It seems baseball just cannot stay away from some sort of scandal these days. The most recent of scandals has cost one general manager his job. Not by force, but rather on his own accord.
MLB.com is reporting Washington Nationals GM, Jim Bowden has bowed out after four years with the team. He was under intense scrutiny for “the alleged skimming of bonuses of Latin American players”. He swears he is innocent.
In a press conference, Bowden made this statement:
“I’m today resigning my position as the senior vice president, general manager of the Washington Nationals. It’s an emotional decision.
“It saddens me, but I feel it’s in the best interest of two of the things I love the most: That’s the Washington Nationals and baseball.
“I have become a distraction. Unless you are Manny Ramirez, there is no place for distraction in baseball.
“I want to be able to turn the page and I want this franchise to be able to have everybody, from the media to the fans, focus on what the game is about. It’s about players. It’s about what happens on the field.”
I love the reference to Manny. This comes within a week of the dismissal of his special assistant, Jose Rijo.
Bowden has found himself in trouble in many different aspects, from his personal life to his professional life.
My advice, try to stay out of trouble.
No successor has been names.