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    Jim Riggleman: Please make it stop

    I keep seeing national scribes mention that Jim Riggleman is "the leading candidate" or "one of the leading candidates" to be the Reds' next manager.

    Dear God, please make this untrue. What is it about Riggleman that is appealing? His horrible record as a big league manager? Him quitting on the Nationals midseason in 2011?

    If we hire Riggleman, it will be a huge mistake. Good news is that I have faith in Bob Castellini and don't think he would make such a boneheaded move.

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    Re: Jim Riggleman: Please make it stop

    Managerial records is no way to determine the quality of a manger. Joe Torre and Joe Maddon both had TERRIBLE records. Then out of the blue they had very good records. Did they all of a sudden learn to manage or did they get a team with actual talent? I would lay a ton of money on they got a team with actual talent.

    Not saying I am backing up Jim Riggleman, but I am so tired of seeing people use a managers win/loss record as a reason to want or not want a guy or to say he is or isn't good.

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    Re: Jim Riggleman: Please make it stop

    I'd use Riggleman quitting mid season over a contract dispute rather than finishing the year as a valid reason not to want him, though.
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    Re: Jim Riggleman: Please make it stop

    Quote Originally Posted by RedlegJake View Post
    I'd use Riggleman quitting mid season over a contract dispute rather than finishing the year as a valid reason not to want him, though.
    Agreed on this. Be a professional and honor the contract. Also I fear that Riggleman would be too old school for my liking.

    I think a big part of the reason why Riggleman gets mentioned as a "leading" candidate is he's the biggest name candidate that happens to work in the organization. Now I still don't think Walt will hire Riggleman, but it's hard to say what Walt will do, since the only manager he's ever hired is La Russa.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaulyOH View Post
    Agreed on this. Be a professional and honor the contract. Also I fear that Riggleman would be too old school for my liking.

    I think a big part of the reason why Riggleman gets mentioned as a "leading" candidate is he's the biggest name candidate that happens to work in the organization. Now I still don't think Walt will hire Riggleman, but it's hard to say what Walt will do, since the only manager he's ever hired is La Russa.
    I would agree with you most of the time (99%). But maybe this guy stood up for what he thought was right, which NEVER happens in the face of the almighty dollar. And the one time it did happen, we say, Be a pro, honor the contract (accept the dollars). Just a thought..........
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    Re: Jim Riggleman: Please make it stop

    Quote Originally Posted by RedlegJake View Post
    I'd use Riggleman quitting mid season over a contract dispute rather than finishing the year as a valid reason not to want him, though.
    I understand that reasoning, but I'm not certain I believe that's a fatal blow to his candidacy either. There's often more to the picture. Certainly since he did that, it's been talked about as a death knell for any future aspirations to be a big league manager. I'll echo Doug's caveat - I'm not advocating for him one way or the other. And I agree with Doug that prior record as a manager is not indicative of what someone can do - and, as he said, Joe Torre is case in point number one.
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    Torre’s track record was decent even before he got to the Yankees. He did get off to an awful start with five awful years with the Mets, but after that had a winning record in five of nine seasons with the Braves and Cardinals (and three of the years he was under .500 were not full seasons). He won a six-team division under the old format with Atlanta and never finished worse than third (mostly in a six-team division) when he was with a team for a full season.
    Riggleman, by contrast, has three winning seasons in 12 years (including the shortened 1995 season and his 38-37 final season in Washington). His only 90-win season (1998 with Chicago) was sandwiched by two 90-loss seasons. In a full season, he has one second-place finish and one third-place finish.
    After he left a San Diego team that went 47-70 in 1994, the Padres went 70-74 and 91-71 the next two years.
    After he left a Cubs team that went 67-95 in 1999, the Cubs went 65-97, then 88-74 the next two years.
    If you want to count the Mariners, they went 36-54 with him (.400), then 85-77 the next year.
    There’s nothing in Riggleman’s track record that tells me he gets his teams to play any better than anyone else would.

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    Re: Jim Riggleman: Please make it stop

    To be fair to Riggleman, do you think he was put in situations where he couldn't win with minimal talent?
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    Re: Jim Riggleman: Please make it stop

    Jim Riggleman has all the appeal of a sharp stick in the eye.

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    There are rumors Walt is interested, and there is mutual interest from Paul O'Neil. Seems like a good fit as long as he keeps most of the same staff except maybe the hitting coach Jacoby. O'Neil could maybe bring in a former Red like Sabo or get Terry Pendleton off the Braves staff to replace him. Right now Mark Grace is unemployed, he would make a great hitting coach as well, especially with so many left handers on the team.

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    Re: Jim Riggleman: Please make it stop

    Quote Originally Posted by Lewdog View Post
    There are rumors Walt is interested, and there is mutual interest from Paul O'Neil. Seems like a good fit as long as he keeps most of the same staff except maybe the hitting coach Jacoby. O'Neil could maybe bring in a former Red like Sabo or get Terry Pendleton off the Braves staff to replace him. Right now Mark Grace is unemployed, he would make a great hitting coach as well, especially with so many left handers on the team.
    Good ideas - Sabo and O'Neil are close (I think). Sabes would keep the team loose that's for sure plus O'Neil and him could show off their 6 combined rings.
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    There are a lot of industry rumnblings that Jim Riggleman is going to end up with that Reds managerial job

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    Re: Jim Riggleman: Please make it stop

    This is exactly why I was saying to people who wanted Dusty fired to be careful what you wish for. I can see this happening. Not thrilled about it, but you might want to get behind this because I think it's a real possibility.

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    Re: Jim Riggleman: Please make it stop

    As a player how could you ever put full trust in a guy that quit on his players midway through a season?

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    Re: Jim Riggleman: Please make it stop

    The Reds are an attractive job. Many say that Washington is a more preferable landing spot, but this is a team with a MVP 1b, All Stars at 2B and RF and one of the best rotations in baseball. The Reds should be able to pick whoever they want...

    That's why I'd be disappointed with Riggleman. Not saying that the biggest name would be the best for the job, but I doubt teams with a managerial opening have been ringing Walt up and asking to talk to Riggleman, let alone clubs with a team full of talent that is a few moves away from being able to win a pennant or World Series. There are better options out there.


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