Riggleman resigns: How the day went down

On Thursday the Nationals swept the Mariners to improve to 38-37. The win put them over .500 on the season for the first time since April 20, when they were 9-8. Shortly after the game, though, it was announced that Jim Riggleman had resigned as manager. Here's the play-by-play of the bizarre day:


12:15 p.m.

Riggleman tells Mike Rizzo he wants to talk about his contract when the team gets to Chicago. Rizzo declines; Riggleman says he won't get on the team bus after the game.

3:40 p.m.

Laynce Nix hits a sacrifice fly
in the ninth inning to complete a sweep of the Mariners, earning the Nats their 11th win in the past 12 games.

4:10 p.m.

Burt Rocks, Riggleman's agent, tells reporters at Nationals Park that his client is resigning.

4:11 p.m.

Rizzo explains to reporters that "you certainly can't make that decision in a knee-jerk reaction. It's too big of a decision to be put in that position."

4:15 p.m.

Riggleman tells reporters uncertainty has kept him on a "short leash," saying "I know I'm not Casey Stengel, but I feel like I know what I'm doing."