January’s RBI Club Luncheon with Jack Zduriencik

written by Mikaela Cowles on January 21, 2013 in Luncheons and Mariners Front Office Staff with no comments

Jack Zduriencik, the General Manager of the Seattle Mariners, joined the Mariners RBI Club on Friday, January 19. More than 150 people packed Ellis Pavilion at Safeco Field to hear Jack’s insider perspective about the ballclub and the upcoming season. 

Jack addressed some of the recent trades and additions to the roaster, including Raúl Ibáñez. Bringing leadership into the clubhouse was one of the main goals. Jack said the Mariners wanted: “someone who could come to the forefront and say follow me.” Raúl fit that bill. 

Since his rookie debut in a Mariners uniform in 1996, Raúl has played 10 of his 17 big league years in Seattle. Recently, he played in the postseason with the Phillies and the Yankees. His return has stirred up a lot of excitement. Raúl’s exceptional character make him a welcome addition to the clubhouse. Plus, “He’s been there and done that on playoff clubs,” said Jack.

After Jack addressed several other trades including the addition of Michael Morse for John Jaso, the floor was opened for a question and answer period. The audience asked about moving in the fences, the need for more power hitters, the advantage of on-base percentage over slugging percentage, and more.

At the culmination of the luncheon, the audience lingered and so did Jack. He continued speaking with members and guests as they asked more questions and posed for pictures.

The next RBI Club luncheon is scheduled for Friday, February 8. It will be the 4th Annual Media Day Luncheon featuring speakers: Rick Rizzs, Shannon Drayer, Larry Stone, Greg Johns, and Brad Adam.

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Click the image to see more pictures from the January luncheon.