Jim Riggleman Hired By Giants As Scout

Jim Riggleman, former Nationals manager, has a new job.

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Jim Riggleman Hired As Special Assignment Scout For San Francisco Giants

At last the bizarre saga of former Washington Nationals manager Jim Riggleman appears to have reached its conclusion. Late Thursday, reports surfaced that the 58-year old had joined the world champion San Francisco Giants' staff as a special assignment scout.

Riggleman was hired as acting manager of the Nationals on July 12th, 2009 following the midseason firing of Manny Acta. He initially led the team through two extremely rough years in which Washington finished at the basement of the NL East. However, guided by his shrewd management style, the Nationals surprised many pundits by hovering near the .500 mark for much of the first half of the 2011-2012 MLB season.

Following a torrid stretch in which Washington won 11 of 12 games, Riggleman asked team management to have a conversation about his contract option for the 2012 season that had not yet been picked up. After being told that the option would not be discussed, the manager infamously offered his immediate resignation.

Riggleman finished his time in Washington with a 140-172 record. He has a career record of 662-824, with stops in San Diego, Chicago (NL), and Seattle.

UPDATE: Via tweet from SI's Jon Heyman, this hiring is official as of Friday morning.

For more on the San Fransico Giants, visit McCovey Chronicles. For more on the Washington Nationals, visit Federal Baseball.

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Davey Johnson Will Be Named Washington Nationals Manager, According To Report

The Washington Nationals are acting fast to secure a manager after Jim Riggleman's sudden resignation on Thursday. Riggleman called it quits following the Nationals' sweep of the Seattle Mariners after tensions with the front office boiled over, reportedly because the team was unwilling to discuss contract option. John McLaren was named the interim manager shortly after Riggleman's resignation, but now it appears Davey Johnson will take the reins on a more permanent basis.

According to a report from ESPN, Johnson is expected to be named the manager of the Nationals and will hold the post for the rest of this season and next.

The Washington Nationals will name Davey Johnson as their new manager, according to a source familiar with the situation.

Johnson, 68, will manage the team for the rest of the season and next season, subject to league approval.

Johnson is walking into a good situation, at least in terms of the product on the field. The Nationals are streaking and are back above .500 after the sweep of the Mariners. Though it's unknown how Riggleman's sudden departure and dispute with the front office will affect the psyche of the team, if it will at all, the Nationals have been a pleasant surprise to this point in the season, and Johnson is set up for success as the team's skipper.

Johnson - who has been rumored as a possibility to fill countless managerial vacancies over the years - last managed the Dodgers in 2000. In 1986, he won the World Series as manager of the Mets. He has lately been serving as a senior advisor to general manager Mike Rizzo with the Nationals.

For more on the Nationals' managerial rollercoaster, head over to SB Nation's Federal Baseball.

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John McLaren Temporarily Taking Over As Nationals Manager Following Jim Riggleman's Resignation

Earlier on Thursday, minutes after the Washington Nationals completed a three-game sweep of the Seattle Mariners, manager Jim Riggleman suddenly announced his resignation, as he and the team's front office didn't see eye-to-eye on his contract situation. That left the Nationals in need of finding a new skipper on very short notice, and via Ben Goessling, they opted to stay in-house:

John McLaren will take over as Nationals interim manager.

McLaren had been serving as the Nationals' bench coach, and given his prior managerial experience, he was a pretty obvious choice. But what's interesting here is that the Nats don't intend to let McLaren finish out the year. Rather:

A club source said McLaren will serve as "short-term" manager for the immediate future until an interim skipper can be named for the remainder of the season.

What this suggests is that the Nationals are just buying themselves some time and doing what they can to keep things stable while they look outside the current coaching staff and possibly outside the organization for a more permanent fit. That sucks for McLaren, I guess, but it is what it is.

McLaren, incidentally, was the guy who took over in Seattle in 2007 when Mike Hargrove also suddenly resigned during a hot streak, so for him this isn't an altogether unfamiliar situation. But in Seattle, McLaren was viewed as a potential long-term fit, and kept the job until the middle of 2008, when he was dismissed and replaced by...Jim Riggleman. You know how they say that MLB coaching staffs are always drawing from the same pool of guys? Yeah.

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Jim Riggleman Resigns: Reactions From Around The League

Ben Goessling of MASN was in the Washington Nationals clubhouse right after players found out about Jim Riggleman’s resignation, and he described the scene as ...

... the most surreal I've seen in four years on the beat - and, I'm guessing, one of the more surreal things reporters with many more years of experience than me have seen in a clubhouse.

Goessling then quotes Ryan Zimmerman, Jayson Werth, Jason Marquis, and Drew Storen, who all give a similar reaction of surprised-yet-non-committal ambiguity.

I see both sides of it. I understand. He needs to take care of himself. In the end, it's his decision, and I respect him for it. I don't think anything's going to change.

