In a shocking development in the nation’s capital, Jim Riggleman quit Thursday as manager of the Washington Nationals.
The Nationals beat the the Seattle Mariners 1-0 on Thursday, completing a three-game sweep. They have won 11 of their previous 12 games.
Riggleman reportedly was upset that the Nationals were not going to pick up the option on his contract.
"Jim told me pregame today that if we wouldn’t pick up his [contract] option that he wouldn’t get on the team bus today," Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said at a news conference after Thursday’s game.
Riggleman’s surprise announcement came as the Nationals have surged to 38-37.
"Jim is a good baseball man," his agent, Burton Rocks, said. "He will manage again. And he will win. The Nationals should have picked up his option sooner rather than later. It rewards a job well done and promotes team chemistry."