Seattle Mariners: How Do You Answer the Bell.. or Do You?

Jon O'ConnorCorrespondent IDecember 8, 2011

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 24: Starting pitcher Felix Hernandez #34 of the Seattle Mariners throws a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on September 24, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Brandon Wade/Getty Images)
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The LA Angels made a big splash, to say the least, coming out of the winter meetings. It seems like they finally got sick of looking up in the AL West and decided it was about time to become relevant again.

In today's game, how do you become relevant? There is a simple answer to that question: by spending money! 

The Angels spending $250 million on Albert Pujols and $75 million on CJ Wilson made them immediate contenders in the AL West. 

Major League Baseball is a business plain and simple. In order to compete in the game, you have to have the money and you have to spend it.  

In Seattle, that doesn't seem to be the case. Mariners ownership (Nintendo of America) doesn't live in the United States. But not only that, they don't even step foot in Safeco Field to watch/support the team that own. 

The Mariners simply rely on their young talent to be relevant. Don't get me wrong, they have some great young prospects in Dustin Ackley, Kyle Seager, Mike Carp and Micheal Pineda. But the fact of the matter is that those guys will never bring you championships. Now, they might help you win them, but they cannot and will not do it on their own. 

How do you make money in professional sports? Some of the big ways are by selling beer for $7.00 a pop, as well as other outrageously priced concessions and merchandise. Who will buy these beers and jerseys, though, when you only sell 12,000 seats per game?

Now, filling the seats is the next question, and how do you do that? By winning! The fans do not want to come watch a team who hit a total of 109 home runs and hit .233 as a team. Not only that, but it's pretty tough to win when you only score just over three runs a game. Not to mention feeling bad for former Cy Young Winner Felix Hernandez. Bring in someone to score some runs for the guy! 

I'm not saying you can go buy a championship, because we've seen that doesn't always work (Boston Red Sox). But in order to compete, you have to keep up with your competition.

Mariners need support for their Ace! Felix Hernandez and GM Jack Zduriencik
Mariners need support for their Ace! Felix Hernandez and GM Jack Zduriencik

There are a lot of talks about Prince Fielder being an option for Seattle. Rumor has it that it pretty much lies on the ownership to give GM Jack Zduriencik the money needed to offer Fielder a deal. Stingy ownership probably will not allow it, and bringing just Prince in may not be enough, but it would certainly be a start and would undoubtedly sell some tickets. 

Most importantly, you need to give your fanbase some hope. When fans see the division rival Angels going out and throwing money at guys, it makes them see that the Angels are trying. When the Mariners leave the winter meetings the same as they went it, it shows lack of effort. If you want butts in the seats, make it happen. 

There is only one way to make money in this game, and that is by winning. Your fans are your revenue source, and if they are not there, your pockets are empty! As the old saying goes, "You have to spend money to make money." 

Nintendo, you have a choice. You need to do all they can to make the Mariners relevant in the AL West or stay in the basement! Seattle is too great of a market and city to continuously let the fans down.