Mariners ownership is undergoing a surprising and significant change.The teamannouncedWednesday that Nintendo of America had agreed to sella majority stake in the club to a group headed by minority owner JohnStanton, and that CEOand team chairmanHowardLincoln was retiring from day-to-day operations. Carl Yastrzemski Jersey Stanton will replace Lincoln in both roles.MORE: Cla sic images of Ken Griffey Jr.The Mariners franchise is valued at $1.4 billion, according to The Seattle Times. Nintendo will retain a 10percentstake in the team. »I think the pieces are all here and I believe this team can and will win, » Stanton said at an afternoon pre s conference at Safeco Field. »I’ve been a CEO in a lot of different environments. I know baseball and the Mariners are different. I think the most important thing is to let good leaders lead. » »I don’t think the ownership is important in the sense of the way the team is playing or even the major transactions other than it’s important to Steven Wright Jersey be willing to take responsibility, » he said. « But my philosophy is the credit belongs to those guys. . . .We have to share responsibility if it doesn’t go well. That’s where ownership gets involved. »MORE: Impre sive group of potentialfirst-time All-Stars this seasonStanton said team president Kevin Mather, general manager Jerry Dipoto and manager Scott Servais will remain with the club.Lincoln was instrumental in keeping baseball in Seattle when Nintendo bought the team in 1992. After helping to build teams that made four postseason appearances between 1995 and 2001, Lincoln has been criticized for not being able to retain top-tier managers and players. »I’d have liked a few mulligans along the way, » Lincoln said, »but I’m very proud of playing a part in saving the Mariners for Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. I feel very good about how our ownership group has stabilized this franchise to really ensure baseball will be here for generations to come. »Obviously I’m as frustrated as all of us are about the fact we’ve not been able to get back to the playoffs since 2001. That’s something that does bother me, but I am really excited about this team and how it’s playing. Let’s keep our fingers cro sed. »The Mariners were11-9 entering their home game Wednesdaynight against the Astros.

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