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Bowden, Boone Take the Fall Cincinnati Cleans House

Aug. 04, 2003
Aug. 04, 2003

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Bowden, Boone Take the Fall Cincinnati Cleans House

Just as Pittsburgh, Detroit and Milwaukee have done since 2000,
Cincinnati fired key decision-makers after they failed to put a
decent team into a new ballpark. On Monday, with the Reds in
fifth place in the NL Central (46-58), owner John Allen fired
G.M. Jim Bowden and manager Bob Boone after the team had won only
22 of the first 51 games in Great American Ball Park.

This is an article from the Aug. 4, 2003 issue Original Layout

Bowden constructed a club that has woeful pitching and defense,
while the contracts of oft-injured veterans Ken Griffey Jr. and
Barry Larkin ate up more than a third of the $58 million payroll.
In 11 years Bowden's teams had four winning seasons and reached
the playoffs once. Boone, known as a meddlesome micromanager, has
never had a winning season in eight years as a minor league and
major league manager, including the past three in Cincinnati.
--Tom Verducci

Read Tom Verducci's Inside Baseball column every week at
si.com/baseball.