DALLAS -- The Reds and their new Double-A affiliate in Pensacola appear close to announcing the hire of Jim Riggleman as that team's new manager. Two baseball sources confirmed to MLB.com that Riggleman will be the man for the job with the Southern League team -- the Pensacola Blue Wahoos -- but the details of the deal were still being worked out. The Reds have not made any announcement, because it's organization policy to let its Minor League affiliates reveal their own coaching staffs.
This will be Riggleman's first on-field job since his stunning decision last June to resign as the manager of the Nationals' big league club 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. 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. The 59-year-old Riggleman has also previously managed in the Majors for the Padres, Cubs and Mariners.