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Monday, November 01, 2004


From the Post:
Major League Baseball has hired Jim Bowden, the former Cincinnati Reds' general manager, as the general manager of the franchise that is scheduled to move from Montreal to Washington for next season, two industry sources said.
Capitol Punishment has already suggested that this is a terrible idea, and I see no reason to disagree. Over ten years of GMing is a little much for me to analyze right now, but there's not much to like. The Reds had only one playoff appearance during the Bowden years, and he's best known for the Ken Griffey, Jr. trade, which didn't work out all that well, as you may have heard. It should be a temporary position, and I hope they tell him first to do no harm. You have to feel sorry for Pat Gillick.


WFY said...

Hopefully, this will just be temporary. Did Pat Gillick get himself blacklisted from baseball? It seems odd that someone so eager to get involved again has apparently not been given any consideration.

Bijan C. Bayne said...

Bowden's a horrible selection, I lived in Cincinnati from 2000-2003. As a g.m. he displayed little foresight, was unsuccessful in bolstering a pitching staff, and hired inexperienced managers. He didn't too well with limited $ (especially after so much was earmarked f/ Junior), which is what this club has the first few years of its free agency efforts.

Chris Needham said...

I'm reserving the right to change my mind. :)

I don't think he's the good long-term solution, but I think he can do good work on the short-term. He's a risk taker and this is a franchise that needs to take a few risks.

When they're more competitive, I don't think he'll be able to get them over the hump.... but for now, and given the uncertain payroll, he's probably as good a choice as any for the temporary position.