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False Identity For Nats Prospect Brings Scrutiny To Int'l Signings
Published February 19, 2009
|Stan Kasten Said Scheme Includes
Falsified Hospital, School Documents
ANOTHER NATIONAL DISASTER: In DC, Thom Loverro writes if the report is true, it "should cost Nationals [GM] Jim Bowden ... his job." Even if Bowden, who has "enjoyed the protection" of Nationals Owner Mark Lerner, "had no knowledge of any scam, it happened on his watch and marks yet another embarrassment for a franchise that already is the laughingstock of baseball." Loverro: "Too many dubious deals and incidents have occurred during Bowden's administration to let him continue to run this franchise" (WASHINGTON TIMES, 2/19). The WASHINGTON EXAMINER's Rick Snider writes bad investments are "commonplace in sports," but "this one deserves someone's job." The Nationals in '06 "made a big deal" about the signing -- which included a $1.4M signing bonus -- and it was "supposed to be 'symbolic' of the team's ability to find prospects." The Nationals should "fire the scouts involved" (WASHINGTON EXAMINER, 2/19). ESPN.com's Rob Neyer wrote Gonzalez' signing bonus "isn't a lot of money to a modern baseball team," but a "miss this big suggests dereliction of duty, and as a result heads should fall" (ESPN.com, 2/18). ESPN.com's Keith Law wrote, "It's simply another black eye for an organization that is already a laughingstock in the industry, and a cautionary tale to organizations ramping up their scouting operations in the Dominican Republic, where you really are only as old as you feel" (ESPN.com, 2/18).