By Josh Kramer
The Nationals have won 11 of 12 games. They are currently a game over 500 and within five games of the NL Wild Card. And yesterday, their manager just got up and walked. Every one of my prior statements is hard to believe. Washington winning 11 of 12? Has that ever happened in National’s history (since the move to DC)? We are coming to the end of June and the Nationals are still alive and well in the playoff hunt.
Since 2005, when the Expos (now Nationals) moved to Washington D.C., they have not finished above 4th place in the NL East. In addition, they have finished in the cellar in five of those years. Plus they never finished over 500 in any of those seasons. The past couple of drafts have been very kind to the Nationals. They have picked flame-thrower Stephen Strasburg and the following year they got the man-child, Bryce Harper. And now, the following year, they are contenders? Well they did pick both of those great talents. But neither have played one inning for the big team this year.
So what is going on in Washington? Well I can tell you somebody that does know what is going on in the nation’s capital.
The Nationals Manager abruptly resigned today during arguably the best run in franchise history (since the move to Washington). Riggleman felt mistreated. The former skipper has been at the helm in DC since July of 2009. Each year he worked on one year deals, as if he was an “interim” manager.
From my understanding, Riggleman asked Mike Rizzo (National’s General Manager) to have a conversation regarding his future with the team. He wanted a little job security. If Rizzo did not give him the answer that he wanted to hear, then he would walk. Well in true man fashion, Rizzo said no to even having the conversation, and Riggleman walked.
I guess Jim Riggleman has never heard of bluffing. Either way he is out and the hottest team in baseball does not have a manager.
Now I will give Riggleman some props for standing up for himself. Not to many guys have the moxie to just get up and leave abruptly from any job, much less a job as a manager in the Major Leagues. But there had to be more going on behind the scenes that the public is unaware of.
There is definitely something fishy going on in the nation’s capital. I hope that the rest of the story comes out. It will definitely be interesting.
Stay tuned for the next edition of TheSportsKraze.