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Thursday, December 21, 2017

WSJ - Baseball’s Rainmaker Forced Out After Alleged Misconduct

“Bowman was one of the most influential people in sports and digital media when MLB announced his departure on Nov. 6, saying he had told commissioner Rob Manfred that he would not seek to renew his contract.

Other forces were at work, people familiar with the situation say. Bowman verbally abused a coworker in October, prompting Manfred to push him out, these people say. That was preceded by a July incident in which Bowman allegedly shoved an executive with the group that owns the Boston Red Sox.”

Wow…..

The Non-Catching Molina (sjs1959) Posted: December 21, 2017 at 02:11 PM | 19 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Interdimensional Council of Rickey!'s Posted: December 21, 2017 at 03:15 PM (#5596411)
I guess if they're going to ban John Coppalella for life for this sort of thing...
   2. Harmon "Thread Killer" Microbrew Posted: December 21, 2017 at 03:25 PM (#5596428)
I thought this was about Josh Donaldson . . . the Bringer of Rain.
   3. asinwreck Posted: December 21, 2017 at 03:28 PM (#5596433)
The article does not present a flattering portrayal of Bud Selig.
   4. Walt Davis Posted: December 21, 2017 at 03:42 PM (#5596458)
I'm wondering if we've entered a world where something like this (with anonymous hearsay) should be referred to as "rumored misconduct" and reserve "alleged misconduct" for when a victim has come forward (including anonymously) or of course when a legal charge has been laid.
   5. RMc Has Bizarre Ideas to Fix Baseball Posted: December 21, 2017 at 03:51 PM (#5596469)
The WSJ article is behind a paywall. Here's the USA Today report.
   6. ajnrules Posted: December 21, 2017 at 03:56 PM (#5596475)
The article does not present a flattering portrayal of Bud Selig.

Agreed. From the ESPN report on the issue:

"Bowman's actions over the years also drew concern, including from former MLB president Bob DuPuy. The Journal reports that DuPuy addressed Bowman's behavior more than a decade ago with then-commissioner Bud Selig.

Selig "had no interest" in dealing with the accusations against Bowman, a baseball official told the Journal."
   7. Lars6788 Posted: December 21, 2017 at 03:59 PM (#5596482)
“This inappropriate behavior reflects my personal flaws and not someone else’s. This behavior and my personal behavior were wrong. To those who felt the sting of my behavior, I am truly sorry. To my family, friends and business colleagues who have been steadfastly supportive of me, and whom I have embarrassed, I apologize."

What's he apologizing for? I'm sorry but not sorry?
   8. RMc Has Bizarre Ideas to Fix Baseball Posted: December 21, 2017 at 03:59 PM (#5596483)
More disturbingly, according to the Journal, citing people familiar with Bowman, he cultivated an atmosphere toxic to women employees, including propositioning them, engaging in relationships with subordinates and using pejoratives directly in their presence.

Then-commissioner Bud Selig was made aware of Bowman’s behavior by former chief operating officer Robert DuPuy. Yet no apparent action was taken against Bowman as he was building MLB’s advanced media wing into a virtual cash machine.


Now, with The Reckoning here (and Bowman's cash machine all set up and printing out cash like crazy), it was time to let ol' Bobby go.
   9. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: December 21, 2017 at 05:46 PM (#5596578)
including propositioning them, engaging in relationships with subordinates and using pejoratives directly in their presence.


Hmmm, there's a lot open to translation here. Asking a colleague out on date, having consensual sex or telling a subordinate their work isn't up to standard(but in a respectful way) isn't against any laws. The first 2 items mentioned is not behaviour any sane person of authority does, but they do happen frequently. A pejorative can be as mild as expressing mere disapproval of the work, however since he's been let go I would imagine the things said were belittling and offensive.
I like how the accusations are presented in a politically politically correct manner.

If he's a total arse, they should just say he hit on women, slept with underlings with a promise for advancement and belittled the staff in a crass manner whilst using an enormous amounts of profanity. You read that and you think, yeah what an arse, glad they finally got rid of him.

I never get why anyone would ever attempt to engage in an office relationship where the 2 people are not of equal footing. I know some amazing families have be born out of situations like this, but I reckon the rate of failure of this sort of thing has got to be over 95%.
   10. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: December 21, 2017 at 05:50 PM (#5596581)
The article does not present a flattering portrayal of Bud Selig.

So it has a photo?
   11. ReggieThomasLives Posted: December 21, 2017 at 09:09 PM (#5596641)
How did each team only get $50M out of the MLBAM sale?
   12. cardsfanboy Posted: December 21, 2017 at 09:51 PM (#5596648)
mmm, there's a lot open to translation here. Asking a colleague out on date, having consensual sex or telling a subordinate their work isn't up to standard(but in a respectful way) isn't against any laws. The first 2 items mentioned is not behaviour any sane person of authority does, but they do happen frequently. A pejorative can be as mild as expressing mere disapproval of the work, however since he's been let go I would imagine the things said were belittling and offensive.
I like how the accusations are presented in a politically politically correct manner.

If he's a total arse, they should just say he hit on women, slept with underlings with a promise for advancement and belittled the staff in a crass manner whilst using an enormous amounts of profanity. You read that and you think, yeah what an arse, glad they finally got rid of him.

I never get why anyone would ever attempt to engage in an office relationship where the 2 people are not of equal footing. I know some amazing families have be born out of situations like this, but I reckon the rate of failure of this sort of thing has got to be over 95%.


You missed the part where he had parties that had probable prostitutes hanging out trying to pick up johns, under consent of the mlb.
   13. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: December 21, 2017 at 10:56 PM (#5596662)
How fitting for Selig that his legacy now includes more than just "shakedown artist" and "steroid enabler and overseer."

From the USA Today article:
MLB employees reportedly were required to complete a 45-minute training course on harassment and inappropriate behavior in the weeks following Bowman's departure.

Seems like a better time would have been before he was turfed.
   14. Bote Man Posted: December 22, 2017 at 01:00 AM (#5596680)
Selig is the poster boy for the HoF character clause.
   15. Nasty Nate Posted: December 22, 2017 at 09:07 AM (#5596732)
Baseball's Rainmaker?

We finally get another good nickname and the guy's already gone.
   16. This is going to be state of the art wall Posted: December 22, 2017 at 03:19 PM (#5596966)
Doesn't surprise me. The stupid amount of money floating around + the social awkwardness is going to lead to a lot of bad behavior, especially towards women. I can't even imagine being a woman at MLBAM and seeing that sort of thing at a party. I'm not anti-sex work but that sort of thing has no place in the workplace.
   17. This is going to be state of the art wall Posted: December 22, 2017 at 03:21 PM (#5596967)
Baseball's Rainmaker?


"He rainmade ya.'"

"Huh?"

"You pay him; he says he'll make it rain. If and when it does rain he takes the credit. If it doesn't he finds reasons to pay him more".
   18. cercopithecus aethiops Posted: December 22, 2017 at 03:26 PM (#5596970)
I'm not anti-sex work but that sort of thing has no place in the workplace.


If it's sex work, isn't it happening in someone's workplace sort of by definition?
   19. This is going to be state of the art wall Posted: December 22, 2017 at 03:36 PM (#5596973)
If it's sex work, isn't it happening in someone's workplace sort of by definition?


Touche, but believe that's called an out-call!

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