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Washington Nationals GM Jim Bowden resigns

No replacement was announced. From ESPN-

Jim Bowden resigned Sunday after four seasons as the Washington Nationals general manager, leaving under the cloud of a federal investigation into the skimming of signing bonuses given to Latin American prospects.

He has maintained his innocence in the matter, but said Sunday, “I’ve become a distraction.”

“It’s an emotional decision. It saddens me. But I feel it’s in the best interest of two of the things I love the most, and that’s the Washington Nationals and baseball,” Bowden added.

Seated at a table with Nationals president Stan Kasten before a small contingent of reporters and team officials, Bowden read from a prepared statement, sometimes deviating from the script as he struggled to contain his emotions.


Bowden’s resignation came three days after Jose Rijo, a special assistant to Bowden, was fired by the Nationals.

That was fallout from a MLB investigation that determined a top baseball prospect from the Dominican Republic who received a $1.4 million signing bonus from the Nationals lied about his age and name.

An ongoing FBI investigation would certainly be a distraction. Bowden’s record in Washington doesn’t help. The Nationals lost over 100 games last year and had the worst record in the majors.

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