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Ex-Nationals manager Jim Riggleman wants back in

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08:52 AM ET 10.07 | Jim Riggleman could have been overseeing the Washington Nationals 2012 season and postseason. That he is not stems from Riggleman's abrupt resignation as manager in June 2011 after he had guided the Nationals past the .500 mark with their 11th win in 12 games. This season, the Nationals put Washington in the postseason for the first time since 1933, when the Senators -- who in 1961 became the Minnesota Twins -- played here. While the Nationals prospered, Riggleman occupied himself managing the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, the Cincinnati Reds' Class AA club in Florida. It kept him busy, but after two decades of managing and coaching for seven major league teams, he wants to return to that level, regardless of the fact that he walked away. That may not be an easy task. Riggleman's departure from Washington was a stunning and widely criticized move, coming as it did at midseason.

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October 7, 2012  08:59 AM ET

It's one thing to complain about not having a contract for the next season...

But it's something entirely different to Walk Away from a team mid-season.

Good Luck getting back into where you were with that behind you.

October 7, 2012  09:34 AM ET

More players and coachs should do it. If the GM can't do the real job and sign contracts then that should cause them some pain.

October 7, 2012  10:54 AM ET

I imagine those long bus rides, cheaper hotels, and less money would get anybody thinking if they had experience the good life of a MLB manager.

October 7, 2012  10:59 AM ET

Riggleman was a joke as a Major League Manager. I actually feel bad for the Double A team that is undoubtedly being influenced by a **** as commander. Fire his sulking, losing, pandering, ineffective **** We need true leaders leading our future big league studs.

October 7, 2012  11:05 AM ET

Boston Awaits, keep the Chicken Warm, The Beer Cold and your dog dam mouth shut and do it our Way!!! Dustin

October 7, 2012  11:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Boston Awaits, keep the Chicken Warm, The Beer Cold and your dog dam mouth shut and do it our Way!!! Dustin

And we will pick out your coaches for you as well, this way they can also turn on you!!!

October 7, 2012  11:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

More players and coachs should do it. If the GM can't do the real job and sign contracts then that should cause them some pain.

Disagree...

GM was taking a wait & see approach.

As far as Jim goes - he's not the first Manager to be working on the last year of his contract... but he is one of the very few to walk out mid-season.

October 7, 2012  11:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Boston Awaits, keep the Chicken Warm, The Beer Cold and your dog dam mouth shut and do it our Way!!! Dustin

I like it.

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October 7, 2012  06:36 PM ET

guess he would likely replace the current reds manager should he do that???

October 7, 2012  06:59 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Riggleman screwed up. He walked out on his team, his players. Who would want him?

the reds are about to be managerless with baker in the illness shelf nothing good can be expected remember father times never forgets and never forgives,,,,

October 7, 2012  07:02 PM ET

the colorado rockies should get a new manager,
the pitsburg pirates should get a new manager,
the astros should get a new manager,
the marlins should replace their current manager with the owner in the front seat,
the twins should clean their house and a new manager should be in their plans,,

October 7, 2012  07:46 PM ET

The Reds have plenty of options If Baker does retire. Riggleman is not one of them. Riggleman might have to accept a coaching position with a MLB team and earn a manager spot in a few years

October 7, 2012  07:50 PM ET

Wiseup: Colorado will need a new manager.Tracey Resigned Sun 10/7. I guess he rsigned before he was fired.

October 7, 2012  07:53 PM ET

actually Riggleman did the nationals a favor. He got out of the way so nats could hire a real manager in Davey Johnson.

October 7, 2012  09:39 PM ET

There have been a lot of Manager jobs availible since Riggleman walked away... Have't heard his name mentioned for any of them... Hope Rigglemans Resume is up-to-date since there is a rumore in the niegborhood that there is going to be a Full-Time Manager opening at the local KFC.

October 7, 2012  09:45 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Riggleman screwed up. He walked out on his team, his players. Who would want him?

And after this first big win, who needs him??

 
October 7, 2012  09:46 PM ET

this guy would be perfect for Colorado. Lets not forget the issue for Riggleman and the Senators, he did a good job there and they didn't want to give him a contract.

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