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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

AP: Nationals GM Bowden arrested, charged with DUI

And Doug Goodman wants to know…“Can he be arrested for running a baseball franchise under the influence?”

Nationals general manager Jim Bowden was arrested and charged with driving under the influence while in Florida during his team’s series against the Marlins last weekend.

The Nationals released a statement from Bowden on Tuesday in which he acknowledged what happened. He said he was arrested Sunday evening in Miami Beach.

“I intend to plead not guilty at a future date in a Miami-Dade court. I deeply regret any embarrassment that my arrest may cause the Washington Nationals and Major League Baseball,” Bowden said in the statement.

“On the advice of legal counsel, I will have no further comment regarding this incident until the court proceedings are complete,” he said.

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   1. HowardMegdal Posted: April 18, 2006 at 05:49 PM (#1971187)
Finally, a story that provides the understanding for the Soriano deal.
   2. Drew (Primakov, Gungho Iguanas) Posted: April 18, 2006 at 05:52 PM (#1971194)
Wanted to post this, but couldn't figure out how, since I'm a site noob.

Howard, ouch, though the best explanation so far.
   3. "Catching Dianetics" by Dr. L. Ron Karkovice Posted: April 18, 2006 at 05:53 PM (#1971199)
“On the advice of legal counsel, I will have no further comment regarding this incident until the court proceedings are complete,” he said.

...Bowden, seeking to deflect some of the negative media attention, proudly announced that the Nationals were optioning Nick Johnson, Ryan Church, Jose Guillen and John Patterson to AAA:
"These guys all have a lot of potential, but none of them are proven winners. While I know they all have a bright future in Washington, now is the time for them to be honing their skills so that when they come back up, they will be poised to compete...and that is what the Nationals look for in their players, Poise!"

Bowden proudly announced that the team was looking into signing major league veterans John Burkette, Juan Gonzalez, Sammy Sosa, Chris Hoiles, Lenny Harris and Dave Draeveky to multi-year deals.

"Look, Sosa and Gonzo are MVP winners, not exactly the type of players that grow on trees, consistent 100 RBI-guys. Chris Hoiles can provide some veteran leadership in the clubhouse. John Burkett has proven that he has what it takes to win 20 games in a season and Lenny Harris, what can be said about Lenny that hasn't been said before. He is perhaps the number one situational hitter in major league history. And I am not jsut talking puff....The man has the numbers to back it up. Perhaps the words :"all time pinch hitting record holder" means something to you people?
   4. "Catching Dianetics" by Dr. L. Ron Karkovice Posted: April 18, 2006 at 05:54 PM (#1971201)
Bowden is a proven .100 BAC guy!
   5. Law Boy Posted: April 18, 2006 at 05:56 PM (#1971213)
I knew something had to be up.
   6. Hungry Hungry Hipolito Pichardo Posted: April 18, 2006 at 05:58 PM (#1971214)
Finally, a story that provides the understanding for the Soriano deal.

And he's been taken to task on this site for keeping Church down far too long. But with the timing of the above story and Church's recall late last week...does that mean he had tipped a few back when he made the decision to bring him back up?

I weep softly for the good people of Washington.
   7. Boomer Posted: April 18, 2006 at 05:59 PM (#1971217)
This kind of thing would never have happened if Bud Selig were alive today!
   8. winnipegwhip Posted: April 18, 2006 at 06:00 PM (#1971219)
Two wins in a row for the Gnats....I would be celebrating also.
   9. Steve Treder Posted: April 18, 2006 at 06:02 PM (#1971223)
Okay, this finally settles it. Bowden is the reanimated soul of Horace Stoneham after all.
   10. Joey B. is counting the days to Trea Turner Posted: April 18, 2006 at 06:10 PM (#1971237)
Oh well, he probably wasn't a long-termer anyway. He just gave the soon to be new owner another good excuse to expedite the inevitable firing.
   11. Guapo Posted: April 18, 2006 at 06:13 PM (#1971241)
They should take his toolsy outfielders away.
   12. Repoz Posted: April 18, 2006 at 06:16 PM (#1971249)
Okay, this finally settles it. Bowden is the reanimated soul of Horace Stoneham after all.

