Via Deadspin, we learn that former Nats' GM Jim Bowden recently sat down for an extended interview in which he admits that he never once stepped foot in the Dominican Republic despite the fact that his team ran an academy and spent millions of dollars on talent there:
With both of those scandals originating in the Dominican Republic, some say more diligent oversight by Bowden of the Nationals' operations in that country might have nipped some of the problems in the bud. But Bowden admits in his 5 years with the franchise, he had never once stepped foot on Dominican soil. "I sent our top executives down there to oversee it and at no time did I ever come back with feedback from them that there were any problems," Bowden explains. "In retrospect, if I had to do it again, would I go down there? Of course I would NOW. But 20-20 hindsight is easy after the fact."
The kicker to all of this is that, as Deadspin's Josh Levin reports, the interview has caused ESPN to renege on an offer to let Bowden broadcast some College World Series games. Which, given all of the other things of which he has been accused, is most bizarre. Levin:
Considering the extent of his alleged off-field transgressions and his proven inability to construct a baseball team, it's bizarre that ESPN would want to hire Bowden for any kind of assignment—maybe they just needed someone to keep Steve Phillips company. What's more bizarre is that he would be deemed unfit for the broadcast booth for the crime of being mildly candid on television.
Guessing what ESPN is going to do with this sort of thing is kind of hopeless, I suppose. As is any team that dares give Jim Bowden a job.