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Nationals GM Bowden resigns

Updated: March 1, 2009, 9:41 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

VIERA, Fla. -- Jim Bowden's final move as Washington Nationals general manager was his own resignation.

Bowden abruptly stepped down Sunday morning after four seasons, leaving under the cloud of a federal investigation into the skimming of signing bonuses given to Latin American prospects.

He has maintained his innocence in the matter, but said Sunday, "I've become a distraction."

"It's an emotional decision. It saddens me. But I feel it's in the best interest of two of ...

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