Jim Riggleman discusses his resignation with Mike Salk
Jun 23, 2011, 3:44 PM | Updated: 7:05 pm
By Brady Henderson
Jim Riggleman joined Mike Salk on The Doug Gottlieb Show on ESPN Radio and discussed his decision to resign as manager of the Washington Nationals shortly after his team’s 1-0 win over the Mariners on Thursday.
Riggleman, whose contract included a team option for 2012, said he was happy in Washington and requested a meeting with Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo in the spring and again on Thursday to discuss his future with the team.
“Mike said, ‘No, we’re not going to have that conversation,’ ” Riggleman said. “And so I felt, you know, if it’s not even worthy of a conversation then I’m obviously maybe not the person they want to move forward here with.”
Riggleman was reportedly making $600,000 on a one-year deal, the same amount he would make next year if the Nationals were to pick up his option. He said money wasn’t the issue, rather a desire for some sense of job security.
Riggleman, who took over as the Mariners manager when John McLaren was fired during the 2008 season, said it is difficult to operate as a “lame-duck” manager.
“Your word does not mean as much in that clubhouse. It doesn’t carry as much weight,” he said. “Issues that need to be addressed are much tougher to address when some elements of the club are looking at you like you’re not going to be here long anyway.”
You can listen to the interview here.