Originally Posted by redsfan2
I'll tell you one thing. If Jim Bowden was still the GM for the Cincinnati Reds, I can guarantee you that the Maddox/Kullman combo wouldn't have got lucky with the Harang/Guillen deal. Furthermore, I doubt the Reds would have pulled in Bronson Arroyo and have any semblence of a non-catastrophic pitching rotation.
You do realize that outside of Harang that every good player the Reds have, including the cornerstones of Lopez, Dunn and EdE were all Jimbo acquired?
And do you further realize that Bowden acquired Neagle, Harnisch, Smiley, Schrouk, Dessens, Williamson, Guzman and Graves (who was OK until the implosion) right? So to say that Bowden wouldn't have acquired a pitcher like Harang or Arroyo is disingenious, at best. Jimbo had problems drafting them, but he knew how to acquire them in trades. Colon anyone.
Thats not to say it wasn't time for Bowden to go - it was - but to make him out to be a complete failure is wrong. He overstayed his usefulness, but sometimes staying in one job too long does that. That is Maddan's philosophy on coaching, never stay anywhere more than 10 years.