VIERA, FL – Washington Nationals GM Jim Bowden surrendered to the cloud over his reputation on Sunday, as he tendered his resignation amidst a federal investigation of signing bonus skimming.
Reading a prepared statement, Bowden repeatedly declared his innocence. “My resignation is based upon my realization that my ability to properly represent the Washington Nationals has been compromised because of false allegations contained in the press,” he said. “I am disappointed by the media reports regarding investigations into any of my professional activities. There have been no charges made, and there has been no indication that parties have found any wrongdoing on my part.”
The investigation follows the unprecedented and completely surprising revelation that a top prospect from the Dominican Republic had lied about his name and age. The Nats did not announce a replacement for Bowden, who was working with his second big-league team after a long tenure with the Reds and a stint with ESPN, who apparently was running low on colorful retired pitchers at the time.