Seattle Mariners Financial Documents

  Somewhere in the 8th inning tonight as I was watching Jamie Wright load the bases with walks, my mind began to drift into the much practiced numbness that I have developed over the recent years as a Mariners fan. I was not even particularly upset when another mediocre pitcher of ours in this case David Pauley got shelled for 3 bombs in the 6th to put this one away tonight. Perhaps I have finally begun to accept the fact that our ownership group was ok no matter what happened tonight because 20,545 people had paid to be entertained by tonight’s  Mariners mediocre effort in the 5-3 loss to the Angels.

   It used to bug me in years past when I would here Howard Lincoln or Chuck Armstrong along with whatever GM or manager was playing the role at the time, talk about being ” Competitive” rather than trying to get to the World Series and win. Now I am beginning to realize that this is the role of our team in MLB today.

  It could be worse, we could be the Pittsburgh Pirates where it was revealed recently by documents posted on that the Pirates owners actually have no intention of trying to win but rather are just happy to lose and receive enough revenue sharing money to turn a tidy profit.

    The owners of the Mariners are sort of in the middle of this racket wherein they are not really supposed to win but just compete and leave winning to clubs like the Yankees or Red Sox who then in turn generate enough money to subsidize teams like Kansas City or Pittsburgh so the whole scheme just keeps rolling.

  Of course the Pittsburgh fans have a right to be irate, but hey this is a business as they say and the Pirates owners are playing right along with their assigned role as losers so the owners can get their kick-back every year.

  It was interesting to review the financial documents posted for the Mariners:  

Seattle Mariners Financial Documents

   Though I am no accountant I did read some tidbits regarding the paying back of monies owed for back taxes to the Govt. here and the intricate method that was used to defer payments for the taxes on the stadium over a long period of time.

   But as a team destined to be mediocre and only be “Competitive” there is a fine balancing act that must keep Chuck Armstrong up late at night figuring out how to continue the charade year after year. So far it is working quite well with the Mariners actually being a team that has had to pay rather than receive revenue sharing money, and yet still turn a profit.

  Of course in order for this to continue the fans will have to continue showing up for drill and watching Hydro Races, Groundskeepers dancing, collecting bobble-heads and just generally behaving as if the Win-Loss record is secondary to the privilege of sitting in a nice stadium and clapping when prompted.

   I am not quite there yet but wonder how many more years of mediocre ball I can stomach. I have a hunch guys like Armstrong and Lincoln will try to outsmart me again next year with some big-name manager, or perhaps another not quite right trade for another in a long line of players destined to play the role of mediocre players in Seattle..

 I know some of you still have some fire in your bellies and want to win, so take a minute and review these documents and see what you can discover, I’d love to find the smoking gun but think our top brass is to clever for that…..

4 Responses

  1. Always dangerous having your your heart and soul rooting for another man’s’ asset. Probably more substance behind public institutions such as college teams. Even though their motivations are honorable, they may not be to win at all costs.

  2. John, Well put. College Football is not as pure as it once was, but still somewhat honest. Was nice to see you and your family last weekend I enjoyed it! Jeff

  3. This is why I think revenue sharing is a useless idea. I know people who hate the Yankees (especially) think that it is fine that the Yanks have to shell out millions to so-called poor teams to help them remain competitive. But since there is no rule compelling small market teams to actually reinvest that windfall cash back into their ball-clubs, revenue sharing actually amounts to little more than a shake-down by one group of rich owners against another, smaller group of rich owners.
    Small market teams should either compete on their own merits, move to bigger markets, or go out of business. Isn’t that the way it works in the real world?
    BTW, I am not a Yankees fan.

  4. William, Well revenue sharing would be ok if like you said there was a provision that the money had to be put back into building the team.I’m sure that was the intent but lawyers and accountants have found ways to get around it and the documents recently released on the Pirates are a clear example. The Mariners are somewhere in the middle still drawing fans despite the repeated poor teams put on the field. We need Judge Landis back! Jeff

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