Kevin Mather Biography – Kevin Mather Wiki
Kevin Mather is the former president and CEO of the Seattle Mariners. He resigned as president and CEO of the Mariners on February 22, 2021 following controversial comments during a Rotary Club event on Feb. 5. Mariners chairman and managing partner John Stanton released a statement that read as follows: “Like all of you, I was extremely disappointed when I learned of Kevin Mather’s comments. His comments were inappropriate and do not represent our organization’s feelings about our players, staff and fans.
“There is no excuse for what he said, and I won’t try to make one. I offer my sincere apology on behalf of the club and my partners to our players and fans. We must be, and do, better. We have a lot of work to do to make amends, and that work is underway.
“Kevin Mather has resigned his position effective immediately. I want to thank Kevin for his 25 years of service to our franchise. I will serve as acting President and CEO until a successor can be chosen.
“Everyone at the Seattle Mariners remains committed to our mission of winning on the field and serving our fans and communities off the field. We will demonstrate that commitment through our actions.”
Before joining the Mariners, Mather was the Vice President of Finance for the Minnesota Twins for four and a half years. He started with the Twins as director of finance in 1989 before his promotion to vice president in 1992. Prior to his tenure with the Twins, Mather worked in Minneapolis with the CPA firm of Deloitte, Haskins & Sells for four years and with The Bellfonte Company for one year.
A native of Madison, WI, Mather is a 1984 graduate of the University of Wisconsin where he received his B.A. degree in accounting and risk/insurance. He serves on the Board of Junior Achievement of Washington.
Kevin Mather Comments
Kevin Mather was criticized for comments he made during a Zoom call with a local rotary club on Feb. 5 that was released publicly on February 21. In the 46-minute clip, which was released via the Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club’s YouTube page and has since been deleted, Mather openly discussed numerous sensitive topics relating to the organization’s direction and demeaned the English skills of two foreign-born Mariners employees: former Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma, who was hired in January as a special assignment coach, and minor league outfielder Julio Rodríguez.
“For instance, we just rehired Iwakuma; he was a pitcher with us for a number of years. Wonderful human being; his English was terrible,” Mather said. “He wanted to get back into the game; he came to us. We quite frankly want him as our Asian scout-interpreter, what’s going on with the Japanese league. He’s coming to spring training.
“And I’m going to say, I’m tired of paying his interpreter. When he was a player, we’d pay Iwakuma ‘X,’ but we’d also have to pay $75,000 a year to have an interpreter with him. His English suddenly got better. His English got better when we told him that.”
Mather said Rodríguez, who is from the Dominican Republic, “has got a personality bigger than all of you combined. He is loud. His English is not tremendous. Everybody says he’ll be here in 2021. He won’t be here till 2022 or 2023. A fantastic kid.”
Major League Baseball issued a statement about Mather’s comments: “We condemn Kevin Mather’s offensive and disrespectful comments about several players. We are proud of the international players who have made baseball better through their outstanding examples of courage and determination, and our global game is far better because of their contributions. His misguided remarks do not represent the values of our game and have no place in our sport.”
Mather issued an apology: “I want to apologize to every member of the Seattle Mariners organization, especially our players and to our fans. There is no excuse for my behavior, and I take full responsibility for my terrible lapse in judgment.
“My comments were my own. They do not reflect the views and strategy of the Mariners baseball leadership who are responsible for decisions about the development and status of the players at all levels of the organization.
“I’ve been on the phone most of the day today apologizing to the many people I have insulted, hurt, or disappointed in speaking at a recent online event.
“I am committed to make amends for the things I said that were personally hurtful and I will do whatever it takes to repair the damage I have caused to the Seattle Mariners organization.”
Kevin Mather Age
He was born in Madison, Wisconsin.
Kevin Mather Wife
Kevin Mather is married to his wife Shannon Mather. He and his wife, Shannon, live in Issaquah, Washington.
Kevin Mather Children
Mather and wife Shannon have three sons: J.P., David and Steven.
Kevin Mather Salary
Kevin Mather’s salary at the mariners is unclear.
Kevin Mather Net Worth
He is a minority owner of the Seattle Mariners.