He has spent 15 years in the player-personnel departments of five MLB organizations, and was nearly hired as the Mariners’ GM in 2009.
Come hear Dipoto’s thought process behind these unprecedented changes and more about his new manager, Scott Servais.
The event is at the World Trade Center’s spectacular fourth-floor restaurant on the downtown waterfront opposite Anthony’s Pier 66.
Tickets are $20 for WTC members, $30 for non-members and includes appetizers. Drinks are at happy-hour prices. Bring your questions for Dipoto and see if you can coax him into committing that the Mariners will be in the playoffs for the first time since 2001.
5:30 p.m.: Networking, happy hour beverages, complimentary appetizers
6:30 p.m.: Program with Art Thiel and Jerry Dipoto
7 p.m.: Questions and answers from the audience
Program brought to you by CodeSmart, Sportpress Northwest and the World Trade Center Seattle