MLB: Nationals Riggleman Speaks, Tim Lincecum, Arizona Diamondbacks

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Jim Riggleman in His Own Words

I’m not going to report the details of Jim Riggleman’s resignation, if that’s what you are looking for you can get that here. What I will say on this topic is the Nationals structured a deal that effectively kept Riggleman on a year-to-year basis at a salary of $600,000 that ranked among the lowest in the game. It was clear that Jim Riggleman was being used as a curator until such time as the Washington Nationals could contend and he wasn’t going to be disrespected that way. Good for him..

The Nationals have been stockpiling talent for quite some time and the help that is on the way has received much publicity and fanfare. The plan all along was that once the Nationals became contenders, they would bring in a more high profile manager. GM Mike Rizzo new this to be the case, Jim Riggleman new it, the players new it, the beat writers knew it, and for those fans who didn’t realize Riggleman’s contract situation, they now know it too.

A lame duck manager in a team sport that is so franchise building based with so little parody where it’s so hard to go from worst to first overnight simply has no chance of  governing properly in if his players don’t think he will be their boss going forward.  He just can’t, nor should he have to. Good for Jim Riggleman.

Listen to Jim Riggleman himself explain one of the more bizarre midseason managerial moves in baseball history, courtesy of WFAN in NY, as Mike Francesa gives Jim the floor to tell the public what went down in his own words. 

You Were Worried About Tim Lincecum?

The headlines read that Tim Lincecum ended his June slump in electrifying fashion Thursday, striking out 12 and yielding three hits in seven innings as the San Francisco Giants edged the Minnesota Twins, 2-1. In the process the Giants took two of three games from Minnesota, which entered the Interleague series as baseball’s hottest club.

Lincecum is now just 6-6 on the year and had received a lot of press for his poor start, but let’s face it, if a 3.16 ERA with a 1.19 WHIP is a slow start, Giants fans and Fantasy Baseball owners alike have a lot to look forward too.

There are plenty of players in baseball to be worried about, one of them isn’t Tim Lincecum.

In Case You Didn’t Notice, the Arizona Diamondbacks Are In First Place

Miguel Montero and Juan Miranda hit solo homers to back a solid effort from Daniel Hudson, who picked up his ninth victory on Thursday night in Kansas City as the D-Backs swept the Royals to hold onto first place in the NL West.

Thursday’s win was the 15th in the last 19th on the road for the first-place D-backs, who remain a half-game ahead of the Giants. Arizona is 42-34 and making noise in a division that was supposed to be dominated by the World Champion San Francisco Giants and Colorado Rockies except someone forgot to tell that to the Diamondbacks!

There’s nothing better in sports than watching  an underdog who no one gave a chance succeed.

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