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  • 29 Jul
    SEATTLE (AP) — Major League Baseball is investigating claims
    made against the Seattle Mariners by the team’s recently fired training and
    director Brandon
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    , who said team management had disparaged Latino players.The
    Mariners denied the allegations in a statement on Monday following the social
    media postings from Lorena Martin in which she claimed general manager Jerry
    Dipoto, manager Scott Servais and director of player development Andy McKay had
    called Latino players “lazy, dumb and stupid, especially the Dominicans.”
    Martin, whose title with the team was director of high performance, posted her
    message on Instagram and Twitter .The Mariners said Martin, who was hired with
    much fanfare last
    year ,
    was relieved of her duties on Oct. 10.“While it is our policy to not comment on
    personnel issues, we do feel it is important to respond to the outrageous, false
    claims made by her today on social media. And to note that Martin did not make
    any of these false allegations until after she was relieved of her duties,” the
    Mariners statement read.“The Mariners categorically deny that any member of our
    management or coaching staff made racist remarks regarding any of our players or
    staff. Additionally, we have not terminated (or threatened to terminate) any
    trainers during the offseason,” the statement continued.In her posting, Martin
    called Dipoto a “poor leader” and said the Mariners would not make the playoffs
    with the current leadership structure. She said her posting was “a glimpse of
    what I’ve experienced.” 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.“MLB is aware of the allegations made by a former employee of the
    Seattle Mariners regarding the conduct of club employees. Consistent with our
    policies, we are investigating the allegations,” the commissioner’s office said
    in a statement Tuesday.Martin was hired by the Mariners to oversee their entire
    training and conditioning program. The Mariners created the role for Martin in
    the hope she could improve the organization’s training practices and help
    prevent injuries. She had come to Seattle after serving as the director of
    sports performance analytics for the Los Angeles Lakers. The Texas Rangershired
    Los Angeles Dodgers third-base coach Chris Woodward as their manager Friday,
    according toUSA TodaySports' Bob Nightengale.MLB Network's Jon Morosi confirmed
    the news.According to the Dodgers'official website, Woodward spent the past
    three seasons as the team's third-base and infield coach. He previously spent
    three years with the Seattle Mariners organization, serving as the
    franchise'sminor league infield coordinator in 2013 before being named the
    infield coach the following season and the first-base coach in 2015.Woodward
    does not have any big league managerial experience, but he was New Zealand's
    skipper for the 2017 World Baseball Classic qualifying games in 2016.As he was
    up forthe New York Yankees' job last
    year Mark
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    , the former MLB infielder explained why he felt he was a
    good'sT.R. Sullivanreported Thursday that Woodward was one of
    11 known candidates to interview for the Rangers' vacancy. Former Yankees
    manager Joe Girardi and ex-Mariners skipperDon Wakamatsu also
    interviewed.Woodward spent parts of 12 seasons in the majors, playing for the
    Toronto Blue Jays, the New York Mets, the Atlanta Braves, Seattle and the Boston
    Red Sox.