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James David Riggleman (born November 9, 1952 in Fort Dixmarker, New Jerseymarker) is a Major League Baseball manager who presently manages the Washington Nationals. He previously managed the San Diego Padres, Chicago Cubs, and Seattle Mariners.

Playing career

Riggleman was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1974 amateur draft out of Frostburg State Universitymarker. He was assigned to the double-A level Waterbury Dodgers, where he played third base and second base. During the 1976 season, Riggleman transferred to the St. Louis Cardinals, where he was assigned to the double-A Arkansas Travelers and played in both infield and outfield. His career peaked at the triple-A level, which he reached in the Cardinals organization in 1977 and 1979. His career ended after the 1981 season at the age of 28.

Coaching and managing career

In 1983, Riggleman became manager of the St. Petersburg Cardinals, a class-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals. He managed at the double-A level in the Cardinals organization—including with the Arkansas Travelers, the team which he spent most of his playing career with—and at the triple-A level in the San Diego Padres organization.

Riggleman made his major league managerial debut with the Padres late in the season—after already managing a full season with the triple-A Las Vegas Stars—due to the late season departure of Greg Riddoch, and was retained through the season.

In he became manager of the Chicago Cubs. In , Riggleman's Cubs earned a wild card postseason appearance that ultimately resulted in a loss to the Atlanta Braves in the National League Division Series. The 1998 Cubs also saw right fielder Sammy Sosa chasing and ultimately breaking Roger Maris' single-season home run record. Riggleman would manage the Cubs through the season. He then spent – as bench coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers under manager Jim Tracy.

Riggleman began the 2008 season as the bench coach for the Seattle Mariners under new manager John McLaren. He was promoted to interim manager upon McLaren's dismissal on June 19, 2008, but was not retained by the Mariners after the season ended. He was then named bench coach for the Washington Nationals for the season, and was promoted again to interim manager on July 12, 2009 following Manny Acta's midseason dismissal. Riggleman has since been retained as manager for the season, and has picked McLaren as his bench coach.


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