Wire Taps: Washington Nationals' Skipper Search - Day One, Jim Riggleman Out, Who's In?

• Programming Notes: So...big win yesterday? The Washington Nationals' 1-0 win over the Seattle Mariners gave the Nats three-straight wins and curly-W's in 11 of the last 12. Now the Nats continue Interleague play in Chicago, where they send Jordan Zimmermann to the hill in U.S. Cellular Field against White Sox' right-hander Edwin Jackson. The Nationals meet struggling slugger Adam Dunn for the first time since he signed as a free agent in Chicago. Are you ready for the inevitable "Shake n Bake" calls when he goes yard on one of the Nats? Or will it be Y-Dunn-K-Y? when he goes down swinging? Let's be serious though, the story for the next few days unless something dramatic happens on the field, is going to be the departure of Jim Riggleman and the Nationals' search for a new skipper. The game tonight should at least provide NatsTown a break from the speculation...MASN HD, MLB.tv, 106.7 the FAN in D.C., 1500 WFED, Sirius/XM channel 180. It's an 8:10 start, 8:10 everyone, Who's Watching the Nationals? 

• LINKS AND LINKS AND...

• NATS BEAT: 

• "'It’s not going to change anything in here (clubhouse). We’re the ones that have been making pitches and hitting balls and winning balls games.'" - Jayson Werth"Nationals players react to Riggleman resignation" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "Standing in the middle of a dead-silent locker room, Riggleman’s voice was calm, even and precisely aimed." - "Jim Riggleman leaves post with Nats over contract dispute" - Nathan Fenno, Washington Times

• "Riggleman said he and Werth disagreed on a number of decisions early, but in the last month, the manager felt like his relationship with Werth had improved drastically." - "How Jim Riggleman got to the point of resigning" - Ben Goessling, MASNSports.com

• "Truth be told, Riggleman's dissatisfaction with his job standing was not a surprise to those who know him." - "Riggleman's career-killing move" - Mark Zuckerman, CSN Washington.com

• "Knorr, a Minor League manager dating back to 2005, also has the distinction of managing Ryan Zimmerman, Drew Storen and Stephen Strasburg before they reached the big leagues." - "Rizzo must decide on manager" - Bill Ladson, All Nats All the Time

• "'Until you’ve won, there’s an almost an assumption, ‘We’ve got to see if this guy knows what he’s doing.’" - "Assorted thoughts on Jim Riggleman’s resignation" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "Their new ballpark is meh, their teams a combined 146 games under .500 since arriving seven years ago and their support in D.C. best described by the rows of empty seats behind the plate that end up on television nightly." - "Riggleman was pushed one too many times" - Jeff Passan, Yahoo! Sports

• "'(Riggleman) wanted the meeting to just be the two of them, no agents and no lawyers. He wanted a serious meeting between two friends. Rizzo told him that wasn't going to happen.'" - "Riggleman's agent: Rizzo would not discuss extension" - Byron Kerr, MASNSports.com

• "'I know what the right thing to do is,' Riggleman said. 'You don’t keep a manager on a one-year deal in major league baseball.'" - "Jim Riggleman resigns as Nationals manager immediately after a win" - Dave Sheinin. The Washington Post

• "Naming McLaren as an interim manager seemingly indicates that the Nationals plan to find the manager for the rest of the season from somewhere other than the current coaching staff." - "John McLaren gets Nats' coaching job on interim basis" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "I see both sides of it. I understand. He needs to take care of himself. In the end, it's his decision, and I respect him for it." - Drew Storen on Riggleman - "Stunned Nationals players react to Riggleman's resignation" - Ben Goessling, MASNSports.com

• "A normally low-key, quiet person, it was easy to see that this issue had been bothering Riggleman for a long time." - "Jim Riggleman steps down as Nationals manager after Thursday's win" - Bill Ladson, Jeff Seidel, nationals.com: News

• "In Rizzo, Riggleman couldn’t have found a worse boss to nag about a new deal or one who would respond worse to his lobbying in the media (me included) for help." - "Jim Riggleman proves he wasn’t the man to manage the Nationals" - Thomas Boswell, The Washington Post

• "...in the past few weeks internal (and younger) alternatives have emerged in the form of Henry Rodriguez, Ryan Mattheus and Collin Balester..." - "Coffey futures" - Phil Wood, MASNSports.com

• ""Whether the good times resume in the near future — beginning Friday against the Chicago White Sox — Thursday felt like a death in the family." - "SNYDER: Riggleman's future wasn't with Nats" - Deron Snyder, Washington Times

• "'Big hit by Nix,' Werth said. 'Big sacrifice fly by Laynce to give us the ballgame. Once again, the pitching was good.'" - "Seattle Mariners at Washington Nationals: Capital gains: Nats earn sweep on walk-off" - Jeff Seidel, MLB.com WSH Recap

• "The Nationals are very high on Knorr as a manager within their system. He has moved up from Single-A Potomac to Double-A Harrisburg and now to the Chiefs in the past three seasons." - "Knorr says he hasn't been contacted for Nats' skipper post" - Byron Kerr, MASNSports.com

