Originally posted on PRO Rumors  |  Last updated 3/25/12
Some sports fans prefer vocal owners like Mark Cuban who owns the Dallas Mavericks of the NBA. Others prefer an owner like Arte Moreno of the Los Angeles Angels who works behind the scenes by signing the checks for the big time free agents like Albert Pujols but also attends most home games to show his support and that he actually cares. Then we have Seattle Mariners owner Hiroshi Yamauchi who purchased the team in 1992 to save the team from being moved out of Seattle. Yamauchi made his money as the president of the video game icon Nintendo and at one point was worth an estimated $7.8 billion according to Forbes, though now he is worth only $2.5 billion (yes I know what you are thinking and yes that's a ton of cash) . Yamauchi though has NEVER seen a Mariners game in person during the twenty years that he has owned the franchise. This week his Mariners travel to Tokyo, Japan to take on the Oakland A's in the season opener (28th & 29th). This would put them only two hours away from his home town of Kyoto, but the eighty-four year old has no plans to watch the game in person. It's not known if health may be the reason why Yamauchi will not travel to see the Mariners play but at that age I will give him the benefit of the doubt. He does plan to watch the game on TV though. Having an owner who has never attended a game since he purchased the team wouldn't be an issue of the team was winning, but the Mariners are not so I see it as an issue. Image taken by Chase N. and used under the Creative Common License Agreement. Some information used from Art Thiel of the Everett Herald.
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