GM: Riggleman a 'legitimate candidate'

Updated: September 30, 2009, 6:05 PM ET
Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- Jim Riggleman knows this routine. He takes over as interim manager of a major league club that's headed for 100 losses, posts a better winning percentage than his predecessor and then is listed as a contender for the permanent job.

That scenario is playing out with the Washington Nationals in 2009, precisely the way it did for Riggleman with the Seattle Mariners in 2008.

He did not get the full-fledged job in Seattle. He hopes things will turn out differently in Washington, ...

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