2011 Baseball Preview

Meet the Washington Nationals

Jim Riggleman

Jim Riggleman

The Rockville native has said he manages baseball games by a "what-if philosophy" — he plans for the worst so he is prepared for it. Warm up an extra reliever. Tell a lefty and righty to prepare to pinch-hit. Purposefully, he makes himself insecure. This season, he will be forced a different form of insecurity. General Manager Mike Rizzo has professed confidence in Riggleman, but he has not exercised Riggleman's option for the 2012 season, leaving Riggleman open to speculation should the Nationals start slow or struggle later in the season. Riggleman is 102-135 in his 237-game Nationals tenure, which doesn't sound good until you compare it to the Nationals' 82-155 record in the 237 games before he took over. Like any baseball team, the Nationals' talent will determine their record. It may also determine Riggleman's future.

By Adam Kilgore - The Washington Post. Published March 29, 2011.