Last October Coon Valley native Scott Servais was
named the 20th manager in Seattle Mariners history.
Although the Mariners finished three-games back of
a Wild Card playoff spot.
it was a successful season for the rookie manager
as Seattle finished 86-and-76.
well surpassing the team's win total from last year.
During the Mariners series last weekend in Minneapolis,
I got an opportunity to sit down with Servais.
as we talk everything from his playing career to the
I've been very fortunate to get the opportunities
that I've gotten whether it was as a player and you
get to the big leagues and a chance to play for the
Cubs in the Midwest so close to a lot of family and
friends and now get an opportunity to manage.
I think when you get an opportunity to do those things
you go for it which I've always had.
I haven't been afraid to make a mistake or screw up
once in a while which is going to happen.
But you have to go forward and hopefully along the
way it's led to other players and people from around
the Coulee Region to just go for it.
If you have an opportunity you can compete with anybody
in the country or in the world at what you do if you
really believe in it.
It's worked out well for me and hopefully it creates
opportunities for others along the way.
Flashback - Introductory press conference
You mentioned it in your introductory press conference
right out loud, Coon Valley is where you are from.
Just growing up there how has that shaped you and
turned you into the manager and person you are today?
Along the way I've said it doesn't matter where you
come from it only matters where you end up.
Using that and coming from a small town and thinking
I won't get that chance, I've taken chances throughout
my career whether if it was where I went to college,
how I got into pro ball, and always thought that I
could compete with the best in the world and now doing
the same thing in the dugout here.
But looking back at where I grew up I think the biggest
thing I drew from that is that blue collar work ethic
that my family instilled, my parents, all the friends
I had growing up in a small community, playing high
school football at Westby.
It meant the world to me at that time, it still does.
And really those things made me who I am today.
And I'm thankful for it but I am different.
I am different than everybody else and I want to have
fun with it while I'm here as well.
Unfortunately when you take these jobs at some point
you are probably going to be fired.
But we've got a lot of work to do here in Seattle
and we're definitely on the right track.
When you got this job
was there any managers or professional
coaches from any other sports that you seeked advice
Well I love football and everybody knows I'm a huge
And being in Seattle obviously the Seahawks and what
Pete Caroll has done is pretty special.
So I've been over there to visit them a couple times.
And taking a lot of what football brings to the game
I try to implement with our team.
More on that with the everyday meetings, the things
we did in spring training and ran it more like football.
And baseball is a little different with so many games
and such a long season you can't go to the intensity
level that you can in football once a week.
I'm trying to take bits and pieces from what football
brings and some of the different coaches that are
in that sport I've learned a lot and it helped me
in this job.
Did you reach out to coach McCarthy at all?
I did not.
I don't know Coach McCarthy, I know a few other people
with the Packers.
But hopefully I'll get a chance to go up and see them
later this season.
You wear the cheesehead with pride?
No doubt, no doubt.
Were you a Brewers fan growing up?
Paul Molitor was probably one of my favorite players,
he and Robin Yount.
You look at the Brewers and where they are at the
1982 team and later on as well.
So exchanging that lineup card with Paul Molitor,
I've got to do a lot of things this year.
At this level you get a chance to be around Joe Torre
quite a bit who works for the commissioner's office
and works with a lot of the managers.
You get to see guys that you played against throughout
my career that are now coaching in different spots.
The baseball world is very small, you run into these
people over and over again and it's kind of a close
You mentioned small world - another La Crosse connection
in this Mariners organization.
Andy McKay is the former Loggers manager, he was hired
right after you took the job here.
I met Andy of course when he was managing the Loggers,
my son Tyler was playing for him and I had a good
I tried to hire him right away but he took a job with
the Rockies and went that direction.
But when the opportunity came here in Seattle and
I obviously knew Jerry Dipoto well and I knew Jerry
and Andy would really hit it off well and I thought
it really would be a good fit to bring him in and
be involved in running our player development system.
I talk to Andy often whether it's about minor league
players or our big league team or what not, he's been
a great resource.
Servais had plenty of family and friends from our
area who made the short drive to Target Field last