Nationals owner Ted Lerner issues statement on Kasten’s departure

Nationals managing principal owner Ted Lerner issued a statement earlier today on team president Stan Kasten’s decision to resign after the season, and the last line of it would imply Kasten, at least for now, will retain his ownership stake in the team. Here it is:

“Stan Kasten will always be an important part of the history of the Washington Nationals. He was vital to ownership winning its bid from Major League Baseball and his agreement to serve as the team’s chief executive for the last five years has been critical to building the Washington Nationals franchise.

Over his tenure he has positioned the Nationals to become one of the most exciting franchises in baseball and we thank him for all that he has accomplished.

We certainly respect his decision to pursue other interests at the end of the regular season, but will continue to call upon him for his vast knowledge of the game, the league and the franchise. He will remain a friend and valued partner of the team and ownership group.”