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Monday, September 24, 2012

Loverro: Stan Kasten deserves some credit for the success of Nationals

Davey Johnson Brothers: Kasten my spell.

Inside the Nationals’ clubhouse, players and management—including the Lerner family owners—toasted the moment in a subdued celebration, knowing that all they secured at this point was a chance to play in the one-game wild-card playoff.

They should toast Kasten as well because with his arms tied behind his back by the Lerner family, the successful sports executive still managed to make the move that changed the direction of the franchise and led to its current playoff success.

Kasten couldn’t replace general manager Jim Bowden once he and the Lerners—who had pretty much adopted Bowden—took over the team in mid-2006. So Kasten did the next best thing—hired Bowden’s future replacement.

...Why? Because like Kasten and others, the expectation was that the Lerners’ golden boy, Bowden, would self destruct at some point. And he did, first in 2008 with his failure to sign first-round draft pick Aaron Crow, and then the following spring with the Smiley Gonzalez scandal—when the shortstop faked his age and identity before receiving a $1.4 million signing bonus.

Bowden was forced out, and Kasten handed Rizzo a shovel and told him to dig. He did, digging the franchise out of that mess and making the moves that have led them to this point—postseason baseball in Washington for the first time since 1933.

You can thank Stan Kasten for that.

Repoz Posted: September 24, 2012 at 01:26 PM | 11 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. boteman Posted: September 24, 2012 at 02:00 PM (#4244281)
Well, he did make a really good brisket sandwich, so there's that legacy.
   2. Joey B. Posted: September 24, 2012 at 03:24 PM (#4244414)
Here you had the Dodgers, one of baseball's marquis franchises

Jason Marquis or the Marquis de Sade?
   3. TerpNats Posted: September 24, 2012 at 04:30 PM (#4244517)
Under the McCourts, the Marquis Chimps.
   4. Joey B. Posted: September 24, 2012 at 04:36 PM (#4244529)
Natties clobber the Brewers, dropping our magic number down to 5 with just 9 games left in the season!
   5. jingoist Posted: September 24, 2012 at 06:09 PM (#4244600)
"Ain't the beer cold!"
   6. fra paolo Posted: September 24, 2012 at 07:57 PM (#4244644)
Here is the 2006 thread about the Nationals hiring Rizzo. There were but three comments, taking a favourable tone.
   7. Walt Davis Posted: September 24, 2012 at 09:03 PM (#4244683)
They should toast Kasten as well

Why? Was it his idea to shut down Strasburg? Cuz that was clearly the key to the Nats' success.

:-)
   8. ...and Toronto selects: Troy Tulowitzki Posted: September 25, 2012 at 04:34 AM (#4244875)
Here is the 2006 thread about the Nationals hiring Rizzo. There were but three comments, taking a favourable tone.

Is this a surprise? At that time, I recall there being 3 Diamondback Primer fans, and zero National fans.
   9. Joey B. Posted: September 25, 2012 at 11:32 AM (#4245116)
Manny Acta should get his share of the credit as well for being such a totally horrendous manager and helping to put us in position to draft Strasburg and Harper.
   10. AROM Posted: September 25, 2012 at 12:23 PM (#4245192)
Manny Acta should get his share of the credit as well for being such a totally horrendous manager and helping to put us in position to draft Strasburg and Harper.


Jim Bowden did more to get those two picks than anyone else.
   11. AROM Posted: September 25, 2012 at 12:28 PM (#4245200)
Looking at those 3 comments from 2006, 2 are from the perspective of Met's fans, wondering if this hire will threaten their reign atop the NL East. My, how quickly things can change. It was a different world in Mets land, a few months before Adam Wainwright released that curveball to Carlos Beltran.

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