The 2010 baseball season for the Mariners has mercifully come to a close. The 101 losses are just a statistic now.
I’ve read a lot of comments about why this team did so miserably when, at the beginning of the season, we were all told to “Believe Big.” Some insist it was a certain beat writer’s fault. Some think it was manager Don Wakamatsu’s fault, though he gave us a winning season the year before. Others feel it was the players’ underachieving that did them in.
I have my own theory of why this team had such a dismal season, and it has nothing at all to do with napping has-beens, supposedly inept field managing or players incapable of reaching their potentials. It has everything to do with greed.
The Mariners’ payroll for 2010 was $86.9 million. The final attendance was 2,085,194. I tried to work the numbers and there are just too many variables in the pricing to come up to an accurate pinpoint number as far as profit. Suffice it say with the price of tickets, food, drinks, programs, etc., the profit is in the millions, at least, even after overhead and payroll.
We all want to “Believe Big” and see our Mariners “Win Big.” The only way that’s ever going to happen is if the powers that be “Spend Big” on quality players and put more money into this team, not into their pockets.