Mariners CEO Howard Lincoln steps down

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Call it a resignation, call it a retirement, but either way it’s a big deal for the Mariners: longtime CEO Howard Lincoln is stepping down. The news was first reported by Mike Salk of 710 ESPN radio in Seattle and then Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times.

Lincoln has run the Mariners since CEO, calling more or less all the shots given that the Mariners’ majority owner, Nintendo of America, is more or less of the absentee variety. Baker reports that team minority owner John Stanton will assume Lincoln’s role. He adds that many believe Stanton has designs on one day putting a group together to buy out Nintendo’s interests and assume control.

The club will hold a press conference at 6PM Eastern, 3PM Pacific time. Where they go in the post-Lincoln era remains to be seen.