Originally Posted by Johnny Footstool
Jimbo was neither as bad as fans make him out to be nor as good as he believes he was.
However, he was forced to pass up on a few high-level picks due to "signability" issues.
I will add to Bowden's defense that not many GM's have had two first round picks totally unfunded (Sowers + Esponisa). Then were forced to make signablity picks like Snamek, etc.
Bottom line is that after Allen said in the press that Howington was a "waste of money", the draft money dried up.
However, Bowden did make quite a few big gaffes, like passing over Berkman (because he was an "AL" player). Another one was to pick CJ Nitcowski #1 in hopes of him being a lefty out of the pen that fall to face Atlanta. Passing over Jeter and Garciparra was also an obvious mistake.
But Bowden had quite a few successes in the pre-Howington era. Dunn, Kearns, Williamson, maybe LaRue. He also had an eye for picking young talent in trades (although it was mainly position players).
Thank you Walt and Bob for going for it in 2012 AND 2013!
Nov. 13, 2007: One of the greatest days in Reds history: John Allen gets the boot!