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More on Bowden

Here is the story Chico and Barry teamed up on re Bowden.

(And I'm really sorry it took so long to fix the link. Long day.)

By Tracee Hamilton  |  March 1, 2009; 6:25 PM ET
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Posted by: AnonymousSources | March 1, 2009 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Holy cripes, the amount of alloted space for baseball is really shrinking!

Posted by: natinbeantown | March 1, 2009 6:56 PM | Report abuse

This is taking anonymous sourcing to a whole 'nother level.

Posted by: Ted_Striker | March 1, 2009 7:02 PM | Report abuse

I'm not sure it's fair to call him a moron. Maybe you were out to get him?

Posted by: sbiel2 | March 1, 2009 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Wow. That's a trippy post. Almost has a zen-like quality to it. A Bowden Haiku:

Jimbo rolls - Segway
The Dominican winds ill
Door to the buttocks

Posted by: wahoo2x | March 1, 2009 7:07 PM | Report abuse

... thanx for setting the tone Tracee. You've said as much as I want to hear anymore about Jim B.

Posted by: natscanreduxit | March 1, 2009 7:12 PM | Report abuse

I guess we take HERE IS and finish it......

HERE IS Frowney thinking to himself that he cost JimBro his job.

HERE IS a chance to start over fresh. I am happy for Stan Kasten that he can choose the GM that he wants.

Posted by: GoingGoingGone | March 1, 2009 7:15 PM | Report abuse

My God, I hope the Nats had learned what is well known by all Dominicans that the baseball school "Loma de los SueƱos" is really owned by Jose Rijo and Jim Bowden 50% and 50%.

Posted by: maaponte | March 1, 2009 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Huh. Channeling Yoda Tracee is.

Posted by: kevincostello | March 1, 2009 7:23 PM | Report abuse

And greatly appreciate the long day you're spending to keep us updated on events. Sincerest thanks.

Posted by: joemktg1 | March 1, 2009 7:36 PM | Report abuse

I also appreciate all of the work by Tracee and other Posties today. Thanks much.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 1, 2009 7:45 PM | Report abuse

And no apologies necessary.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 1, 2009 7:47 PM | Report abuse

That is an excellent article. I read it right after reading Ken Rosenthal holding forth on the same subject. I certainly appreciate Rosenthal's investigative work on rumors, but he can't hold a candle to the Post when it comes to the quality of the writing.


Posted by: kevincostello | March 1, 2009 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Tracee. Great work today focusing on this especially during the thumping KU gave Mizzou!

Posted by: imissrfk | March 1, 2009 7:55 PM | Report abuse

The article reminds me what a great writer Barry is, and how we were spoiled to see his byline so often during his Nats beat. Chico, you're in good hands.

Posted by: AshburnVA | March 1, 2009 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Great spring coverage;
Post writers really stepped up.
Take a well-earned bow.

Posted by: Hendo1 | March 1, 2009 8:06 PM | Report abuse


I can't abide the World Baseball Classic. It is ill-advised, and many of the teams are there on a pipe dream. The marginal teams have only a few near-major leaguers, and they all seem to skip to try to cement their spots on the roster.

Now Adam Dunn is going, depriving us the chance to watch him adapt to the Nationals roster in spring training. Soccer is international, and we don't care. Baseball can be moved into other countries bit-by-bit to be able to generate a few major-leaguers, but baseball in Italy is not even remotely as popular as soccer is here.

If we want to get a new influx of new major league talent, we need to hope for a relaxation in the relations with Cuba. That's about the last vein left to be mined.

Posted by: kevincostello | March 1, 2009 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Agents, executives and players yesterday described Bowden in terms both flattering and disparaging. "He was one of the most creative executives in the business," said one agent who had negotiated several deals with Bowden. But an executive of another club said, "If they got all his enemies together, they'd have to rent Yankee Stadium."


One of the areas that JimBro excelled in was with players. The players trusted Jim and saw him as a knowledgeable baseball person.

Adam Dunn came here because of Jim and if he continued with the money to spend he could have achieved more in the Free Agent department.

The rumor was that his fellow GMs didn't like dealing with him which there is no proof of that hindering his work. Jim got Soriano in trade, Olsen and Willingham, Bonifacio, Elijah Dukes, and others.


"During that time, sources familiar with the situation said, Bowden developed a close personal relationship with Mark Lerner, son of real estate magnate Ted Lerner, the patriarch of the family that would buy the team. That relationship, those sources said, helped Bowden keep his position when the Lerners took over the team in the summer of 2006, despite the fact that Bowden was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol during one of the team's trips to Miami that April."

This sourced rumor has always been troubling to me. I can't stand phony kiss A$S brown nosers! If true, its a shame as that calls much of Jim's 9 lives into question.

Posted by: GoingGoingGone | March 1, 2009 8:30 PM | Report abuse

It appears that the new GM will have to repair our tarnished reputation,rebuild some bridges and establish strong community ties. In this regard, it seems like LaCava would be better suited for this than Rizzo.I find it hard for Rizzo to stay if not given the job, though I would really hate to lose him.I wish Bowden the best- I wasn't a Bowden supporter, but who wants to see anyone leave a job under these circumstances. On the other hand, there were plenty of other reasons for his departure before the Dominican affair.

Posted by: djorl | March 1, 2009 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Great writing, great insight, great anecdotes. But, hey, Washington Post, one question: where was all this when Bowden was actually running the show? Why all the piling on now? How about some criticism--you know, the mild, tepid, vapid, WaPo Sports Section style of let's-not-get-on-their-bad-side wrist-slapping--of the movers and shakers when they actually are in charge, not post-facto. But better late then never.

Posted by: jdschulz50 | March 1, 2009 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Bowden was the perfect fit for the Nats for the first years. Now the organization needs to grow up, and to do so, Jimbo had to go.
He's great for doing it on the cheap, but all wrong for doing it right.

Posted by: 1stBaseCoach | March 1, 2009 10:22 PM | Report abuse

first NJ haiku
poking up through icy ground
spring is really here

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 2, 2009 8:55 AM | Report abuse

Seriously, jd? Read the archives and you'll see plenty of complaining about the Post's perceived negative attitude towards the team.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | March 2, 2009 8:57 AM | Report abuse

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