Be sure to listen for the ambient violin music while you read about former Washington Nationals GM Jim Bowden defending himself (DC Sports Bog, The Post) from mean-ol’ Tom Boswell. Who’d have thunk signing fat, diabetics (Dmitri Young) for two years could go wrong?
Jim Bowden may have been deposed as Washington Nationals general manager last spring, but he continues to be thorn in the side (DC Sports Bog) of Nats fans. At the very least, he has a bizarre personality — I think he has absolutely no self-awareness. Bowden was a terrible GM and may be a worse person. With that in mind, I propose a radical idea — ignore him. Personally, I don’t plan on posting anything else about him unless there is something meaningful, like a conviction for his “Smiley” related activities in the Dominican Republic. I haven’t followed him on Twitter and I hope if you are that you stop. Maybe he’ll just go away.
Nationals cut ties with Cardenal – nationals.com
Speical advisor to the general manager, Jose Cardenal has been released by the Nationals. He was hired by Jim Bowden which is why he has been let go. He has no hard feelings and neither do I, the organization just needs to remove as many remnants of the Bowden era as they can.
Unfortunately, you are probably going to have to see an annoying Pepto Bismal (which I once had a nasty allergic reaction to) ad five times. I suppose it is an appropriate sponsor for a Jim Bowden interview though and given that I used to link to a photo of a horse’s ass as a file phone for him, well you’ll see…
Jim Bowden Breaks His Silence Tonight On 9NEWS NOW @ 11PM – WUSA
In case you are wondering how Jim Bowden feels about being fired, Channel 9′s Brett Haber interviewed him.
If the whole interview is posted, I’ll embed the videos, against my better judgment.
1,727 Words On The Bullpen Shake-Up – Nationals Journal, The Post
A moment for reflection, if you will. I think it’s already fair to say that Jim Bowden greatly miscalculated his team’s needs/weaknesses this offseason. Think back, for instance, to the bullpen this team had in February. No Beimel. No Wells. No Tavarez. No real back-up plan whatsoever if all the young guys failed. Bowden, w/r/t his bullpen, was counting on a pipedream.
Or as you will see below, maybe he just didn’t care.
Thom Loverro: Bowden discovers his calling in La-La Land – The Wash. Times
This column about Bowden “will angry up the blood” as Grampa Simpson would say.
“I said, ‘I am the senior vice president of the Washington team, but it is the Washington Nationals, not the Generals.’ Then I hesitated and said, ‘But you know what? We probably win as many games as the Generals.’ The whole place cracked up laughing.”
That was said back in November by the way. He knew he put together a crap team and laughed about it. Shame on him, but shame on the Lerners for retaining his services for so long.
Three’s Company – The Post
Here’s a good line about fallen GM Jim Bowden:
A general manager is supposed to solve problems, not create them; be the adult, not the child; bring people together, not divide them; and focus his energy, not spew it.
That pretty much says it.
Boswell also says that neither Stan Kasten, Manny Acta or Mike Rizzo liked Bowden and are all on the same page. I am not positive of that but at least they are all professionals.
Why couldn’t Boswell been this hard on Bowden three years ago when things like “you are suppossed to run out of pitchers in September and October, not April” were said?
Bowden backlash builds after departure – The Wash. Examiner
Voice of the Reds Marty Brennaman really detested Jim Bowden while he was in Cincinnati. Basically, Brennaman said Bowden just kissed ownership’s ass and cut everyone else’s throat.
Rizzo to take bulk of Nats’ duties – nationals.com
Rizzo Gets New Duties; Kasten: No Urgency for Search – Nationals Journal, The Post
Rizzo running baseball ops; Kasten says no rush for permanent GM – Chatter, The Wash. Times
This morning Nationals president Stan Kasten announced that Mike Rizzo will assume the duties of general manager, but not the title. Officially, search for a new GM is on, but there seems little urgency. I am inferring that this means the job is Rizzo’s to lose. The rest of the front office will remain in their same roles.
Kasten: “I’m a fan of continuity” – Nationals Journal, The Post
A must-read transcript about today’s decisions. Also, condolences to Kasten who lost his mother to Alzheimer’s this morning.
How all of today’s events impact the contract negotiations with Ryan Zimmerman has yet to be seen. I stumbled on Kasten on
Idiot Elliot in the Morning today and it sounded like Kasten was the pointman on that process. A goal of Opening Day was set.