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.
Purchase tickets in advance from Brown Paper Tickeets here.
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
Very cool, Art. Should be a great time.
You showing up?
I’m planning on it, Art!
I live out of state, but I’d ask him what his plan is if the Mariners get off to a slow start….with the tip that M’s fans are tired of hearing “it’s early” every year haha.
Fair question. Thanks,
Is Lincoln gone yet? No? Then I’ll have to wait out a year to see whether he can actually STAY AWAY or continues to F up the organization, as he has since letting Gillick go and not finding the right guy after Piniella. As the lead investor rep and the real man at the helm, the Mariner’s demise is all his.
I respect a conscientious objector, but here’s a chance to get your hard questions answered.
Is the event going to be streamed? I’m outta town and can’t be there but would listen in. Having a little hope here, HL notwithstanding.
Plotting . . .
But I live in Montana,
You were my first introduction to good sports writing, I’d read few articles, and it made me into a continuing fan. I don’t think I would have stuck around with out the enjoyable story telling that embeds a quality sports journal. Would love to drop by but,
Where in Montana? I was born in Thompson Falls.
“Jerry: Although your bosses have allegedly sworn off meddling in the day-to-day operations of the team, they’ve shown no ability to restrain themselves and actually do that. What will your reaction be when Howard calls you on the phone or comes to your office and starts giving baseball-related instructions, like playing a particular player, or having Felix Hernandez throw batting practice?”
Happy to ask. You better show up to hear the answer.
I’d love to, but that’s a long flight from San Jose.
2 hrs, 20 min, tops. You’re not doing anything else that day.
Let me check the prices on Alaska Air.
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