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Mariners owner John Stanton’s view on the team’s ‘step-back’ plan: Optimistic yet frustrated

Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part story from an interview with Mariners chairman John Stanton on the state of the organization at the midpoint of the season.

On the morning of the Mariners’ 82nd game of the season, sitting at the mathematical halfway point of the 162-game marathon, Mariners chairman and managing partner John Stanton sat in the suite belonging to team president and CEO Kevin Mather, reading the day’s in-house game notes and comprehensive minor-league report. He’d already perused a morning email with links to coverage of the team.

Winning or losing, traveling or at T-Mobile Park, this is part of his daily routine.