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Washington Nationals manager Jim Riggleman announced his resignation after Thursday's 1-0 walk-off victory over the Seattle Mariners at Nationals Park.
Washington Nationals manager Jim Riggleman abruptly resigned from one of the hottest teams in baseball Thursday, saying he felt the franchise wasn't committed to him over the long term.
Nationals Park turned from celebration to chaos Thursday afternoon, leaving the Washington Nationals without a manager and acid-tongued comments flying through the thick air.
Nationals manager Jim Riggleman abruptly resigned following Washington's 1-0 victory over Seattle on Thursday afternoon.
The Washington Nationals were without their best player, third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, for 58 of their first 72 games. Their No. 5 hitter, first baseman Adam LaRoche, played 43 games and batted .172 with a torn shoulder muscle before having season-ending surgery. Their $126 million offseason acquisition, right fielder Jayson Werth, has 16 fewer RBI than their rookie second baseman, Danny Espinosa.
Two months ago — maybe even two weeks ago — a game like the one the Nationals played against the Orioles on Friday night would have been out of reach after Baltimore's fourth run crossed home plate. While the Nationals pitching and defense have been their strong suits this season, it was no secret that their offense lagged behind.
Of all of the unattractive stats that have marked the Washington Nationals offense this season, one of the most confounding was their inability to produce with runners in scoring position.
Sitting behind the desk in the visiting manager's office at Nationals Park, Tony La Russa studied the Nationals' batting order for Wednesday's game against his St. Louis Cardinals. For the fourth consecutive time, Washington manager Jim Riggleman defied conventional wisdom by batting his pitcher eighth and a position player ninth - in this case, shortstop Ian Desmond.
After the Washington Nationals' dramatic comeback Tuesday night, Michael Morse appeared in a television interview with the words "beast mode" sprawled in bold across the front of his shirt.