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Thoughts from Storen and Riggleman

Sep 22, 2010, 10:08 PM EDT

Last night's ninth inning — in which Jim Riggleman pulled Drew Storen with two outs in the ninth and the Nationals leading by four runs — produced plenty of armchair managing from media members and fans alike. Thanks to all of you who commented in the earlier thread; there were some fantastic points made on both sides of the argument.

I don't want to harp too much on the subject, but I do want to present some thoughts that were provided today from both Riggleman and Storen. The key point they seemed to make — especially Storen — was that this wasn't nearly as big a deal as everyone has tried to make it. Yes, Storen was upset to get yanked, but not at Riggleman, at himself for not getting the job done. He said he completely understood his manager's thinking.

Storen also wanted to make it clear that he is worried neither about losing confidence in himself nor about Riggleman losing confidence in him. As both men have pointed out, Storen isn't this team's closer … yet. He still has to earn that title.

Here are the full quotes from both guys. Riggleman's comments are from his pre-game press conference will all media. Storen's comments are from a one-on-one interview I conducted with him after batting practice (and after Riggleman spoke)…

JIM RIGGLEMAN
Q: With Storen last night, obviously your first priority is to win the game. When it comes to him, do you worry about shaking his confidence when you take him out? Or do you have to set that aside,Read more ยป

  1. Doc - Sep 22, 2010 at 11:45 PM

    Riggs was dead on, and Storen well understood. Only in baseball would somebody think that a player's confidence could be 'shaken' by being substituted in a game situation.

  2. rmoore446 - Sep 23, 2010 at 3:11 AM

    I understand and agree with what everyone is saying now. And yet…and yet…let us imagine Riggs leaving Storen in for another batter following the homerun, out and walk. What would we be saying if Storen gave up another home run making it a nailbiter? Would the fans and reporters be remembering back to the blown lead in Philly??? You betcha. Would this have damaged Storen's confidence? Maybe not but many others would have questioned his ability as a closer. Not worth the risk on a kid who is one year out of the college ranks.

  3. Bill B - Sep 23, 2010 at 3:21 AM

    I like Storen's maturity. That's a really good sign.

  4. natsfan1a - Sep 23, 2010 at 12:54 PM

    Thanks, Mark (oops, I said it again), for providing the full transcript. It's really important to see quotes in context, imo, and it's something that's often lost in this sound bite/Internet age. (Good luck on folks not making things into big stories, Drew. I think that ship has sailed. See also Internet age; Losing seasons.) :-)

  5. THE PIBBSTER - Sep 23, 2010 at 1:00 PM

    Wonder if Torre would ever come to Washington? OK, I'm going to make a wild prediction, Torre will be the new manager for the Nats!

  6. Steve M. - Sep 23, 2010 at 2:06 PM

    I think Storen read my quote yesterday! Storen said…It's all about winning. It's not about what I want.Very mature statement. He gets it. Others made a bigger deal about this than it really was. Storen is a rookie and has a lot to learn but learned quite the lesson on Tuesday night!

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