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