(Stan Kasten, media member. Next thing you know, Stan will be on Twitter. Photo of TV by Nationals Enquirer staff.)
If you can't beat 'em, join 'em?
After years of sparring with the media, former Nationals President Stan Kasten made his MLB Network debut in studio on MLB Network's Hot Stove Wednesday night, along with host Matt Vasgersian, Jon Heyman, Joe Magrane, and Mitch Williams. The opening exchange between Vasgersian and Kasten at the beginning of the show went something like this:
Vasgersian: "Stan Kasten, late of the Washington Nationals. After 30 some-odd years working in management, you're now part of the media. What are you doing?"
Kasten: "I have a lot of scores to settle, and I'm going to start here tonight."
We were sort of hoping Ol' Stan would give a few hints about what the Nationals are thinking going into next week's Winter Meetings in Florida, but it never happened. But towards the end of the show, Kasten and Vasgersian did a little "Winter Meetings 101" segment, during which Ol' Stan described the inner workings of the meetings, how to formulate a game plan, and the best way to deploy your scouts to pick up intel during the meetings:
"Go hang in the bars until 10, 11, 12, 1, 2, picking up whatever you can."
(Stan Kasten, via MLB Network, 12/1/2010)
Maybe that helps explain part of the problem during the Kasten years in D.C.?
Quick review: Despite his apparent hatred of the media in his previous life, Stan is quite good on TV. If that job replacing Bud Selig doesn't pan out, Stan can at least rest easier knowing he'll be able to find work on TV. Now, about that Twitter account...