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.