A recently dismissed Mariners team employee has levied allegations of racial discrimination against the team's leadership, specifically general manager Jerry Dipoto and manager Scott Servais. She even said they attempted to keep her quiet.
Lorena Martin was the Mariners' director of high performance, the first woman in MLB to hold such a position. She was fired in October and then spoke out against the club Monday via social media. Martin said that Dipoto, Servais and director of player development Andy McKay referred to Latino players as "lazy, dumb and stupid." Martin also wrote the team was "firing innocent trainers for trying to do the right thing and because of their color/race."
The Mariners organization has issues.— Lorena Martin (@LMHighPerform) November 12, 2018
The things I’ve witnessed first hand have left me shocked, GM Jerry Dipoto, Manager Scott Servais, and Director of PD Andy McKay speak about players like this
Calling LATINOS, LAZY, DUMB, and STUPID, especially DOMINICANS#discrimination pic.twitter.com/ie5uxyxq15
And then they wonder why they didn’t make it to the playoffs. Leadership is to blame, under Jerry Dipoto’s leadership no team has made the playoffs. All talk, no substance. Poor leadership.— Lorena Martin (@LMHighPerform) November 12, 2018
This is how the Seattle Mariners treat people of color (women and minorities).#MLB
Also replying to a Mariners beat writer, she said this:
They wanted to negotiate to keep me quiet.— Lorena Martin (@LMHighPerform) November 12, 2018
Shortly after Martin made her comments public, the Mariners released a statement denying the allegations. The team called the comments "outrageous and false."
On Tuesday, Major League Baseball announced it would investigate Martin's claims.
Statement from baseball: “MLB is aware of the allegations made by a former employee of the Seattle Mariners regarding the conduct of Club employees. Consistent with our policies, we are investigating the allegations.”— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 13, 2018