Kasten delivers Presidents' Day message to fans

Dodgers prioritize scouting and development, fan experience and community outreach

Kasten delivers Presidents' Day message to fans

LOS ANGELES -- With Presidents' Day and the start of Spring Training in the same week, who better to combine the two than the president and CEO of the Dodgers, 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.

MLB.com asked him to provide his three main messages to Dodgers fans going into the 2015 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, enhancing 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.

"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, as was demonstrated during the offseason, we are committed to doing whatever it takes to be successful in those areas. We reached the postseason the last two years and that has only whet our appetite to capture the ultimate prize in 2015.

"Dodger Stadium is one of the crown jewels of Major League ballparks, but as the third-oldest it requires constant vigilance to maintain its reputation as a fan favorite, 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 2014 with the second-highest total in team history. We expect similar numbers in 2015, 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. In 2014, we achieved a benchmark in giving totaling more than $1 million, impacting more than 50 non-profit organizations. We are already at work to grow that success in 2015."

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.