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Jim Riggleman takes blame for Adam Kennedy's rough season

Adam Kennedy has not had the kind of season he or the Nationals hoped he would when they acquired him this offseason, and Manager Jim Riggleman sees one reason for that: himself.

"I've talked to Adam a few times, and I've made it very clear to him that I take responsibility for his struggles," Riggeman said. "I sat him down for quite a while when [Cristian] Guzman played a lot earlier. I don't think Adam got back into his flow. He was out of sync. I'm not putting that on him. I take responsibility for that."

Kennedy has acknowledged his sporadic playing time has been difficult to overcome. After hitting .289 with a .759 OPS last season, Kennedy is batting .242 with a .637 OPS this year. At second base, his .969 fielding percentage is the lowest of his career.

Kennedy's rust showed Sunday, when he wandered too far off second base while attempting to go from first to third on a single in the ninth inning. His gaffe led a rally-killing out at second.

"All of his mistakes have been of aggressive nature," Riggleman said. "Nothing to look at and say we're not getting good effort. He's got a lot of time to still turn this thing around this year. He's a good player. He's got a lot of good baseball left in him in future years as well. We're thinking it's going to turn around for him."

By Adam Kilgore  |  July 19, 2010; 6:39 PM ET
Categories:  Adam Kennedy , Jim Riggleman  
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Be nice if Riggleman would try playing Morse instead of Guzman 40 or 50 games straight. How about it Man Crush Mode Riggs?

Posted by: periculum | July 19, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Between Riggleman's taking the blame for his players' stupid mistakes and poor play, and his always-look-on-the-bright-side-of-life demeanor in the clubhouse -- no matter how many errors, nor how much bad baseball his team continues to produce -- I am beginning to wonder whether Riggleman is trying to win games as much as he is running for re-election with his players?

The Washington Nationals are looking very comfortable losing games day after day. It is not the Manager's job to make a stress-free environment in the clubhouse and on the field. If anything, it is a Manager's job to keep all 25 players believing that one more bad play is going to cost them a roster spot.

Right now the Nationals have 25 guys who know that, no matter how badly they play, the organization doesn't have anyone better in the Minors; and they know that they are going to be here longer than their Manager; and they know that the absolute worst thing the team can do about it is trade them -- which could only improve their situation.

Mike Rizzo. I hope you are seeing all this.


Kevin Olson
Manassas, VA

Posted by: noslok | July 19, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

All of his mistakes have been of aggressive nature," Riggleman said. Stop Riggleman, how many times will you say that about the mistakes this team makes ?

Posted by: JT2009 | July 19, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Fire Carpenter and Dibble!

Posted by: Badwisky | July 20, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

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