SCOTT DANIEL SERVAIS
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Nickname:   N/A Position:   MANAGER
Home: Castle Rock, CO Team:   MARINERS
Height: 6' 2" Bats:   R
Weight: 210 Throws:   R
DOB: 6/4/1967 Agent: Barry Axelrod
Uniform #: N/A  
Birth City: LaCross, WI
Draft: Astros #3 - 1988 - Out of Creighton Univ. (NE)
YR LEA TEAM SAL(K) G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO OBP SLG AVG
1989 FSL OSCEOLA   46 153 16 41 9 0 2 23 0   16 35     .000
1990 PCL TUCSON     303 37 66 11 3 5 37 0   18 61     .218
1991 NL ASTROS $100.00 16 37 0 6 3 0 0 6 0 0 4 8 .244 .243 .162
1991 PCL TUCSON     219 34 71 12 0 2 27 0   13 19     .324
1992 NL ASTROS $120.00 77 205 12 49 9 0 0 15 0 0 11 25 .294 .283 .239
1993 NL ASTROS $157.00 85 258 24 63 11 0 11 32 0 0 22 45 .313 .415 .244
1994 NL ASTROS $273.00 78 251 27 49 15 1 9 41 0 0 10 44 .235 .371 .195
1995 NL ASTROS-CUBS $340.00 80 264 38 70 22 0 13 47 2   32 52     .265
1995 NL ASTROS   28 89 7 20 10 0 1 12 0 1 9 15 .300 .371 .225
1995 NL CUBS   52 175 31 50 12 0 12 35 2 1 23 37 .371 .560 .286
1996 NL CUBS $823.00 129 445 42 118 20 0 11 63 0 2 30 75 .327 .384 .265
1997 NL CUBS $1,300.00 122 385 36 100 21 0 6 45 0 1 24 56 .311 .361 .260
1998 NL CUBS $1,600.00 113 325 35 72 15 1 7 36 1 0 26 51 .289 .338 .222
1999 NL GIANTS $500.00 69 198 21 54 10 0 5 21 0 0 13 31 .327 .399 .273
2000 NL ROCKIES-GIANTS $625.00 40 109 7 24 4 0 1 13 0   9 17     .220
2000 PCL COLO. SPRINGS   20 65 7 19 2 1 3 12 0   4 8     .292
2000 NL ROCKIES   33 101 6 22 4 0 1 13 0 1 7 16 .273 .287 .218
2000 NL GIANTS   7 8 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 .400 .250 .250
2001 PCL NEW ORLEANS   44 148 22 50 10 1 6 31 0   12 21     .338
2001 NL ASTROS $400.00 11 16 1 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 .444 .375 .375
2002 PCL FRESNO-COLO. SP   43 136 22 39 12 0 1 26 0   7 22     .287
Personal
  • "Servais" is pronounced the same as the word "service."

  • In 1985, the Mets picked Servais in second round, out of high school in Wisconsin, but he didn't sign.

    Instead, Scott went to Creighton University in Nebraska, where his college coach was Jim Hendry, who later became the Cubs' director of scouting.

  • Scott's father, Mark, was a scout for the Expos.
  • Scott had a tendency to worry about his performance too much.
  • Scott was a member of the 1988 USA Gold Medal winning Olympic baseball team, catching the likes of Andy Benes and Ben McDonald. The other Olympic catcher, Doug Robbins, usually caught Jim Abbott.
  • Scott went into the PCL record book, May 13, 1991. He was charged with four passed balls in a game that day.

  • He and wife Jill, have three children: Tyler (born November 18, 1992), Jacqueline (September 12, 1994) and Victoria Grace (September 2, 1997).
  • As a kid, Scott says of his baseball heroes: "Growing up in Wisconsin, I was a huge Brewers fan, so Robin Yount and Paul Molitor were players I followed closely. I'm also a big fan of Johnny Bench and Bob Boone."
  • Asked to recall his favorite family traditions, Servais said, "Attending one Packers game a year with my Dad and brothers, and making Sunday morning pancakes for my wife and kids."
  • May 11, 1996: Mets pitcher Pete Harnisch sucker-punched Scott, inciting an ugly brawl.

