Jim Riggleman
Riggleman with the Cincinnati Reds
Born: (1952-11-09) November 9, 1952 (age 71)
Fort Dix, New Jersey, U.S.
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
MLB statistics
Games managed1,630
Win–loss record726–904
Winning %.445
As manager
As coach

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.

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 1972 and 1973 he played collegiate summer baseball with the Falmouth Commodores of the Cape Cod Baseball League, and was named a league all-star in 1973.[2][3][4] He was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1974 MLB Draft,[5] and was assigned to the double-A level Waterbury Dodgers, where he played third base and second base.[6] 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.[6]

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, in the Florida State League. He next 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.[6]

San Diego Padres (1992–1994)

Riggleman made his major league managerial debut with the San Diego 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.[7] He finished with a record of 112 wins and 179 losses.[7]

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.[7] He finished with a record of 374 wins and 419 losses.[7]

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

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.[9] Riggleman picked McLaren as his bench coach. Riggleman hired Burton Rocks as his agent to negotiate his managerial deal with the Washington Nationals in November 2009.[10][11] 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 the team had yet to pick up his contract option for the 2012 season. He said he told team management before the game 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.[12][13] He finished with a record of 140 wins and 172 losses.[7]

Cincinnati Reds (2012–2018)

For the 2012 season, Riggleman managed the Cincinnati Reds AA minor league affiliate, the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, ending the season with a 68–70 record.[14] On December 12, 2012, Riggleman was promoted to manage the Reds' Class AAA team, the Louisville Bats, in 2013.[15] On January 6, 2014, the Reds announced Riggleman would return as manager of the Bats in 2014.[16] On November 10, 2014, the Reds announced Riggleman would be their third base coach for the 2015 season[17] 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.[18]

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 the manager of the Billings Mustangs in the Pioneer League for the 2022 season.[19][20]

Managerial record

As of games played on September 30, 2018.[21]
Team Year Regular season Postseason
Games Won Lost Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
SD 1992 12 4 8 .333 interim
SD 1993 162 61 101 .377 7th in NL West
SD 1994 117 47 70 .402 fired
SD Total 291 112 179 .385 0 0
CHC 1995 144 73 71 .507 3rd in NL Central
CHC 1996 162 76 86 .469 4th in NL Central
CHC 1997 162 68 94 .420 5th in NL Central
CHC 1998 163 90 73 .552 2nd in NL Central 0 3 .000 Lost NLDS (ATL)
CHC 1999 162 67 95 .417 6th in NL Central
CHC Total 793 374 419 .472 0 3 .000
SEA 2008 90 36 54 .400 interim
SEA Total 90 36 54 .400 0 0
WSH 2009 75 33 42 .440 interim
WSH 2010 162 69 93 .426 5th in NL East
WSH 2011 75 38 37 .507 resigned
WSH Total 312 140 172 .449
CIN 2018 144 64 80 .444 interim
CIN Total 144 64 80 .444 0 0
Total 1630 726 904 .445 0 3 .000

See also


  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. ^ "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. ^ "Player Stats". Cape Cod Baseball League. Retrieved July 13, 2023.
  5. ^ "Jim Riggleman - Stats". The Baseball Cube. Retrieved October 29, 2022.
  6. ^ a b c "Jim Riggleman Minor League Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved November 20, 2009.
  7. ^ a b c d e f "Jim Riggleman Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved November 20, 2009.
  8. ^ "Mariners fire McLaren; bench coach Riggleman takes over". ESPN. Associated Press. June 19, 2008. Retrieved June 19, 2008.
  9. ^ "Manny Acta replaced by Jim Riggleman as Washington Nationals manager". ESPN. July 13, 2009. Retrieved July 13, 2009.
  10. ^ "Burton Rocks". CAS Resources for Faculty and Staff. Stony Brook University. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved March 29, 2015.
  11. ^ Kuttler, Hillel (October 6, 2012). "Riggleman, Who Left, Wants Back In". New York Times. Retrieved October 6, 2012.
  12. ^ Brunell, Evan. "Nationals manager Jim Riggleman resigns". Archived from the original on October 16, 2012.
  13. ^ "Jim Riggleman steps down as Nationals manager after Thursday's win". MLB.com. Retrieved June 23, 2011.
  14. ^ Kilgore, Adam (December 4, 2011). "Jim Riggleman will manage the Reds' Class AA team next year". The Washington Post. Retrieved December 4, 2011.
  15. ^ 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.
  16. ^ Rosecrans, C. Trent (January 6, 2014). "Jim Riggleman returns to Triple-A Louisville". The Cincinnati Enquirer.
  17. ^ Sheldon, Mark (November 11, 2014). "Reds name Jim Riggleman third-base coach". MLB.com. Archived from the original on January 5, 2016.
  18. ^ 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.
  19. ^ "Ex-Cubs skipper Jim Riggleman hired to manage minor-league Billings Mustangs". Chicago Sun-Times. Associated Press. February 9, 2022.
  20. ^ "Billings Mustangs announce new field manager for 2023 Pioneer League baseball season". MontanaSports.com. January 25, 2023. Retrieved June 1, 2023.
  21. ^ "Jim Riggleman Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference.
Sporting positions
Preceded by St. Petersburg Cardinals Manager
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Preceded by Arkansas Travelers Manager
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Preceded by St. Louis Cardinals First Base Coach
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Preceded by Las Vegas Stars Manager
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Preceded by Cleveland Indians Third Base Coach
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Preceded by Los Angeles Dodgers Bench Coach
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Preceded by Seattle Mariners Bench Coach
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Preceded by Washington Nationals Bench Coach
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Preceded by Cincinnati Reds Third Base Coach
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Preceded by New York Mets Bench Coach
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