The current Seattle Mariners ownership is comprised of 17 people who the fans wouldn’t know if they ran into them on the street. The majority owner Hiroshi Yamauchi, a Japanese Billionaire Nintendo Executive, has not even been to the United States since 1992. Most of the others that make up the ownership are ex-Microsoft execs that like to show their friends around the suites without really knowing how to explain their role in the team’s yearly plans. They as a group try on a yearly basis to just turn a profit, not really caring that their team is consistently losing 90+ games a year. They’ve trimmed payroll in a division where the owners in Texas and Anaheim are writing blank checks.
Then you have a contrast in one Mark Cuban. The easily seen owner of the NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks. Cuban took the Dallas Mavericks from a laughing stock franchise that had a winning percentage of around 40% to a perenial playoff team and eventual NBA Champion. Cuban has been in talks of buying the Los Angeles Dodgers, Texas Rangers, Chicago Cubs and even flirted with the idea of buying his hometown Pittsburgh Pirates.
Why do the Seattle Mariners need him? Because Mark Cuban would do what it takes and know what it takes to win and win at all costs. He wouldn’t care a bit if he lost money at the start. He would have the confidence and where with all to turn things around immediately. You would see him along one of the baselines from time to time, able to hear the boo’s when a player like Chone Figgins or Richie Sexson is being booed off the diamond by the fans. You’d be able to see him down with the fan’s eating rally fries and drinking beers. He would be fan friendly and easily accessible with him blogging and tweeting constantly. He wouldn’t have kept Ichiro around so long just to keep the Japanese followers interested. He wouldn’t hope for bobblehead nights to bring people into Safeco Field. The man know’s what it take’s to run a successful business AND sport’s team. Players love to play for him, work for him and would come to Southeast Alaska for him. Cuban might even bring in the fences a tad for a star player that requested it. Cuban want’s to be a part of Baseball, and Seattle would make an ideal spot for him to get his foot in the door if Yamauchi were in the market to sell. Seattle fan’s can dream can’t we?