Former Nationals manager Jim Riggleman may not be heading back to the majors as it was once rumored this offseason, but he does have a new home.
The former Nats skipper has been promoted within the Cincinnati Reds organization to manager of the Triple-A Louisville Bats. Riggleman coached the team’s Double-A affiliate for the 2012 season.
John Fay of the Cincinnati Enqurirer first reported the hire.
Riggleman is one step closer to getting back to Major League Baseball after his abrupt resignation from the Nationals in June of 2011. He had originally taken the post as an interim manager in 2009 and left the team because of a contract dispute moments after a win against the Seattle Mariners. His first position after leaving Washington was a scouting role with the San Francisco Giants.
Riggleman and the Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos went 68-70 in 2012 and placed fourth in the South Division of the Southern League. He posted a 140-172 record (.449%) in 312 games with the Nationals from 2009-2011. He had previously managed the Padres, Cubs, and Mariners and holds a career record of 662-824 across 12 MLB seasons.
In November rumors surfaced that Riggleman was being considered for the Toronto Blue Jays, but the team went with John Gibbons instead.