(AP Photo. On an unrelated note: Ryan Zimmerman deserves the Gold Glove at third this year.)
Here at The Nationals Enquirer, we generally encourage stretching the truth in the name of a good story or headline. But botching the details - that's a different story.
Zimmerman would like Riggleman to become Nats' full-time skipper
He would? Now, we understand there's often a disconnect between the person writing the headline and the person writing the story, so let's click through, and read on:
Throwing his support behind his interim manager, Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman tells the Baltimore Sun that Jim Riggleman would be a good choice for the full-time job.
Zimmerman said Riggleman is "a terrific in-house candidate ... who's got as good a chance as anybody."
Zim was talking to the Baltimore Sun? Really? Funny, there's nothing about that on the Baltimore Sun online. Seems someone at The Sporting News must've been asleep at the wheel. In fact, the words in quotes - and don't get me wrong, we regularly misuse and abuse quotes ripped from the papers on a daily basis for our own nefarious purposes - belong to Mike Rizzo. Taken in context, Rizzo's words were a lukewarm reminder that Jim Riggleman is at the very least on the list of candidates for the Washington Nationals full-time managerial gig. Here's the quote from Rizzo, courtesy of MLB dot com:
"Like I said in the past, we have a terrific in-house candidate in Jim Riggleman, who has as good a chance as anybody to become the manager for the Washington Nationals. The search is going to begin a little more seriously in the very near future."
(Mike Rizzo, via MLB dot com, 10/15/2009)
So, there's no ringing endorsement for Riggles from Ryan Zimmerman.
But maybe more importantly for Jim Riggleman, there's no ringing endorsement from Mike Rizzo, either.