Tag:Jim Riggleman
Posted on: December 4, 2011 6:13 pm

Report: Reds hire Riggleman to manage in minors

Jim RigglemanBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Jim Riggleman will be back in the dugout this spring, managing the Reds' Double-A affiliate in Pensacola, Fla., Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports.

Riggleman resigned as the Nationals manager in June after he was told the team wouldn't negotiate an extension. He resigned just after the team won its 11th game in its last 12. After resigning from the Nationals, Riggleman served as a scout with the Giants for the rest of the season.

Riggleman was 140-172 with the Nationals and he's 662-824 in parts of 12 seasons managing the Padres, Cubs, Mariners and Nationals. 

The 59-year-old worked for Reds general manager Walt Jocketty in St. Louis, when he served as the team's minor league field coordinator.

David Bell was the manager of the Reds' Double-A Carolina team last season before being promoted to manager at Triple-A Louisville.

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Posted on: October 31, 2011 1:19 pm
Edited on: November 14, 2011 9:16 pm

Potential replacements for La Russa

By Matt Snyder

It's back to reality in St. Louis. The Cardinals got to bask in the glory of their World Series championship for a few days, culminating with a parade Sunday afternoon. Afterwards, manager Tony La Russa told the players he's retiring. Monday morning, the move was announced in a press conference at Busch Stadium.

So it's back to business for general manager John Mozeliak. Here are a few names that might be considered -- or at least names that people might be throwing around the rumor mill in the next few days:

Terry Francona - It feels like he's got to be the immediate front-runner, though this is only speculation. Francona won two pennants and two World Series championships in eight seasons for the Red Sox, piling up a .574 winning percentage despite playing in the toughest division in baseball. He needed to get out of Boston and he did, but that doesn't mean he's averse to another job immediately.

Joe Maddon - Maddon took over the embarrassment that was the Devil Rays back in 2006. In 2008 they were just the Rays and playing in the World Series. These Rays are a perennial contender and Maddon's as much a part of that as anyone. There's no question Maddon is one of the best managers in baseball, but would he leave Tampa Bay? If Mozeliak wants Maddon, he needs to sell Maddon on the difference in experience between Tampa Bay's financial woes, low fan support and awful facilities to what he'd get in St. Louis.

La Russa retires
Terry Pendleton - He played the first seven years of his career for the Cardinals (1984-1990), was the Braves' hitting coach from 2001-2010 and is currently the Braves' first-base coach. Pendleton has been connected to Cardinals via rumors in the past (when La Russa was reportedly mulling retirement) and has also been reportedly considered to be named the manager of both the Nationals and Braves at different times. He seems like one of those guys on the cusp of getting his first shot, so maybe it happens here.

Bobby Valentine - Hey, there's a managerial opening, so we have to throw Valentine's name in the ring, right? I actually think it's a rule, so don't blame me for falling in line.

Ryne Sandberg - Sandberg is probably closer to getting his first shot than Pendleton, but both the Red Sox and Cubs are likely strongly considering him. It would be another slap in the face to the rival Cubs if the Cardinals hired the Hall of Famer (he played the overwhelming majority of his career for the Cubs -- just a heads-up to those historically challenged), but should that even be a consideration in the hiring process?

Jose Oquendo - Another former Cardinals player, the versatile Oquendo was with St. Louis from 1986-1995. He has been the Cardinals' third-base coach since 2000 and has interviewed for several other managerial openings. Oquendo also served as the manager for Puerto Rico in each of the first two World Baseball Classics.

Jim Riggleman - Riggleman played in the Cardinals' minor-league system and also managed at both the Class-A and Double-A levels for the Cardinals back in the early 1980s. He's a very highly respected baseball man, but his track record as a manager isn't sparkling. He's managed 12 seasons and made the playoffs just once (the 1998 Cubs, who had to win a one-game playoff to take the wild card). Also, the manner in which he resigned this past season from the Nationals' managerial post can't leave teams pining to hire Riggleman.

Joe Torre - Um, yeah, he's not going to manage anymore. Don't waste your time even thinking about this one.

Dave Duncan - The best pitching coach in the game is too valuable in his current role. Plus, not many pitching coaches make a successful transition to manager. I can't see the Cardinals taking this route.

Mark McGwire - One year of being a hitting coach doesn't mean he's ready to be a big-league manager. There are so many more qualified guys to have the manager job, I don't see Big Mac even being a consideration.

