The Washington Nationals, contrary to a published report, have neither requested nor been granted approval from Commissioner Bud Selig to forgo a rule that would require them to consider minority candidates for a general manager opening, a Major League Baseball spokesman said today.
Such a request could indicate the team is taking steps to replace General Manager Jim Bowden, whose job has been jeopardized by his role in an ongoing FBI investigation into the skimming of Latin American prospects' signing bonuses.
If the Nationals were to replace Bowden, they would be faced with a job opening at an unusual time and would want to expedite the process of filling it. Still, a league source said the team would be expected to adhere to league-mandated guidelines for considering minority candidates, should they decide to go outside the organization for a permanent hire, but would be allowed to appoint an interim GM from within the organization without following those guidelines.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Apparently someone reminded Selig that Al Campanis wasn't such a good face for MLB. My sources (aka my gut, intuition, and the thin air) tell me Jim's still done, but I'm guessing that the league office decided maybe they should interview a black guy or two to run the team in the town once known as Chocolate City. We'll have to wait a while longer, but the outcome should be the same. At least that's how I choose to interpret this latest news from Chico Harlan:
Posted by Steven at 10:03 PM