Jim Riggleman

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Jim Riggleman
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Riggleman with the Cincinnati Reds
Manager
Born: (1952-11-09) November 9, 1952 (age 66)
Fort Dix, New Jersey
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB statistics
Games1,630
Win–loss record726–904
Winning %.445
Teams
As manager
As coach

James David Riggleman (born November 9, 1952) is an American manager and coach. He was most recently the interim manager of the Cincinnati Reds of Major League Baseball.

During his playing career, Riggleman was an infielder and outfielder in the Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals minor league systems from 1974 to 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 to 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 managerial job was with the Nationals, a post he resigned from on June 23, 2011. Subsequently, he was employed as a scout with the San Francisco Giants. In 2015 he became a coach with the Cincinnati Reds. On April 19, 2018, he became interim manager after Bryan Price was fired.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Riggleman was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1974 amateur draft out of Frostburg State University.[2] He was assigned to the double-A level Waterbury Dodgers, where he played third base and second base.[3] 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.[3]

Coaching and managing career[edit]

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.[3]

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.[4] He finished with a record of 112 wins and 179 losses.[4]

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.[4] He finished with a record of 374 wins and 419 losses.[4] He then spent the period from 2001 to 2004 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,[5] but was not retained by the Mariners after the season ended. He finished with a record of 36 wins and 54 losses.[4]

Washington Nationals[edit]

Riggleman with the Nationals

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.[6] Riggleman picked McLaren as his bench coach. Jim Riggleman hired Burton Rocks as his agent and he negotiated his managerial deal with the Washington Nationals in November 2009.[7] [8] The Nationals retained Riggleman 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.[9][10] He finished with a record of 140 wins and 172 losses.[4]

Cincinnati Reds[edit]

For the 2012 season, Riggleman managed the Cincinnati Reds AA minor league affiliate Pensacola Blue Wahoos, ending the season with a 68-70 record.[11] On December 12, 2012, Riggleman was promoted to manage the Reds' Class AAA team, the Louisville Bats, in 2013.[12] On January 6, 2014, the Reds announced that Riggleman will return as manager of the Bats in 2014.[13] On November 10, 2014, the Reds announced that Riggleman will be their third base coach for the 2015 season[14] replacing Steve Smith. On April 19, 2018, Riggleman was named interim manager after the firing of Bryan Price.[1] He was not retained as the manager after the 2018 season.[15]

Managerial record[edit]

As of September 30, 2018
Team From To Regular season record Post–season record
G W L Win % G W L Win %
San Diego Padres 1992 1994 291 112 179 .385
Chicago Cubs 1995 1999 793 374 419 .472 3 0 3 .000
Seattle Mariners 2008 2008 90 36 54 .400
Washington Nationals 2009 2011 312 140 172 .449
Cincinnati Reds 2018 2018 144 64 80 .444
Total 1630 726 904 .445 3 0 3 .000
Ref.:[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Axisa, Mike (April 19, 2018). "Last-place Reds fire manager Bryan Price, name Jim Riggleman interim". CBS Sports. Retrieved April 19, 2018.
  2. ^ "Jim Riggleman Batting Statistics". The Baseball Cube. Archived from the original on October 5, 2009. Retrieved November 20, 2009.
  3. ^ a b c "Jim Riggleman Minor League Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved November 20, 2009.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "Jim Riggleman Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved November 20, 2009.
  5. ^ "Mariners fire McLaren; bench coach Riggleman takes over". ESPN. Retrieved 2008-06-19.
  6. ^ "Manny Acta replaced by Jim Riggleman as Washington Nationals manager". ESPN. Retrieved 2009-07-13.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-04-02. Retrieved 2015-03-29.
  8. ^ Kuttler, Hillel. "Riggleman, Who Left, Wants Back In". New York Times. Retrieved 2012-10-06.
  9. ^ "Nationals manager Jim Riggleman resigns".
  10. ^ "Jim Riggleman steps down as Nationals manager after Thursday's win". MLB.com. Retrieved 2011-06-23.
  11. ^ Kilgore, Adam (4 December 2011). "Jim Riggleman will manage the Reds' Class AA team next year". The Washington Post. Retrieved 4 December 2011.
  12. ^ Dalga, Cody (October 18, 2013). "Jim Riggleman May Be Top Candidate for Cincinnati Reds Manager Position". Sports Media 101. Archived from the original on July 6, 2017.
  13. ^ Rosecrans, C. Trent (January 6, 2014). "Jim Riggleman returns to Triple-A Louisville". The Cincinnati Enquirer. Archived from the original on January 8, 2014.
  14. ^ Sheldon, Mark (November 11, 2014). "Reds name Jim Riggleman third-base coach". MLB.com. Archived from the original on January 5, 2016.
  15. ^ Nightengale, Bobby (October 20, 2018). "Cincinnati Reds managerial search: Jim Riggleman was told he is out of the running". The Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved October 21, 2018.

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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
Jeff Newman
Cleveland Indians Third Base Coach
2000
Succeeded by
Joel Skinner
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
Preceded by
Steve Smith
Cincinnati Reds Third Base Coach
2015
Succeeded by
Billy Hatcher
Preceded by
Jay Bell
Cincinnati Reds Bench Coach
2016–2018
Succeeded by
Pat Kelly