Strange men are going to take Bowden out to San Francisco, pour him assbuckets of booze, stand him on a windless peninsula...and have him say yes to anything?
   13. Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: April 18, 2006 at 06:17 PM (#1971259)
Finally, a story that provides the understanding for the Soriano deal.

Soriano's OPS is hitting .294/.357/.529 so far this season despite playing in RFK. Wilkerson is at .185/.214/.315 with 23 strikeouts in only 54 ABs. Obviously, small samples apply but there's a real chance this trade works out pretty well for the Nationals.
   14. 100 Years is Nothing Posted: April 18, 2006 at 06:29 PM (#1971289)
If you are waiting for a new owner to get rid of him, they should have signed him to a three year contract...
   15. Mug is the antichrist to you Posted: April 18, 2006 at 06:37 PM (#1971307)
Soriano's OPS is hitting .294/.357/.529 so far this season despite playing in RFK.

They should trade Soriano and keep his OPS.
   16. Dr. Vaux Posted: April 18, 2006 at 06:42 PM (#1971319)
Three stuck posts.
   17. Dr. Vaux Posted: April 18, 2006 at 06:47 PM (#1971332)
Well, a while ago, anyway...
   18. Sam M. Posted: April 18, 2006 at 06:49 PM (#1971336)
Well, you can say this for sure: if Bowden was going to do some stupid stuff with the roster to try and impress the new owners (assuming they are ever chosen, that is) to keep his job, that's out the window. He's got to know now that any chance he had (probably slim anyway) has been reduced to zero. So he can just do his normal, everyday moronic stuff, instead of the galactically stupid crap some people were anticipating.
   19. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq., LLC Posted: April 18, 2006 at 07:03 PM (#1971370)
Wanted to post this, but couldn't figure out how, since I'm a site noob.

You can't, you need to send it to one of the site's higher-ups, who you can pick out by the professor hat next to their name (like mine). We'll post it for you, and give credit for the assist.
   20. rb's team is hopeful for the new year! Posted: April 18, 2006 at 07:04 PM (#1971377)
So he can just do his normal, everyday moronic stuff, instead of the galactically stupid crap <strike>some people</strike> fans of other NL east teams were <strike>anticipating</strike> hoping for.
   21. Sam M. Posted: April 18, 2006 at 07:12 PM (#1971402)
So he can just do his normal, everyday moronic stuff, instead of the galactically stupid crap some people fans of other NL east teams were anticipating hoping for.

You think, RB? Not any more. At this point, I'm pretty neutral on whether Bowden does dumb stuff to hurt the Nats. I don't think they're any sort of a contender, and I don't suppose he'd do stupid stuff that would involve sending really good players to the Mets, so I can't really hope for that, now can I? No, I think it really was just this anticipation some people have been talking about, that Bowden would somehow start making short-sighted deals to try for immediate success and get the new owners to sign him up as the GM.
   22. Old Matt Posted: April 18, 2006 at 07:17 PM (#1971411)
And the legend of Jim Bowden grows exponentially.
   23. The Bones McCoy of THT Posted: April 18, 2006 at 07:20 PM (#1971414)
Off topic but but I just had an orgasm.

Is there any way we can get Loria and Samson in on this action?

Best Regards

John
   24. Шĥy Posted: April 18, 2006 at 07:32 PM (#1971444)
The arresting officers concluded that Bowden "was unable to operate a motor vehicle safely."

Has anyone ever concluded that Jim Bowden could operate anything safely?
   25. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq., LLC Posted: April 18, 2006 at 07:32 PM (#1971445)
The commissioner had previously indicated that he was set to retire when his contract expired on Dec. 31, 2006, but changed his mind after much coaxing by the owners.

I have changed the deal. Pray I do not change it again.
   26. Rancischley Leweschquens (Tim Wallach was my Hero) Posted: April 18, 2006 at 07:35 PM (#1971457)
Is there any way we can get Loria and Samson in on this action?

Or Bowden?
   27. Grunthos Posted: April 18, 2006 at 07:36 PM (#1971459)
Actually, I don't think anything will increase or reduce the chance of Bowden making short-sighted deals. He doesn't know any other kind.

