Jim Riggleman Resigns as Washington Nationals Manager

Adam BernacchioAnalyst IIIJune 23, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 31:  Manager Jim Riggleman #5 of the Washington Nationals looks on against the Philadelphia Phillies at Nationals Park on May 31, 2011 in Washington, DC. The Braves won 2-0. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Rob Carr/Getty Images

In the most shocking move since Andre The Giant turned on Hulk Hogan in the winter of 1987, Washington Nationals manager Jim Riggleman as resigned.

Riggleman gave his walking papers after the Nationals defeated the Seattle Mariners 1-0 this afternoon.

This is shocking because the Nationals have turned the corner. They are 38-37 on the season and have won 11 out of their past 12 games. But in the game of life, money talks and the other stuff walks…right out of D.C., in this case.

According to ESPN.com, there was a rift between Riggleman and Nationals management over his contract for 2012. Riggleman has an option for next season that hasn’t been picked up yet. According to the report, Riggleman asked to have his option picked up and the Nationals said no thanks.

I wonder if Riggleman is playing the, “I think I am indispensable to the organization, and if I quit, they are going to beg me to come back and give me more money” card.

If that’s the case, I don’t think he wins.

The Nationals either don’t believe Riggleman is the reason they are winning or didn’t think he would pull this. Either way, the Nationals are going to need a new manager.

The Nationals seem to be an organization that can never fully turn the corner. Even when things are going remarkably well, nonsense like this happens.

No news yet on who will take over for Riggleman.