Was Jim Riggleman justified in quitting? No.
He had a commitment to the Nationals players and he walked away from that mid-year. Unless there were serious health issues involved, it's unacceptable.
The only other exception, perhaps, is what happened with Orioles' pitching coach Mark Connor, who resigned earlier this month because he didn't feel he could continue to give his all in the position and recognized that wasn't fair to the players. That's not the case with Riggleman, who wanted a longer commitment.
Still, I'm sure there is more to this than just a simple extension dispute. At least one person who knows Riggleman well said he must have been exceptionally ticked off at management to abandon a game he's loved for so long. That's totally out of character for a baseball lifer.
He quit on team
The Morning Call
Jim Riggleman had a beef with Washington Nationals management. He should have continued to pursue it with his bosses. He should not have quit on his team. We've chastised players for doing it. Yes, they make a lot more money than managers, but what's wrong for one is wrong for the other.
Now, let's not get crazy. Riggelman is going to have a hard time finding another major league managing job because of this moment of poor judgment. But if Michael Vick and Plaxico Burress can get another job in their business, so, too, should Riggleman.
A higher standard
Los Angeles Times
If the players can pout and whine and complain about their contract situations, frequently taking the team down with them, why can't the guy who is actually in charge of the team do the same? Why can't managers be selfish?
The answer should be obvious: Because they're supposed to be the leaders. Should they get paid more? Probably. But so should teachers. Managers and head coaches are rightly held to a higher standard than players — just as parents are held to a higher standard than their children.
When you think about it, it's basically the same relationship. If Jim Riggleman didn't want the job, he shouldn't taken it. But once he did, he should have fulfilled the terms of the contract.
Who knows for sure?
Dave van Dyck
Would most people quit their jobs if they weren't shown love by bosses? Probably not. But Jim Riggleman is no innocent newcomer to baseball's inner workings. He's been manager before, he's been interim manager before, and he's been fired from all of them.
So there's nothing wrong with a 59-year-old lifer taking a gamble and pushing in all his chips while he's on a hot streak for that once-in-a-lifetime jackpot. His bluff was called, which likely means he wouldn't have returned next season anyhow.
At least he went out his way, forcing the issue instead of being forced out. Was he justified? Who knows? Did he feel he was justified? Yes.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun