‘Washington Nationals manager Jim Riggleman (5) and Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter (26)’
courtesy of ‘Keith Allison’
Shortly after today’s dramatic 9th inning 1-0 win over the Seattle Mariners, the team’s 11th in 12 games, and 16th in 21 games, Manager Jim Riggleman quit his job over a contract dispute with the Washington Nationals.
The world is pretty much stunned by the news, both that the Nationals were uninterested in talking with Riggleman about an extension on his contract, and that Riggleman would make that sort of ultimatum in the middle of a winning streak, and while the team’s record was just barely over .500.
One person that I spoke with about the issue, said “There’s having a winning average and actually, you know, winning something or even making the playoffs. Before you start making demands like “I’m not getting on the bus until you pick up my option” you should really learn the difference.”
It’s not clear who will manage the Nationals tomorrow in Chicago, or what the longterm plans are. There’s a lot of uncertainty right now, we’ll have more thoughts in the morning