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Stan Kasten frontrunner to helm Dodgers

Posted on: April 22, 2011 5:23 pm
Edited on: April 22, 2011 5:24 pm

By Evan Brunell

Jim Bowden, the ex-GM of the Nationals, reports that Stan Kasten is the frontrunner to run the Dodgers.

Kasten has an impressive baseball resume, running the Braves in their glory days before latching on with the Nationals as team president from 2006-10. Kasten was asked to step down from his position in Washington after clashing with the GM and ownership in a classic case of too many chefs in the kitchen.

Kasten's history is a bit checkered outside of baseball, as he rank the Hawks and Thrashers in addition to his duties as Atlanta president before he was requested to step down in 2003. Still, inside baseball, he has an excellent reputation and delegates baseball operations responsibility to the GM without much complaint. That will allow Ned Colletti a free hand to run baseball operations, although that isn't necessarily a good thing. 

Whether Kasten or someone else, who commissioner Bud Selig appoints to helm the Dodgers needs to have a rock-solid reputation especially in the face of the lifestyle owner Frank McCourt chose to live. In addition, Kasten's acumen in managing the business aspect of the Dodgers could come in handy in expected litigation by McCourt over the hostile takeover of his club.

It is unknown when the new representative will be appointed but it will likely come early next week.

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