Well, this is just odd. But after leading the Nationals to a 1-0 win and a series sweep of the Mariners, manager Jim Riggleman announced after the game that he resigning his position. The Nationals are in the midst of their best stretch of baseball this season, having won 11 of 12 games and to move over .500 at 38-37.
And Riggleman decided it was time to leave because of his displeasure with the fact he had been offered a contract extension from GM Mike Rizzo.
Jim Riggleman has resigned as manager of the Washington Nationals. Riggleman told General Manager Mike Rizzo that he would resign before the game if his contract situation was not resolved.
“Jim told me pregame today that if we wouldn’t pick up his [contract] option that he wouldn’t get on the team bus today,” Rizzo said at a news conference after the Nationals defeated the Seattle Mariners 1-0, lifting the team to a winning record.
“If you want to do this job you have to be totally committed to it. I just didn’t feel that way,” Riggleman told reporters after the game.This oddly reminiscent of when Mike Hargrove stepped down midseason in 2007.
Hargrove would never quite say it in his surprise press conference that he was upset about not getting a contract extension for 2008. But that was the underlying reasoning behind it.
From John McGrath's column that day ...
Hargrove said he was leaving because he could no longer ask his players to give 100 percent to their job when he couldn't give 100 percent to his own.
"The highs weren't high enough, and the lows were too low," he said Sunday morning. "I'm not expecting everybody to understand it, because I'm not sure I understand it myself. There's a good thing going on here, but it's time for me to leave."Who replaced Hargrove, well his bench coach John McLaren.
Yeah, that didn't go so well.
Who is Jim Riggleman's bench coach for the Nats? Yep, you guessed it.