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Bowden was back

Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff  November 21, 2005 06:10 PM

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The Red Sox continue to move along with GM interviews.

The team released a statement saying that Washington GM Jim Bowden was in Boston today for a second interview with team officials and that former Montreal GM Jim Beattie was in town for his second interview over the weekend.

Bowden's first interview was on Nov. 9 at the general manager's meetings in Indian Wells, Calif. where he spent 1 1/2 hours meeting with Red Sox chairman Tom Werner and president Larry Lucchino.

"I thought it went very well," Bowden said after his first interview. "Obviously, both (Lucchino and Werner) are highly intelligent people. They were very well prepared and asked good questions."

The Globe's Gordon Edes wrote about Bowden's candidacy on Nov. 8:

"Bowden was the youngest GM in baseball when he was hired by the Reds at age 31 before the 1993 season and was with Cincinnati until his firing in late July 2003. He resurfaced last winter when he was hired to be GM of the Nationals after their move to Washington from Montreal. The team surprisingly stayed in contention until the last weeks of the season."

"'Anyone who knows me knows I grew up a Red Sox fan and this would be a dream job,' Bowden said. 'It's an honor and a privilege to be interviewed for the opportunity. I don't look at it as an opportunity to replace Theo. I look at it as an opportunity to carry the baton in the same direction.'"

Beattie had his first interview on Nov. 11 at Fenway Park. After his interview Beattie said if chosen for the Red Sox job, he'd try to carry on some of the success the team has had in the past rather than make wholesale changes.

According to the statement released today, the club plans to conduct additional interviews although the process will be interrupted for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Further updates from the team will follow when there is more news to report.

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