Mariners’ camp is in a bit of shock this morning after news that longtime scout Frank Mattox had passed away suddenly last night at age 49. Mattox was a former director of scouting and also director of player development for the team and was not suffering from any known illness.
He had just returned yesterday from attending a family funeral in Virginia and was about to watch the Oscars on television when he apparently collapsed.
Details are still emerging, so we don’t yet have the full picture. But clearly, the Mariners as an organization are stunned and devastated.
“It is difficult to put into words the depth of the Mariners’ sadness upon hearing the news last night,” team president Chuck Armstrong said. “On behalf of the Mariners’ organization and ownership, we wish to extend our deepest sympathies to Frank’s family: his wonderful wife, Sylvia, and three beautiful children Myles, Blake and Marisol. The thoughts and prayers of the entire Mariners organization are with the Mattox family as they deal with this tragedy.”
PHOTO: Mariners flag at half-mast today in Peoria after the death of longtime scout Frank Mattox.
Mattox was with the Mariners for 18 seasons beginning as a West Coast supervisor in 1995. He was promoted to scouting director in 1998 by GM Woody Woodward, holding the position until 2003. It was under his watch that the Mariners drafted pitcher Matt Thornton and outfielder Adam Jones.
In 2004, he was named Director of Player Development by GM Bill Bavasi and stayed in that role until 2007. In 2008, he returned to professional scouting with the team and had been in that role ever since.
“I have known and worked with Frank for nearly 20 years,” Armstrong said. “His positive personality, scouting acument and team first attitude will be missed among our baseball staff and in the Mariners family.”