Jim Riggleman

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Jim Riggleman
Nats manager Jim Riggleman.jpg
Manager and Coach
Born: (1952-11-09) November 9, 1952 (age 61)
Fort Dix, New Jersey
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Career statistics
Games 1486
Win-Loss record 662-824
Winning % .445
Teams

As Manager

James David Riggleman (born November 9, 1952 in Fort Dix, New Jersey) is the current manager of the Cincinnati Reds Triple-A affiliate Louisville Bats. He is a former Major League Baseball manager and coach. Riggleman was an infielder and outfielder in the Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals minor league systems from 1974–1981. After his playing career ended, he managed in the Cardinals and San Diego Padres minor league systems until 1992, when he became the Padres' manager. From 1992–2011 Riggleman managed the Padres, Chicago Cubs, Seattle Mariners, and Washington Nationals, and also served as a major league coach with the Dodgers, Mariners, and Nationals between his managerial stints. His most recent major league coaching job was as manager of the Nationals, a post he resigned from on June 23, 2011. Subsequently, he was employed as a scout with the San Francisco Giants. He is currently employed as the manager of the Louisville Bats, a Class AAA team affiliated with the Cincinnati Reds, after coaching the inaugural Class AA team with the same organization, the Pensacola Blue Wahoos to a 68-70 record.

Playing career

Riggleman was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1974 amateur draft out of Frostburg State University.1 He was assigned to the double-A level Waterbury Dodgers, where he played third base and second base.2 During the 1976 season, Riggleman transferred to the St. Louis Cardinals, where he was assigned to the double-A Arkansas Travelers and played in both infield and outfield. His career peaked at the triple-A level, which he reached in the Cardinals organization in 1977 and 1979. His career ended after the 1981 season at the age of 28.2

Coaching and managing career

In 1983, Riggleman became manager of the St. Petersburg Cardinals, a class-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals. He managed at the double-A level in the Cardinals organization—including with the Arkansas Travelers, the team which he spent most of his playing career with—and at the triple-A level in the San Diego Padres organization.2

Riggleman made his major league managerial debut with the Padres late in the 1992 season—after already managing a full season with the triple-A Las Vegas Stars—due to the late season departure of Greg Riddoch, and was retained through the 1994 season.3

In 1995 he became manager of the Chicago Cubs. In 1998, Riggleman's Cubs earned a wild card postseason appearance that ultimately resulted in a loss to the Atlanta Braves in the National League Division Series. Riggleman would manage the Cubs through the 1999 season.3 He then spent 20012004 as bench coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers under manager Jim Tracy.

Riggleman began the 2008 season as the bench coach for the Seattle Mariners under new manager John McLaren. He was promoted to interim manager upon McLaren's dismissal on June 19, 2008,4 but was not retained by the Mariners after the season ended.

Riggleman was named bench coach for the Washington Nationals for the 2009 season, and was promoted to interim manager on July 12, 2009 following Manny Acta's midseason dismissal.5 Riggleman picked McLaren as his bench coach. He was retained as manager for the 2010 and 2011 seasons, but on June 23, 2011, he resigned as manager of the Nationals after a win against the Seattle Mariners and after the team won 11 of its previous 12 games. Riggleman was unhappy that the team had yet to pick up his contract option for the 2012 season. He said he told team management before the game that he "wanted to have a conversation" about his contract before the team left for a series against the Chicago White Sox, but "they didn't want to do that," so he offered his resignation. "I'm 58, I'm too old to be disrespected," he said.67

Later career

Riggleman was employed as a "special assignment scout" for the San Francisco Giants.8

For the 2012 season, he managed the Cincinnati Reds AA minor league affiliate Pensacola Blue Wahoos, ending the season with a 68-70 record.9

On December 12, 2012, Riggleman was promoted to manage the Reds' Class AAA team, the Louisville Bats, in 2013.10 On January 6, 2014, the Reds announced that Riggleman will return as manager of the Bats in 2014.11

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Nick Leyva
St. Petersburg Cardinals Manager
1982-1984
Succeeded by
Dave Bialas
Preceded by
Dave Bialas
Arkansas Travelers Manager
1985-1988
Succeeded by
Darold Knowles
Preceded by
St. Louis Cardinals First Base Coach
1989-1990
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Pat Kelly
Las Vegas Stars Manager
1991-1992
Succeeded by
Russ Nixon
Preceded by
Jim Tracy
Los Angeles Dodgers Bench Coach
2001-2004
Succeeded by
Jim Lett
Preceded by
Mike Goff
Seattle Mariners Bench Coach
2008
Succeeded by
Lee Elia
Preceded by
Pat Corrales
Washington Nationals Bench Coach
2009
Succeeded by
Pat Corrales









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