Monday, October 17, 2005

Go West, Bodes-Man

What does 81-81 get you? Fired, if you're Ed Wade. Interviews, if you're Jim Bowden.

Bowden, according to the Post and the AZ Republic, has spoken with the Diamondbacks about reuniting himself with Claudio Vargas. The St. Paul Times claims that the Washington Times report that the Devil Rays were interested in Bodes was wrong.

Tony Tavares has given teams permission to speak with Nationals employees, an extremely fair move, given that all their contracts run out in two months.

While I probably wouldn't shed tears over the loss of Bowden, whose success wasn't as big as the noises he made (ie here he still claims that the Nationals were built to be a post-season team), losing him would make an already-difficult transition almost impossible.

Would the assistant GM, Tony Siegle, take over? Tony Tavares was doing some negotiating before hiring Bowden last year. Either way, it'd be a mess, until MLB gets off their collective butts.

Also, the WaPo reported that Omar Minaya is picking at the bones of the carcass he abandoned last year, asking for permission to steal Scouting Director Dana Brown, who by all accounts has done an excellent job. So far, Tavares hasn't given permission, because the position Minaya is offering a lesser position.

The team's been screwed over with the way it's been treated the last 10 years. Why would we expect this year to be any different?


  • The rumblings about Dana Brown are troubling. Granted new ownership could come in and immediately replace him. However, along with Robinson, Brown is the only consistency the Nationals have had since 2002. He has cobbled together a serviceable skeleton of a farm system with no money and no support from MLB.

    By Blogger Brian, at 10/17/2005 1:07 PM  

  • If an owner isn't named within a week of the WS end, that's when I really get scared. I never thought it would happen in season. That doesn't help the Nats but Nov 1 isn't all that bad.

    By Blogger Harper, at 10/17/2005 1:19 PM  

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