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Bobby Cox can see Stan Kasten as baseball's next commissioner

Stan Kasten will no longer be the Nationals team president after next week, and he is not retiring, either. Given the breadth of his experience, Kasten's career possibilities in the sports are limitless, up to and including becoming the next commissioner of baseball.

Bud Selig has said he will step down at the end of the 2012 season. Few people have more closely with Kasten in baseball than legendary Atlanta Braves Manager Bobby Cox, and Cox believes Kasten would be willing and able to handle replacing Selig.

"I've never talked to him about that, but I think it would" appeal to Kasten, Cox said. "He's qualified to do that job, absolutely. He's a lawyer. He knows the game. He loves baseball more than anything. He knows the inner-workings of it. He'd be a solid choice, in my opinion."

Cox was asked, half-jokingly, how Kasten would get along with the player's union.

"I think it's kind of like Ozzie [Guillen] and Kenny Williams," Cox deadpanned. "There's a lot of screaming and yelling, but they love each other. Because he's dealt with them for so many years."

Whatever Kasten does next, Cox believes he'll succeed. Kasten is 57 and still ran the Nationals with boundless energy. Cox gave Kasten credit for building the Braves dynasty in the 1990s - "Stan did a lot of the work," Cox said - and sees no reason why he couldn't continue to work in sports.

"He's so young," Cox said. "He's got so much energy and vigor. I don't know what he's going to do. I've got no idea. He'll be in something in sports, no doubt. He loves it. And he's excellent at what he does."

By Adam Kilgore  | September 24, 2010; 5:05 PM ET
 
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Man, skins_fan_22 brought a bazooka to a knife fight. Way to go sure. Totally laid the smack down on these Natinal fans.

The reality is, they look up the road at B'more and see a franchise that, as you mentioned, has genuine hope and is actually being run correctly.

The Natinals on the other hand, are being run by chickens with their heads cut off. Their biggest revenue maker is out for all of 2011, their 1st basemen is probably gone, and other than Zimmerman, they got a bunch of scrubs or prospects who haven't proven jack-squat.

Also, skins fan is right about the O's and closer. Uehara has been basically lights out as a closer (only 2 blown saves both to the Yankees). Their starting pitching is leaps and bounds better than the Natinals and yes lets not forget about the O's shortstop who should be up in the majors in 2-3 years, who many compare to Arod.

O's future is bright.

Natinals future is darker than Rosie O'Donnell's hoo-hoo.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 24, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Helllooo out there. Anybody home?

...crickets...

Guess not..

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | September 24, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

God help baseball if Stan Kasten is the next commissioner. What an empty suit!

Posted by: bupbups | September 24, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

W-A-Y too early to speculate about Kasten as a possible replacement for Selig, but I could see the owners signing off on him in a heartbeat.

He's an insider, isn't crazy about either agents, the current Amateur Draft or the International Free Agent system, and with a Law degree he falls right in line with Stern (NBA) & Goodell (NFL).

Posted by: BinM | September 24, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Baseball commissioners should be made of better stuff.

I see Stan in heading for some role in the NFL. The biggest game in the US, biggest money, biggest stage and Stan has not gone there yet (done MLB, NBA and some NHL already).

Posted by: dfh21 | September 24, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

I've got no love for Stan, but think he'd be an upgrade to Selig and actually think he's better suited to be commissioner than running baseball operations.

I think his goal is to own a team, like he tried with the Nats. He needed to leave the Nats to be able to pursue that.

Posted by: Sunderland | September 24, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

No matter how good the O's get (below .500 since '97), it would take a miracle to finish ahead of TB, BOS, and NY.

As far as the Nats, StanK was useless figurehead it seemed. Let's see who they get in FO AND in FA.

Posted by: goexpos2 | September 24, 2010 7:08 PM | Report abuse

As a Nats fan, my first reaction when I saw the mistake on the uniform that spelled the team name "Nati nals"?

About time---get the "O"'s out. I've had it up to here with that team as well as Washington area born traitors who support that team. I used to be an Orioles fan, but I will NEVER root for that team again, not even if it won 200 games in a single year.

Edward J. Cunningham
Rockville, MD

Posted by: femfour | September 24, 2010 11:42 PM | Report abuse

Poopy hate to say it but you are dumber than a bag of rocks. The Orioles are the biggest joke in sports and the the Nats will be good very soon. The birds have no idea what they are doing.Showalter is a bandaid that will wear of soon.They are a joke.

Posted by: cbushea55 | September 25, 2010 12:18 AM | Report abuse

The Lerner's loss is Major League Baseball's potential gain, if Kasten were to become the Commissioner. I believe that Kasten build an organization in Washington that can succeed without him. Though I can only imagine how much better it would be directed if he were still the President.

As for Baltimore, I wish the city and franchise well, however righted that ship might be it is still listing to the side.

Posted by: moralcompass1 | September 25, 2010 8:47 AM | Report abuse

cbush, admittedly I'm biased because I'm an Oriole fan. Having said that, their win percentage is 63% since Showalter took over. Statistics never lie, unless you want to argue that it's merely dumb luck. If you spread a 63% win percentage over 162 games, that's 99 wins. I'm not predicting that next season will bring a playoff run by any means, however assuming that the Orioles add some power in the off season there's no reason to believe that this winning trend won't continue and at least equal respectability next season. Nationals fans can say what they want about our team, however I can guarantee you that nobody in the AL East is laughing anymore.

Posted by: Godfather151981 | September 25, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Kasten Commissioner? YOU CAN NOT BE SERIOUS !!!!!!!

Selig came out of the baseball ranks and has been nothing short of a Juiced up Buffoon Disaster...for the credibility of the game...

FAILED to addresss steroids responsibly

FAILED to addresss ceiling cap and minimum cap to weed out cheap a** owners

FAILED to addresss instant replay expansion...the more those arrogant zebras are BUSTED & HUMILIATED...the better....

Another baseball guy with his nose stuck up the owners a******.. NO ********* WAY !!!!

Posted by: GRIMReaper55 | September 25, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

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