Hiroshi Yamauchi

By Blaidd Drwg

You probably don’t know the name Hiroshi Yamauchi, but you should if you live in Seattle. He is the former president of Nintendo and the majority owner of the Mariners and probably the person single handedly responsible for keeping major league baseball in the Northwest when he bought the team in 1994.

Yamauchi passed away at age 85 yesterday. By all accounts, everything the team did got run through him, so I have no idea what kind of impact this will end up having on the Mariners. My guess though is that the team is sold to a bunch of non-local investors for somewhere north of 1 billion dollars and the house cleaning will begin shortly thereafter.

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