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Nationals Manager Resigns After Contract Dispute

Jim Riggleman surprised everyone when he resigned today, just a day after the Nationals 1-0 win over Seattle which put the team over .500.

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Nothing like killing morale.  The Washington Nationals have been very successful over their last few games and have even crept over .500 and into third place in the NL East.  This is huge for a team that has been swimming at the bottom of the league since day one.  Instead of celebrating his success, manager Jim Riggleman took this opportunity to negotiate for his 2012 contract option.  The team declined.

So Riggleman, in a bold move, gave his resignation.  This was a shock to everyone following the win over Seattle. Nat’s GM Mike Rizzo said that Riggleman won’t be traveling with the team to Chicago for a Friday game against the White Sox.  They have yet to name a interim manager.

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