I figure it’s about time this got its own thread. I’ve talked a lot about it in the comment thread, both here and over at Lancaster’s. So for now, I’ll just put up the latest facts, and assume we’re all caught up on the basics.
This afternoon, John Fay had a story that included this:
[Kremcheck] said Majewski’s medical records did not arrive in Cincinnati until Aug. 1, the day after the trade deadline.
“And even then, they weren’t complete,” Kremchek said.
The story no longer contains that quote, which I thought was relevant. Strange.
It does say this:
But the club clearly thinks it was wronged. Krivsky said he left a message for Washington general manager Jim Bowden Tuesday morning. He said he had not heard back as of 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Okay. Every story out of Cincinnati attributes Krivsky as saying he called Bowden, but hadn’t heard back. “I just wanted to have a conversation,” Krivsky said. Now things get interesting.
Mark Sheldon, the Reds mlb.com beat writer has the latest from Washington:
But according to Bowden, who was the Reds’ GM from 1992-2003, he had not heard from the Reds. He also said the Nationals were forthcoming with all medical information.
“We supply every documentation that’s ever asked on every single player,” Bowden told reporters late Tuesday afternoon in Washington. “I think that’s just a media report. I don’t think there’s any truth to it. The Reds certainly have not called us and they certainly would call us if there was an issue.
“We all know he’s thrown 11 times since the trade, and we all saw him throw 94 before the trade. So I don’t know where that comes from. Certainly we’ve not heard it from the Reds. We would hear from the Reds if there was a problem. They know there’s not a problem. They have all the documentation — doctor’s reports, training reports on any player in the transaction. If there’s a problem, they would call us. They wouldn’t go through the media.”
Later on Tuesday night, Bowden felt compelled to go a step further and issued a statement through the Nationals media relations office.
“It was disappointing to read Wayne Krivsky’s remarks this evening about the trade of Gary Majewski,” Bowden said. “I never received either a call or a message from Wayne, but when I read his comments this evening, I called him and reminded him that the Cincinnati Reds had received all of the medical information they requested, both before and after the trade. It is also worth remembering that Gary pitched for us right up to the trade and has continued doing so for the Reds up until now. I was pleased to learn this evening from media reports that there is in fact no injury to Gary.”
I actually think the current article (9:30 PM Pacific) is different from the one I read on my cell phone a couple hours ago. I think that one had even more “certainly the Reds would have called if they had a problem, and they haven’t” quotes from Bowden.
Regardless, it’s pretty clear that Bowden is essentially calling Krivsky a liar and a sore loser here. I don’t know either guy, but I find it very, very hard to give Jim Bowden the benefit of the doubt on this one. It sounds exactly like the kind of thing he would do, based on my 14 years of following his public and private life. Tonight, Marty Brennaman said that Bowden would lie about the time on a clock, just because it’s in his nature.
I can’t imagine this is the last chapter in this story.