ESPN.COM is reporting that as of this morning Nationals General Manager Jim Bowden resigned citing, 'false accusations.' Bowden had been a part of an investigation into a bonus skimming scandal involving Latin American Prospects.
"He maintained his innocence in the matter, but said Sunday, "I've become a distraction."
The dictator stepped down.
"My resignation is based upon my realization that my ability to properly represent the Washington Nationals has been compromised because of false allegations contains in the press," Bowden said in a statement. "I am disappointed by the media reports regarding investigations into my professional activities. There have been no changes made, and has been no indication that parties have found any wrongdoing on my part."At the same time, while I have done nothing wrong, I place greater value on the love, respect, adn best interests of my family, friends, and the game of baseball - -that I've served lovingly and faithfully for close to 25 years -- and, the reputation and future of the Washington Nationals, which I'm proud to have been a part of since its inception in 2004."
And so the saga of the young naive baseball franchise and the manipulative, moronic general manager ends. For four years the Washington Nationals have wanted nothing but their freedom from the tyrannical dictator in their front office. It had been an abusive relationship, one in which the fans had no voice, no representation, and no support for any of the decisions made about the future of their team.
Fans had wanted baseball for so long, they didn't care what the cost was to put a team on the field. Washington stood idly by as Jim Bowden was named the leader of our teams baseball operations, but what did the city know? It had been decades since there was baseball in the nations capital and a bad general manager couldn't do too much harm could he?
Over the last four years Jim Bowden may have been the most detrimental general manager in all of baseball. Never mind his team's decreasing win-loss record, or the fact that we're a joke to many pundits and even coaches across the league. The real pain Bowden inflected was with his vendetta to recreate the 2003 Reds and his inability to capitalize on tradable talent when the time arose.
As Poppa Yoder said today
"One week from right now we will be in Space Coast stadium -- and Jim Bowden won't!"