  • Dec 11, 2018: For Scott Servais, the goal doesn't change. As the Mariners manager, he's going to do his best to win every possible game this season. But his team? Yeah, that part definitely will be different in 2019. No longer will he be rolling out a lineup anchored by Nelson Cruz, Robinson Cano and Jean Segura. He won't be watching James Paxton starting games or handing the ball to Edwin Diaz to close them out. 

    But Servais, who was the director of player development with the Rangers when they went through a similar overhaul in 2007, understands the rebuilding situation and, in fact, embraces it as a necessary step for a club whose veteran nucleus was becoming less productive and more expensive with each passing year.

    Speaking publicly for the first time since GM Jerry Dipoto pulled off six trades that sent away nine key members from 2018's 89-73 club in return for a host of younger players and prospects, Servais faced the cameras during his media session at the 2018 Winter Meetings and said he was ready to begin putting the new pieces together.

    "I guess one way to put it is Jerry has been out shopping for the groceries and I get to take the recipe and put the soup together," Servais said with a smile. "It's been a very active offseason. People who have followed us know what's going on. We made some decisions at the end of the year that we needed to go a different direction with where we were at and what we were doing.

    "It wasn't allowing us to get over the hump and get to the playoffs. We've been aggressive. We've moved some really good players and we've got some real good young players back in those deals. It's a transition time for us, but it's a point where I thought we needed to make a move organizationally and we did." (G Johns - MLB.com - Dec 11, 2018) 

  • Nov 2021: Servais was the runner-up in the AL Manager of the Year Award voting. The Rays’ Kevin Cash won the award for the second straight year, becoming the first AL manager in history to do so. 

  • Aug 12, 2022: Servais emerged from the visiting clubhouse at Globe Life Field drenched in ice water, his hair haggard and his smile wide. His players had just given him a Gatorade bath after a 6-2 win over the Rangers, a celebratory recognition of the Mariners manager earning his 500th career win.

    After discussing Seattle’s resilient victory, he was asked about the individual accomplishment, at which point he thanked third-base coach Manny Acta, who’s been with him for the entire ride, president of baseball operations Jerry Dipoto, who hired him in October 2015, and the club’s ownership group.

    Before Servais could get through it all, he choked up. The words of gratitude and reflection seemingly evoked the emotional weight of the accomplishment.

    “Thank you,” a teary Servais said. “You get opportunities to do this. I love my job. I really do. And I can't -- sorry. We've got a lot of big games ahead of us, and I'm looking forward to a little bit more celebrations here once we get into October.” (D Kramer - MLB.com - Aug 13, 2022)

  • Nov 15, 2022:  After finishing as the runner-up last year, the Mariners’ manager finished third, behind Cleveland’s Terry Francona and Baltimore’s Brandon Hyde. (D Kramer - MLB.com - Nov 15, 2022)

    TRANSACTIONS

  • 1988: The Astros chose Scott in the third round, out of Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.
  • June 28, 1995: The Astros traded Scott and Luis Gonzalez to the Cubs for Rick Wilkins.
  • 1999: The Cubs didn't offer Scott arbitration, making him a free agent.
  • Jan 18, 1999: He signed with the Giants organization.
  • December 17, 1999: Servais signed with the Rockies.
  • August 31, 2000: The Giants got Scott back off waivers.
  • January 16, 2001: Servais signed with the Tigers. But they released him March 23, 2001.
  • March 28, 2001: Scott signed with the Astros.
  • January 2002: Scott signed with the Giants. He played in the minors that year, then retired as a player.
Batting

             PLAYING CAREER NOTES

  • Scott had a 14-year playing career, with 11 spent in the Majors. His best season was 1996, when he batted .265 with 11 homers and 63 RBIs. And in 1998, Servais was the Cubs' starting catcher when the team reached the NLDS.