This news, however, makes my day. Because it's true: any chance he had of sticking around just flatlined. New owner Friday, new GM by Monday, say hello to my new team.
   28. I can't believe we're playing Francoeur(KevinHess) Posted: April 18, 2006 at 07:37 PM (#1971464)
Jim Bowden should have his entire team taken away from him.
   29. The Bones McCoy of THT Posted: April 18, 2006 at 07:44 PM (#1971485)
Jim Bowden should have his entire team taken away from him.


And the minor league affiliates.

Best Regards

John
   30. Grunthos Posted: April 18, 2006 at 07:49 PM (#1971499)
Mister Bowden,
Oh the time has come.
Now you know you're not the only one
To say "O.K."
Where you drivin'?
What you drinkin' for?
You know Bud's boys
Don't want to play no more with you.
It's true.

You're motoring.
What's your price for flight?
If you're trade is just right,
You'll be alright tonight.

Dude, you know
You're screwing up so fast,
And now you're worrying
That you won't last
To say, let's play!
Mr. Bowden,
There's much more to life.
Don't you kill your team
Before your time is due...
It's true.
It's true, yeah.

Motoring.
What's your price for flight?
He's got you in his sight
And driving thru the light.
Motoring.
What's your price for flight?
In finding mister right
You'll be alright tonight

Motoring
What's your price for flight
If you're trade is just right,
You'll be alright tonight.
(repeat)

Mister Bowden,
Oh the time has come,
Now you know you're not the only one
To say "O.K."
But you're motoring...
You're motoring ...
   31. bunyon Posted: April 18, 2006 at 07:50 PM (#1971500)
Off topic but but I just had an orgasm.

Okay, the petition campaign to get the Naval Observatory to officially declare this 2009 begins now.

Of course, anyone with a political axe to grind might like this, too.
   32. Grunthos Posted: April 18, 2006 at 07:50 PM (#1971504)
And I make no apologies to Night Ranger.
   33. rb's team is hopeful for the new year! Posted: April 18, 2006 at 08:04 PM (#1971539)
You think, RB? Not any more. At this point, I'm pretty neutral on whether Bowden does dumb stuff to hurt the Nats. I don't think they're any sort of a contender, and I don't suppose he'd do stupid stuff that would involve sending really good players to the Mets, so I can't really hope for that, now can I? No, I think it really was just this anticipation some people have been talking about, that Bowden would somehow start making short-sighted deals to try for immediate success and get the new owners to sign him up as the GM.

I personally am in favor of all rivals making as many terrible shortsighted moves that negatively affect their team long-term as possible.
   34. Al Peterson Posted: April 18, 2006 at 08:10 PM (#1971563)
As a DC local and National follower I have no qualms with Bowden for his actions. Wouldn't you be drinking if you had to sit through not just one Nats/Marlins games but three in a row? Pass the bottle...
   35. dr. scott Posted: April 18, 2006 at 09:00 PM (#1971720)
No one needs to apologize TO Night Ranger... but i am waiting for someone to apologize FOR Night Ranger.
   36. Gold Star - just Gold Star Posted: April 18, 2006 at 09:11 PM (#1971744)
On the advice of legal counsel, I will have no further comment regarding this incident until the court proceedings are complete,” he said.
Been taking lessons from Scotty McClellan, have we, Jim?
   37. Jorge Luis Bourjos (Walewander) Posted: April 18, 2006 at 09:24 PM (#1971774)
John,

I'm not enjoying the mess in Washington one bit. Nope, not all.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA...

too bad for Bud the two best candidates for contraction are in the NL East.
   38. winnipegwhip Posted: April 18, 2006 at 09:29 PM (#1971783)
Bowden has agreed to a deal with the Dade County DA. He will agree to 30 days community service and the DA will throw Bowden the toolsy player on the Miami Police softball team.
   39. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: April 18, 2006 at 09:47 PM (#1971832)
I'm not sure whether the new owner will be allowed to complain about Bodes's DUI, since Malek and two friends (while drunk) once captured, killed, and barbecued a dog in a public park. Link.
   40. rb's team is hopeful for the new year! Posted: April 18, 2006 at 09:54 PM (#1971858)
too bad for Bud the two best candidates for contraction are in the NL East.

Hey, the braves pitching will pick up any day now!!
   41. Moloka'i Three-Finger Brown (Declino DeShields) Posted: April 18, 2006 at 11:16 PM (#1972059)
Been taking lessons from Scotty McClellan, have we, Jim?

