Former Rockies RHP Dipoto Gets Extension as M's GM

A former pitcher for the Rockies, Jerry Dipoto was given his chance to break into front office duties by the organization when neck problems forced him to retire in the spring of 2001.

He has made good on that opportunity.  In the midst of his third full year as the general manager of the Mariners, the team announced Friday that Dipoto was given a multi-year contract extension.

And the first game for the Mariners in the aftermath of Dipoto's new deal? It is against the Rockies.

Dipoto had served as an interim general manager of the Diamondbacks and the general manager of the Angels prior to being hired as the ninth full-time general manager in Mariners history on Sept. 28, 2015. 

It's with the Mariners that he has made his mark.

“Jerry arrived here two-and-a-half years ago with a specific plan for our franchise,” club present Kevin Mather said. “He has successfully executed that plan, resulting in a younger, more athletic and, most importantly, far more successful Major League team.

“At the same time, he has upgraded nearly every aspect of our overall baseball operation, improving systems, staff and communication in our Major League operations, our Player Development system, our Pro and Amateur scouting departments and our revamped High Performance Area.”

Since the start of the 2016 season (Dipoto’s first full year), the Mariners have the eighth-best record in the Major Leagues at 220-192. This season, Seattle boasts the fourth-best mark in the Majors at 56-32.

“As I said when I arrived here, I believe this organization has every opportunity to be successful on a consistent basis,” Dipoto said. “The combination of a supportive ownership group, great ballpark, passionate fan base and beautiful city gives us all the tools we need to consistently compete for division titles, and division titles give us the opportunity to attain our primary goal: Winning the Word Series here in Seattle.”

During his playing career, Dipoto appeared in 390 Major League games, all in relief, with the Cleveland Indians (1993-94), New York Mets (1995-96) and Colorado Rockies (1997-2000). A right-handed pitcher, he compiled a career 27-24 record with 49 saves and a 4.05 ERA prior to retiring during spring training in 2001 with a bulging disc in his neck.

He was originally selected by the Indians in the third round of the 1989 June Draft out of Virginia Commonwealth University.

The Dipoto File

Career Timeline
1989-1992 Minor League Baseball with Cleveland Indians
1993-2000 Played 8 Major League seasons with Cleveland (1993-94), New York-NL (1995-96), Colorado (1997-2000)
2001 Rockies Special Assistant to the GM
2003-2004 Red Sox Scouting Department
2005-2006 Rockies Director of Player Personnel
2006-2010 Diamondbacks Vice President, Player Personnel
2010 Diamondbacks Interim General Manager
2011 Diamondbacks Vice President, Scouting & Player Development
2011-2015 Angels General Manager
2015 Red Sox Special Assistant
9/28/2015- Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations