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SBD/Issue 204/Leagues & Governing Bodies
MLB, FBI Investigating Nats Personnel About Financial Scandal
Published July 14, 2008
|FBI, MLB Investigating Bowden's
Role In Financial Scandal
SHORT-CHANGED? SI.com's Melissa Segura cited sources who said that the Nationals' '06 signing of 16-year-old Dominican SS Esmailyn Gonzalez is a "focus of the probe." Gonzalez signed for a reported $1.4M bonus, but sources estimated that Gonzalez "received a small fraction of that." But Gonzalez through a translator said that he "received the entire sum he signed for." Gonzalez: "The people I trusted didn't cheat me. They gave me all that I needed." Segura reported Bowden is the "highest-ranking baseball official currently under investigation, but all 30 teams are being examined" (SI.com, 7/12). In DC, Chico Harlan noted Bowden is the first MLB GM to "make his involvement public." Rijo, "per request, will meet with investigators when he returns from the Dominican Republic in several weeks" (WASHINGTON POST, 7/13).
COOPERATING: Bowden said of his involvement in the investigation, "There's no wrongdoing. We've met with FBI investigators. There are many people throughout baseball that are going to be talking with the FBI and [MLB] trying to help get all the information out there for the problems that exist [in the Dominican Republic]. We're there to help. But at no time when I met with the FBI were the questions revolving around myself or Jose Rijo." Bowden added, "I don't want to say anything to interrupt the investigation, but we're as clean as a whistle. I guarantee you. We're as clean as Irish Spring soap" (WASHINGTON POST, 7/12). Bowden: "Myself, the entire Nationals organization, and I would assume all 29 (other) clubs are going to cooperate fully with the investigation that's going on" (WASHINGTON TIMES, 7/12). Nationals President Stan Kasten said, "I'm not going to talk about specific innuendos or allegations or rumors. That wouldn't be fair." Kasten declined to give details on MLB's investigation (WASHINGTON TIMES, 7/13). Kasten added, "I couldn't be more supportive of the effort to make sure that everybody is living by the rules. ... We want things found out. We want things on the up and up. That's of the utmost importance to us" (WASHINGTON POST, 7/13).
Dominican Newspaper Claiming Cabrera Only
Received Portion Of His Signing Bonus In '01
MORE SCOUTS IN TROUBLE: SI.com's Jon Heyman cited sources who said that the Orioles earlier this month fired scout Alan Marr after MLB's newly formed investigative unit "tied his name to sports betting." The sources added that "more scouts could soon be named as well." One MLB exec said, "A lot of people are sweating out there" (SI.com, 7/11). In Baltimore, Barker, Connolly & Kubatko cited sources who reported that the Orioles fired Marr "after seeking legal advice on how to proceed" (Baltimore SUN, 7/12).