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Hot Stone League

Larry Stone gives his take on a wide array of baseball issues and weighs in about the Mariners, too.

June 13, 2009 at 6:56 PM

Is Riggleman headed to the manager’s seat again?

It was June 19, 2008 — one year ago Friday — that John McLaren was fired and replaced by interim manager Jim Riggleman.

Riggleman finished the year with a 36-54 record, hoped for but never got an interview to be full-time manager, and moved on to be Manny Acta’s bench coach with the Washington Nationals.

Now comes a report on Fox.com that with the Nationals floundering at 16-43, by far the worst record in the majors, Acta is on the verge of being fired. And he would be replaced by…Riggleman, who could make a career out of being an interim manager. (Fox’s report has been confirmed on a Twitter by SI.com’s Jon Heyman).

If it happens — and team president Stan Kasten’s “denial” in the Washington Times is tepid, at best — I wish him well. I thought he did a good job with the Mariners under extremely difficult circumstances, bringing a little “tough love” to a team that desperately needed it.

And yes, I just linked to a Twitter (or is that a Tweet?). It’s a brave new world.

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