Jim Bowden joined ESPN.com in 2011 as a regular baseball contributor/analyst. Jim is also a television studio analyst on ESPN’s Baseball Tonight, and serves as a game analyst for select MLB games on ESPN radio.
In addition to his ESPN duties, Jim is also a regular co-host for Sirius/XM Satellite Radio’s MLB Channel. In 2016, Jim’s show “The Front Office” that he co-hosted with former GM Jim Duquette was awarded “Best Sports Radio Show” by Cynopsis Sports Media.
Prior to joining ESPN and Sirius, Jim served as a host for Fox Sports Radio, and a baseball analyst for FoxSports.com and Fox Sports West. Jim hosted the “GM Corner” on FoxSports.com, where he gave the viewers the opportunity to hear unique perspectives from top GM’s, managers, and players. In addition to “GM Corner”, Jim hosted all-sports shows as well.
Before his broadcasting career, Jim was a Major League Senior Vice President and General Manager for over 15 years with the Cincinnati Reds, Montreal Expos and Washington Nationals. His first role as a general manager was with the Cincinnati Reds at age 31 in 1992. When he took the position, he was the youngest general manager in major league baseball history. In 1999, he became the youngest executive to win Baseball America’s Executive of the Year Award, after leading the Reds to a 96 win season with one of the smallest payrolls in baseball. During his tenure with the Reds, the club finished in first place four times (1990,1994, 1995 and 1999). Overall, in his career he won over 1,000 games as a GM, making more than 170 major league trades.
Jim is perhaps best known for his trades for players like Ken Griffey Jr., Ron Gant, Deion Sanders, Kevin Mitchell, Paul Konerko, Mike Cameron, David Wells, Denny Neagle, Bret Boone, Tony Fernandez, Danny Graves, and Jeff Brantley and his drafting of players such as Joey Votto, Ryan Zimmerman, Aaron Boone and Adam Dunn. During his tenture, only two players were ever allowed to wear uniform #11, Barry Larkin of the Reds and Ryan Zimmerman of the Nationals, with Jim’s hope that both uniforms will eventually be retired and both players will enter the Hall of Fame for all they do on and off the field.
During his baseball career he worked with several successful Managers including: Lou Piniella, Jim Leyland, Jack McKeon, Davey Johnson, Chuck Tanner and Bobby Valentine.
Jim has met several Presidents of the United States including George Bush Sr., George Bush Jr., Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter. He and his family have been guests at the White House on several occasions.