Minasian: How the Mariners’ Latino corner leads the way in clubhouse

From SABR member Isabelle Minasian at La Vida Baseball on July 5, 2017:

One month ago, the Seattle Mariners signed 27-year-old shortstop Jean Segura to a five-year, $70-million contract extension. Segura inked the deal at a press conference with Mariners’ GM Jerry Dipoto by his side and his son, Juan Diego, in his lap.

Amidst the usual beat reporters, broadcasters and photographers perched in the press room at Safeco Field was a more unusual sight: a cluster of Segura’s teammates, including two countrymen from the Dominican Republic, Robinson Canó and Nelson Cruz; as well as Cuban outfielder Guillermo Heredia, Mike Zunino, Taylor Motter, Tyler Smith and Ben Gamel.

Their presence did not go unnoticed by Dipoto, who — despite the Mariners’ sub-.500 record halfway through the season — seized the moment to address them directly.

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Originally published: July 5, 2017. Last Updated: July 5, 2017.