Sunday, September 21, 2008

Or, Just Shoot Me Now...

From Baseball Prospectus's John Perrotto:
Beyond the Yankees, Mariners and Phillies, there may not be any other GM changes in the offseason. There was much speculation a few months back that the Nationals would let Jim Bowden go after this season, but while the Nationals' NL-worst record of 58-97 would seem to only reconfirm that line of thought, Nationals owner Ted Lerner believes in Bowden's plan to build the Nationals through scouting and player development, and reportedly plans to stick with him for the long haul.

9 comments:

John said...

Bowden is freaking teflon. He must have some sort of mind control powers. That is the only way that I can explain his ability to keep his job this long without doing much to warrant it.

Hendo said...

Well, Steven, at least you'll have a (thankless, unpaid) job next season.

Memo to the Nats FO: Better paste some paper to the bottom of the season ticket sales chart. You'll need it to extend that graph line in the direction it's apt to go, absent needful changes.

JayB said...

Well that is just great news!

I do not see Stan sticking around playing second fiddle to Jimbo in Ted's eyes. This franchise is in total free fall. I do not think Jimbo and Acta have the skills needed to turn this mess around and Lerner knows nothing about baseball, just that someone is telling him he can win on the cheap........which you can, just not with Jimbo.........

VP81955 said...

Memo to the Nats FO: Better paste some paper to the bottom of the season ticket sales chart. You'll need it to extend that graph line in the direction it's apt to go, absent needful changes.

They will mask it somewhat by tying access to the Red Sox and Cubs series to buying season ticket plans. Of course the end result will be that those series will be sold out and full of Bosox and Cubs fans (and can you imagine how foolish the Nats will look if they play that godawful "Sweet Caroline" during the Boston series?). For games other than that, the place will be a morgue...except when the Phillies or Mets came in.

Year five of baseball in D.C., and it has come to this: we now have to rely on the visiting team's game appeal to draw. Disgusting, and I'm not blaming the D.C. fans for this. I've had a 20-game plan since the team arrived, and I'm not renewing. The team has to show some competence, both in its on- and off-field product, to persuade me to return.

Sean Hogan said...

He must have naked pictures of someone.

John O'Connor said...

John --

If Bowden has mind control powers, why the hell didn't he use them on the Hendricks brothers?

I knew it was a bad, bad sign when I showed up for batting practice before a game in August and saw Mark Lerner shagging flies with Bowden's kids.

Bryan said...

Bowden is the Matt Millen of baseball.

Steven said...

@bryan--woah, I'm no sure even I'd go that far. ;-)

An Briosca Mor said...

Nationals owner Ted Lerner believes in Bowden's plan to build the Nationals through scouting and player development.

That would be Kasten's plan, not Bowden's. Bowden is just implementing the plan. He didn't originate it. If anyone made Ted Lerner a true believer in that plan, it was Kasten, not Bowden. Kasten invented the scouting/player development/no-big-ticket-FA-unless-absolutely-necessary plan in Atlanta, for feck's sake. So anyone who seriously thinks that Stan Kasten is playing second fiddle to Jim Bowden in the Lerners' eyes is seriously deluded. And yes, JayB, that means you.