Hiroshi Yamauchi, The Mariners' Invisible Owner, Is DeadTommy Craggs9/19/13 9:26amFiled to: MLBhiroshi yamauchiseattle marinersEditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalink Hiroshi Yamauchi, the longtime president of Nintendo who owned a majority stake in the Seattle Mariners but famously never watched them play in person, is dead. He was 85. Read Kotaku's obit below. Here, from 1992, is quite possibly the only Mariners-related interview Yamauchi ever granted to a member of the Seattle press. Asked if he liked baseball, he replied: "It's not a matter if I like it or not. I would not say I would like it, and I would not say I dislike it. It's something like that, I would say."