The Nats’ owners could, you know, fire Jim Bowden, but instead they are standing pat and waiting for him to get arrested or something:
Washington Nationals General Manager Jim Bowden said on Monday that he has done nothing wrong. The federal investigators looking into Bowden still aren’t so sure, a source familiar with the investigation said. The Nationals, meantime, are waiting to find out, and want to learn more about Bowden’s possible involvement in a growing baseball-wide scandal before they determine whether he retains his job.
But behind the scenes, according to sources, some within the team’s ownership group — which includes Managing Principal Owner Theodore N. Lerner, seven principal owners and nine founding partners — are eager to cut ties with the general manager they inherited almost three years ago, and see the investigation as a way of facilitating Bowden’s exit. The Nationals, one source said, are encouraging the investigation to return an answer on Bowden so the parties can “go on their merry way.”
This is ridiculous. Bowden has already shown his incompetence through his hiring of and reliance on Rijo and his signing of Gonzalez, among many other things. The only reason the Lerners are sitting back now and hoping that this investigation bears some criminal fruit is so that they can fire him for cause or via a moral turpitude provision in his contract or something. Meanwhile, this investigation, Bowden and his Segway cast a pall over Nats’ camp while Dominican free agents make a mental note not to go anywhere near the Nats for fear of having the FBI listen in on their calls. If the Lerners cared a lick about their team, they’d can Bowden now. To wait so that they can save a few bucks tells you everything you need to know about them.
If I were a Nats fan I’d probably walk up to team headquarters and pull a Thích Quảng Đức in protest of the Lerner’s ownership of this team.