Washington Nationals' Riggleman out as manager
Jim Riggleman, who took the Nationals job in 2009, has an overall record of 662-824 in 12 years as a big league manager.
June 23rd, 2011
05:17 PM ET

Washington Nationals' Riggleman out as manager

Jim Riggleman has resigned as manager of the Washington Nationals over contract issues, the team said Thursday on its website.

Quoting Riggleman's manager Burt Rocks, the team said Riggleman was upset the ballclub "didn't pick up the option year in his contract."

Riggleman's departure marks the second time this week a National League East manager has stepped down.

Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez resigned Sunday after his team lost 17 of its first 18 games in June.

Riggleman leaves Washington during a hot streak. The third-place Nationals were 11 -1 in their last 12 games and one game over .500, beating the Mariners 1-0 Thursday.

An interim manager has not been named, the Nationals said.

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  1. Blob

    what a whimp

    June 23, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Anthony Weiner

    Smells fishy. I see another Weinergate on the horizon.

    June 23, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Art In Chicago

    He was a buster in Chicago and he appears to be a buster in Washington.

    June 23, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ed Peterson

    numerology for Jim Riggleman:


    June 23, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Wise Guy

    You're kidding me right? You have reached the pinnacle of baseball coaching by coaching a major league team. So you're a crappy coach with a crappy team. Get over it! Guess what?....Now nobody will want you! Way to go Jim!

    June 23, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. shee itt hedd

    Show me the money. Does this a$$ pirate really think he'll get another job? Gee, Jimmy, ya wonder WHY they didn't pick up your option..Judging from recent past, they don't seem shy about spending in Washington. Frome lame duck to cooked goose. What a reject.

    June 23, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Trixter

    Washington has a baseball team??!

    June 23, 2011 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Capitol Hill Hairy

    You mean to tell me the "gNATS" management has the audacity NOT TO EXTEND this manager's contract? Riggleman is the best thing that ever happened to the "gNATS"!!! A losing team stuck in a submerged stadium in loser-ville southwest DC where no one wants to go...even the stadium was dissed in stadium rankings a week or two ago as one of the "worst in baseball" and – it is! What a lousy layout ... in a ditch with a freaking flying saucer off center field right and abandoned and incomplete buildings all over...not to mention the dismal Metro station that can't handle crowds and the panhandlers all over the place. AND WHAT ABOUT THOSE BEER PRICES FOLKS? THE PLACE REEKS OF OVERPRICED, UNDER SERVED/SIZED portions of beer and everything else. "Go gNATS!" Diss your manager, screw your fans, suck their wallets and lose again this year and the next.

    I'm staying up the road in easy to reach, friendly, Camden Yards where a winning team shows up once in a while and the stadium looks like a playing field instead of an archeological excavation.

    June 23, 2011 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Asabud

      You have Peter Angelos and you sound like you deserve him. He's the guy that did everything he could to keep baseball out of Washington. He took a world class franchise and ran in into the ground and there it stays. If you need concessions as bad as you seem to, you aren't much of a baseball fan. Also, if you depend on your visiting teams to provide you entertainment, rather than your home team, you're really in trouble. The best games the Orioles ever played were on 33rd Street in Baltimore. Maybe you've heard of it? The Orioles deserve better than you. At least we have a winning record now and had one in 2005. The last time your team had one was in 1997.

      June 23, 2011 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |