Reds, GM Bowden Agree To Deal

Cincinnati Reds general manager Jim Bowden, who was rumored to be a candidate for the vacant Los Angeles Dodgers job last month, Thursday agreed to a four-year contract extension through the 2003 season.

During his six years as general manager of the Reds, the team has compiled a 458-448 record, claimed two National League Central Division titles and made one appearance in the NL Championship Series. He became the youngest GM in major-league history when he was hired at the age of 31 on Oct. 16, 1992.

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  • "All championship teams have stability and continuity," said Reds managing executive John Allen. "Jim has been a huge part of this organization's success in the 1990s, and we are pleased that he will lead our baseball operations as we prepare for an exciting future that includes a new stadium."

    Working with a lowered player payroll over the last two years, Bowden has acquired young talent such as Chris Stynes, Jon Nunnally, Sean Casey and Dmitri Young, who led the team with a .310 batting average and 48 doubles. The team won seven of its final nine games to finish third in the NL Central at 77-85.

    Bowden extended manager Jack McKeon's contract for next season on Aug. 28 and has strengthened Cincinnati's minor-league coaching system with the recent additions of Buddy Bell, Sammy Ellis and Toby Harrah.

    Bowden had been mentioned as a possibility to fill the open general manager position with the Dodgers until Baltimore Orioles assistant GM Kevin Malone was chosen Sept. 11.

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