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!


  • Another Jew buying a baseball team...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/16/2006 11:17 AM  

  • Yeah, you'd think they'd be too busy controlling the media.

    Do me a favor and don't post again. Thanks.

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 4/16/2006 11:33 AM  

  • Re: "anonymous" comments about Jews buying teams; you've the right to say what you think, but Chris has the right to expect civil comments and language on his blog. What the Lerner's religion has anything to do with their financial capacity to own the team is beyond me. What if they are Iranian Muslim immigrants who pursued the "American Dream" of making their fortune in this country? If they played by the rules, earned enough money to buy the team, should they be disqualified because they aren't Christians. It's bad enough that the potential owners have to round up "minority owners" who add little more than window dressing because there are so few non-white folks who are financially able to throw hundreds of thousands of dollars around just to get into the crooked game MLB runs.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/17/2006 2:15 PM  

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