VCU Baseball Alum, Dipoto, named General Manager of Seattle Mariners
SEATTLE, Wash. – VCU baseball alum Jerry Dipoto is staying in the American League West, being formally introduced as the new General Manager of the Seattle Mariners yesterday.
The former Ram had spent the previous four seasons with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim as their General Manager.
Dipoto is one of three GMs in Major League Baseball with degrees from Atlantic 10 institutions. David Dombrowski (Boston Red Sox) has a graduate degree from Massachusetts and Dayton Moore (Kansas City Royals) is a George Mason graduate. Only the Ivy league (six MLB general managers) has more. Like the A-10, the Big 10 also has three alums as GMs.
"I'm honored to be joining the Mariners family," Dipoto said. "As the 2015 season draws to a close, we have a great fan base, ballpark and organization, providing a great opportunity for success. I truly look forward to both the challenges and rewards to come as we chart a fresh course for the future of Mariners baseball."
During his time with the Angels, the team averaged over 86 wins a season and captured the 2014 AL West Division title.
Prior to his time in LA, Dipoto spent six years in various roles with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He's also spent time with the Colorado Rockies and Boston Red Sox during his career.
Dipoto's career at VCU spanned from 1987-89. He was a star on the mound for the Rams, including leading the program to its first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 1988. He still remains in the top-10 in school history in several statistical categories.
He also holds the distinction of being the first Ram to reach the Major Leagues after being a third-round selection in the 1989 MLB Draft by the Cleveland Indians.
In the big leagues, he racked up 27 wins and 49 saves, while tossing 495.1 innings and striking out 352.