Albert Pujols - Hey, the White Sox considered Paul Konerko as a player-manager, right? And what better way to afford Pujols than to give him the salaries for both the manager and a superstar first baseman. Plus, he's been calling hit-and-run for years! (This is a joke, by the way. Pujols is not going to be even considered).

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Posted on: October 26, 2011 3:26 pm
Edited on: November 14, 2011 9:24 pm

Davey Johnson will stay on as Nationals' manager

Davey JohnsonBy C. Trent Rosecrans

It's hardly a surprise, but Davey Johnson will return to the Washington Nationals as manager in 2012, but the team is just waiting until the end of the World Series to make the announcement, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo told reporters on a conference call Wednesday.

"We're just waiting for an opportunity to make an announcement," Rizzo said, according to the Washington Post.

Rizzo said he and Johnson have talked about the coaching staff for next season and will finalize that after the World Series, though no major changes are expected.

The Nationals went 40-43 under Johnson last season, finishing third in the NL East. He took over after the bizarre exit of Jim Riggleman, who quit when he didn't get an extension.

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Posted on: July 15, 2011 9:52 am
Edited on: July 15, 2011 2:47 pm

Pepper: About those wins, losses

By Matt Snyder

One of the things I find most lame in the world of baseball writing is how there's a huge fight between those who love sabermetrics and those who oppose it as if it's the worst thing in the history of mankind. Accusations are hurled in each direction, whether it's a "mother's basement" insult or an insinuation that the other party is a moron. I try to not get involved, as I believe there's merit to different things on both sides, but one area where I feel strongly is that using wins and losses to judge pitchers is stupid.

Example number infinity happened last night during the Cubs-Marlins game. Matt Garza threw seven shutout innings, but Carlos Marmol was deplorable in the ninth (zero IP, five earned runs). The Cubs lost. So Garza didn't get the win.

I just have a question for the people who like to puff their chests out and use the "mother's basement" term on people who don't like using wins and losses: Where does Bob Brenly live? The Cubs' color man, who was an All-Star catcher and has a World Series ring from a managerial stint, said, "win-loss record is not a good way to judge a pitcher" once Marmol blew the game.

FIGHTING DEPRESSION: Mets reliever Taylor Buchholz is suffering from what seems like a very serious case of depression. He's likely to miss the entire season and things do not sound good (Springfield Patch).

EXPENSIVE MIDDLE RELIEVER: The Yankees spent a pretty penny ($35 million over three years) this offseason to bring Rafael Soriano in as their eighth-inning man. What they've gotten in return is a 5.40 ERA, an attitude the New York media has questioned and a long stint on the DL. In the meantime, David Robertson has excelled, even making the All-Star team. Soriano is close to coming back now, but what will his role be? We don't know, because Yankees' skipper Joe Girardi wouldn't say. It does feel unlikely the Yankees immediately promote him past Robertson, though. (NJ.com)

DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM? Cubs manager Mike Quade had to fly commercially after the All-Star Game and he must have looked suspicious. He was retained for 40 minutes by TSA and given a full-fledged pat-down. Quade said he didn't tell the officials who he was, but hoped they would ask. (Chicago Tribune)

WORKING IT: Royals first round pick Bubba Starling is committed to playing football for Nebraska and the negotiations with the Royals are ongoing. Reportedly, Starling is likely to sign with the Royals eventually, but he's really working his bluff, as he's attending voluntary workouts with Nebraska. For what it's worth, the Royals don't seem bothered by it. (Fox Sports KC)

15 MINUTES: Apparently all you have to do to get a short run at quasi-fame these days is be an idiot. (Arizona Republic)

NO MO WILY MO? One of the more entertaining players in the majors has to be Wily Mo Pena. He's hit five home runs in just 46 at-bats, but he also has 19 strikeouts with nary a walk. But he's about to be designated for assignment by the Diamondbacks, who will activate Geoff Blum from the DL. Brandon Allen will also be added to the roster while Juan Miranda is demoted to Triple-A. What about prospect Paul Goldschmidt? Nick Piecoro examines the issue (Arizona Republic).

THE PRICE IS RIGHT: Rays pitcher David Price was initially upset about giving up Derek Jeter's 3,000th hit -- which was also a home run, as we all know. Evidently, Price is over it, as he's now agreed to a deal to autograph items, such as baseballs, "I gave up DJ's 3K." (Tampabay.com)

BACK ON HIS FEET: Just a few weeks from walking away from the Nationals' managing gig, Jim Riggleman now has a job with the Giants as a special assignment scout. (Extra Baggs)

THERE SHE BLOWS: A minor-league game was postponed when heavy winds blew the outfield wall down at Lake Olmstead Stadium, home of the Augusta GreenJackets. It was reportedly a 50-foot section of an 18-foot high wall. (Augusta Chronicle)

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING: There were tons of scouts in the building to watch Rockies starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez Thursday. Upwards of 17 teams, that is (Fox Sports). And he's not going anywhere. The Rockies will have to be absolutely bowled over to cough him up, especially since he's relatively cheap for the next few years.

