Jim Riggleman

James David Riggleman (born November 9, 1952) is an American former Major League Baseball (MLB) manager and bench coach who coached with several teams between 1989 and 2019. He is currently the manager for the Billings Mustangs of the independent Pioneer League.

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

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 the Reds' interim manager after Bryan Price was fired.[1]

Playing career

Riggleman attended Frostburg State University. In 1973 he played collegiate summer baseball with the Falmouth Commodores of the Cape Cod Baseball League and was named a league all-star.[2][3] He was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1974 MLB Draft,[4] and was assigned to the double-A level Waterbury Dodgers, where he played third base and second base.[5] 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. Riggleman's playing career ended after the 1981 season at the age of 28.[5]

Coaching and managing career

St. Louis Cardinals (1983–1990)

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.[5]

San Diego Padres (1992–1994)

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.[6] He finished with a record of 112 wins and 179 losses.[6]

Chicago Cubs (1995–1999)

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.[6] He finished with a record of 374 wins and 419 losses.[6]

Los Angeles Dodgers (2001–2004)

Riggleman spent the period from 2001 to 2004 as bench coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers under manager Jim Tracy.

Seattle Mariners (2008)

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,[7] but was not retained by the Mariners after the season ended. He finished with a record of 36 wins and 54 losses.[6]

Washington Nationals (2009–2011)

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.[8] 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.[9][10] 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.[11][12] He finished with a record of 140 wins and 172 losses.[6]

Cincinnati Reds (2012–2018)

For the 2012 season, Riggleman managed the Cincinnati Reds AA minor league affiliate Pensacola Blue Wahoos, ending the season with a 68–70 record.[13] On December 12, 2012, Riggleman was promoted to manage the Reds' Class AAA team, the Louisville Bats, in 2013.[14] On January 6, 2014, the Reds announced that Riggleman would return as manager of the Bats in 2014.[15] On November 10, 2014, the Reds announced that Riggleman would be their third base coach for the 2015 season[16] 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.[17]

New York Mets (2019)

Riggleman was named the bench coach of the New York Mets on November 26, 2018, and was not retained after the 2019 season ended.

Billings Mustangs (2022)

Riggleman was named the manager of the Billings Mustangs on February 9, 2022.[18]

Managerial record

As of games played on September 30, 2018.[19]
TeamYearRegular seasonPostseason
GamesWonLostWin %FinishWonLostWin %Result
SD1992 1248.333interim
SD1993 16261101.3777th in NL West
SD1994 1174770.402fired
SD Total291112179.38500
CHC1995 1447371.5073rd in NL Central
CHC1996 1627686.4694th in NL Central
CHC1997 1626894.4205th in NL Central
CHC1998 1639073.5522nd in NL Central03.000Lost NLDS (ATL)
CHC1999 1626795.4176th in NL Central
CHC Total793374419.47203.000
SEA2008 903654.400interim
SEA Total903654.40000
WSH2009 753342.440interim
WSH2010 1626993.4265th in NL East
WSH2011 753837.507resigned
WSH Total312140172.449
CIN2018 1446480.444interim
CIN Total1446480.44400
Total1630726904.44503.000

See also

  • List of St. Louis Cardinals coaches

References

  1. Axisa, Mike (April 19, 2018). "Last-place Reds fire manager Bryan Price, name Jim Riggleman interim". CBS Sports. Retrieved April 19, 2018.
  2. "Seattle picks ex-Orleans catcher Servais as new skipper". CapeCodBaseball.org. Cape Cod Baseball League. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  3. Curran, Mike (July 16, 1973). "Chatham Lands 7 All-Stars". Cape Cod Standard-Times. Hyannis, MA. p. 16.
  4. "Jim Riggleman - Stats". The Baseball Cube. Retrieved October 29, 2022.
  5. "Jim Riggleman Minor League Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved November 20, 2009.
  6. "Jim Riggleman Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved November 20, 2009.
  7. "Mariners fire McLaren; bench coach Riggleman takes over". ESPN. Associated Press. June 19, 2008. Retrieved June 19, 2008.
  8. "Manny Acta replaced by Jim Riggleman as Washington Nationals manager". ESPN. July 13, 2009. Retrieved July 13, 2009.
  9. "Burton Rocks". CAS Resources for Faculty and Staff. Stony Brook University. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved March 29, 2015.
  10. Kuttler, Hillel (October 6, 2012). "Riggleman, Who Left, Wants Back In". New York Times. Retrieved October 6, 2012.
  11. Brunell, Evan. "Nationals manager Jim Riggleman resigns". Archived from the original on October 16, 2012.
  12. "Jim Riggleman steps down as Nationals manager after Thursday's win". MLB.com. Retrieved June 23, 2011.
  13. Kilgore, Adam (December 4, 2011). "Jim Riggleman will manage the Reds' Class AA team next year". The Washington Post. Retrieved December 4, 2011.
  14. 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.
  15. Rosecrans, C. Trent (January 6, 2014). "Jim Riggleman returns to Triple-A Louisville". The Cincinnati Enquirer.
  16. Sheldon, Mark (November 11, 2014). "Reds name Jim Riggleman third-base coach". MLB.com. Archived from the original on January 5, 2016.
  17. 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.
  18. "Ex-Cubs skipper Jim Riggleman hired to manage minor-league Billings Mustangs". Chicago Sun-Times. Associated Press. February 9, 2022.
  19. "Jim Riggleman Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference.
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
Preceded by
Rich Hacker
St. Louis Cardinals First Base Coach
1989–1990
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Pat Kelly
Las Vegas Stars Manager
1991–1992
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Jeff Newman
Cleveland Indians Third Base Coach
2000
Succeeded by
Joel Skinner
Preceded by Los Angeles Dodgers Bench Coach
2001–2004
Succeeded by
Jim Lett
Preceded by
Mike Goff
Seattle Mariners Bench Coach
2008
Succeeded by
Preceded by Washington Nationals Bench Coach
2009
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Steve Smith
Cincinnati Reds Third Base Coach
2015
Succeeded by
Preceded by Cincinnati Reds Bench Coach
2016–2018
Succeeded by
Pat Kelly
Preceded by New York Mets Bench Coach
2019
Succeeded by
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