It's official: Riggleman will return

Nationals Manager Jim Riggleman has gone 102-135 since taking over during 2009.
Nationals Manager Jim Riggleman has gone 102-135 since taking over during 2009. (John Mcdonnell)
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By Adam Kilgore
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The Washington Nationals announced the return of Manager Jim Riggleman for the 2011 season, making official what had been widely assumed and reported at the end of the regular season.

The Nationals went 69-93 this year, making Riggleman's record 102-135 with Washington since taking over midway through 2009 on an interim basis.

Barring a contract extension, Riggleman will work next year without 2012 guaranteed. Riggleman signed a two-year contract last winter with a club option for 2012. The Nationals could have bought out Riggleman for a relatively paltry $100,000 this offseason, but General Manager Mike Rizzo chose to bring him back.

While defending his players and expressing constant optimism in public, Riggleman has developed a far more disciplinarian reputation inside the Nationals clubhouse.

Riggleman's entire coaching staff will return as well.

Nationals note: The Nationals are set to unveil changes to their uniforms on Nov. 10 at Nationals Park. The team will hold a fashion show event at the stadium, and will show off at least three styles of uniforms.

Among the changes: The gold accents and gold trim reportedly will be purged from the new uniforms, and the block letter Nationals on the home jersey will be replaced with a script Nationals.

- Dan Steinberg

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