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UPDATE: Mets to interview Jim Riggleman for bench coach job

Oct 10, 2011, 6:15 PM EDT

Jim Riggleman

According to Jon Heyman of, the Mets plan to interview former Nationals manager Jim Riggleman for their bench coach vacancy. The team has an opening after bench coach Ken Oberkfell was let go last week as part of a staff shakeup.

Riggleman stepped down as Nationals manager in June out of frustration with his contract situation, but has plenty of experience in the dugout and knows a thing or two about the National League East. He also has a good relationship with Mets manager Terry Collins dating back to their time together as teammates in the Dodgers’ minor league system.

Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reported last week that Riggleman, as well as former Athletics manager Bob Geren, former Mariners manager John McLaren, and former Phillies manager Larry Bowa were under consideration for the job.

UPDATE: Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that the Mets will also interview former Athletics manager Bob Geren for their bench coach opening. Geren compiled a 334-376 record over 4 1/2 seasons as manager in Oakland before being fired this June.

  1. Old Gator - Oct 10, 2011 at 6:32 PM

    He’s no Wally Backman, of course, but it’d be nice to have Riggleman on the bench to step in for Terry Collins when the Mets “underperform” again.

  2. tashkalucy - Oct 10, 2011 at 7:51 PM

    Personally I think the Mets should hire co-bench coaches….

    Craig Calcaterra and D.J. Short!

    Then Terry Collins could spend each game talking to them about the Red Sox, Yankees and Phillies.

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