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Cleveland version of Dipoto’s vision

  Yesterday, Murphy’s Law was at work. I was traveling back from a fun-filled weekend in Cleveland when the Seattle Mariners introduced Jerry Dipoto as their new GM. I would’ve preferred to have been parked in front of some sort of a screen watching his introductory press conference rather than being stuck at airports and trapped inside airplanes. I was eager to hear what the 47-year-old thought about the team he was inheriting from the recently fired Jack Zduriencik and how he planned to make the Mariners into a championship…

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Notes from Dipoto’s press conference

The Seattle Mariners made it officially official Tuesday morning, announcing the hiring of Jerry Dipoto as the club’s Executive V.P. and general manager. Dipoto spoke at the presser like a man who was prepared not only for the media, but for the job itself. Here’s what I took from the press conference: Dipoto values outfield defense It’s obvious to most, but Dipoto made it clear he too sees the issues with the current roster, including a lack of athleticism and fits to the ballpark, just as we thought he’d assess….

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Churchill: Dipoto’s first moves

It’s still September, so expecting a blockbuster trade or even a major decision right away is asking too much. We could hear about decisions on Lloyd McClendon and some other scouting and player development changes in the next few days to few weeks, but we’re probably a month or more away from any significant player decisions by new Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto. Some already are speculating a blockbuster deal involving Robinson Cano or Nelson Cruz to start off Dipoto’s tenure in Seattle. Don’t count on it. Not only…

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Churchill: M’s make solid choice in Dipoto

At the start of the club’s search for a new baseball leader it was my opinion that Jerry Dipoto would be, at least, a satisfactory choice to replace Jack Zduriencik. As the process unfolded the public was not privy to all that were contacted, every interview conducted or how those interviews went. In the end, the club landed on the former Los Angeles Angels general manager, who reportedly finished No. 2 in the running in 2008. Who is Jerry Dipoto? Dipoto spent three and a half years as the GM…

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DePodesta, Kingston among M’s GM candidates?

In the two-plus weeks since the Seattle Mariners created a chief opening in their baseball operations department we’ve heard at least a dozen names bandied about in connection with the general manager’s job. From Jerry DiPoto and Billy Eppler to Dan O’Dowd, and almost everywhere in between. It is interesting to note, however, that the Mariners wanted to talk to Athletics assistant GM David Forst but will not be allowed to as he’s being promoted to GM as he continues his work under Billy Beane in Oakland. ESPN’s Buster Olney…

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Deciphering Kyle Seager’s Texas success

  This coming weekend, my lovely bride is taking me to the Dallas/Ft. Worth area to celebrate my birthday. She’s awesome that way and has done a great job of planning our itinerary so that we’ll be able to visit typical touristy spots and still have time to attend a couple of ballgames between the Seattle Mariners and the Texas Rangers. Although the weather is forecasted to be hot and balmy, it’ll be fun to take in a few games. Plus, there’s an upside that my wife didn’t foresee when…

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Cespedes for MVP is lazy analysis

  A few days ago, Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports suggested that Yoenis Céspedes – based on his performance since being traded to New York Mets by the Detroit Tigers – could be a contender for National League Most Valuable Player (MVP). Since his article was published, several of Morosi’s peers have stoked the flames of the “Céspedes for MVP” fervor by rationalizing how a player with only 36 games with his new team could potentially be a serious MVP candidate. Although I have the utmost respect for Morosi…

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