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Nationals Send Letter To Fans Addressing Team's On-Field Woes
Published July 14, 2009
|Nationals' Letter To Fans Says Baseball
Operations Will Reevaluate All Players
A LEARNING PROCESS: In DC, Thom Loverro notes Nationals Owner the Lerner family with the letter "chose to make this pledge from a distance." No members of the Lerner family appeared at yesterday's press conference announcing Acta's firing to "answer questions about the results of the Lerner tenure." That the Lerners "deemed their presence unnecessary shows how clueless they are when it comes to public perception." The Lerners believe that this "hollow statement" of a letter "should suffice." But the letter "isn't worth the paper it's printed on if the people behind it are not willing to accept questions and explain their actions." Nationals President Stan Kasten at yesterday's press conference, when asked about the Lerners' absence, said, "I am the team president, and this is my responsibility. I am ultimately responsible for everything that goes on here, and I accept all of the blame." But Loverro notes the Lerners, not Kasten, are "responsible for turning the Nationals into a baseball industry joke." Kasten is "paying the price for their mistakes," and it is his "credibility and his legacy as one of the most successful sports executives of his time that is on the line" (WASHINGTON TIMES, 7/14).
Writers Differ On Opinions Of
Nationals' Firing Of Acta