  • Servais had a long swing that got him a lot of ground balls, but not a whole lot of hits. Scott liked the ball up in the strike zone where he could lift a ball out of the yard, occasionally. But pitchers knew that and got him out by keeping it low. Or they would jam him with heat on the inside corner of the plate. He was impatient at the plate, almost never accepting a base on balls. So his on-base percentage was very, very low.

  • In 1996, Servais set a Cubs' team record for being hit by a pitch: 14 times.
  • A hard-nosed backstop, Scott was a fine defensive Major League catcher. He was mechanically sound with a strong arm. He took charge of a game and moves well behind the plate. He knows what he's doing back there. He kept the pitcher involved with each hitter, every pitch, every inning and was always working back there. His calling a game and handling the pitching staff were his number one strength. Pitchers loved to throw to Servais.
  • His arm, considered just average, improved with his quick delivery to second base. But his release wasn't really that quick.

  • In 1996, Scott threw out 29 percent of attempting base-stealers (40 of 139).
  • In 1998, Servais caught 28 percent of base-thieves.
Fielding

            MANAGERIAL TRAITS

  • "Scott is a big-picture thinker and a people person," Rangers' GM Jon Daniels said. "And when we talked to him, his knowledge of our farm system and the huge strides we had made there this year really impressed me."

  • For six years, Servais was one of the Rangers' driving forces behind the scenes. He comes highly recommended from insiders for his overall knowledge, with special expertise in catching, and for his ability to communicate.
  • In 2008, on the last day of spring training, the Rangers chose Jason Botts over Nelson Cruz for the last outfield roster spot. Cruz, out of options, had to pass through waivers to report to Oklahoma, the Rangers' Triple-A affiliate. Any team could have claimed him for $20,000. None did.

    Scott Servais, Rangers' organization hitting coach, asked GM Jon Daniels if he could fly to Albuquerque, where Oklahoma was playing, and meet with Nelson. "I've got to try something drastic," the former big league catcher said.

    Servais changed Cruz's batting stance to a more open position, similar to changes Andres Galarraga and Luis Gonzalez made well into their careers. "The main purpose was to flatten out his swing path," Servais says. "Nellie was a dead low-ball hitter, but he tended to flail at breaking balls, and his swing had a loop to it. To Nellie's credit, he worked hard and got results with it right away." (Tom Verducci-Sports Illustrated-10/24/11)

  • Scott is known as a hands-on executive, one who often puts on a uniform during spring training, shagging balls with the players and working out with the catchers.

    PET PEEVE:  BASERUNNING BLUNDERS

  • Sept 29, 2016: Mariners manager Scott Servais was the picture of calm throughout much of his first year in the dugout. Like most skippers, he understands the need to stay steady through the ups and downs of the 162-game drama. But every person has their tipping point and Servais reached his briefly in the fourth inning of the 3-2 win over the A's when Leonys Martin drove in the first run of a tight pitchers' duel, only to get hung up in a rundown after aggressively rounding first base and forcing teammate Adam Lind to get thrown out at the plate for the final out of the inning once he saw his teammate caught in a pickle.

    Asked if he's seen any signs of the building pressure on his team to stay in the playoff hunt, Servais pointed to himself in that moment.

    "Me last night when Leonys made that out," he said with a smile. "That's the maddest I've been all year. I went down the runway. Roving instructor Alvin Davis is a great guy. He was hiding out in the runway. It's the first time all year I've done this. I threw my hat down, some profanity came out of my mouth. He's looking at me with big eyes, 'Skip, you OK?' I said, 'I'm OK, Alvin.'"

    But Servais isn't OK with those type of baserunning mistakes and he's seen a few too many recently.

    "Every manager is going to have his pet peeves, whether it's a missed sign, a guy can't get a bunt down or misses a cutoff or whatever," he said. "For me, unequivocally my biggest pet peeve is running into the third out on the bases, especially when you got the big hit and you're just trying to take the extra base to make sure that run scored."

