The Baseball Club of Seattle, LP, owns the Seattle Mariners. Businessman John Stanton is the CEO of the group and the majority owner of the Mariners.
Prior to purchasing the Mariners, Stanton built his reputation and fortune through a series of wireless communication companies that he founded and or headed as a CEO, COO, or chairman of the board of directors.
Later, in 2014, Stanton joined the Microsoft board of directors.
When Nintendo announced in 2016 that they intended to sell most of their shares in the Mariners, Stanton was named the club’s CEO. Then, in August of 2016, major league owners approved the sale of the team to Stanton.
Stanton is a lifelong resident of the Seattle area, so his purchase of the team ensured that the Mariners would remain in the only city they have ever called home.
Here is the full list of Seattle Mariners owners since the team was founded in 1976:
- John Stanton: 2016-present
- Nintendo of America (with CEO Howard Lincoln): 1992-2016
- Jeff Smulyan (Emmis Broadcasting): 1989-1992
- Former American diplomat George Argyros: 1981-1989
- Stanley Golub, actor Danny Kaye, Walter Schoenfeld, Lester Smith, James Stillwell Jr. and James A Walsh: 1976-1981
Did you know? Mariners legend Edgar Martinez was Seattle’s hitting coach from 2015 through 2018 and has served as an organization hitting advisor since then.