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Seattle Mariners president steps down after comments surface in which he disparaged baseball players

February 23, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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SEATTLE, WA - AUGUST 06: Seattle Mariners President & Chief Operating Officer Kevin Mather speaks to the crowd during a jersey retirement ceremony honoring Ken Griffey Jr. prior to the game between the Seattle Mariners and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Safeco Field on August 6, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Kevin Mather made the comments to the Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club in Washington on February 5.

(CNN)Seattle Mariners president and CEO Kevin Mather resigned from the Major League Baseball club after disparaging comments he made earlier this month were made public over the weekend, according to an announcement Monday by team chairman John Stanton.

Stanton said he was "extremely disappointed" when he learned of Mather's comments to the Rotary Club.

"I want to apologize to every member of the Seattle Mariners organization, especially our players and to our fans," Mather said, per MLB. com.

Mather has been part of the Mariners organization since 1996 when he joined the team as its executive vice president of finance and ballpark operations, according to MLB.

In the team's statement announcing Mather's resignation, Stanton said "[Mather's] comments were inappropriate and do not represent our organization's feelings about our players, staff, and fans. "

In a statement, the MLBPA called the Mather video "a highly disturbing yet critically important window into how players are genuinely viewed by management" and said the comments provided "an unfiltered look into Club thinking. "

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