Top Nine reasons why Jim Riggleman resigned

Jim Riggleman shockingly resigned yesterday as the manager of the Washington Nationals moments after his team had defeated the Mariners in a walkoff, 1-0, and winning for the 11th time in 12 games. He leaves the Nationals above .500 at 38-37.

“I’m 58,” Riggleman said. “I’m too old to be disrespected.” In that case he shouldn’t read this column or any other about his decision.

Here are the Top Nine reasons why Jim Riggleman resigned:

  1. His record as Minister of Finance for Greece speaks for itself.
  2. “Who needs the Washington Nationals? The Washington Generals are my team!”
  3. Managing interferes with his plans to go on a three-hour tour with the Skipper and Mary Ann.
  4. Was told he always has a job with Frank McCourt.
  5. Meet the new manager of the Newt Gingrich campaign team
  6. Plans to tour under the anagramatic pseudonym “Jam Riming Leg”
  7. Not used to teams that win, wants to manage the Astros.
  8. Wants to market his trademarked phrase, “Pulling a Riggleman.”
  9. Wanted more time to hang with Bieber.
  10. “I didn’t say I wanted to resign, I said I wanted to re-sign, re-sign!”

ESPN Baseball Tonight discussed the Nationals on Wednesday night:

The Riggleman record speaks for itself:

Rk Year Tm Lg G W L W-L% Finish
1 1992 San Diego Padres NL 2nd of 2 12 4 8 .333 3
2 1993 San Diego Padres NL 162 61 101 .377 7
3 1994 San Diego Padres NL 117 47 70 .402 4
4 1995 Chicago Cubs NL 144 73 71 .507 3
5 1996 Chicago Cubs NL 162 76 86 .469 4
6 1997 Chicago Cubs NL 162 68 94 .420 5
7 1998 Chicago Cubs NL 163 90 73 .552 2
8 1999 Chicago Cubs NL 162 67 95 .414 6
9 2008 Seattle Mariners AL 2nd of 2 90 36 54 .400 4
10 2009 Washington Nationals NL 2nd of 2 75 33 42 .440 5
11 2010 Washington Nationals NL 162 69 93 .426 5
12 2011 Washington Nationals NL 74 37 37 .500 3
San Diego Padres 3 years 291 112 179 .385 4.7
Chicago Cubs 5 years 793 374 419 .472 4.0
Seattle Mariners 1 year 90 36 54 .400 4.0
Washington Nationals 3 years 311 139 172 .447 4.3
12 years 1485 661 824 .445 4.3
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/24/2011.