Here are a few quotes from the clubhouse after Jim Riggleman resigned this afternoon:
Riggleman: “I’ve talked to Mike in the past about addressing my situation. I just felt it was worthy of a conversation. It’s been brewing for a while. I know I’m not Casey Stengel but i do feel like I know what I’m doing and it’s not a situation where I felt like I should continue on with such a short leash where every little hill and valley is life and death in the game. The game’s not fun that way.
I just wanted to have a conversation about it when we got to Chicago and Mike said he’s not ready. I respect that decision so I said I’m obviously not the person you want to go down that road with.”
“I want to make one thing very clear. I wanted a conversation. I didn’t say ‘Pick up my option or else,’ I said ‘I think it’s worhty of a conversation when we get to Chicago,’ and Mike said ‘We’re not going to do that.’ I think it’s just the way the ball club wants to do business.
“I’ve been doing this 10 years and maybe i’ll never get another opportunity but I promise you I’ll never do it on a one-year deal.”
“There’s probably some (players) who, it’s the best news they could have got today and others who feel, come on, Jim, don’t do that. But it’s about me. Its about looking in the mirror. I’ve got to answer to myself and I was coming to work feeling like in today’s world, in major sports it’s not a good world to work in when a manager is on a short leash. Too many negatives can come out of it. You’re walking on egg shells too often, can’t think out of the box, and I felt, after 10 years I deserved a little bit longer than that.”
Rizzo: “I spoke to Jim immediately after the game and he said nothing had changed. I was very taken aback and surprised by it. It’s disappointing to me, the timing of the decision. This is not thinking of the team first, thinking of personal goals and personal things first and that’s probably what disappoints me most.
Hairston: “I’ve been around a while but I think this is the first time I’ve been on a club where the manager resigned or got fired. This is obviously a new experience for a bunch of us. You hate to see it happen. … But i have respect for Jim Riggleman as a person, as a man, as a manger and I’ve got an awful lot of respect for Mike Rizzo. You never know what goes on behind closed doors.”