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Reds promote Jim Riggleman to Triple-A manager

Dec 12, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

Jim Riggleman Reuters

Jim Riggleman, who quit managing the Nationals in the middle of the 2011 season due to acrimonious contract negotiations and spent this year managing the Reds’ Double-A team, has been promoted to Triple-A.

Riggleman will manage Louisville of the International League, which is Cincinnati’s affiliate. He had a 68-70 record at Double-A while managing, among others, fastest man in baseball and top prospect Billy Hamilton.

When he stepped down as Nationals manager they had a 38-37 (.503) record. Since then they’ve gone 138-107 (.563) under Davey Johnson.

  1. proudlycanadian - Dec 12, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    A story about Riggleman that is actually true! Oh my! Contrary to stories by Olney and his ilk, the Jays never interviewed him.

  2. kkolchak - Dec 12, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    I guess we Nats fans should thank Riggleman for shooting himself in the foot so that Davey Johnson could get a head start on managing the ball club.

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Dec 12, 2012 at 2:59 PM

      And Davey got a good start shooting HIMSELF in the foot! 😉

      • kkolchak - Dec 12, 2012 at 3:29 PM

        Yep–that division title and the best record baseball thing really sucked.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Dec 12, 2012 at 3:45 PM

        Did a lot of the Phillies in 2011….when they in fact DID have the best record 😉

  3. Old Gator - Dec 12, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    Riggleman’s made it nearly all the way back. At Triple-A, Virgil drops out and Beatrice takes over to guide him the rest of the way back to the show.

  4. sknut - Dec 12, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    You must love managing if your willing to manage AA and AAA after being in the bigs for so long. The transition can’t be easy.

  5. humanexcrement - Dec 12, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    Riggleman and Bobby Valentine probably did a lot of commiserating together in Beltway watering holes after walking away from gigs with the Nats and the Orioles at exactly the wrong time. Then again, who’s to say it would have worked out as well as it did with Riggleman in Washington and Valentine in Baltimore? Probably it wouldn’t have, but still, it’s got to sting knowing you had a golden opportunity as a manager and didn’t take it.

  6. yahmule - Dec 12, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    I was hoping this jackass would be blackballed for at least ten years.

  7. recoveringcubsfan - Dec 12, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    I believe this headline should read: Riggleman returns to managing AAA team decades after first signing-on with the Cubs.

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