Riggleman to be retained as manager

The Nationals are expected to announce by the end of this week that Jim Riggleman will be retained as manager, according to a baseball source.

Last offseason, Riggleman signed a two-year deal, but only 2010 was guaranteed. The team could have bought him out after this season.

Washington is 63-88 and has improved from last season, when it went 59-103. It was Riggleman who brought accountability back into the Nationals’ clubhouse for the first time since Frank Robinson managed the club from 2002-06.

Riggleman replaced Manny Acta as manager of the Nationals after the All-Star break last season. The club went 33-42 and finished the year on a seven-game winning streak.

This is Riggleman’s fourth managerial stint, after leading the Padres, Cubs and Mariners. His best season as a skipper was in 1998, when he guided the Cubs to the playoffs after they won a National League Wild Card tiebreaker over the Giants. The team lost to the Braves in the NL Division Series, 3-0.

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