1st there was Edwin Rodriguez who quit on the Florida Marlins after suffering thru a 1-18 June and now we have Jim Riggleman quitting on the Washington Nationals while the team is playing some of the best baseball they have EVER played.
I can’t condone quitting of any type but in the case of Rodriguez you can probably argue the team was no longer responding him and it was time to move on (still he should have let the team fire him instead of quitting).
As for Riggleman, this kat resigned from the Nationals after they had a great win and again they have been playing some great baseball. The team seems like it is finally coming together and everything is clicking for them; and they are doing this while they have some GREAT prospects flying through their minor league systems.
So why would Riggleman quit what looks to be a great situation??
Apparently Riggleman was upset that the Nationals were not picking up his 2012 option until further discussion at the end of the season. Riggleman wanted more security and the Nationals were not hearing that, so Riggleman quit.
He quit on every player that played hard everyday for him and he in my opinion committed the most selfish act! Baseball is a game where sacrifice is key and it is not about one players stats; unfortunately Riggleman let his stats get in the way.
What would we (fans) ever do if an athlete decided in mid-season that since his team failed to pickup his contract option that he would just stop playing and resign?
The media and fans would criticize that player until there was no end!
If Riggleman gets a new job, I wonder if he would support his players when they complain about their contracts.
If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!