Nationals expected to bring Jim Riggleman back next season

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They have yet to make it official, but Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that “there are strong indications emerging from the organization” that Jim Riggleman will return as Nationals manager next season.

“We haven’t announced a final call, but we’ve made a definite decision,”
General Manager Mike Rizzo said tonight. “We haven’t made an
announcement to him or to the public.”

The interim tag was removed when Riggleman signed a two-year contract last November, but the Nationals have the option to buy out the remainder of his contract for $100,000.

Entering Saturday’s action, Riggleman has led the Nationals to a 95-127 record (.427) since taking over for Manny Acta last July. There are going to be many managerial openings within the next few weeks, but don’t expect Washington to be one of the musical chairs.