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Jim Riggleman praises pitching staff

At about 10:30 this morning, the Nationals pitching staff -- all 15 of members -- crammed into Manager Jim Riggleman's office. The manager went over some small details about infield positioning and the importance of helping out young infielders like Danny Espinosa and Ian Desmond.

And then, he said later, Riggleman went out of his way to let them know he appreciated their contribution this season. The bullpen especially has carried a heavy burden, throwing more innings than any other team's relievers aside from the Pirates. And yet, their ERA as a group is 3.48, seventh in the league.

"We constantly are talking about how position players play hard and give great effort," Riggleman said. "We sometimes forget pitchers are pitching with sore arms and aches and pains also. It was just a message to them that their work is not going unnoticed."

By Adam Kilgore  |  September 12, 2010; 12:35 PM ET
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Not to read too much into this, but it certainly comes off like a farewell address.

Posted by: BinM | September 12, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't mind him calling players into his office now and then and telling them to win some games. Tired of hearing about great efforts - I just haven't seen it since May 15.

Posted by: dlombardo1 | September 12, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Agreed, dlombardo1. Great effort just ain't feedin' the bulldog anymore. Even so modest a goal as 70 wins looks like it's slipping away no matter how hard everybody tries.

Posted by: wartown1 | September 12, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

He is on pace to lost 95 games, 8 less than last year. So something may be a bit better but I wouldn't be praising guys that has such a crappy record.

Sorry Riggelman needs to go and we need to get someone that praises players when they get good results.

Way too much praising in the Riggelman era, it reminds me of 12 year-old little league in which you praise the kids even if they did something crappy. Sorry this is instilling a notion to losers that they are doing ok.

Posted by: Golfersal | September 12, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

The two major offseason additions Marquis(winner of 2 games and Capps(traded for our future catcher) have had very little impact on this team's record. Yet we have broken in 2 rookies(Desmond and Bernadina) as well as 2 pitchers(Strasburg and Storen)and the team is obviously much better than at this time last year. So to the fools calling for a new manager I say,SHUT UP AND START PAYING ATTENTION

Posted by: wellscats | September 12, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

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