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Posted at 4:57 PM ET, 09/23/2010

What does Kasten's departure mean for the Nats?

By Aaron Morrissey

Stan Kasten, the only president that the Washington Nationals have ever had, announced this afternoon that he was stepping down at the end of the season. Kasten will still hang on to his minority ownership stake in the team. (Kudos to Thomas Boswell of the Post, who actually opined yesterday that Kasten was leaving the team.) Hey, maybe Kasten got a look at the team's recent attendance figures and figured he'd be better off getting out now.

But in all seriousness: is this a big deal? Well, that depends on who you ask. Kasten was the public face of the ownership side of the team, so the big media response today isn't surprising. Among diehard Nats fans (if one can even call Nats fans diehards after only five-plus years of existence), Kasten's not exactly a well-liked guy.

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Aaron Morrissey blogs at DCist. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

By Aaron Morrissey  | September 23, 2010; 4:57 PM ET
Categories:  D.C., HotTopic, Local blog network, Nationals  
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