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Riggleman right for the Nats?

Ending their search for a manager right where it began, the Washington Nationals on Wednesday named Jim Riggleman, their interim manager since July, to the full-time post, according to two sources familiar with the deliberations. The terms were not immediately available, but an announcement is expected Thursday. Read more.

By Jodi Westrick  |  November 12, 2009; 10:04 AM ET  | Category:  Local Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Unlike certain other sports front offices in town, the Nats front office understands that you build a winner with young talent, and young talent benefits from stability. The Nats front office also demonstrates the patience it takes to methodically build up to a championship.

Posted by: jlhare1 | November 12, 2009 10:52 AM

I was concerned they would pick someone else even though Jim did so well after taking over from Manny. Excellent move keeping Jim.

Posted by: chopin224 | November 13, 2009 9:32 AM

I'm not sold on this hire but glad they did not settle on Valentine just to bring in a name (like a certain other Washington team whose name rymes with deadskins would do). Riggleman did hold the players responsible for their play and made defense more of a priority that Acta did so the team did play better. Having watched his tenure with the Cubs I do worry about him destroying the young arms we have. I hope he learned somethings from his time there and hope Rizo keeps a good eye on it to. We don't need to blow out young arms just to win 2-3 more games next year for a team that will probably still be sub .500.

Posted by: crosscheck12 | November 13, 2009 10:21 AM

Riggleman quickly proved he can handle his part, but now National's management needs to give him some talent to manage.

The team needs to invest in a proven, left-handed SP to compliment Strasburg, a slugging OF to get Dunn some pitches to hit, a middle reliever to eat innings and protect leads, and a defensive 2B.

The Nationals could be a competent .500 team by adding these pieces and staying healthy for a change.

These needs are as obvious as when Redskin's fans knew the offensive line was a season-killing problem long before Snyderato (sort of) admitted their failure.

Posted by: clandestinetomcat | November 13, 2009 11:37 AM

This franchise isn't ready to name the manager who will take them to a pennant. It is ready to continue its improvement. Why place a high-priced, high-expectation person an flop again? Riggleman is the two-year answer. This is the "show me" year for the Nats. The have to break into 70 wins or the time-line on success will grow from 6 years to 10 or more. So show me Rig. Good luck.

Posted by: DCSec112 | November 13, 2009 12:48 PM

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