I’m still stunned by the death of Frank Mattox, who was such an asset to the Mariners organization for nearly two decades. And on a personal level, he was just a classy guy who was always cooperative, always pleasant to talk to, always accessible. We both went to Cal-Berkeley, so that was a bond we always had. And now Mattox, at age 49, is gone far, far too soon. My sincere condolences to the Mariners, and especially to his family.
Geoff wrote a very nice story on Frank for the Seattle Times, in which he talked to former Mariner pitching coach Bryan Price — Frank’s roommate at Cal — as well as Bill Bavasi and Woody Woodward, two former GMs who worked closely with Mattox.
I also ran across this obituary from Mattox’s hometown paper, the San Jose Mercury-News, which linked to the jewel of a video that tops this blog post. I had completely forgotten that Mattox starred in a Microsoft commercial in 1997, showing him using Microsoft software on a laptop in the course of his scouting duties.
It’s a nice glimpse of Mattox as I’d like to remember him. And as the article says, he told Baseball America’s Alan Schwartz at the time, “The best thing about the commercial is the recognition it gives to scouts and the profession itself. Some of us played, some didn’t, but we’re all trying to be ambassadors of the game.”
That was Frank Mattox, through and through.