Buster Olney passes along the feeling that the overwhelming sentiment in baseball -- at least the knee-jerk, instant variety -- seems to be against Riggleman:

The way MANY rival execs looking at this is that Riggleman walking away under contract no different than unhappy player quitting midseason

SI’s Jon Heyman took the opposite view:

makes no sense for #nationals not to pick up riggleman option. clear sign of what his bosses thought of him. i applaud him.

That's missing the "#hinthintyouSIpennypinchers" hash tag, but that probably would have put it over 140 characters. Heyman also offered up this nugget:

riggleman considered quitting a few times earlier. what sent him over edge this time was rizzo even declining to meet w/ him

Scott Miller gets some quotes from Riggleman himself:

"I'm 58," he told reporters in Washington after the resignation. "I'm too old to be disrespected."

... while GM Mike Rizzo took a clear-yet-professional swipe at Riggleman:

I was always taught that one of the cardinal rules of baseball was that no individual can put his interests before those of the team.

And, of course, Riggleman found some comforting words from former Astros and Pirates outfielder, Derek Bell:

It’s about time. You don’t have to take that. You’ll find another job. They’ll be beating down your door. Just shut it down.

Alright, maybe that last quote is made up, but it’s worth noting that Derek Bell never got another job again. I'm thinking Riggleman is probably not going to have a lot of suitors any time soon, but I'd also guess that Riggleman was completely aware that might be the case, and made his decision regardless.

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VIDEO: Jim Riggleman Discusses His Resignation From Nationals

Obviously, the big story on Thursday is that, minutes after watching his team reach a better-than-.500 record by sweeping the Mariners, Washington Nationals manager Jim Riggleman resigned, citing a contract dispute. Riggleman wanted the Nationals to make a commitment to him and pick up his 2012 option, while the Nationals didn't want to do so just yet.

Now, we have some video of Riggleman discussing his decision with the press. Courtesy of MLB.com:

Riggleman explains that he wasn't demanding that the Nationals pick up his option. He just wanted to have a conversation about it with general manager Mike Rizzo, and Rizzo kept declining. It would appear that Rizzo's latest refusal to discuss Riggleman's contract was the last straw. Riggleman had come close to resigning before, and today he finally went through with it.

Riggleman, for his part, certainly seems comfortable with his decision and confident that he did the right thing, even if this means he's unlikely to find another job later on. He just didn't enjoy working with such uncertainty hanging over his head, and whether or not that would be true for everyone, it was true for Riggleman, so he bailed. Now it's on the Nationals to find a replacement in the middle of a surprisingly successful season, with the best candidates being John McLaren and Bo Porter.

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Jim Riggleman Resignation: NL East Managers Dropping Like Flies

The shocking resignation of Washington Nationals manager Jim Riggleman leaves Charlie Manuel of the Philadelphia Phillies as the only manager in the NL East who was managing his team at this time last year. The list of the departed:

Bobby Cox - Braves
The soon-to-be Hall-of-Famer won 2,504 games in a 29-year managerial career for the Atlanta Braves and Toronto Blue Jays. He retired because he was 69 years old and wanted to retire, though it probably would have been a good practical joke to have told Brooks Conrad that his error in the 2010 NLDS made Cox quit in disgust.

Jerry Manuel - Mets
After taking over for Willie Randolph in 2008, Manuel skippered the Mets to the same kind of late-season collapse that Randolph oversaw the season before. Then, following two straight sub-.500 seasons, his contract was not renewed in the 2010 offseason.

Fredi Gonzalez - Marlins
It’s not as if the Marlins were supposed to contend for a pennant last season, but that didn’t stop the Marlins from firing Gonzalez after a 34-36 start. They hired Edwin Rodriguez as the interim manager, and he was made the permanent manager in the 2010 offseason. Rodriguez has since resigned, and been replaced by interim manager Jack McKeon. Little-known fact that hasn’t been getting a lot of attention: Jack McKeon is older than managers usually are.

It seems as if managers are to the NL East as drummers are to Spinal Tap. At least we know that Charlie Manuel would survive a nuclear blast like a cockroach or a Twinkie, so he should be around for a while.

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Jim Riggleman Resigns As Manager Of Washington Nationals

The Washington Nationals are a game over .500, having just swept the Seattle Mariners. This is the latest in the season they’ve been over .500 since 2005, and it took a streak of 11 wins in 12 games to get there.

With that in mind, this comes as a total shock, from MLB.com’s William Ladson:

I just learned that Jim Riggleman has resigned as manager of the #Nats.

When a manager resigns from a team that’s going well, the first inclination is to assume there is some sort of personal reason for doing so. According to Ken Rosenthal, though, the reasons are very much business related:

Riggleman apparently upset that option had not been picked up, upset over way he was treated by Nationals.

Wow. The 58-year-old Riggleman took over as the Nationals skipper in the middle of the 2009 season, taking over for Manny Acta. He had previously managed the Padres, Cubs, and Mariners since 1992.

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