Mariners Management Structure Defined

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Yesterday the Mariners announced that Kevin Mather would succeed the retiring Chuck Armstrong on February 1 as President and Chief Operating Officer of the organization, and that Bob Aylward would take over Chuck’s role as Chairman of the Board of ROOT Sports Northwest.  Bob will remain in his position as Executive Vice President of Business Operations. Here is the full news release on the announcement.

Jack Zduriencik, the club’s Executive Vice President and General Manager of Baseball Operations, remains responsible for baseball operations and makes the baseball decisions, as he has been since joining the Mariners in November 2009.  Jack has reported to Armstrong and now will report directly to Kevin, who in turn reports directly to Mariners Chief Executive Officer Howard Lincoln.

Just to provide some perspective, this management structure is the same one used by a super majority of the 29 other Major League Baseball franchises.

In this structure, the president’s job is to oversee all aspects of the organization, and report directly to the chief operating officer/ownership.  In basic terms, most teams are organized with a “baseball side” and a “business side.”  In the case of the Mariners, great effort is made to make sure that both “sides” form a closely knit unit.  But clearly the focus of baseball operations is to draft, trade and sign the players who will be on the field at the Major League and Minor League levels, manage and coach them, develop them, and train them to become successful in Seattle.  Jack is in charge of this huge department, which includes over 100 full-time employees and during spring training over 200 players (including the minor leagues).

The “business side” of baseball teams includes handles sales, marketing, ballpark operations, ticketing, corporate business, communications, broadcasting, accounting, retail, information technology, community relations, etc. Aylward remains responsible for most of these functions.

The two “sides” work hand-in-hand and support each other.  Success on the field drives success off the field.  Success of the field provides the resources for sustained success on the field, which means winning baseball and championships. 

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