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Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals for The Washington Times.
One thing that got a little lost in the shuffle lat Friday night as the Nationals won their 12th game in their last 13 -- and became one of only six teams to blow three saves in one game and still win -- was that Jerry Hairston Jr. was still livid, six innings later, over his eighth-inning ejection.
Nationals first base coach Dan Radison and Jim Riggleman are very close. "My best friend in the whole world," Radison said Friday and it was clear that Riggleman's decision to resign from his position as Nationals manager Thursday had weighed on him.
Nationals right-hander Chien-Ming Wang will take a monumental step in his tenure for the Washington Nationals on Monday: he will pitch in a professional game.
As John McLaren prepared to manage his first game as the Nationals interim manager Friday evening in Chicago, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo reiterated that it is a short-term solution and the team expects to have a manager in place for the rest of the season soon.
In case anyone forgot, there is actually a baseball game to be played today. Interim manager John McLaren's first lineup is one that doesn't include the pitcher hitting as the Nationals play their second Interleague series of the season.
The Nationals released a statement this afternoon making it official that John McLaren will be the team's interim manager, at least for this weekend. The release does not specify an expiration date on his tenure but every indication is that the Nationals plan to have someone else in place by Monday to manager the remainder of the season. According to a source, Davey Johnson is the top candidate for that position. Here is the full statement from the Nationals:
Yesterday was an interesting day and, in a few hours, the Nationals will play their first game since 2009 without Jim Riggleman in the manager's office. They've got to find some way to move on and from what was said yesterday immediately after the news was dropped on them that was really the only reaction most of the players had -- at least publicly. There are a few things to ponder, though, before the Nationals fully turn the page on the Jim Riggleman era:
Bench coach John McLaren is expected to be named as the team's interim manager for the weekend but sources indicate he may only manage through the series in Chicago and that senior advisor to the general manager Davey Johnson is high on the Nationals list of candidates to manage the rest of the season. Calls to Johnson were not immediately returned.
Plenty of reaction swirling around Nationals Park after Jim Riggleman's shocking resignation Thursday. Here are comments from a couple of players I couldn't fit into the main piece on the departure.
A statement from Mike Rizzo regarding Thursday afternoon's resignation of manager Jim Riggleman.
Here are a few quotes from the clubhouse after Jim Riggleman resigned this afternoon:
Nationals manager Jim Riggleman announced his resignation after today's 1-0 walk-off victory over the Mariners.
The Nationals announced today that outfielder Bryce Harper and right-hander Brad Peacock will be the organization's representatives in this year's MLB Futures Game on July 10, the Sunday before the MLB All-Star break.
Jayson Werth's career as a leadoff hitter is on hold, at least for one game.
On the brim of every cap John Lannan wears on the mound are the letters AA. They're there, in indelible ink, to remind the lanky left-hander of a place he never wants to go back to. It was at this time last year when Lannan was demoted from the major league roster all the way to Double-A Harrisburg, a wakeup call for Lannan and easily the lowest point in his somewhat brief major league career.
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