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Jim Riggleman Doesn't Like Being A Small-Ball Manager

Boy, Jim Riggleman seems really worked up over being labeled a small-ball manager. Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post transcribes comments Riggleman made on the radio about it, and more than anything, I'm impressed with the dedication he had to defending himself. Fair or unfair, it's just a label. Tony La Russa is a small-ball manager, and it doesn't seem to bug him. So why does it bug Riggleman?


OK, fine, we know the answer to that: one is winning more games than the other. Still, if you're a Nationals fan and you really are peeved that Riggleman resorts to what you think are "small-ball tactics," aren't you kind of happy that he's so adamantly against that?