Re: Now the truth comes out... Jim Bowden was never....
Originally Posted by PTI (pti)
Personally I thought that Bowden's biggest flaw was that he never fully embraced the fact that the Reds needed to rebuild - to get worse before they got better. Honestly, considering the nature of professional sports today, I can't really blame him. The Estes-Dempster-Moehler debacle was laughable, but he was being held back (and that's being nice) by ownership that year (and every other).
He made some good trades for veterans (Vaughn and Guzman in '99), some very bad trades for veterans, but off the top of my head I can't remember a single time he traded a veteran for a *quality* farmhand in order to build for the future.
I agree with this and this is why I find the Gammons stuff so funny. Bowden could have done an Indians thing at least 2 or 3 times but he made dumb moves to try to put a band-aid over a serious hole. The Estes deal was laughable. He needed to strip down and build but he never could pull the trigger.
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