Ken Griffey Jr. to assume active role in Mariners ownership group

Mariners Chair John Stanton announced that Ken Griffey Jr. has become "only the second new partner in the last 30 years and the first in the last 20 years," and his role is not honorary, it is "real, and the hope is that it will be impactful on a lot of fronts," according to Corey Brock of the SEATTLE TIMES. The Mariners partnership group currently numbers 18; "some are individuals, some are couples (who count as one)." Every other year, a partner is able to buy and sell shares in the team. Stanton said that Griffey "purchased his shares (not disclosed) from a partner -- not deposed team president Kevin Mather." Before Griffey could join the partnership group, a "vote of the existing partners was needed," and the "decision to accept was unanimous." Griffey "actually joined the partnership group in September and took part in the group’s first partner call then." The team considered announcing Griffey as a partner at that point, but "he intervened" because he "didn’t want to shift the focus away from the team’s push for the postseason, one that ultimately fell short." The announcement yesterday "will no doubt be warmly embraced by fans, perhaps even the skeptical crowd who might only view this development as the means to build goodwill after Mather’s tone-deaf comments earlier this year cost the team president his job." The news about Griffey was "surely a breath of fresh air" (SEATTLE TIMES, 10/26).

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