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Reader Q&A with Riggleman

Apr 2, 2010, 10:00 PM EDT

As part of my fundraising campaign to cover spring training, I offered readers who contributed at least $60 the opportunity to submit a question to a member of the Nationals. Manager Jim Riggleman and four players (Ryan Zimmerman, Nyjer Morgan, John Lannan and Drew Storen) were gracious enough to participate. Readers were randomly paired up with one of those five gentlemen, and I conducted the interviews over the last week.

Here is the final installment of the Reader Q&A, featuring manager Jim Riggleman. …

Jason Aquino (Falls Church, Va.): What do you see as your role in fostering a winner's culture in the clubhouse? Are there any changes — big or small — that you've implemented since taking over last year in support of that effort?
Jim Riggleman: I think implementing a winning culture, a winning atmosphere, has to do with so many things. But I would say you try to create an atmosphere for each player to succeed. In other words, not put players in a position to fail, try to get the best matchups for players, try to get the best conditions to play under for them, remain positive with players through tough times. I think that's the best way to create a winning culture: To stay positive and create a good atmosphere for them to succeed in. If you put them in tough situations, they're probably going to fail and a lot of negativity ensues.

Mike Henderson (Silver Spring, Md.): What exactly will Tim Foli's role be on the coaching staff? Who's idea was it to install him in that role? And by what measures will his success be measured?
Jim Riggleman: That was my idea, and there were a lot of reasons involved. Tim, his background is so diverse. He's done everything there is in the game. He's coached in the big leagues. He's managed in the minor leagues. He played in the big leagues a long time. He's been a minor-league field coordinator. He's an extremely bright,Read more »

  1. Doc - Apr 3, 2010 at 1:10 AM

    Obviously, being a manager can come in different variations. Riggleman comes close to being a players' manager, just because he's there to motivate. Its up to the Nats'players to take advantage of what Riggleman's motivational support can mean to the success of this team. He provides the opportunity, it is the players'responsibility to provide the production.

  2. peric - Apr 3, 2010 at 1:40 AM

    Just found this dated today: RHP Rafael Martin assigned to Washington Nationals.Does this mean Martin has been assigned to the 40-man orto the 25-man?

  3. peric - Apr 3, 2010 at 2:22 AM

    Wondering why Drew Storen is not on the 40-man as well?

  4. Brian - Apr 3, 2010 at 12:44 PM

    @peric – Storen did not sign a major league deal, so he does not need to be placed on the 40-man. No need to start using his option years until necessary

  5. Anonymous - Apr 3, 2010 at 4:07 PM

    Riggleman's answers are pretty defensive, although the questions were fine. I didn't learn much.Who cares? Play ball!

  6. Mick Fowl - Apr 3, 2010 at 8:43 PM

    Every thing I read from commenter's seems negative, why? I was about 10 when the Senator's left, Povich went to his grave trying to get baseball back in DC, we have a growing young team stacked with potential superstars but still mostly complaints. Since when did it become a God given right to have a perenial playoff team simply because that team is in your city. These things take time. for my money I think the Nationals took the necessary steps to begin this process. Perhaps it will be slow and laborious but the Senators never won anything in my lifetime, the Reskins were bad like forever until Gibbs, the Bullets had a couple of runs and one championship. These people either grew up on Gibb's Redskins (and have no idea how long the team lost) or just fall into today's mindset that they DESERVE things. Give it a rest, the Nat's are on their way, sooner than most of you think, and when they get there keep your traps shut and don't jump on the bandwagon that you so vociferously critisized. Enjoy the growth,root for the team and let things develop. Jeez, we used to have Frank Howard,Eddie Brinkman & Dick Bosman–that was pretty much it, but to this day I remeber my now deceased Father screaming at the top of his lungs every time Frank Howard came to the plate, none of this other crap—"Go HONDO GO". Mr.Anonymous what exactly was so defensive about Riggs' answers? Nothing that's what.

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