Former Nationals manager Jim Riggleman will not be a familiar face in the National League East next season (at least not yet.) Riggleman interviewed for the New York Mets open bench coach job on Wednesday but reports coming out of New York, including one from the Star-Ledger’s Andy McCullough, said Riggleman has been informed that the team is going in a different direction.
UPDATE: Riggleman’s agent, Burton Rocks, has confirmed that Riggleman was informed he would not be getting the bench coach position.
Riggleman, who abruptly resigned his post as Nationals manager in late June and was replaced with Davey Johnson, had been scouting for the San Francisco Giants for the second half of the 2011 season. In confirming that Riggleman would be brought in to interview for the Mets’ bench coach job, a source indicated to the Washington Times on Monday that while Riggleman hadn’t had any other formal offers to join coaching staffs thus far this offseason, there had been a significant amount of well-wishers and offers of support to the former Nationals’ skipper in the wake of his resignation. Other opportunities do seem to be a possibility for Riggleman.
Several reports out of New York said the Mets are set to hire former Oakland A’s manager Bob Geren for the open bench coach position on Terry Collins’ staff.