Riggleman to Pensacola

Greetings from Dallas: The Reds and their new Double-A affiliate in Pensacola appear to be close to announcing the hire of Jim Riggleman as that team’s new manager.

Two baseball sources confirmed to MLB.com that Riggleman will be the man for the job with the Southern League team but the details of the deal were still being worked out.

The Washington Post broke the story.

The Reds have not made any announcement, and have an organizational policy to let its Minor League affiliates reveal their own coaching staffs.

This would be Riggleman’s first on-field job since his stunning decision last June to resign as the manager of the Nationals big league club over displeasure with his contract situation.. At the time of his departure, Washington had won 11 of 12 games. From 2009-11, Riggleman had a 140-172 record.

After his departure from the Nationals, Riggleman worked as a scout for the Giants.

Riggleman and Reds general manager Walt Jocketty have a history together. Riggleman served as the Minor League field coordinator for the Cardinals while Jocketty was that team’s GM.


Should Dusty be worried?

If the Reds win, he has nothing to be worried about. And knowing him and from the experience of 2010, he doesn’t get worried about being in so-called “lame duck” contract years.

Delighted to see Jim Riggleman back managing. Watched him his entire time in DC, and admired the way he managed the Nat’s. He’s an excellent mgr. and will do a good job for Walt Jocketty (who knows his abilities very well from his days as the Card GM). Mike Rizzo never gave him an oz. of backing while he was the Nat’s mgr. and treated him as if he should be happy anyone would give him a job. I completely understand his frustration with Rizzo’s refusal to even talk with him (despite his winning 11 of 12 and taking the Nat’s above .500 for the first time in yrs.) No one likes to be treated like a lackey. Riggleman deserved waaay more. Good for the Reds! Dusty needs not be concerned……unless the Reds continue to perform under their expectations. Then, any mgr. knows what that brings about.

No matter what happens it looks very good for the future.

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