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Commissioner's statement

Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig issued the following statement today regarding the passing of Hiroshi Yamauchi:

”On behalf of Major League Baseball, I am saddened by the passing of Hiroshi Yamauchi. This visionary businessman quietly played a pivotal role in preserving Major League Baseball in the Pacific Northwest for generations, and we are grateful for his selfless gesture to help the fans of Seattle following a period of uncertainty for their local baseball Club. We are proud not only that he made the Mariners the first Major League Club with Japanese ownership, but also that the franchise continues to represent its region with such distinction and strong global roots. I extend my deepest condolences to Mr. Yamauchi’s family, friends and business associates.”

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