Reds formally announce hiring of Riggleman

Reds formally announce hiring of Riggleman

Reds formally announce hiring of Riggleman
DALLAS -- The Reds' new Double-A affiliate in Pensacola, Fla., formally announced the hiring of Jim Riggleman as manager on Monday night.

"Ending a blogospheric whirlwind of speculation and anonymously sourced reports, the Pensacola Blue Wahoos today confirmed that Jim Riggleman will be managing the Double-A franchise of the Cincinnati Reds," the affiliate announced.

Two baseball sources confirmed to on Sunday that Riggleman would be the man for the position with the Southern League team.

This will be Riggleman's first on-field job since his stunning decision last June to resign as the manager of the Nationals over displeasure with his contract situation. At the time of his departure, Washington had won 11 of 12 games. From 2009-11, Riggleman had a 140-172 record.

After his departure from the Nationals, Riggleman worked as a scout for the Giants.

"I missed being on the field and in uniform," Riggleman said. "In San Francisco, Brian Sabean and Bruce Bochy offered me the opportunity to work with them last season in a scouting position. With their blessing, I was given the freedom to look for a job in uniform for the 2012 season."

Riggleman and Reds general manager Walt Jocketty have a history together. Riggleman served as the Cardinals' Minor League field coordinator when Jocketty was that team's GM.

"I have great respect for Walt and the whole staff of people he put together in Cincinnati," Riggleman said.

The 59-year-old Riggleman has also previously managed in the Majors for the Padres, Cubs and Mariners.

"He's a very good baseball man and he's very good at player development," Jocketty said of Riggleman. "We thought it would be good to have him in the organization in that role."

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.