• "He gave me every opportunity to play in the big leagues and succeed. I thank him for that." - Ian Desmond on Jim Riggleman - "Nationals' clubhouse reacts to Riggleman resigning" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "The Nationals moved McLaren into the role largely out of convenience, though, and plan on making another in-house candidate their manager for the duration of the season." - "Nationals put John McLaren in charge for now but plan on finding another interim replacement" - Adam Kilgore, he Washington Post

• "Mike Rizzo intends to name a true interim manager within the next few days, letting that person run the show for the remainder of the season." - "Now what?" - Mark Zuckerman, NatsInsider.com

• "But just when it seemed the Nationals had finally become the talk of baseball for something good, their more tabloid-friendly side came out again." - "Rizzo and Riggleman draw lines, Nationals once again make headlines" - Ben Goessling, MASNSports.com

• NATS MINOR LEAGUE UPDATES: 

• "Bryce Harper and Brad Peacock have been selected to represent the Nationals in the All-Star Futures Game, a showcase of the sport's top prospects." - "Harper, Peacock in Futures Game" - Mark Zuckerman, NatsInsider.com

• Class-A Auburn: "For the third game in a row, the Doubledays' pitching was brilliant. Wirkin Estevez went five, allowing just one hit, and three Doubledays' relievers did the rest in a 7-2 win at Falcon Park over Mahoning Valley." - "Pitching dominates in fifth straight win" - Auburn Doubledays News

Class-A Hagerstown: "Suns LHP Matt Grace (8-5), the winning pitcher of record, went 6.0 innings and allowed three earned runs on five hits, while walking one and fanning six." - "Hagerstown Uses Long Balls to Beat Greensboro 6-3" - Hagerstown Suns News

• Class-A Potomac: Eury Perez - 1 for 5, 2B, R, 2 RBI's; Adam Olbrychowski - 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K's - Potomac Nationals Scoreboard

• Double-A Harrisburg: "Erik Davis pitched six strong innings and allowed two runs, one earned, for his fourth win on the season." - "Senators win rain-shortened game over Richmond" - Terry Byrom, Harrisburg Senators News

• Triple-A Syracuse: "[Craig Stammen] fired eight and one-third strong innings, allowing just two runs (one earned), in the longest outing of the season for any Syracuse hurler." - "Chiefs beat Braves behind Stammen's gem" - Syracuse Chiefs News

• "Friday’s News & Notes" - NationalsProspects.com

• Your Daily Message From The Dalai Lama On Twitter (@DalaiLama): "Without a sense of equanimity, unbiased love and compassion cannot even get started."

SHARKNATSTOWN: 

• "I also understand that their is a lot pressure managing a Shark and it can be a little to much for some..." - "Loch Nix Monster Sacrifice" - Sharkadina: Roger Bernadina's Unofficial Blog

NATSTOWN: 

• "Here's the one thing we can say with confidence after a few hours to digest the news that Jim Riggleman has quit as Nationals manager..." - "Riggleman Goes Postal" - Steven, FJB

• "We'd like to say that Mike Rizzo is innocent here, but he may not be. If what Riggs has said to the media is true, and all he wanted was a meeting about the 2012 option..." - "Dissecting Riggleman's Resignation" - Joe Drugan, Capitol Baseball

• "But when Nats general manager Mike Rizzo came out to address the media following the game, and not Riggleman, we all knew something had gone horribly wrong." - Shot Through The Heart!" - Will Yoder, The Nats Blog

• "Rizzo then went on in some length with his side of the proceedings, relating how Riggleman gave him an ultimatum to pick up his option for next year or he wouldn't get on the team bus to the airport for the road trip." - "No Winners Today at Nats Park in Wake of Riggleman Resignation" - Dave Nichols, NatsNewsNetwork

• "But that's not the story. Riggleman is the story because he's the one that made the terrible decision. He's the one that screwed up, not Rizzo." - "More Thoughts" - Harper, Nationals Baseball

• "Don’t blame Rizzo for not giving what Riggleman wants.  Offering an extension for two weeks of good play is an irrational decision." - "Riggleman comes off bad" - District on Deck | A Washington Nationals Blog

• "Suffering with confusion, anger and paranoia over his contract, Riggleman put an ultimatum to the Nationals' front office: Pay me by the end of Thursday's game or else." - "Selfish Riggleman played chicken, lost in a walk-off" - MASNSports.com, Nationals Buzz: Drew Kinback

NL EAST UPDATES: 

Braves"Joe Mather opted for free agency rather than be sent back to Triple-A by the Braves." - "Mather chooses free agency over Triple-A" - David O'Brien, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Mets: "Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez told the Daily News Thursday that he would not rule out a change in roles to go to a contending team such as the Yankees." - "Mets closer K-Rod open to setting up for Mariano Rivera in Yankees bullpen if teams work out trade" - Kristie Ackert, New York Daily News

Marlins: "'It’s definitely going to be weird to play a home game in front of 30,000 Seattle fans,' said Wes Helms..." - "Florida Marlins at home on the road against Seattle Mariners" - Manny Navarro, MiamiHerald.com

Phillies: "In 'Philly Land,' 77 percent of fans root for the Phillies and only 14 percent are self-described Yankees fans." -  "Poll: Phillies a distant 2nd in N.J. popularity" - Jen Dobias, Courier-Post, courierpostonline.com

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