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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Jim Bowden Caught Stealing From Fake Twitter Account, Deletes Everything

Bowdense strikes again!

Jim Bowden, former MLB executive, has fashioned himself a second career as a baseball pundit for ESPN and SiriusXM radio. Today, baseball’s biggest day for movement, trade deadline day, Bowden appears to have gotten caught stealing a scoop without attribution. We know because he unwittingly stole it from a fake account.

At 1:48, someone impersonating the New York Post’s Joel Sherman tweeted that the Yankees have acquired Marlon Byrd from the Phillies. It is a fake account—the “L” is actually an “I.”

...Two minutes later Bowden tweeted Byrd-to-Yankees. He did not credit who he thought was Sherman. (This was, no question, Bowden’s Twitter account. It had 92,000 followers and is the one linked and endorsed on his ESPN.com page.)

... Jim Bowden panicked.

  He first deleted his twitter photo so @JimBowdenESPNxm had an egg avatar and looked fake.
  He then transferred his account to @JimBowdiv, perhaps thinking no one would find him? (His Marlon Byrd tweet is was still there.)
  His original, @JimBowdenESPNxm account was nuked, but it is now back—with 25 followers at press time. Someone is cybersquatting the account, is using Bowden’s old avatar, and is following fake Joel Sherman and no one else.
  And just now, since I’ve been typing, @JimBowdiv has disappeared. We don’t know where Jim Bowden went, and he’s probably not going to receive the DMs we sent him. (Update: @JimBowdiv is back. For now. Here’s a screengrab of his page, because he’s a slippery Bowdiv. There’s an updating thread in the comments below.)

Repoz Posted: July 31, 2014 at 04:13 PM | 35 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: July 31, 2014 at 04:33 PM (#4761921)
Oh noes. Tweet stealing.
   2. ellsbury my heart at wounded knee Posted: July 31, 2014 at 04:41 PM (#4761942)
Is "stealing" a tweet about a baseball trade really a thing? Who cares?
   3. 6 - 4 - 3 Posted: July 31, 2014 at 04:44 PM (#4761951)
If this is true, ESPN has to terminate him, no? Plagiarism by reporters cannot be tolerated by a news organization.
   4. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: July 31, 2014 at 04:49 PM (#4761965)
I'd love to tell you all something about David Price, but the legal risk is too great.
   5. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: July 31, 2014 at 04:51 PM (#4761967)

If this is true, ESPN has to terminate him, no? Plagiarism by reporters cannot be tolerated by a news organization.


That's never been the policy for the place in the past.
   6. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: July 31, 2014 at 04:52 PM (#4761974)
If this is true, ESPN has to terminate him, no? Plagiarism by reporters cannot be tolerated by a news organization.

I'm pretty sure plagiarism is company policy and sacred tradition at ESPN; I don't think they've ever credited another news org. on a scoop.
   7. madvillain Posted: July 31, 2014 at 04:57 PM (#4761986)
Deadspin and Gawker are shells of what they used to be.
   8. I Am Not a Number Posted: July 31, 2014 at 04:59 PM (#4761991)
I'd rather riff on OPSBI again.
   9. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: July 31, 2014 at 05:07 PM (#4762002)
Stealing a scoop isn't "plagiarism".
   10. Batman Posted: July 31, 2014 at 05:15 PM (#4762015)
I'm pretty sure plagiarism is company policy and sacred tradition at ESPN; I don't think they've ever credited another news org. on a scoop.
Just as long as he doesn't hug somebody.
   11. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: July 31, 2014 at 05:16 PM (#4762018)
Stealing a scoop isn't "plagiarism".

Saying you broke a story when you didn't is pretty close. Lying is lying.
   12. RJ in TO Posted: July 31, 2014 at 05:18 PM (#4762021)
If this is true, ESPN has to terminate him, no? Plagiarism by reporters cannot be tolerated by a news organization.

Since when is ESPN a news organization?
   13. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: July 31, 2014 at 05:25 PM (#4762031)
If this is true, ESPN has to terminate him, no? Plagiarism by reporters cannot be tolerated by a news organization.


Did he use the ESPN tradition of "ESPN has learned that..." and then finished up with "someone else reported this first."
   14. Rennie's Tenet Posted: July 31, 2014 at 05:38 PM (#4762045)
The story here is that 92,000 people were following Jim Bowden.
   15. asinwreck Posted: July 31, 2014 at 05:59 PM (#4762061)
The story here is that 92,000 people were following Jim Bowden.

For comedy like this, sure.
   16. The District Attorney Posted: July 31, 2014 at 06:35 PM (#4762081)
   17. Joe Bivens, Minor Genius Posted: July 31, 2014 at 07:07 PM (#4762106)
The same thing happened to Rosenthal, on MLB Network. Same deal, Byrd to the Yankees. They teased it with a screen shot of his tweet, rather than going right to Rosenthal, who was in studio. When they did, he said the Twitter account wasn't his. Good times.
   18. eddieot Posted: July 31, 2014 at 08:29 PM (#4762168)
Bowden and Casey Stern are a really good drive-time team on MLB Radio. Bowden comes off as an arrogant pr1ck sometimes but he's definitely entertaining. And the skimming thing was real and that's why he'll never be a GM again. The MLBPA had the goods on him and others and that's why they are currently negotiating a structure for an international draft, though from what I hear they aren't really close. But it will happen. The union would rather give ground on that than have a system where a whole level of scumbags broker deals with agents.
   19. Bourbon Samurai Posted: July 31, 2014 at 08:40 PM (#4762175)
When they did, he said the Twitter account wasn't his. Good times.


