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August 14, 2010 at 9:20 AM

What the Mariners’ competition is up to

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Well, it’s safe to say the Mariners no longer have to worry about just the Los Angeles Angels in the AL West. The Texas Rangers are running away with the division this season and just got taken over by a group headed by Nolan Ryan.
Up to now, M’s fans could count on bankruptcy proceedings keeping the Rangers in check. No longer. And one of the first moves by the news ownership group? Lowering prices for parking and some concessions and merchandise. Interesting.
Read this blog post to get the details. One thing you should know about the stadium where the Rangers play. It’s out in a suburban area, with limited public transportation and it hasn’t always been easy for them to pack the place. Even in good times. So, they’re doing something in order to draw more fans to the park. Interesting idea.


What other moves is the new group planning?
Well, this one should interest M’s fans as well. Turns out they might increase payroll next year beyond what’s been budgeted in order to keep Cliff Lee. Still don’t think that’s going to happen, and maybe the Rangers know this as well and are just talking to look good PR-wise. So far, the team has tentatively planned a payroll of $77 million in 2011 and $84 million in 2012. Keeping Lee might involve the payroll shooting up closer to $100 million.
So, who knows whether they’ll do it or just talk about it.
But again, an interesting concept. And a reminder to us all that any rebuilding the Mariners plan is not happening on its own. Other teams in the division have their own plans on how to rebuild and stay there for years to come. And on how to attract and keep their fans for the long haul.

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