Monday, July 31, 2006


What an idiot. I've never been impressed with him, but today was definitely the capper of his tenure with the Nationals. To not trade Alfonso Soriano is inexcusable. It was obvious from the beginning that Bowden was asking way too much for him, and rather than just accept that the market wasn't that strong, he refused to budge out of arrogance and sheer spite for trade partners, and the Nationals rather than getting some solid if not elite prospects are stuck with compensatory draft picks. What stupidity. The Nationals farm system has been a joke, and despite ownership making this the number one priority, it's actually gotten worse.


Anonymous Steve Khan said...

You basically said it all.

The Jays need a 2B (or SS), but I certainly would not want Soriano.

2:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who would you rather have as your GM-Jim Bowden or Isaih Thomas?


2:50 PM  
Blogger Todd Martin said...

Bowden. Hands down. But then again, that's sort of like asking who you'd rather have booking your territory - Stephanie McMahon or Oprah Winfrey.

3:35 PM  
Anonymous Phil said...

Bowden earned some brownie points with me with the Kearns and Lopez swap plus the Brian Lawrence for Vinny Castilla deal in spring training. Though Lawrence wound up injured, getting anything of value for Vinny Castilla is a coup. Still the bulk of his work is unimpressive including his tenure in Cincinnati. He also took the wrong approach with the Soriano situation allegedly limiting himself to only pitching prospects. I've said it on this blog before and will say it again, pitching prospects have much higher attrition, injury and failure rates than hitting prospects and thus are not as valuable. That's not to say there are no pitching prospects or that young pitching is worthless, but hitters by and large are better bets. Considering the Nats have long-term holes at C, 2B and two outfield spots, that's where Bowden's focus should have been. And yes Soriano had to be moved unless the offers were very underwhleming which I imagine they were not.

4:44 PM  
Blogger Dave Ling & Franchise said...

Trade deadlines in sport. After each one 98% of the sports community wants someone fired.

Bowden is a moron for not dealing Soriano, who is a good enough position player to get pitching in return (bats for arms being a rare trade situation).

You wrote Fire Bowden. I wrote about Firing John Gibbons. Any one out there in the baseball world that should be fired that we've missed?

10:49 AM  

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