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Long-term contracts are for winners

Sunday, March 20, 2011; 8:32 PM

Hall of Fame Dodgers manager Walt Alston got along pretty well with 23 one-year contracts, taking teams in Brooklyn and Los Angeles to seven World Series. Yet Jason Reid ["Time to show Riggleman he's part of the future," Sports, March 18] wants to give a long-term contract to someone with a .442 career winning percentage.

By all accounts Jim Riggleman has done a fine job bringing along the young Washington Nationals players. But he has yet to demonstrate the acumen to be a consistent winner. Watching his old-school approach to the importance of on-base percentage, caught stealing and bunting leaves some doubt as to whether he can take the new, improved Nats to the next level. I look forward to seeing some results.

Bill Grewe, Alexandria

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