Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today the addition of a Special Assistant and new titles and responsibilities in the Mariners baseball operations department.
Jeff Kingston has been promoted to Vice President & Assistant General Manager, Baseball Operations. He will assist Dipoto in all aspects of the Mariners baseball operations and takes on additional responsibilities overseeing the Player Development department. Kingston was hired by Seattle on Sept. 17, 2009 as the Assistant General Manager, a position he has held the past six years. Prior to joining Seattle, Jeff served variously as Assistant to the Director of Player Development and Director of Baseball Operations with the San Diego Padres from 2001 until being hired by the Mariners.
Tom Allison has been promoted to Vice President, Player Personnel. In his expanded role, Tom will oversee all aspects of the Mariners scouting operation. Seattle’s Amateur, Professional and International Scouting will all report to Tom. Allison, who joined the team September 26, 2012, has over 20 years of professional scouting experience. He was previously the Mariners Director of Professional Scouting. Prior to joining Seattle, Tom worked in various scouting capacities with the New York Mets (1995-99), Milwaukee Brewers (2000-06) and Arizona Diamondbacks (2007-2010) and the Boston Red Sox (2011-2012).
Lee MacPhail IV has been promoted to Director of Professional Scouting, filling the spot previously held by Tom Allison. Lee joined Seattle as a Major League scout in November 2012. He previously worked with the Baltimore Orioles (2007-12), Minnesota Twins (2006-07), Washington Nationals (2002-06), Twins (1998-2002), Cleveland Indians (1996-98), Texas Rangers (1995-96) and Baltimore Orioles (1991-95)
MacPhail (Director of Professional Scouting), Tom McNamara (who will continue in his role as Director of Amateur Scouting) and Tim Kissner (who will continue in his role as Director of International Scouting) will all report directly to Tom Allison.
In addition, Joe Bohringer has been named Special Assistant to the General Manager after spending the previous four seasons as the Chicago Cubs Director of Professional Scouting. He served as a pro scout for the Arizona Diamondbacks (2006-11) where he evaluated professional players at all levels and assisted with crosschecking amateur players for the Arizona drafts in 2009 & 2010. He previously spent five seasons as an area scouting supervisor for the Seattle Mariners from 2002-06, first in California and then in the upper Midwest. Before beginning his scouting career, he spent three seasons as senior manager of player development for the Los Angeles Dodgers (1998-2001). He graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1993 with a business degree from MIT’s Sloan School of Management and soon began his baseball career with internships with the New York Yankees and Pittsburgh Pirates while a student at MIT.