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Riggleman talks, makes things worse

Posted on: June 24, 2011 3:38 pm
Edited on: June 24, 2011 6:43 pm
Jim Riggleman isn't helping himself.

His second-day explanation of why he abruptly quit as Nationals manager makes no more sense than his first-day explanation.

Riggleman told MLB Network radio Friday morning that he didn't resign Thursday because the Nationals didn't pick up his option. He said that he resigned because general manager Mike Rizzo refused to meet with him to discuss the contract option.

Sorry Jim, that's no better.

"If you're gonna tell me that we're not even gonna talk about it, then I'm not gonna go [to Chicago]," Riggleman said, according to the Washington Post.

Riggleman made a tour of radio shows Friday, apparently in hopes of telling his side and boosting his image. But with each show, and each outburst, he ate away at that image a little bit more.

He ripped into Washington Post columnist Tom Boswell. He said that the Nationals had given him a "ridiculous contract."

Please Jim, stop.

Sparky Anderson would always tell managers about to be fired that the only thing they should do was to thank the people they had worked for.

"Don't say anything bad about them," Anderson would say. "Because the next guy thinking about hiring you is watching, and he knows that he might end up firing you, too."

With Riggleman, there won't be a next guy. If he didn't guarantee that with his actions Thursday, he's helping to guarantee it with his words Friday.

Stop, Jim. Stop now.

You're only making things worse.

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Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: June 25, 2011 5:13 pm

Riggleman talks, makes things worse

The Washington baseball team, like the political side of town, is just ACTING like they know what they're doing. NO WONDER A MANAGER IS FRUSTRATED THERE.

At any rate, the Nats got a better manager by far in Davey Johnson...lets see if it makes a difference in the standings. Johnson is a manager, not a magician.

Since: May 18, 2011
Posted on: June 25, 2011 3:53 pm

Riggleman talks, makes things worse

This is only one of 30 such jobs in the country. In order for a man to quit, there has to be something big motivating him. Sometimes we make decisions based on the writing on the wall that we are the first to see. This is a well respected lifelong baseball man who finally have had enough. He should/or we should let him take a while collecting himself before anyone cares what comes out of his mouth. Look at the egomaniacs, cheapskates, and crooks who own baseball teams these days. It must be tough for some of these managers to come to work every day and work for people who are baseball owners because they made money in real estate or the internet. Can you imagine what Don Mattingly has to go through everyday to convince himself to come to work. Sure it would be great if we all did the right thing by our empolyers and they did the right thing by us. How many of us have quit a job or fired someone without notice. Maybe the GM is such an a-hole that he can't work for him anymore and Riggleman is trying not to say that. Yes, probably he should shut up and so should everyone else. PLAY BALL.

Since: Jan 10, 2011
Posted on: June 25, 2011 10:31 am

Riggleman talks, makes things worse

I think baseball needs someone to speak their minds every once in awhile. Trying to be nice to something you feel is wrong isn't human nature and a person should be allowed to voice their opinions.

I don't think he is making his situation worse because maybe the next boss might want someone who does speak their minds and not kiss their behind.

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