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Giants hire Jim Riggleman as special assignment scout

Jul 14, 2011, 10:16 PM EDT

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He must have nailed the interview.

Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News passes along notice that the Giants hired former Nationals manager Jim Riggleman on Thursday evening to serve as a “special assignment scout,” primarily covering the National League East.

Riggleman abandoned his post as Nationals skipper on June 23 due to a contract dispute. It’s not yet known if he will try to pursue other management jobs this offseason or remain in a scouting capacity with the Giants. And that decision probably won’t be made until the end of the 2011 regular season.

Riggleman has a 662-824 career managerial record. He was 38-37 this year with the surprising Nationals.

  1. natstowngreg - Jul 14, 2011 at 10:15 PM

    glad to hear it

  2. bleedgreen - Jul 14, 2011 at 10:30 PM

    Or maybe everyone actually knows the Nationals to be such a joke of an organization that no one blames him for walking out on them.

  3. Elwood Larf - Jul 15, 2011 at 1:04 AM

    No one really knows what happened behind the scenes–maybe the Nats front office all but told him he wasn’t coming back after the season, but at least he could have ridden out the season with a decent chance of being able to say that he turned one of the worst teams in baseball into a winner. At this point in Riggelman’s career, he was lucky to have a job, let alone a long-term contract.

    • bleedgreen - Jul 15, 2011 at 8:12 AM

      Or maybe he was told repeatedly that he would be given a deal, his option would be picked up no problem, and then he found out they were talking to people to replace him? That’d make me quit if my company kept telling me I was in line for a big raise and a long contract, only to find out they’d been interviewing my replacement the whole time.

  4. aceshigh11 - Jul 15, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    He’ll be in charge of scouting out hot little coeds at the local bar. NICE.

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