Jim Bowden took over as Cincinnati Reds general manager in 1992 at the age of 32, becoming the youngest GM in the history of the Major League. He stayed with the Reds until he was fired in 2003 and is now the GM of the Washington Nationals. On a recent visit to Cincinnati, Bowden sat down with Local 12 Sports Anchor Brad Johansen for 12 Questions. Click on the video icon to see the full interview.
1. What do you miss about the Reds?
I grew up with the Reds organization so it's family and I would've never left that chair, I would have never gone another place if I hadn't been taken from that chair. I miss the people, I miss the city of Cincinnati, I miss the restaurants, I miss all the great people at Channel 12.
2.What do you miss most about Cincinnati?
Jeff Ruby's restaurants and listening to Jeff tell stories is fun but mostly my children--that's what I miss. I miss such a great family atmosphere in Cincinnati--it's a special place to raise children and I miss that atmosphere the most.
3. Where do you hang out when you're in town?
I hang out with my kids--that's where I hang out. We might go to Jeff Ruby's, might go to the Precinct but certainly hang out with my kids.
4.Who is your basball hero?
God. God blessed me with being the youngest GM in baseball history. God blessed me with the Reds and Washington Nationals and having a great life.
5. What's changed about the game since you became a GM?
Everything, you know I became the youngest GM in baseball history and I wasn't ready for the position. Since then its become a big business, technology advanced, a lot of intellect has played a big part, more analysis on every part of the game--it's just completely different but different better.
6. Who is the best player in the league?
Great question, there's so many great ones we all know Barry Bonds leading, we all know Albert Pojuls, Cabrera, Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter. Nowadays so many great players that today it's hard to name one--can't do it. Tangibly, I'd take Derek Jeter in the 7th game, 2 outs in the 9th but if you want raw talent it's A.Rod.
7. Who is the best player ever?
I don't know, I can't answer that question. Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Willie Mayes, Ted Williams--I don't know, call it a tie.
8.Which country has the best players?
The United States of America. The Dominican Republic is a close second but definately the USA.
9. If you could change one thing about the game what would it be?
Get rid of the DH rule. Are you kidding me? It's stupid and archaic and get it out. Except All Star games.
10. What advice do you have for little leaguers with Major League dreams?
Say no to drugs, learn a lot in school, listen to your parents, play and work hard, study. Understand that nothing comes easy, it takes a lot of hard work, repetition, and if you want it bad and have passion, you can get there despite everyone in your life saying no.
11.What's you favorite movie?
Probably Sandlot only because of the memories watching it with my kids in the basement.
12. How would Cincinnati Chili go over in RFK in DC?
Cincinnati Chili would go over great all over the world--it's Cincinnati Chili--are you kidding me?I miss Cincinnati.