    We see it all the time and everybody says, 'Great job' and pats them on the back. Well guess what? The pitcher just says, 'Whew' and walks to the dugout. He got out of it. We did a really good job the first three or four months, but we've made three of them in the last three weeks."

    Servais says Martin wasn't even trying to save a teammate by sacrificing himself. He just didn't see that the first baseman was in position to cut off the throw from right field. 

    "He knew it right away," Servais said. "He was mad at himself. But that is my pet peeve, no doubt. We had a situation in Houston where Aoki tagged up and got thrown out at third base [as a throw was cut off while another runner scored from third]. Everybody said, 'Oh, it was going to be bang-bang at home plate.'

    "But if it's bang-bang at home and he's out, I'm OK with that. Most managers will say, 'Just give me the run.' Not for me. I trust in third base coach Manny Acta. He knows the arm strength of the outfielder, he knows the speed of our baserunner, he's going to make a decision and go with it. Keep the inning going, keep the pressure on. That's one thing we'll continue to talk about and certainly address going forward." (G Johns - MLB.com - Sept 30, 2016)

Running

             POST-PLAYING CAREER POSITIONS

  • Nov 1, 2002: The Cubs hired Servais, naming him their roving Minor League Catching Instructor.
  • 2005: Scott was a scout with the Rockies.
  • 2006: Servais moved to the Rangers organization, handling both the administrative duties of the farm director job and be involved in some on-field instruction.

    With the Rangers, Servais was responsible for the on-field development of all players in the Minor League system along with instructing the club's Major League catchers. He made recommendations for potential trades and free-agent signings.

  • November 4, 2011: The Angels hired Servais on a multiyear deal to serve as assistant general manager, overseeing scouting and player development. He reported to GM Jerry Dipoto.

  • October 26, 2015: Scott was named the manager of the Mariners.

  • July 20, 2018: When Jerry Dipoto agreed to a multiyear contract extension to remain the Mariners' general manager, he said he couldn't imagine working without manager Scott Servais. And there's a good reason for that trusted relationship.

    The two have known each other since being teammates with the Rockies in 2000 and talked then of Scott someday becoming a manager. When Dipoto took over the Mariners' baseball operations in 2015, he hired Servais to manage despite never having held the job at any level.

    And on July 20, 2018, the Mariners extended that deal with a new multiyear contract for Servais after the Mariners came out of the All-Star break with the fourth-best record in the Major Leagues at 58-39.  (Johns - mlb.com)

    RESULTS FOLLOWING CONTRACT EXTENSION

  • In 2018, the Mariners finished third in the AL West and missed the playoffs.

  • In 2019, the Mariners went 68-94 and finished dead last in the AL West.

  • In 2020, the Mariners went 27-33 in the shortened season.

  • In 2021, the Mariners went 90-72 but missed the playoffs.

  • In 2022, the first year with a third Wild Card team in each league, the Mariners made the playoffs as a Wild Card. That ended the longest playoff drought, 21 years, of any pro team in the four major sports.
  • In 2023, Servais and the Mariners went 88-74 and were eliminated from playoff contention on the last weekend of the season. The team had been in first place in the AL West on September 2.
Career Injury Report
  • August 1991: Servais suffered a broken bone in his right hand.
  • September 14, 1993: He was spiked in the right hand and needed four stitches to close the wound.
  • July 10, 1995: Scott went on the D.L. after Phillies catcher Darren Daulton barreled into him at home plate. He suffered a sprained ligament in his left knee.
  • 1997: Servais underwent surgery on his right knee a week after the season, repairing torn cartilage.
  • June 16-July 9, 1999: Scott went on the D.L. after dislocating his right thumb during a game. 
  • October 4, 1999: Servais had surgery on his left foot to remove a corn and fix a bone.
  • April 18-May 3, 2000: He went on the D.L. with a sprained right ankle. 
  • July 9, 2000: Scott went on the D.L. with a strained right calf.
  • August 12, 2001: He went on the D.L. with a left thigh contusion.