Jim Bowden

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James Goodwin Bowden IV

Biographical Information[edit]

Jim Bowden was the assistant farm director of the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1987 to 1989. He had worked in sports radio in college and first joined the Pirates' media relations department after graduation in 1985. he had obtained the job thanks to a college friendship with the grandson of owner John Galbraith. There he became a protégé of GM Syd Thrift, who gave him a job in the baseball operations department, and took him along when he moved to the New York Yankees in 1988.

He moved to the Cincinnati Reds in 1990, and he was the Reds' Director of Player Development in 1992 and General Manager from October 1992 to 2003. When he was named, he was the youngest GM in baseball history. Bowden became General Manager of the Washington Nationals in November of 2004, just prior to the team's relocation to the Nation's capital. On March 1, 2009 Bowden resigned as GM of the Nationals citing himself as a distraction following the controversy around Esmailyn Gonzalez and allegations of skimming bonuses to Latin American players.

He later became a baseball analyst for ESPN, SiriusXM Radio and various other media. He also hosted a blog named "The GM's Office" on ESPN.com.

Preceded by
Bob Quinn
Cincinnati Reds General Manager
Succeeded by
Dan O'Brien
Preceded by
Omar Minaya
Washington Nationals General Manager
Succeeded by
Mike Rizzo

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