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Long viewed as the most profitable franchise in baseball , the Mariners reported yesterday that they lost $4.5 million on the 2008 season , even

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M's Keep Their Mind on Their Money and Griffey in Left Field

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Long viewed as the most profitable franchise in baseball, the Mariners reported yesterday that they lost $4.5 million on the 2008 season, even though a "special calculation" says they made $1.9 million. The USS Mariner's Derek Zumsteg isn't sold on the idea that they're losing money, and notes their sweetheart lease and lucrative broadcast deals in his own speculative accounting.

There is, however, plenty of evidence that they lost games. And season ticket-holders: By last account, they were outpaced by the Sounders (though of course the Sounders play a much shorter season, so their season tickets cost less.)

The M's may have sold more season tickets by signing Ken Griffey Jr., though we suspect that nostaglists will instead buy tickets in smaller quantities. And we must remember that playing Griffey in the field--which appears to be the team's intention--will lose games, meaning lower attendance.

Remember when brash young Junior was known for predicting his home runs to teammates in the dugout? We couldn't find the article citing it, but we're sure it happened. Maybe it was to Kevin Mitchell? Either way, take a trip down memory lane. And know that these days, Junior's predicting singles.

Speaking of memory lane, does anyone recall the injury-prone Junior missing a game with a pinched testicle? Because we don't.

 
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