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Riggleman news conference

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By Alexa Steele  |  November 12, 2009; 2:30 PM ET
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Put me in the "Riggleman is fine" ilk. Not exactly an inspired choice. The "local-boy-as-caretaker while we wait for 2012" looks like the storyline to me.

Congrats to Zimm on a well-deserved award. "We need more Zimmermans."

Posted by: BobLHead | November 12, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

After watching the presser, I have to admit that Riggs is kinda growing on me. Hope that our guys will come out of the gate and really go after it next year.

I was hoping that Zimmerman might be at the presser, too. Wonder whether he'll pick up any more hardware tonight? Eh, no sense being greedy, I guess.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | November 12, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Congrats to Riggs. First order of business: Cross your fingers Friday as Bryce Harper takes his GED exam.

Posted by: Drew8 | November 12, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

>mediocrity, jim riggleman is thine face and name.

Posted by: surly_w

It's almost like endorsing 90 losses.

Posted by: Brue | November 12, 2009 2:51 PM


I'm totally underwhelmed by the Nats bringing back a caretaker manager who is going to lose his 700th regular-season game before he comes anywhere close to winning his 600th game. Back in the 60's and '70s, Riggleman would have gotten one, or at the most two. shots at managing an MLB with that kind of record. He fits in with mediocrities like Elvin Tappe, Mel McGaha, Charlie Metro, Solly Hemus, Billy Hitchcock, Billy Jurges, Lefty Phillips, Don Gutteridge, Kerby Farrell, Joe Schultz, Harry Walker, Frank Luchessi, Preston Gomez, Mike Ferraro and that non=lamented ilk. Mike and the Lerners, way to go for a bunt single when you needed to clear the bases. .

Posted by: leetee1955 | November 12, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

I'm in the same boat as you, BobL. A yankee fan friend asked me what i thought about riggleman and the beset i could offer was a, "meh." He's fine, uninspired, but ok. If it was him or valentine, i'm happier with Riggleman. but I don't think he'll be the manager when this team finally contends, regardless of what year that is.

Posted by: sec231 | November 12, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Questions that needed to be asked

...Past years this team has come out of Spring Training flat, unprepared and without focus. What are you going to do differently this spring to make sure the team is ready to play come April.

....Past two years this has been the worst fielding team in baseball. What are you going to do to address this problem.

.....Past 3 years this team could not bunt, hit and run, run the bases, move runners over, hit cut off men, in short they looked like they did not have a clue what solid fundamental baseball looks like. What are you going to do to fix this problem?

Posted by: JayBeee | November 12, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Follow up Question.....High School players can play fundamentally sound does not take talent it takes work. Do the Nats have the talent to bunt and hit cut off men?

Posted by: JayBeee | November 12, 2009 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Second Follow up Question....Who is was responsible for Dukes getting picked off last year time after time. Is the First Base Coach doing his job?

Posted by: JayBeee | November 12, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

>Follow up Question.....High School players can play fundamentally sound does not take talent it takes work. Do the Nats have the talent to bunt and hit cut off men?

Posted by: JayBeee

Well, they've got a high school manager now.

Posted by: Brue | November 12, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

more jimmy riggs comps as managers. all "solid baseball guys." all with losing career records........

johnny pesky, billy herman, butch hobson, grady hatton, dave bristol, bob scheffing, harry craft, jim marshall, joey amalfitano, lee elia, jim lefebvre, russ nixon, bob boone, jerry narron, bob lillis, gene lamont, vern rapp, wes westrum, charlie fox, phil regan, cal ripken sr., ray miller, les moss, jeff torborg, terry bevington, ken aspromonte, jor adcock, johnny lipon, dave garcia, bobby winkles, doc edwards, buddy bell, larry parrish, luis (not albert) pujols, ed lopat, heywood sullivan, tony muser, billy gardner, hal mcrae, cookie lavagetto, frank quillici, steve boros, jackie moore, rene lachemann, chuck cottier, del crandall, bill plummer, larry rothschild, roy hartsfield, bobby mattick, doug rader, buck martinez, john gibbons

Posted by: surly_w | November 12, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Were you out of the country from the All-Star break until the end of the season? Did you not see the team improve their fundamentals under Riggleman?

Riggleman rarely had any talent to work with in his previous managerial stints, so judging him on that record is flawed. If that's the only criteria, how did Manny just get hired?

The current Nats responded to Riggleman last year, he got the job for 2010 because he earned it.

Posted by: dabagley | November 12, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

if by 'improve their fundementals' you mean 'signed Nyjer Morgan' then yes. Everyone got that.

Without Morgan the team enjoyed the same splendid record under Riggleman and Acta.

Posted by: soundbloke | November 12, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Not impressed nor depressed with the dropping of rhe Riggs interim tag.

However I will be depressed if......, its basically the same 25 from 09 being trotted out of Viera on 5 April 2010.

Lets see I have heard Granderson, Phillips, Arroyo, O-Dog, Pudge, could be Nats targets, if they got one out of that bunch it would be an improvement.

Posted by: TippyCanoe | November 12, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Don't know much about Riggleman but he does look like he'd punch someone in the mouth, which is more than I can say for any other DC Sports Team Coach and fine by me.

Hope he does well and hope the Lerners get him some players.

Posted by: kahlua87 | November 12, 2009 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Silver Slugger for Zimm!!!! YES!!!

Posted by: big_game_lannan | November 12, 2009 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Seriously? Great news if so!

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | November 12, 2009 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Nats' site says Zim wins both gold and silver! Major congrats.

Posted by: HALjr | November 12, 2009 6:38 PM | Report abuse

from espn: reports today that the Washington Nationals are interested in two free agent shortstops -- Alex Gonzalez and Adam Everett.

If they acquire one, it signals the end of Cristian Guzman's days at shortstop, at least in Washington, which ahs been the rumor since before the season ended last month.

Posted by: sec231 | November 12, 2009 10:16 PM | Report abuse

I can't wait for...........say around June when the Indians are about 20 games under .500 and the beat writer for the Cleve.Plain Dealer writes i can't believe this guy(Acta) is a major league manager and a collective "told ya" is heard from posters of this blog.

Posted by: dargregmag | November 12, 2009 11:31 PM | Report abuse

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