Seattle Mariners hire Catie Griggs as new president of business ops – KIRO 7 News Seattle

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SEATTLE – The Seattle Mariners announced Tuesday afternoon that they had hired Catie Griggs as the organization’s new President of Business Operations.

Griggs spent the past four seasons at Atlanta United as chief business officer. She oversaw all aspects of the team’s front office, the strategic decisions that led to a record attendance, game day production and operations, the team’s support groups and broadcast, the Mariners announced.

“The Mariners are an emerging team, and as this builds success in the field, we have the opportunity to build even stronger bonds with the community,” said Griggs. “I’m going to bring a championship mentality into everything the franchise does by focusing on the fans and giving something back in a meaningful way. My values ​​align very well with the Mariners mission and I am honored to have the opportunity to join this organization at this extraordinary time. “

Please join us in welcoming our new President of Business Operations, Catie Griggs, to the Mariners family!

– Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) July 27, 2021

Griggs will take over all aspects of Mariners’ business. With the exception of Jerry Dipoto and baseball operations, the Mariners Executive Vice Presidents and Sr. Vice Presidents report to Griggs and form the leadership team for the organization, the team said.

“We had a really impressive group of finalists for the role,” said Mariners Chairman and Managing Partner John Stanton. “Catie stands out from this very strong group with her passion, her experience and the perspective that she will bring to the Mariners.”

Griggs will replace Kevin Mather, who stepped down in February after a video surfaced of making derogatory comments about some of the players and the club’s operations. Mather shot insensitive shots at a former All-Star from Japan and a top contender from the Dominican Republic for their English language skills, admitting the team may have been rigging the service time for some of its young players.

Mather oversaw both baseball and business operations for the Mariners. After Mather’s resignation, Stanton said those roles would be split.

Griggs will begin her new role the week of August 23rd.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.