Mariners CEO Howard Lincoln says he'll take less money because of the team's losing season.
Speaking at a Tuesday press conference in which Seattle introduced new general manager Jerry DiPoto, Lincoln told reporters he planned to take a financial hit as a condition of another down year for the team. The Mariners entered Tuesday at 74–83, good for fourth place in the AL West.
"Over the years when we've had losing seasons I had made some very painful and self-imposed financial hits in terms of compensation, in terms of bonuses as my way of trying to be accountable.” Lincoln said. “I will do that this season as well because it's a losing season.”
It has now been 14 years since the Mariners made the playoffs, the longest stretch in baseball after the Blue Jays clinched a postseason spot this week. Lincoln has been CEO since September 1999.
"I certainly feel responsible for the performance of the team and the overall performance of the franchise and when we have losing seasons like this I accept responsibility the only way that I can, and that is to take a financial hit," he said.
- Jeremy Woo