Like anything, it takes time to get a baseball team to buy into a new manager’s philosophies. Especially if that manager has never managed a game before, which was the case with Scott Servais when he joined the Mariners ahead of the 2016 season.

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After two years where the Mariners hung in the playoff race but ultimately came up short, Servais’ group has caught fire in 2018, moving into first place in a tough American League West division. And by watching the players, you can see how they’ve fed off their personalities and energy to keep the wins piling up.

It’s something Servais had been hoping to see since he got to Seattle.

“I felt at times here early on in my tenure as manager, I was the biggest cheerleader trying to get some of that stuff to come out,” Servais told 710 ESPN Seattle’s Brock and Salk on Wednesday morning. “… It’s a tribute to our players, and I’ll put Dee Gordon at the top of the list on that and what he’s been able to do. Jean Segura has transitioned into being much more of a leader on our ball club. You see those guys running out, (Kyle) Seager and Cruz-y (Nelson Cruz), they got their little hug thing and all the stuff they do. The other guys have really chimed in on it. It’s been great to see, it’s something when we have a big play in a game or a big hit, from my vantage point just sit back and let the players enjoy it.

“I think the biggest thing that I feel good about is that we’re letting all their personalities come out.”

Servais joked that the team hasn’t exactly taken on his personality (“I have often said I …read more

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