"Jim is very smart," said Stan Kasten of GM Jim Bowden. "By smart, I mean analytical. I love that. I also think he's very resourceful," explained the incoming team president to answer why he's decided to keep Jim Bowden in place as the Nationals general manager. The announcement came Friday night at R.F.K. Stadium, but Kasten would only term the move "permanent" and didn't disclose the length of any contract extension that Bowden would sign.
As for Bowden, he is happy with the chance to stay on as the Nationals' GM. "It's a great opportunity," said Bowden before going into a rant about how great the new ownership will be and how he values getting to work for Kasten. Bowden was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated this past April while traveling with the team in Miami. The trial was supposed to begin next week, but has been indefinitely postponed according to Bowden's attorney. Bowden's girlfriend was also arrested in the incident on suspicion of domestic abuse for allegedly scratching Bowden in the face and hitting him. She reached a plea agreement with prosecutors this week.
In his tenure with the Nationals, Bowden has had mixed success. Bowden has also frayed some nerves within the organization with his frequent mood swings and has alienated some of the players and other team officials. Bowden's stability is likely to add some instability to the tenure of manager Frank Robinson. Last month, Bowden brought Davy Johnson in to the front office as an advisor and Johnson may be offered the manager's job at the expense of Robinson. The relationship between Bowden and Robinson is strained at best.
There were no other moves announced by Kasten and there is no definite timetable for an official change of ownership, although the move should be done in the next couple of weeks and certainly by the end of the month.