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Posts Tagged ‘Jim Riggleman.’

Reds’ newest bullpen member is Nick Christiani; replaces Jonathan Broxton

Right-handed reliever Nick Christiani, who has pitched the last two seasons at Triple-A Louisville, was told late Thursday morning when Bats manager Jim Riggleman told him he was going to the major leagues to pitch for the Reds.

He was getting his first promotion after the Reds placed Jonathan Broxton on the disabled list with flexor mass strain in his right forearm.

Nick Christiani (courtesy MLBpressbox.com)

Christiani was 6-5 with a 4.05 ERA, 15 walks and 48 strikeouts in 47 games this season for Louisville. Over his last 17 appearances, the 26-year-old had a 2.79 ERA. Of his 23 inherited runners, only three scored.

Christiani made his major league debut Friday night vs. the Milwaukee Brewers pitching 1 1/3 innings with 1 walk and 1 strikeout.

Reds hire Jim Riggleman as minor league manager

 

Jim Riggleman as Nationals manager on Bloggers Day (photo by MissChatter via wikipedia commons)

The Cincinnati Reds have announced that they’ve hired former major league manager Jim Riggleman to lead their new Double-A affiliate in Pensacola.

The Pensacola Blue Wahoos will play in the Southern League.

The new job will be Riggleman’s first in the dugout since his stunning decision to abruptly resign last June as the manager of the Washington Nationals over his contract situation when the team was in a hot streak, winning 11 of 12 games.

After leaving Washington, Riggleman worked as a scout for the San Francisco Giants.

Riggleman and Reds general manager Walt Jocketty have worked together before. Riggleman was the St. Louis Cardinals Minor League field coordinator while Jocketty was the team’s GM.

Riggleman, who is 59, has also managed the Padres, Cubs and Mariners.

 

Info compiled from the Cincinnati Reds

Riggleman not out of job long; resurfaces with SF Giants

Jim Riggleman (Nationals media guide photo)

Jim Riggleman is back in baseball.

The San Francisco Giants have hired the former Washington Nationals manager as a special assignment scout. He will work directly for Giants general manager Brian Sabean.

The hiring comes a month after Riggleman shocked the baseball world by abruptly resigned as the Nationals manager. On June 23, he told general manager Mike Rizzo that he wanted the team to show a commitment to him by picking up his option for the 2012 season, or he would quit, which he did.

 

Info compiled from the San Francisco Giants

 

Cubs manager Quade replaces Riggleman on N.L. All-Star staff

 

Mike Quade (courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

National League All-Star manager Bruce Bochy of the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday announced that Chicago Cubs manager Mike Quade will replace former Washington Nationals manager Jim Riggleman as a coach at the 82nd All-Star Game, which will be played on Tuesday, July 12th at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona and aired  FOX-TV Sports.

Quade, who is in his first season as manager of the Cubs, will join Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson and San Francisco’s coaches Tim Flannery, Mark Gardner, Roberto Kelly, Hensley Meulens, Dave Righetti and Ron Wotus, on Bochy’s All-Star staff.

 

Info courtesy of MLBpressbox.com

Bench coach McLaren named Nationals interim manager

John McLaren (courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

The Washington Nationals have named John McLaren as their interim manager, filling in a void created by the unexpected resignation Jim Riggleman.

The 59-year-old Nationals’ bench coach the past two years, takes the reins of the hottest team in Major League Baseball.

Riggleman quit on Thursday due to the fact club officials refused to discuss a contract extension.

McLaren is the Nationals’ fourth manager following Frank Robinson, Manny Acta and Riggleman, managed the Seattle Mariners for parts of two seasons where he compiled a combined 68-88 record.

He takes over a team that is just 8 1/2 games behind the Philadelphia Phillies in the NL East after winning 11 of its last 12 games.

 

Info courtesy of Washington Nationals

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