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Mariners hire Jerry Dipoto to be their next general manager

Jerry Dipoto, right, talks with Angels starting pitcher C.J. Wilson before a game on April 11, 2015.
Jerry Dipoto, right, talks with Angels starting pitcher C.J. Wilson before a game on April 11, 2015. AP file, 2015

SEATTLE — It is now Jerry Dipoto’s job to end Major League Baseball’s longest postseason drought.

The Mariners confirmed Monday their choice of Dipoto, 47, to be their new general manager and will formalize the announcement on Tuesday in a 10 a.m. news conference at Safeco Field.

"I’m honored to be joining the Mariners family," Dipoto said in a statement released by the club. "As the 2015 season draws to a close, we have a great fan base, ballpark and organization, providing a great opportunity for success.

"I truly look forward to both the challenges and rewards to come as we chart a fresh course for the future of Mariners baseball."

Dipoto served 3 1/2 years as general manager for the Los Angeles Angels before resigning July 1 after a public spat with manager Mike Scioscia over the use of analytics and other matters.

The Boston Red Sox hired Dipoto to an advisory role in mid-August. New club president Dave Dombrowski said recently he hoped to elevate Dipoto to a full-time position if he isn’t hired by another club.

"Jerry impressed us at each step of the process," said club president Kevin Mather, who headed the search. "He has a very unique skill set, having been a successful player in the majors, then moving into front offices with steadily increasing responsibilities.

"Jerry has scouted, spent time in player development and has a track record as a very successful general manager."

Multiple reports indicated Dipoto and New York Yankees assistant general manager Billy Eppler were the Mariners’ two finalists. Mather opted for the candidate who fit his desire for an experienced general manager.

"During our conversations over the past few weeks," Mather said, "it became clear to me that he has a very solid understanding of our team and organization, both where we are and where we want to be.

"And he has a strategy to get us there. Few candidates bring the combination of playing the game, scouting, a solid understanding of statistical metrics and a plan for player development."

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