MIAMI – Cincinnati Reds Interim Manager Jim Riggleman, managing at the Major League level for the first time since 2011, is hopeful that he will continue as manager beyond the next week.
The Reds will conduct a managerial search in the offseason and president of baseball operations Dick Williams said Riggleman will receive an interview for the permanent position.
“You know what, like I’ve said, I’m really happy that I’ve been able to do this,” Riggleman said. “Hope I continue to do it. Just really respect whatever the decision that the ownership, president and general manager of the club, whatever they come up with, I’ll respect that decision. Certainly, I want to continue.”
The Reds entered Friday’s game against the Miami Marlins with a 63-73 record under Riggleman. He took the interim position when Bryan Price was fired in the middle of April.
Riggleman has spent the last seven seasons in the Reds organization, managing for three seasons in the Reds’ minor league system.
Is it easier heading into his interview knowing he will likely have a job in baseball?
“I prefer to be here, but I don’t know that I’ll be in baseball,” Riggleman said. “You can’t take it for granted. I have some great friends of mine in baseball, who have been in the game for as long as I have, who are now out of the game. All these jobs are precious whether you’re managing, coaching or minor league managing, coaching, roving instructors; all these jobs, you can’t take it for granted that any of them are going to be open.”
Riggleman said he thought he was going to be in the St. Louis Cardinals’ organization forever when he was promoted to his first Major League staff in 1989.
The Cardinals cleaned house in 1990, changing their entire Major League coaching staff.
“Since ’90, I’ve been with 10 organizations,” Riggleman said. “Some of those years I was scrambling to get a job, some of those years I had my choice of jobs. You don’t know what way it’s going to fall.”
It’s the 13th season Riggleman has managed a Major League team. He’s still learning on the job, navigating the new trend across baseball with quicker hooks for starting pitchers.
“There’s a lot more information out there now to dissect,” Riggleman said. “It’s good information. We use it and sort it out to see how we can best use it. You’re not just learning in that respect, but you’re learning as you talk to your coaches. Just in conversation, you go, ‘Wow, I never really thought about that,’ which is hard to believe as long as we’ve all been in the game.”