Washington Nationals manager Jim Riggleman resigns
Washington Nationals manager Jim Riggleman has resigned abruptly from the team, general manager Michael Rizzo announced after a dramatic bottom of the 9th win over the Seattle Mariners, Thursday afternoon.
“It disappoints me that people would put their personal goals before the team,” Rizzo said.
Riggleman had wanted a new deal signed by the All-Star break, but that extension was never worked out between the now ex-skipper and the team.
“I just want to make one thing really clear, I just wanted to talk about it [contractual option], and they weren’t ready to do that,” Riggleman said after the game.
Rizzo said he’s not angry at the decision, but he’s ready to move on in the interim. Rizzo will announce who will be taking over in the interim Friday.
Riggleman mentioned in a post game news conference that he didn’t appreciate the second guessing of the front office.
“I’ll never do a one-year deal again, it’s just too short of a leash,” he said.
Riggleman and the Nats were having a fairly good year. They were a game over .500 at 38-37. They had just won three in a row and were 9-1 in their last 10 games.