Tragic news shook the Seattle Mariners camp today when the team learned that long-time scout and team executive Frank Mattox, 49, died suddenly at his Arizona home Sunday.
Mattox had been with the Mariners since 1995, when he became a scout for Seattle. Three years later, he was named Mariners Scouting Director, and in 2004 he became the director of player development.
"It is difficult to put into words the depth of the Mariners sadness upon hearing the news," team president Chuck Armstrong said. "I have known and worked with Frank for nearly 20 years. His positive personality, scouting acumen and team-first attitude will be missed."
Mattox was a friendly source of information for members of the press who asked him about young players, and sociable, outgoing lunch companion. Knowing he leaves behind a wife and three children, that he seemed in good health until stricken Sunday night makes it all the more difficult to grasp.