After Nationals GM Jim Bowden was arrested for drinking and driving in April 2006, we took a look at some of Bowden’s more memorable blunders. Some, like signing Ken Griffey, Jr., were a product of bad luck. Others, like comparing Players Association head Donald Fehr to Sept. 11 hijackers, were just stupid.
Last week we found out that top Nationals prospect Esmailyn Gonzalez, who was listed as 19 years old on the team’s roster, is actually 23-year-old Carlos Alvarez Daniel Lugo. Today we find out that Bowden is being investigated by the FBI. Turns out he may have been skimming bonuses awarded to Latin players.
Meanwhile, the team that Bowden runs has finished no higher than fourth place every season since 2005, when the Expos moved to Washington, D.C. They’re expected to finish last again this year, and they’ve got a farm system that is so barren that it’s unlikely the team will compete anytime soon.
Common sense says Bowden will be fired before the season starts. But common sense would have dictated firing Bowden a long, long time ago.