Nats Manager Jim Riggleman Resigns – WTF?!?!?!

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After winning 11 of 12 games and bringing the Nats to above .500, Manager Jim Riggleman abruptly resigns after a 24 ultimatum to take his option year passes. Just insane.

From MASN News:

General manager Mike Rizzo said that Riggleman was unhappy with the pace of his contract extension negotiations and told him that unless a deal was reached, he would resign after today’s game. The Nats beat the Mariners 1-0 to sweep their series, but Riggleman held fast to his ultimatum and Rizzo accepted his resignation postgame.

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  • I honestly think the Nationals have a pretty bright future. Its a shame they won’t have a consistent manager.

  • twinbrook natives and rm grads in particular are beyond reproach. go jim.

  • Wow. It was nice while it lasted.

    Need to learn more about this before deciding if Riggleman abandoned his team or if the management abandoned him. Likely a bit of both.

  • Its karma, if they would have gone with a better name like the Grays or the Senators, none of this would be happening.

  • Two words: Ryne Sandberg

  • SD, you beat me to it. Sandberg deserves a shot. The Cubs were stupid to pass on him.

  • I worked as a contractor. It never crossed my mind to quit in the middle of the contract. You sign your name, you do the job.

    • +1
      If he wanted to resign after the season fine. Imagine if players could do this. This was a boneheaded move. He would have had a lot more leverage if the Nats continued to do well. Seems like an emotional decision to me. Poor Nats, can’t win for losing!

    • lets think about it for a while. You company wins a indefinite contract. You however are only signed to one year terms with options…at half what your other contractors are making(some doing a worse job). When you suggest to your company that you have a sit down to talk about the future..they balk and say at the end of the year. I’m with Riggleman on this. Its a business and Riggleman has every right to demand more respect and the Nats/Rizzo have every right to say “No thanks”-but I respect Riggles for asking and walking. He didn’t ditch his team, his team ditched him. How hard would have it been for Rizzo to say, ok we will talk about it now and set up a meeting next week to go over all the details and what we want for the future.

      • You make absolute sense, but Riggleman knew all those caveats going in. He knew it was a 1-year contract. He knew the company. He knew the boss he was working for as he had worked under him the prior year. And with all that knowledge, he still signed on the dotted line that he would be there all year. And then he quit halfway through.

        The one thing I wont grant you in your argument is that other “contractors” are doing a worse job. Jim Riggleman has the worst winning percentage of any manager in baseball since 1900. Baseball is a business (as you pointed out). Losing on a regular basis with numerous teams does not get you respect or multiple-year contracts.

  • jim_ed

    Sandberg would be an interesting choice, but my gut says its Bobby Valentine, with Davey Johnson taking over for the rest of the season. I imagine Riggles just wanted to spend more time working on his biceps

    But yeah, we’re playing meaningful baseball entering the middle stretch of the season. this is exciting!

  • As a Nats fan I am so ticked off that he would abandon his team in the middle of a season that, if the numbers hold, will be the best since they arrived in DC.

    As a human being who has been crapped on by unresponsive bosses in the past, I applaud him for saying “F it” and walking away with his pride (although he is now completely unemployable at the major league level).

    Dig the idea of Ryne Sandburg, but I’m with Jim Ed above- its going to be Bobby Valentine when its all said and done.

  • I’m not a big fan of managers who pick fights with players rather than use soft skills to deal with petulance, but Riggo had a point. The Lerners should have tacked on a cheap additional year for appearances, and eaten the cost if they move on next year. Most teams in most sports with competant ownership do this. The exception — The Cincinatti Bengals . . . I rest my case.

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