StoryMetropolitan King County Councilmember Pete von Reichbauer released this statement on the passing of Seattle Mariners majority owner Hiroshi Yamauchi at the age of 85:
“When you think of Edgar Martinez, Ken Griffey, Jr., Randy Johnson and other Seattle Mariners, remember that we would not have those memories without Hiroshi Yamauchi’s commitment to keep baseball in Seattle,”
“Hiroshi Yamauchi has benefited generations of Pacific Northwest families by his generous purchase of the Mariners in 1992…Thousands of young boys and girls are playing today on little league fields funded by the Mariners.
“The Seattle Mariners are here today because Hiroshi Yamauchi was willing to step up and save baseball in Seattle when others would not. My thoughts and prayers are with his two daughters, Yoko and Fujiko and their families, and his son, Katsuhito, and his family.”