Mariners say accusations of racism from former high-performance coach are ‘outrageous’

Ruben Hill
November 14, 2018

True or not, the mounting allegations against the Mariners organization is worrisome and ultimately disturbing.

Lorena Martin, the first Director of High Performance with the Seattle Mariners, is out after just one season with the Major League Baseball team, and she's not leaving on friendly terms.

Lorena Martin, who was reportedly fired last month, accused Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto, manager Scott Servais and director of player development Andy McKay of lacking quality leadership and making the comments.

Dr. Lorena Martin, recently let go as the Mariners' director of high performance, is accusing members of the front office of making racist comments against foreign-born players.

When asked to speak with those corroborating sources, the Mariners on Monday night declined, at the time, to make them available. Leadership is to blame, under Jerry Dipoto's leadership no team has made it to the playoffs and they will continue to miss the playoffs with him in his position.

"And [Dipoto] said, 'You know what you are?"

For now, we'll keep our ear to the ground for more details if they pop up. "You're a cocky Latina", Martin told the News Tribune. Dipoto had said the club spent nearly a year creating the role and identifying the best person for it. Without diving too far into speculative territory, the discrepancies over the remaining finances of Dr. Martin's deal will likely land the two parties in a legal battle that may produce further examination into these claims. She said she wasn't allowed to attend a meeting with players in the clubhouse during spring training. She said her posting was "a glimpse of what I've experienced".

The Mariners have denied the accusations, calling Martin's claims "outrageous".

The Mariners said that in at least one of the instances Martin used as an example of racial discrimination that "there were others in the room who can confirm that the stories did not happen as she related they did".

In a later comment on Twitter, Martin said there was a breach of contract by the Mariners and she had reported "discriminatory incidences" to human resources and other staff members during the season. "Additionally, we have not terminated (or threatened to terminate) any trainers during the offseason", the statement continued.

With the Mariners, she was put in charge of all aspects of physical and mental training for the team's players, incorporating data from various trainers, coaches and physicians to improve performance.

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