Friday, April 14, 2006


With today's WaPo and Times stories noting the potential merger of the Lerner and Kasten groups, it's safe to say that the selection of Lerner as owner is imminent.

When MLB leaked the story about the lack of minority ownership to the Post earlier this week, it seems like that really was a shot across the bow. The Post implies, but doesn't specify, that Kasten has some minority moneybags with him, and it's long been suspected that Kasten would be MLB's hand-picked choice to shepherd the new owner's team. Kasten ran the Braves for a looooong time, and if there's one franchise to emulate, it's probably Atlanta's!

With Kasten on board, it's safe to say that Tony Tavares would be on his way out, and presumably Jim Bowden would return to ESPN2. Would Kasten dive into Atlanta's GM prospects, or does he have someone outside the Braves system that he'd trust?

The person I talked to a week or two ago, before this all broke, indicated that it would be within two weeks. Given that, today's news, and Bob DuPuy's most recent ramblings, I suspect that that's awfully close to the truth.

I, for one, am happy to welcome our new Lerner Family overlords!


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