MORNEAU, ROBERTS PROGRESSING: Twins first baseman Justin Morneau has been cleared to resume baseball activities (MLB.com). Meanwhile, Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts has been allowed to increase his workload as he attempts to return from a concussion (MLB.com).

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Posted on: June 27, 2011 4:28 pm

Riggleman gets TV gig

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Former Nationals manager Jim Riggleman is employed again, as Comcast Sports Net Chicago announced Monday that Riggleman would join the network for this weekend's Cubs-White Sox series.

Riggleman will serve as an analyst on the pregame and postage shows.

We'll see if he quits during Sunday's game for not having a longer contract.

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Posted on: June 26, 2011 12:50 pm

McLaren to stay with Nats, as a scout

By Matt Snyder

For the second time in less than a week, a Nationals manager will work his final game in uniform for the club. Jim Riggleman resigned from his post amidst conflict with the front office after Thursday's victory and now-interim manager John McLaren will be reassigned to a scouting role after Sunday's game in Chicago against the White Sox (Bill Ladson via Twitter). Davey Johnson will take over as the full-time manager Monday.

The news comes a day after there were conflicting reports on McLaren's future -- though each were technically correct from a certain point of view. One report had McLaren resigning and another said he'd stay with the team. Well, it turns out he's going to stay with the Nationals but will not remain as the bench coach -- his role under Riggleman. So that means when Davey Johnson takes over as the Nationals manager, he'll also get a new bench coach.

The report that had McLaren resigning cited loyalty to Riggleman as part of the reason, and that appears to have some truth to it. McLaren reportedly told Riggleman in May, "If you leave, I'm going to leave." (Washington Post via Twitter)

For all the turmoil the Nationals have faced this week, this shuffling likely means the changes all come to an end Monday. The managerial shift will be complete and the new coaching staff will be in place. Meanwhile, the Nationals have won 12 of their last 14 games and are only 4-1/2 games behind the Braves for the NL Wild Card.

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Posted on: June 25, 2011 4:25 pm
Edited on: June 25, 2011 5:04 pm

Conflicting reports on McLaren resignation

By Matt Snyder

Having two managers resign within one week has to be some sort of record, right? While John McLaren is technically only an "acting" or "interim" manager, he's still at the helm of the Washington Nationals ... until Davey Johnson takes over Monday. Still, it was expected McLaren would be kept on as bench coach -- his role with the club since 2009 -- but instead he will likely resign from the job, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

Then again, MLB.com's Bill Ladson reports that McLaren is not leaving.

Johnson is expected to be announced the Nationals' new manager Monday, at which time it's been reported the Nationals will also reveal he's signed on through the 2012 season.

McLaren's resignation -- if it happens, which it might not -- would come less than a week after Jim Riggleman stepped down from the Nationals' managerial position. That resignation was quite shocking, considering the Nationals were playing as well as any other team in the majors at the time. Heading into Saturday, they had won 12 of their last 13 games. Riggleman felt disrespected by the organization due to salary and contract issues, so he stepped down. McLaren reportedly will resign due to loyalty to Riggleman and general frustration with the organization -- again, though, there's also a report he's sticking around.

Riggleman was 38-37 as the Nationals manager this season, while McLaren is 1-0.

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Posted on: June 24, 2011 3:21 pm
Edited on: June 24, 2011 5:10 pm

McLaren named Nats' interim manager

By C. Trent Rosecrans

John McLaren will be the Washington Nationals' manager tonight against the White Sox, the team announced today -- however, he's not expected to serve in that position past Monday. MLB.com's Bill Ladson tweets Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo is expected to name another manager by Monday.

McLaren served as the bench coach under manager Jim Riggleman, who resigned yesterday. McLaren was the Mariners' manager from July 2, 2007 to June 19, 2008. He replaced Mike Hargrove in Seattle, and oddly enough was replaced by Riggleman when he was fired. The Mariners went 68-88 under his stewardship.

According to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post (via Twitter), the Nationals are still trying to figure out what they want to do in a more long-term sense. Davey Johnson has been reported as the probable replacement. Kilgore quotes a source as saying, "The on-deck circle is empty for now," referring to what happens after McLaren.

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