07.12.08

Is Jim Bowden In The Middle Of MLB’s Bung Scandal?

Posted in Baseball, The Law at 1:30 pm by

Not necessarily. Perhaps the Feds wanted to talk to him about Gary Majewski. From the Washington Post’s Chico Harlan :

Washington Nationals General Manager Jim Bowden and one of his assistants met recently in person with representatives from the Federal Bureau of Investigation as part of a probe examining the illegal signing practices of international players, especially those from the Dominican Republic, Bowden said tonight.

Bowden, according to a report from ESPN.com, citing unnamed sources, is the highest-ranking baseball official yet involved in the investigation, which is examining the skimming of bonus money allotted for Dominican prospects. Bowden denied any wrongdoing or involvement in illegal activity — on his part or his team’s part.

Jose Rijo, an assistant general manager and the director of Washington’s involvement in the Dominican Republic, has also spoken with the FBI and could not be reached for comment. He had said last Thursday that “we better be innocent [of wrongdoing].”

Asked if he had any knowledge of or involvement with money skimming within the Washington organization, Bowden said, “No. Absolutely not.”

He might be familiar with nickle and diming, however, but that’s an entirely different matter.

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