Remember this summer, when every national baseball pundit with a pen or a microphone was saying that Jim Riggleman's abrupt resignation from the Nationals would prevent the baseball lifer from ever managing an MLB club again?
Well, that might have been a bit premature. In fact, it seems that while Riggleman wasn't good enough for Mike Rizzo and company, the former Nats manager may be good enough for one of the most successful organizations in baseball over the last decade.
In a recent Boston Globe article, Riggleman was mentioned as a possible candidate to replace Terry Francona as Red Sox manager should Boston choose to expand its managerial search.
Ive been very happy with our candidates and our next manager could very well come from those candidates. But were not ruling out adding to that field," Boston GM Ben Cherington told the Globe. "Weve learned a lot asking each other questions. What is it we really need right now? Through that process, all of us have asked what our current needs are. We dont want to limit ourselves.
Boston has already interviewed Philadelphia bench coach Pete Mackanin, Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr., Tigers third base coach Gene Lamont and Blue Jays first base coach Torey Lovullo.