Jun 23, 2011, 9:01 PM EDT
Citing an unwillingness by general manager Mike Rizzo to discuss an extension of his contract, Jim Riggleman abruptly resigned as manager of the Washington Nationals following today’s 1-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners.
Riggleman, who had guided the Nationals to 11 wins in their last 12 games to improve to 38-37, informed Rizzo before the game he would resign unless the GM would agree to have a discussion about his long-term status. Rizzo declined, saying it “wasn’t the right time” for that, so Riggleman managed the series finale against the Mariners knowing it would be his final game.
Players, jubilant from the walk-off win, quickly turned silent in the clubhouse at Nationals Park as Rizzo informed them of the news.
“It was an extremely festive locker room,” Rizzo said during a hastily organized news conference. “We brought the team together, and it became somber quickly.”
No replacement was immediately named, but Rizzo said a new manager would be in place in time for Friday night’s game against the White Sox in Chicago.
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