Stan Kasten, incoming president of the Washington Nationals, announced Saturday that general manager Jim Bowden will be retained once the ownership change is finalized.
Bowden, though, is a polarizing figure in baseball. He can be alternately gregarious and short-tempered, and his mood swings have left some players, coaches and front-office members wondering which character they'll encounter on a day-to-day basis. Fiercely competitive, he has a reputation for being impulsive and living in the moment, a quality that could be tempered by Kasten's plea for patience.
"Polarizing figure" is a euphemism I use to describe people who are incredibly annoying.