LOS ANGELES -- On Presidents Day, who better to address the state of the Dodgers than their president and CEO, Stan Kasten?Kasten took over operation of the Dodgers on April 30, 2012, when Guggenheim Baseball Partnership bought the club. In 1999, Kasten became the first sports figure to hold the
LOS ANGELES -- On Presidents Day, who better to address the state of the Dodgers than their president and CEO, Stan Kasten?
Kasten took over operation of the Dodgers on April 30, 2012, when Guggenheim Baseball Partnership bought the club. In 1999, Kasten became the first sports figure to hold the title of president of three teams in three sports concurrently: the Atlanta Braves, Hawks and Thrashers.
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MLB.com asked him to provide his three main messages to Dodgers fans going into the 2017 season, and here's what he had to say:
"As is the case each season, the Dodgers are focused on three primary areas: scouting and player development, continuing to enhance the fan experience at Dodger Stadium, and community outreach. Solid work on those platforms is critical to building a franchise designed for long-term success on and off the field.
"We are proud of the extensive upgrade and renovation of our Campo Las Palmas academy in the Dominican Republic, the latest example of the franchise's renewed commitment to finding and developing talented players from the Caribbean and Central and South America. The Dodgers understand fielding a team that will contend for championships year in and year out begins with our scouting and player development departments and we are committed to doing whatever it takes to be successful in those areas. We strive to win championships in 2017 and beyond.
"Dodger Stadium continues to be one of the crown jewels of Major League ballparks, and Dodger management continues to work to provide the amenities the 21st century Dodger fan expects. The Dodgers led the Major Leagues in attendance in 2016, and we want each and every fan to enjoy their experience from the time they enter the stadium until they leave.
"Through the Dodgers Foundation and our community relations team, the Dodgers are constantly involved in programs to give back to the Greater Los Angeles community. Our pillars are education and literacy, sports and recreation and health and wellness."
Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001.