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Keeping Martinez as hitting coach was Dipoto’s best move for M’s

Keeping Martinez by far Dipoto’s smartest move

When Jerry Dipoto took over as the new general manager of the Seattle Mariners prior to the season he made more than a few changes.

edgar martinez and robinson cano, hitting coach
Edgar Martinez & Robinson Cano. Rob Leiter/Getty Images.

He flipped over 40% of the Mariners roster between mid-September and mid-December. Dipoto kept a handful of the front office staff in assistant GM Jeff Kingston and two scouting directors in Tom McNamara and Tom Allison. He brought in his former assistant general manager with the Los Angeles Angels Scott Servais, a man with no managerial experience, to manage the team in place of an experienced skipper in Lloyd McClendon.

When it came to coaches he allowed just two to remain: infield coach Chris Woodward and hitting coach and legendary Mariner Edgar Martinez. Martinez is regarded as one of, if not the best, designated hitters of all time and his place in the National Baseball Hall of Fame is one that is always hotly debated.

He’s even influenced the hitting styles of former Mariner Mark Trumbo and superstar Robinson Cano in the last year alone.

One thing is for certain however and that is keeping Martinez on as the hitting coach may have been the best move (or non-move) that Dipoto made over the offseason.

To find out how Martinez has influenced and improved the Mariners’ hitters and overall offensive numbers in 2016 you can read my full column on Today’s Knuckleball by following the link below:

Keeping Martinez was Dipoto’s best offseason move

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