Or Bar McClellan . . .
   42. Jorge Luis Bourjos (Walewander) Posted: April 18, 2006 at 11:17 PM (#1972064)
Great link, Vlad. I think it deserves its own thread.
   43. 6 - 4 - 3 Posted: April 18, 2006 at 11:24 PM (#1972097)
I'm not sure whether the new owner will be allowed to complain about Bodes's DUI, since Malek and two friends (while drunk) once captured, killed, and barbecued a dog in a public park. Link.

Interesting. But couldn't that also work against Bowden in that there's a more qualified GM candidate available in Kim Ng, who presumably shares the new owner's culinary tastes?
   44. rr Posted: April 19, 2006 at 12:57 AM (#1972573)
So, will this keep Bowden out of the Hall of Fame?
   45. I can't believe we're playing Francoeur(KevinHess) Posted: April 19, 2006 at 01:14 AM (#1972666)
I'm not sure whether the new owner will be allowed to complain about Bodes's DUI, since Malek and two friends (while drunk) once captured, killed, and barbecued a dog in a public park. Link.

Interesting. But couldn't that also work against Bowden in that there's a more qualified GM candidate available in Kim Ng, who presumably shares the new owner's culinary tastes?


Boo...
   46. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: April 19, 2006 at 02:55 AM (#1972996)
"Great link, Vlad. I think it deserves its own thread"

Unfortunately (or fortunately?), I don't have posting priviliges.
   47. Athletic Supporter is USDA certified lean Posted: April 19, 2006 at 03:20 AM (#1973047)
This is just amazing.

I mean, what can you say to this? This is the punchline!
   48. TerpNats Posted: April 19, 2006 at 06:14 AM (#1973307)
If the recently formed Kasten-Lerner combo gets the Nats, this will likely spell the end of Bowden's tenure as GM. While many thought his chances to remain were strongest under Lerner, the addition of Kasten changes the equation considerably.

I fully expect Frank Wren, who worked under Kasten in Atlanta, to be named the interim GM for the rest of the '06 season. Not the flashiest name out there, but arguably the most competent candidate available.
   49. rLr Is King Of The Romans And Above Grammar Posted: April 19, 2006 at 07:19 AM (#1973341)
I fully expect Frank Wren, who worked under Kasten in Atlanta, to be named the interim GM for the rest of the '06 season. Not the flashiest name out there, but arguably the most competent candidate available.

Gotta admire his work on St. Paul's Cathedral.
   50. The Bones McCoy of THT Posted: April 19, 2006 at 09:13 AM (#1973382)
I'm not sure whether the new owner will be allowed to complain about Bodes's DUI, since Malek and two friends (while drunk) once captured, killed, and barbecued a dog in a public park.


I thought you were supposed to wok your dog.

Best Regards

John
   51. Jorge Luis Bourjos (Walewander) Posted: April 19, 2006 at 05:14 PM (#1973964)
YAHTZEE!
   52. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: April 20, 2006 at 12:32 AM (#1975483)
According to the WaPo, Bowden's fiancee was arrested at the same time for domestic violence and resisting arrest. He was all scratched and cut up; evidently she'd been beating the crap out of him. Link.

Man, this is just the story that keeps on giving, isn't it?
   53. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: April 20, 2006 at 02:38 AM (#1975848)
According to the WaPo, Bowden's fiancee was arrested at the same time for domestic violence and resisting arrest. He was all scratched and cut up; evidently she'd been beating the crap out of him.

It's all falling into place...the erratic behavior...the misdirected anger...the incompetence...the drunkenness...the cartoonish floppy hat...being beaten by his wife with a rolling pin...

I think the Nationals are being run by Andy Capp!
   54. Francoeur Sans Gages (AlouGoodbye) Posted: April 20, 2006 at 02:45 AM (#1975862)
Bowden was already known for his bold, often controversial moves that he backs up with comments that are sometimes bolder and more controversial.

This is as close as a newspaper will come to calling someone an idiot.
   55. Шĥy Posted: April 20, 2006 at 03:19 AM (#1975915)
Man, this is just the story that keeps on giving, isn't it?

Jim Bowden will do anything to ensure that another person is happy.

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