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Jim Bowden: "I've Had My Shot"

By Jonathan Newton - TWP

Jim Bowden is long gone from the Nats, and the pieces he left behind continue to be dismantled, just about on a daily basis. But in some ways, this season will always be tacked onto his front-office resume, which is why it makes sense for the D.C. media to still care what he thinks, and why it makes perfect sense for WUSA to air a two-part Brett Haber interview with Bowden this week.

Haber met with Bowden in Southern California for nearly an hour last week, under the condition that no Nats-related topics would be off-limits. The former GM said that during his four years with the franchise, he had never set foot in the Dominican Republic. He acknowledged that was a mistake, saying if he had to do things over again he would, of course, travel down there himself. He also was apologetic, contrite and almost embarrassed about the current state of the team, Haber said.

And, not surprisingly, Bowden didn't shy away from an honest assessment of his current situation. He said he's pursuing his career in radio and TV, and had this to say when asked if he's burned too many bridges to return to the sport.

"I think there were a lot of bridges burned," he said, "and certainly in a lot of areas, probably the answer would be yes....I'm not sure I'd be hired as a GM right now, given my last track record. I'm not sure if I was another owner that I would be someone's first choice....I've had my shot. I wasn't able to bring home what I wanted to bring home."

Haber read Bowden a passage from this fascinating Barry Svrluga/Chico Harlan story the day after Bowden's departure from the team, including this quote from a baseball executive: "If they got all his enemies together, they'd have to rent Yankee Stadium."

"Was he exaggerating?" Haber asked.

"I don't know," Bowden said. "That's a lot. How many people are at Yankee Stadium, Brett?"

Well, more than are at Nats Park, anyhow. Fairly classic stuff from Bowden. As mentioned, the interview will air in two parts, tonight and tomorrow nights during the 11 pm broadcast on WUSA.

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 3, 2009; 9:23 AM ET
Categories:  Media , Nats  
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This reminds me that from a distance Bowden always seemed like an okay guy. It's too bad that we had to get to know him better.

Posted by: NTPNate | June 3, 2009 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the heads up.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | June 3, 2009 10:53 AM | Report abuse

I think the biggest bridge Bowden burned was the bridge to competence. If he could do a competent job, he'd be rehired.

Posted by: Lindemann777 | June 3, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Wait - by saying that he's "had his shot" does Bowden mean to imply that he was juicing? hmmm...

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | June 3, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

"The former GM said that during his four years with the franchise, he had never set foot in the Dominican Republic."
Amazing. So those years when the Nats were talking about The Plan and pointing to their Dominican operation working hard to identify young talent...their GM had never actually SEEN that operation. And I guess the Lerners felt that made perfect sense, having a GM who had never visited a supposedly critical part of the farm system. What a pathetic organization.

Posted by: hubcap | June 3, 2009 5:59 PM | Report abuse

he must not have been too important, job-wise, since they haven't hired a new GM?!

Posted by: Max231 | June 4, 2009 9:22 AM | Report abuse

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