Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo told Bill Ladson of MLB.com that Jim Riggleman will remain the manager of the Nationals next season.
“Yes, he will be back next season. He has done a terrific job,” Rizzo
“He is a terrific baseball manager. He has great respect from his peers
in this game. When the game starts, he is as good as anybody in the
game. He has the respect in the clubhouse. He is a diligent worker and
he is a loyal employee.”
Entering play on Friday, Riggleman has led the Nationals to a 75-96 record since taking over for Manny Acta last July.
After exploring other candidates last offseason, the Nationals officially removed the interim tag from Riggleman last November. Ladson writes that Riggleman was signed to a one-year contract with an option for 2011. That’s not exactly true. According to this report by Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post in April, Riggleman was signed a to two-year contract with an option for 2011, however only one year was guaranteed. The Nationals retained the right to buy out the remainder of his contract after the 2010 season for $100,000.
It doesn’t matter now, though, because it looks like they’ll keep him in the fold.