April’s Guest Speakers: McClendon and Mather
April 25, Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon and Mariners president Kevin Mather will join RBI Club members and guests for our 2014 April luncheon.
McClendon’s Mariners tenure and second chance at managing a big league ball club is off to a great start. Hernandez’s 10-3 win over the Angels may only be one of the 111 he’s earned in the Bigs, but it’s McClendon’s first as the Mariners manager.
The cynical voice among Mariners fans is quick to point out that an opening day victory has become a Hernandez norm. Still, it’s hard not to think of the advice McClendon shared prior to the first game:
If you want to be able to cross the ocean, you’ve got to take your eye off the shore. If you keep looking back, you’re never going to cross that ocean. We’ve been beaten down, but we’ve got to get up off the mat and start fighting back.
Just who is this manger, this quiet man who hides his eyes behind a tipped baseball cap? He’s Legendary Lloyd, the kid who hit five home runs in five at-bats during the Little League World Series. (He was intentionally walked the rest of the series.) He’s the professional ball player who earned his major league debut as a pinch hitter with the Cincinnati Reds. He’s the professional coach with a history for challenging close calls. Even more so, he’s the Mariners manager who goes about his job in a trustworthy manner that has even the most unabashedly negative among us thinking there’s light at the end of the tunnel.
In January of this year, Mather took the Mariners reigns from Chuck Armstrong as president and chief operating officer. Mather has been with the Mariners since 1996. Most fans don’t know what the team president does on a daily basis. To Mather the job description is simple: coordinate the business side and the baseball side and provide resources.
More specifically, these resources include building and improving facilities and helping add players and talent. And while he’s helping acquire the necessary talent, he isn’t part of deciding which talent to acquire. The baseball decisions belong to the general manager, Jack Zduriencik.
“Lloyd McClendon, a manager of few words, puts Mariners on course” by Jerry Brewer
“Mariners name Kevin Mather new president” by Ryan Divish