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Nats GM Bowden Resigns

Amidst controversy, Nationals GM Jim Bowden resigns. Although he maintained his innocence, he said he did not want to be a distraction. "I have become a distraction. Unless you are Manny Ramirez, there is no place for distraction in baseball. I want to be able to turn the page and I want this franchise to be able to have everybody, from the media to the fans, focus on what the game is about. It's about the players. It's about what happens on the field."

Bowden had a .439 winning percentage with the Nationals, but he lost 102 games in 2008, the worst in his sixteen year career as a GM. At this point, I suspect that Mike Rizzo is the leading in-house candidate. It is still early in Spring Training, and it would be better if someone familiar with the organization be put in charge.

This story was approved by MLB Rumors.