Friday, November 12, 2004

Ballclub suffers first loss

By Thom Loverro

We have been begging for a baseball team in Washington for 33 years now, so the preposterous fashion in which it appears to be arriving shouldn't be a surprise.

Decisions about what officea equipment to bring from Montreal seemed to have a higher priority than who will put together the roster fans will pay to see at RFK Stadium in April.

Each day that passes, players are filing for free agency, and agents are talking to general managers.

Soon there will be deals to be made and — even as handicapped as this franchise is — bargains to be had once the big spenders blow their budgets on superstars like Adrian Beltre and Carlos Beltran.

But the Washington club didn't get a general manager until Tuesday, when it was announced former Cincinnati Reds GM Jim Bowden agreed to take the job. So the Washington franchise, in its infancy, is taking on an identity: Home of Dysfunctional General Managers. Dan Duquette and Bowden — these were the candidates for the Washington job? Heck, why not Syd Thrift?

One high-ranking baseball official declared vice president of on-field operations for MLB Bob Watson "already on the payroll" as Washington's GM, but he turned down the job last week.

Bud Selig and his sidekick, Bob DuPuy, scrambled to find someone willing to run this zombified franchise temporarily — with no promise of security once baseball turns it over to its new owners, whoever they may be.

Read the entire article here on the Washington Times website.