I doubt rosenthal sits there tweeting himself. He probably does once in awhile, but I would imagine they have staff who do the breaking news stuff.
   20. Howie Menckel Posted: July 31, 2014 at 08:56 PM (#4762183)

hmm, I doubt it. most celebrities and politicians rarely are the actual tweeters, but even the big sports beat guys generally do it themselves...
   21. zonk Posted: July 31, 2014 at 10:10 PM (#4762222)
You poor naive people... Learn your RT protocols or you won't survive the coming twitterpocalypse.
   22. Howie Menckel Posted: July 31, 2014 at 10:53 PM (#4762246)

what this is, and what it isn't:

it's passable to retweet info from someone you trust to your followers.
if it turns out to be a bogus account, that's really embarrassing, but survivable. you honestly offered info you believed to be accurate, with proper credit.

what you CAN'T do is see that a competitor has some supposed inside scoop, then decide to post it yourself as if you got that scoop. why that is, is because if some prankster comes a calling, then you've been exposed.
   23. greenback calls it soccer Posted: July 31, 2014 at 11:06 PM (#4762252)
You poor naive people... Learn your RT protocols or you won't survive the coming twitterpocalypse.

I was opposed to capital punishment until I learned what a subtweet was.
   24. if nature called, ladodger34 would listen Posted: August 01, 2014 at 12:06 AM (#4762273)
Bowden and Casey Stern are a really good drive-time team on MLB Radio. Bowden comes off as an arrogant pr1ck sometimes but he's definitely entertaining. And the skimming thing was real and that's why he'll never be a GM again. The MLBPA had the goods on him and others and that's why they are currently negotiating a structure for an international draft, though from what I hear they aren't really close. But it will happen. The union would rather give ground on that than have a system where a whole level of scumbags broker deals with agents.


I think the show is really good. I listened to it quite a bit (okay, 2 whole weeks) last summer when I picked up my oldest from kindergarten before I went back to work. Aside from the Chris Russo madness in the morning (I'm in CA), I think the MLB Radio folks do a good job.

I did piss off Stern enough via twitter on opening day enough for him to call me out on his show (my spring break, not my kiddos) when he lost his goddamned mind about Puig being late to the game. I said something like "You're acting like Puig jogged out to right field and pulled his junk out in front of a bunch of kids. He was late and your reaction is way more extreme than what he actually did" (within 140 characters of course!). Aside from the opening day madness, I enjoy the show (though I think the Mike Ferrin and Jim Duquette show is better).
   25. Joe Bivens, Minor Genius Posted: August 01, 2014 at 03:53 PM (#4762681)
I doubt rosenthal sits there tweeting himself.


Maybe not, but what Rosenthal said was that the account wasn't his, not that his minions posted it for him.
   26. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: August 01, 2014 at 04:15 PM (#4762704)
I'm sorry. I tried, but I just can't seem to give a #### about anything that happened on Twitter.
   27. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: August 01, 2014 at 05:46 PM (#4762783)
I doubt rosenthal sits there tweeting himself.


I don't think that's any of our business, to be perfectly honest. Is nothing private anymore?
   28. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: August 01, 2014 at 07:14 PM (#4762820)
I once retweeted seven times in one day, but I was much younger then, and between girlfriends.
   29. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: August 01, 2014 at 08:10 PM (#4762845)
Tweets or GTFO
   30. Howie Menckel Posted: August 01, 2014 at 11:46 PM (#4762952)


Jim Bowden @JimBowden_ESPN · 2h

On Thurs both my email &twitter; accounts were hacked &compromised;. They are now back working;thx for your patience & sorry for any confusion

,,,,,,,,

uh, gonna need a more spirited and definitive defense than this long-delayed effort, but I'll stay openminded
   31. Random Transaction Generator Posted: August 02, 2014 at 12:08 AM (#4762958)
On Thurs both my email &twitter; accounts were hacked &compromised;;. They are now back working;thx for your patience & sorry for any confusion


This is the standard "celebrity" defense for getting out from under bad publicity for a stupid mistake on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, whatever.
"I didn't say that horrible thing/post that terrible picture. My account was hacked!"

   32. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: August 02, 2014 at 12:24 AM (#4762967)
All told, I think the humor here lies in the fact that Bowden made one fairly small mistake and reacted by deleting everything and then claiming he'd been hacked. C'mon man, it's not really THAT big of a deal.
   33. Howie Menckel Posted: August 02, 2014 at 12:36 AM (#4762970)

But it's not a small mistake based on his job description. He is a hired gun paid in part to break trade news. If he can't do it (and I don't know of any that he has), and all he does is steal a bogus piece if info, he's worthless to that part of his task. These guys get paid 6 figures, while a chimp can steal "scoops" from fake Twitter accounts.
   34. AJMcCringleberry Posted: August 02, 2014 at 01:14 AM (#4762974)
As we all know, hackers like to get in and post fake tweets about Marlon Byrd being traded. I can't count the number of times it's happened to me.
   35. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: August 02, 2014 at 01:33 AM (#4762975)
If the Phil's and Yanks had a sense of humor they would have made the deal minutes after everyone backtracked from it.

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