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Stan Kasten takes down Jim Bowden, again

(By Evan Vucci - AP)

Because no Nats news story can yet reach its natural conclusion without a comment from Jim Bowden, I present today's Internet Twitter war between the former GM and his former boss.

Almost immediately after news of Elijah Dukes's release hit the Internet on Wednesday morning, the XM host and bosom lover chimed in with his own opinion on Twitter. First this:

"E.Dukes was given opportunities most people dream about. He was given support and understanding at high levels and still failed. Sad."

(Because failure to take advantage of dream-worthy sports opportunities should never be tolerated. Clearly.)

And then this:

After latest incident, credit Nats for making the right decision. They told him zero tolerance and followed their word.

So the natural question was, latest incident, huh? Bowden is now a media member; when he writes of a "latest incident," you assume he has actual information with which to explain said claim. But before any of that came could come out, the Nats replied, both with Mike Rizzo's comments and, far juicier, with Stan Kasten via the team's official Twitter account.

Stan Kasten: "I know of no 'incident' as it pertains to Elijah Dukes and his unconditional release today."

And then this:

Stan Kasten continued: "People who are saying this don't know what they're talking about."

And, as he is wont to do, Bowden deleted his original Tweets, leaving his page blank as the name next to the number 9 on Jim Riggleman's lineup card. My own preference here would be a Segway race down the right field line to determine who's right. Barring that, maybe Bowden could interview Kasten on the radio again. That's always fun.

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 17, 2010; 12:31 PM ET
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For Bowden, there has to be an incident. If the Nats released him on merit, then it's just more housecleaning, and what's left of Bowden's reputation takes a hit.

Posted by: JohninMpls | March 17, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

With perennial underachiever and overly immature EDukes, we can safely assume there is always more to the story than reported.

The trouble is, does the issue rise to the threshold where the participants need to lawyer up... or can we just keep it quiet and let the participants work it out on their own terms

Anger management issues? Check.

Character Flaws? Check.

Domestic Abuse Issues? Check.

Child Support Issues? Check.

Failure to Live Up to Potential? Check, Check.

Overpaid and Unmanageable? Check, check.

Etc., Etc.? Check, check, etc.

Posted by: Vic1 | March 17, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Jim Bowden had a dream-worthy opportunity to resurrect his professional reputation after running it into the ground in Cincinnati. Instead, he relentlessly indulged in his vice for toolsy, underperforming, knuckleheaded outfielders, thus sabotaging his hopes and dreams. I'm glad the high-level support and understanding for his many failures finally ran out.

Posted by: Lindemann777 | March 17, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Coming to DC, with a below average MLB roster, no scouts, a ravaged and pathetic farm system, and cheap owners with no understanding of baseball is not in any sense *a dream-worthy opportunity*.

I'm no Bowden apologist, but my goodness, have a sense of perception. He was doomed to fail, and he failed.

Leaving all discussion of Bowden aside for a moment, the GM position for the Nats from '05 - '09 was anything but a dream job.

Posted by: Sunderland | March 17, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Segway race. Classic.

Posted by: reddog278 | March 17, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Given how Bowden performed in Cincinnati, any opportunity to be a general manager for a major-league baseball team qualifies as a dream-worthy opportunity for him. Just like I'd be ecstatic to suddenly discover the ability to be a terrible scrub infielder who gets called up from the minors only when Guzman, Kennedy, and Desmond all pull their hamstrings at once.

Posted by: Lindemann777 | March 18, 2010 7:40 AM | Report abuse

"Leaving all discussion of Bowden aside for a moment, the GM position for the Nats from '05 - '09 was anything but a dream job."

Point taken, but what, exactly, about managing a Major League Baseball team ISN'T a dream job (even the Pirates)?

Posted by: DurhamBully | March 18, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

I thought this might actually be a serious story. Silly me. Never should have forgotten that this writer only writes about drivel like twitter wars.

Posted by: jboogie1 | March 18, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

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