Washington Nationals owner and real estate magnate Ted Lerner has passed away at the age of 97 years old. According to a team spokesperson, Lerner passed away due to complications from pneumonia in his Chevy Chase, Maryland home. The real estate developer bought the downtrodden Nationals in 2006 and oversaw the team’s rise into contention. That all culminated in the team’s World Series victory in 2019 over the Houston Astors. This was his native city’s first baseball championship in 95 years. Lerner was a major reason the team got to that level of competition in that span of time.
Ted Lerner is the reason baseball came back to DC after 33 years.
Thank you, Ted.
Rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/FCgEchEYmO
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) February 13, 2023
Ted Lerner gave control of the Washington Nationals to his son, Mark in 2018, and in a statement, after the team won the World Series his son said the following: “There were generations of baseball fans who grew up in D.C. without a team. Now they have one, and one that won a World Series.” His impact on the city of Washington D.C. as both a real estate developer and a baseball team owner is undeniable. We here at Def Pen Sports have the family and friends of Lerner in our thoughts at this time.