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Nintendo won’t be selling the Mariners despite majority owner’s death

Sep 23, 2013, 11:53 AM EST

File photo of Japanese game maker Nintendo President Yamauchi attending a news conference in Tokyo Reuters

Last week Nintendo chairman and Mariners majority owner Hiroshi Yamauchi passed away at age 85, leading to some speculation that the team could be on the market.

Not so says team CEO and chairman Howard Lincoln, who told Puget Sound Business Journal that “Nintendo has no plans to sell its majority interest in the Mariners.”

Yamauchi owned 55 percent of the Mariners, which has officially been held by Nintendo of America since 2004. He originally purchased that stake in the team for $100 million in 1992, but has always remained extremely hands-off.

  1. chill1184 - Sep 23, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    “….but has always remained extremely hands-off.”

    I wish my team had an owner like that, where can I get one of those?

    • MLBlogsbig3bosox - Sep 23, 2013 at 12:21 PM

      Is your team the Marlins?

      • Old Gator - Sep 23, 2013 at 2:01 PM

        Scrooge McLoria doesn’t use his hands to manipulate the Feesh. He uses an adroit combination of tentacles, barbels and cloaca.

      • chill1184 - Sep 23, 2013 at 2:43 PM

        No the Mets

  2. allidoiswin55 - Sep 23, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    This actually really sucks they refuse to spend money and bring in talent. Their damn near a farm team and it passes off Seattle who have some passionate fans but can’t get behind an owner who won’t do anything for the for the team. To spend money is to play baseball.. PEROID..

    • Michael - Sep 23, 2013 at 4:45 PM

      Yes, this is bad news for Mariner fans. Howard Lincoln is an awful, awful CEO, completely tone-deaf when it comes to fans as well as the ballclub on the field. In it for the balance sheet and completely detached from the man in the stands.

      Because of that, I fully expected him to hold on to power as tightly as possible, so this isn’t really a big surprise. Yamauchi was the good guy where the M’s are concerned; Lincoln was, and is, the one who needs to step aside before the club can do anything dynamic.

  3. wallio - Sep 23, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    Read the book “Game Over: The rise and fall of Nintendo”. In it, it explains the vile hatred Nintendo faced for being a Japanese owned team in “America’s Pastime”. Despite their wanting to give back to America and Nintendo’s USA hometown (remember the Mariners were a relocation threat for awhile). Because of this, the owner appointed Howard Lincoln, and stayed away, and now faces hatred for being hands-off. Fanned if you do, rammed if you don’t.

    • Michael - Sep 23, 2013 at 4:49 PM

      You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone in Seattle who disliked Yamauchi for buying the M’s.

      What makes some of us mad is that he put the friendly John Ellis in the CEO seat until the stadium was built, then replaced him with Lincoln, who was seemingly being repaid for his loyalty at Nintendo of America in a way that would prevent him from further ruining Nintendo of America.

  4. wallio - Sep 23, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    I meant damned obviously. Edit button please!

    • jm91rs - Sep 23, 2013 at 1:45 PM

      I was wondering if that was a statement I was unfamiliar with. Fanned if you do, rammed if you don’t!

      • Old Gator - Sep 23, 2013 at 2:03 PM

        I wouldn’t touch it. This is be kind to neologisms week and that was a beauty.

  5. aceshigh11 - Sep 23, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    Looks like Yamauchi wasn’t able to find one last green mushroom before going off to that endless coin cloud in the sky.

    RIP, and thanks for the countless hours of entertainment.

  6. fearthehoody - Sep 23, 2013 at 6:48 PM

    Don’t worry M’s fans management will surely bring in elite talent to surround our young stars! Look forward to more: Scott Spiezio, Chone Figgins, Jack Cust, Mike Sweeney, Milton Bradley, Brendan Ryan, Mike Morse, Carl Everette, Rich Aurillia, Pokey Reese, Jeff Cirillo, Henry Blanco, Jeff Weaver, Aaron Harrang, Joe Saunders….

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