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Bowden Speaks

This is Andrew, and I have one more thing before I call it a night.

General Manager Jim Bowden spoke before the game about a variety of issues. A lot of the juicy material pertaining to Odalis Perez's adventure on Tuesday night was included in today's notebook, but here are a few of Bowden's other thoughts:

ON SIGNING THE TEAM'S FIRST FIVE DRAFT PICKS: "We're working at it. We're grinding it out. We think the market's pretty clear. We hope our players sign, because I hate when our players use a year. ... As soon as they want to pick up the phone and agree, it's close."

ON ZIMMERMAN TAKING BP: "It's encouraging. I was in meeting today. Saw his bp yesterday, missed today's. Manny sent me an e-mail when it was done, and he said it was even better than yesterday. So I think we all need to be optimistic at this point that there's a good chance he'll be able to come back some time after the All-Star break and he'll be able to continue on. He's not in pain. He's swinging the bat free and easy."

ON PITCHING PROSPECT SHAIRON MARTIS: "This is a guy we got in Mike Stanton trade. This is a pitcher who's got three-plus pitches. He's got a great frame. He goes right at them. He's always been one of our favorites. He's already in Triple-A at age 21. ... He's a pitcher. He knows how to pitch. He's got a great changeup. The one thing he's developed this year -- he's added some velocity for whatever reason. He's gotten up to 94. He was a prospect at 89-91 with a great change, and knew how to pitch, and now he's up to 94 with the same stuff. So he's developing."

IMPRESSIONS OF ROGER BERNADINA: "This guy hit .325 in Double-A and did extremely well. Look, we've seen some good things. During the Sunday game in Cincinnati with the bunt, and the line drive was exciting. The catch he made in Florida was exciting. When you jump them from Double-A, that's a big jump. A lot of times we'll sit there and say, 'Well, let's just bring up all the kids and let them play and learn.' Well, when you put them over their heads, there are risks there too that you don't always like. You just had to be patient with them and give them love, and it's going to take some growing pains."

EVER CONSIDER BARRY BONDS?: "No, because how old is he? He doesn't fit into our long-term plan."

By Chico Harlan  |  July 10, 2008; 2:37 AM ET
 
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Comments

Good stuff, Andrew.

Next time ask Bowden who he thinks will replace him this offseason ;)

Posted by: dcsportsplus.blogspot.com | July 10, 2008 3:29 AM | Report abuse

The on thing missing is that in relation to 5th round pick Adrian Nieto (I think that is his name), Bowden said that the Nats are a "slot team". They #$%&@-well better NOT be a slot team! When August 15 comes around, they better have signed not only their top 5 picks, but just about every one in the top 20, as well!

The surest way to lose even those of us that have signed on to be patient with the Plan is for the team to all of a sudden go cheap on draft picks.

Posted by: Positively Half St | July 10, 2008 6:45 AM | Report abuse

"This is a guy we got in Mike Stanton trade."

Which one?

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | July 10, 2008 7:39 AM | Report abuse

We saw Martis pitch in a P-Nats game last year and were impressed.

Posted by: natsfan1a | July 10, 2008 8:04 AM | Report abuse

no word from jimbow on whio's going to be imported from cincinnati for next season?

Posted by: natsscribe | July 10, 2008 8:24 AM | Report abuse

New (survey, AKA click-inflating) post up.

Posted by: natsfan1a | July 10, 2008 8:44 AM | Report abuse

Andy,

Thanks for the extra overnight work - made the coffee much more enjoyable this morning.

I almost spat it out, though, when I read "We think the market's pretty clear." That screams "Hey, if they'll take slot, we'll sign em" - that's ok as a negotiating position (though it probably does delay getting people signed and tick off would-be signees), but when push comes to shove, they better pony up and sign them. I said last year that McGeary was the benchmark to determine "cheapitude" - they've got to get 1-5 signed this year (and, given our 11th round mojo with Lannan and Rhinehart, probably the 11th round guy, too).

Posted by: Highway 295 Revisited | July 10, 2008 8:55 AM | Report abuse

The on thing missing is that in relation to 5th round pick Adrian Nieto (I think that is his name), Bowden said that the Nats are a "slot team". They #$%&@-well better NOT be a slot team! When August 15 comes around, they better have signed not only their top 5 picks, but just about every one in the top 20, as well!

The surest way to lose even those of us that have signed on to be patient with the Plan is for the team to all of a sudden go cheap on draft picks.

Posted by: Positively Half St | July 10, 2008 6:45 AM

Amen brother.

They are arguing over $150,000 with their 5th round pick. Are you kidding me? They blew $1.5 million on Johnny Estrada for chrissakes.

Posted by: Gal Revels in Pee | July 10, 2008 9:31 AM | Report abuse

They blew $1.5 million on Johnny Estrada for chrissakes.

Posted by: Gal Revels in Pee | July 10, 2008 9:31 AM
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Mackowiak, too!

Posted by: Section 138 | July 10, 2008 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Andrew - keep going to the games and eventually the Chico guy will disapear. Next time ask Jimbo when we are going to dump Wee Mo Pena.

Posted by: Sec 155 | July 10, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

I concur that Nats need to sign their top picks. I really do not want to hear issues as "we are a slot team "or the market speaks". If Kasten and company are basing the team's future on the Plan, then they have to execute the Plan. Detroit , Boston, New York do not have issues with their draftees. They execute.

The Nats performance aside, what is most disconcerting is the reputation that the team seems to be developing. I am in the New York market and here the Nats are considered a poorly run organization. Bowden has a less than trust worthy reputation with other GM's. I am concerned he is developing or has developed the same reputation with agents and draftees. I am tired of Bowden trying to prove to the world that he the best and the brightest by two trying "screw" the other party. I really do not think it is wise for the Lerners to have a person such as Bowden representing their team. He neither appears nor acts professional. His reddish puffy complexion suggests activities other than managing a sports franchise.

I truly believe this team will reach new lows if Bowden remains in charge.

I am hoping that the Lerners protect their investment and hire a professional to manage its operation.

Posted by: mjames | July 10, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

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