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Monday, September 06, 2021

Mariners give GM Jerry Dipoto, manager Scott Servais multiyear contract extensions

On Wednesday morning, less than 12 hours after a dramatic 4-0 win over the Houston Astros, the Mariners announced that Dipoto and Servais have been given multiyear contract extensions.

“I believe that this puts us in a position to achieve our mission and goal as the Seattle Mariners to win championships, and to do everything we can to win on the field,” Mariners chairman John Stanton said before Wednesday’s game.

It’s the second extension for the duo and provides leadership stability in the front office and on the field that hasn’t been apparent since the late 1990s and early 2000s. After joining the Mariners before the 2016 season on three-year contracts, Dipoto and Servais were given three-year extensions in July 2018.

“I never really doubted that we would not be here,” Dipoto said of finishing the rebuild. “It’s something that we laid out post-2018 season. And when we laid it out, we had to stay disciplined to what we were doing regardless of the outcomes. That’s what we owed the organization, and that’s what we owed the players that we were … investing this time and space in, and all the staff members that we brought on who helped us create this as a group.“

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 06, 2021 at 12:34 PM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Duke Posted: September 06, 2021 at 05:59 PM (#6038492)
I don’t understand why everyone loves Dipoto. Does he have a history of winning I don’t know about ?
   2. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 06, 2021 at 06:27 PM (#6038499)
Well he does a lot of trades, and trades are fun, and he has built a top farm system, but I don't know that everyone does love Jerry Dipoto?
   3. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: September 07, 2021 at 02:27 AM (#6038540)
Agree with #2. With all those trades, at least he appears to be trying to do something. Not always successful but at least he's trying...right?
   4. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: September 07, 2021 at 10:23 AM (#6038561)
I love baseball, and I love sabermetrics...and I acknowledge that much of what is perceived as skill in baseball is actually largely luck. With good luck this year, DiPoto gets an extension. With average luck this year, DiPoto does not get an extension this year. In fact, he might get fired. With bad luck, DiPoto definitely gets fired at the end of the season.

Toronto is 74-62, but every time I see them on TV, I swear they are one of the best teams in baseball. They have a lot of talent, including some elite talent, and they play in a tough division, and they are still right there for the second wild card. Their expected W/L, based on their RS/RA? 81-55. They *are* one of the best teams in baseball.

Seattle is 75-63, basically tied with Toronto. Their expected W/L, given that they have actually been outscored 639 to 584? 63-75.

That's a 19-game difference in the Pythagorean W/L expectation between an unlucky Toronto and a very, very lucky Seattle.

29-16 in one-run games
9-25, outscored 128-253, in blowout games (5+ run margin of victory)

13-15 in one-run games
25-12, outscoring their opponents 284-164, in blowout games

FWIW, they are chasing Boston and the Yankees for the two WC spots. Yankees are 78-59, Boston is 79-61, a half-game behind NY:

23-16 in one-run games
15-13 in blowouts
78-59, expected W/L is 73-64

24-15 in one-run games
20-18 in blowouts
79-61, expected W/L is 75-65

Toronto is better than these other teams, and Seattle is much, much worse than these other teams - but because of the one-run games, DiPoto gets the extension, instead of getting let go.
   5. bookbook Posted: September 09, 2021 at 03:16 AM (#6038879)
#4 is true, but overstated.

Teams that don’t have good offenses and teams that have exceptional bullpens tend to outperform their Pythagorean projections.

A team like the M’s essentially can’t score enough to win blowouts, but everyone can give up enough runs occasionally to lose a blowout.

Dipoto hasn’t had bullpen magic every year, but he has been willing to tinker enough to get decent bullpen production more often than not. The specific names are lucky ( Seawald, etc.)

The bigger problem for Jerry et al is that the prospects look amazing until they reach the majors. Then… we’ll…

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