F-A-Natic Fridays – Jim Riggleman, Another Punk Ass Manager

So we have another MLB manager quitting on his team in mid-season; WTH is going on!  What happened to managers showing their players that giving up is not the thing to do, no matter what.

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.

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!

Militant Mondays – Former Marlins Manager Edwin Rodriguez Quits!!

With the Florida Marlins struggling and free-falling to the bottom of the National League East with a 1-18 record in June; manager Edwin Rodriguez did the unthinkable when he suddenly resigned Sunday.  According to ownership Rodriguez was not in danger of losing his job and his resignation was apparently a surprise to ownership.

Last year on June 23rd the Marlins named Edwin Rodriguez as the 1st Puerto Rican-born manager in major league history; unfortunately he could not last at least 1 year.

Rodriguez quitting is something you just don’t do in sports!! 

A reputation like quitting is something that can follow for the rest of your career; who can forget when Scottie Pippen refused to go back into the game when the final play was not called for him.  Even though the Marlins were struggling Rodriguez should have stuck it out; let the Marlins fire you.  At least then no one would ever challenge his mental.

Being the 1st Puerto Rican-born manager comes with responsibility, could you imagine if Frank Robinson (1st Black Manager in Baseball) would have quit?

Hopefully Rodriguez quitting does not have a negative affect on future Puerto Rican-born players with aspirations of managing when their careers are over; as for Rodriguez if he has any future ideas of managing I think he will find it difficult to get another shot.  He had a chance to lead the Marlins into a new era as they would have been moving into a new stadium next season, this will be an exciting time for the Marlins but now Rodriguez will miss out on that.  They have great young talent poised to have an impact in the NL East, good luck finding a new job Edwin Rodriguez!!

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!