With a few adjustments to their coaching staff leaving vacancies in the hitting, bullpen, and bench coach positions, the Brodie Van Wagenen and the Mets’ coaching staff already have their sights set on former Cincinnati Reds interim manager Jim Riggleman (first reported by Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports).
Riggleman, 65, recently left the Reds’ organization after being passed over for a full-time position in favor of David Bell, ending a six-year tenure in which he managed a series of minor league teams before leading his team to a 64-80 record that, while unfortunate, came off the heels of a miserable 3-15 start that prompted the firing of Bryan Price.
Riggleman may best be remembered by Mets fans for his work with the Washington Nationals, where he inherited an interim position following a horrid 2009 campaign under Manny Acta, winning 33 of the team’s final 75 games before eventually resigning in the middle of the 2011 season due to a contract dispute. His club was 38-37 at the time.
Riggleman also managed the San Diego Padres and Chicago Cubs from 1992-1994 and 1995-1999, respectively. Needless to say, his experience in the National League would be a clear boon for Mickey Callaway, who received no such guidance on his bench this past season.
As far as we know, Riggleman is the only candidate that has been contacted, and according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, no announcements are expected to be made until after the GM meetings this week, but keep in touch for more updates as the Mets search continues.