Mariners Insider Blog

Mariners re-up with 710 ESPN, add McIlvaine

The Seattle Mariners and their rado partner 710 ESPN agreed on a 'multi-year' extension today, one that will keep the Mariners and their fans on familiar airwaves.

And yesterday, while my eyes were dilated for any number of annual tests, general manager Jack Zduriencik was adding another special assistant to his front office staff - Joe McIlvane. If you recognize the name, you should - McIlvane has been in the game for decades as a general manager, scouting director and scout.

 McIlvaine, 64, has worked with the Minnesota Twins since 1998, holding a Special Assistant to the GM title since 2000. Fluent in Spanish, he was the GM for the New York Mets (1993-1997) and San Diego Padres (1990-1993).

McIlvaine knows players. In 10 years as the Mets scouting director (1980-1990), the organization produced 59 big-league players.

With the Mariners, he'll serve Jack Z. alongside baseball veterans Ted Simmons and Pete Vuckovich. It's a nice add to the front office.

And yes, my eyes are back to normal now.

McIlvaine, who speaks Spanish, graduated with a degree in Philosophy and a minor in Classics, from St. Charles Seminary in Philadelphia. He played five seasons (1969-73) in the Detroit Tigers minor league system as a right-handed pitcher.