Catching up with Stan Kasten on the Dominican issue, etc.
One of Stan Kasten's final missions as team president of the Nationals was assisting Major League Baseball in its ongoing effort to cleanse from the Dominican Republic corrupt practices in signing youthful players. Kasten and the Nationals, of course, became inextricably tied to the Dominican when the Smiley Gonzalez/Carlos Alvarez scandal broke during the spring of 2009.
Kasten worked closely with the task force for the Dominican appointed by the commissioner's office, which was led by long-time executive Sandy Alderson. Yesterday, Alderson was named the new general manager of the New York Mets, opening up a role in the league office to undertake a leadership role on the Dominican issue.
"I don't know yet" who will fill the position, Kasten said this afternoon. "I was just talking to a friend of mine who runs another team about that. I know it's a high priority for the commissioner's office. They've made great progress there. I'm sure they will continue. As much as I care about what happens in the Dominican, I'm really happy to see Sandy back running a team. It's a great spot for him. It's a great spot for the Mets. It's good news all the way around. We e-mailed back and forth last night."
In keeping with his personal policy, Kasten declined to speculate on any of his future career options when asked about the possibility of replacing Alderson in the league office. While he has invested much time in the Dominican issue and is passionate about, Kasten indicated he isn't currently apart of the league's Dominican efforts.
"My involvement is zero," Kasten said.
When Kasten left the Nationals at the end of the regular season, he said he would see through three objectives, one of which was the Nationals' legal fallout from their past connection in the Dominican corruption. Kasten offered no specifics but said the team is still hammering away at the problem.
"Our in-house counsel has been working on a number of things that we're still involved with down there," Kasten said. "We can't talk about it yet. I do hear from folks down there all the time. Several different things are at several different stages that I talked to Mike [Rizzo] about just last week."
As for Kasten's other two objectives -- finalizing the negotiations for radio rights and the future location for the Nationals' spring training headquarters -- he addressed both with one of his favorite phrases: "That's something you don't need to know about."
Overall, Kasten said, life after the Nationals has been "great." His daughter was married Sunday. He's been spending most of his time on the road, either meeting folks who want to talk about his future or making appearances and giving speeches.
"I'm having a blast," Kasten said.
| October 28, 2010; 4:15 PM ET
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