Stan Kasten is the baseball guy.
Only is he?
Kasten made his baseball name as a baseball executive. He is the former president of the
He has never been a baseball general manager. He has been a basketball GM with the
Still, this is what you hear from Magic: "Stan will be the baseball man. I'm not going to be picking pitchers or anything like that."
And neither is Kasten. His general manager with the Braves was the highly respected John Schuerholz. It was Schuerholz who had the baseball background (he had been GM of the
Schuerholz is now the Braves' president, but his roots were in baseball. Kasten is an Ivy League lawyer given credit for his comprehensive understanding of how to run a franchise. He has been involved in all aspects of running a team, including contract negotiations.
But his strength is in knowing what’s important in running a baseball organization and the best way to get it done. Expect more attention to scouting, both nationally and internationally, to the farm system and plenty of other details