I admit that I haven’t been kind to Jim Riggleman on the pages of Sully Baseball.
I questioned the reasoning of dumping Manny Acta for Riggleman and his less that sterling resume.
And I thought he was doing baseball a disservice when he benched some of his starters in critical stretch run games.
Well now he has the Nats playing on a roll and they have crawled back up to .500.
And what does he do?
Now there are already articles being written in his favor and who knows? Maybe the Nationals organization IS a mess.
But I’m sorry. Why should the Nationals offer Riggleman more years? Even with the team above .500 now, he’s been a big league skipper over 12 different seasons. In the 11 ones before this one has a grand total of 2 above .500. He seems like a solid baseball lifer, but does 1 game over .500 before July constitute a lot of leverage?
And with this dramatic series against the Mariners (another team he managed since 2008), you’d think that the Nationals would be trying to ride some momentum.
Instead they have to answer questions about a manager who quit on the team. (Sorry, that’s what he did.)
He said to the media “I’m not Casey Stengel.”
And if the Nationals put up a good record for the rest of the season, it will make the Nationals decision to not retain Riggleman look even smarter.
Don’t worry… he’ll be an interim manager someday. Hey, he’s 22 years younger than the Marlins new manager!
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