Washington Nationals’ History: Looking back at Jim Bowden resignation


WASHINGTON – It was an early Sunday morning in 2009 as I used to be driving north on I-95 in Florida whereas masking Spring Coaching.

I had been staying with mates close to Fort Lauderdale whereas masking the Orioles – who had been of their final spring there earlier than heading to Sarasota – and had scheduled simply sooner or later to cowl the Nationals whereas in Florida.

As I used to be driving, I simply occurred to search out an ESPN station on my automotive radio once I heard some large information round 9 a.m. concerning the Nationals.

“Washington Nationals’ GM Jim Bowden resigns following allegations of skimming bonuses to Latin American gamers and the id fraud scandal surrounding Esmailyn Gonzalez,” based on baseballreference.com, because the baseball web site appears to be like again at that day.

By the point I had arrived on the Nationals’ website in Viera, Florida, the press convention which introduced the information had already been held, and that afternoon the Nationals hosted a Spring Coaching sport in opposition to a staff that I’ve lengthy forgotten. (A fast internet search says the Nationals hosted the Orioles that day).

The Nationals had completed the earlier season 59-102 with a number of gamers Bowden had delivered to Washington from his days with the Reds, together with outfielder Austin Kearns and infielders comparable to Felipe Lopez and Aaron Boone.

After Bowden departed, Mike Rizzo was named the interim normal supervisor of the membership on March 4, 2009, and the everlasting title was given to him on August 20, 2009, based on baseballreference.com.

The Nationals went 59-103 in 2009 underneath managers Manny Acta and Jim Riggleman, who grew up in Rockville, Maryland and went to Frostburg State earlier than enjoying within the minors for the Dodgers.

Washington finally left Viera for extra fashionable amenities in West Palm Seashore, the place the Nationals share a facility with the Houston Astros.

And 10 years after that Sunday morning in Viera, the Nationals gained a World Sequence title underneath Rizzo in 2019.

Possibly there might be some large information about Spring Coaching on this March 1 past simply what occurs with the Nationals.

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