Long time Traveler Riggleman resigns as manager of Nationals
Former Arkansas Travelers player and manager Jim Riggleman has effectively resigned as manager of the Washington Nationals as of Thursday, June 23rd. The move reportedly came as a result of contract disagreements between he and GM Mike Rizzo.
Riggleman, 56, played for the Travelers on and off from 1977-1981, hitting .285 with 32 homeruns in 343 total games with Arkansas. He later managed the Travelers from 1985 through the first half of 1988, compiling a 233-237 record. He led the Travelers to the playoffs in ‘85, but the team lost in the first round.
Riggleman took over the Nationals as interim manager in 2009 before being named acting manager for the 2010 season when Washington went 69-93. However, the Nationals have done much better this season under Riggleman’s leadership, going 38-37.