The Seattle Mariners will hire Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim assistant GM Scott Servais as its new manager. The official announcement is expected to come later today, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Former Angels special assistant Tim Bogar is expected to be hired as the team’s bench coach. Both men worked closely with new Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto during his tenure with the Angels in recent years.
Servais is a former Major League catcher, who played 11-years. The 48-year-old began his post-playing career as an executive with the Texas Rangers. Then, was hired by the Angels as the team’s assistant GM to oversee scouting and player development.
Previously, he interviewed for the San Diego Padres managerial job, which he did not get. Neither did he get the Angels GM job after Dipoto resigned, which went to former New York Yankees assistant GM Billy Eppler.
Bogar has previous managerial experience, as he was the Rangers interim manager following Ron Washington’s exit in 2014. He previously served as the team’s bench coach before that appointment.
While Dipoto was with the Angels, he did not have a rapport with the coaching staff, which eventually caused him to resign. Manager Mike Scioscia and Dipoto had disputes about moves and several of Scioscia’s coaching staff refused to listen to the GM.
This will be the first managerial job for Servais.