The Cincinnati Reds will not have Jim Riggleman in the organization in 2019. Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer had the news first.

The Cincinnati Reds interviewed Jim Riggleman for their managerial job after the season. He took over for Bryan Price in April as the interim manager. While it could be viewed as a sort of “thank you” interview for taking over a tough gig in 2018 and being a company man, if the team weren’t truly interested in seeing what he had to say and still brought him in to interview, that would be disappointing. The fact that he was brought in probably says that the organization liked at least some of the things he was bringing to the table.

The Reds had told several of the other coaches who stepped up in roles back in April when Price and pitching coach Mack Jenkins were let go, that if they didn’t remain on the big league coaching staff that they would have jobs in the minor leagues or other parts of the organization if they wanted them. I don’t recall hearing if that was extended to Jim Riggleman or not.

Current manager David Bell will be back in Cincinnati this week and he is looking to get started on finding his coaching staff. Perhaps he indicated that he wanted a different direction in the job that Jim Riggleman may have been willing to fill. Perhaps this was a decision made by Riggleman, who wanted to explore other opportunities after not getting the job as manager. Either way, he won’t be back with the organization. How the coaching staff stacks up will be interesting to see. Will anyone from the staff come back? I’d imagine so. I think the bigger question is who from that group will, versus who will be coming in from the outside.


Jon Heyman is reporting that it was the Reds decision and chose to not ask Jim Riggleman to return for the 2019 season.

16 Responses

  1. Michael Smith

    This off season is the gift that keeps on giving for your content.

    • Scott C

      I have always thought (no proof) that this was the case, although it may have been Riggleman going around Williams and Krall straight to Castinelli

      • MK

        You have to bet if Riggleman and Castelini had that type relationship Riggleman would still be the Manager.

        If you read about analytics the reason Jocketty was pushed out in St. Louis was his resistance to analytics. Might be the same reason in Cincinnati

      • RedsinWashst

        We know from John Fay that the owner and Riggleman were having weekly meetings. This would have been a perfect time to go around the FO. I did not see much difference between Price and Riggleman. Good to clear the slate and start fresh.

  2. Norwood Nate

    I think this is wise. Too much connection to the old staff, the owner, etc. Let Bell put together his guys.

    • Bill

      Exactly! Management needs to give the new leadership team every opportunity to succeed. I would have been shocked if Riggleman would have been retained on the coaching staff. I think even the front office might have been too close. My guess is Riggleman will end up on another team’s coaching staff.

  3. RedsKoolAidDrinker

    Is that the type of question that might be asked in an interview— what staff might you keep and not keep and why?

  4. MikeD

    This makes sense. I think I like Darwin and would not mind him being the pitching coach.

    • victor vollhardt

      While I believe that “analytics” is a very important part of the game—– it and those who only think with that particular tool and can’t see what is happening (in the moment) right in front of their eyes are setting themselves and their team for failure. I invite everyone who cares about the Reds to go online and read the Los Angeles Times (Front pages and sport pages) for the last three days—As Roberts and the front office (especially the front office) are ripped for being slaves to only one set of ideas. The Red Sox use analytics (Bill James works in their front office!!), but they won because they could makes changes on the fly and sometimes not make any changes and went by what their “eyes” told them. This was especially true with their temperament to let a pitcher to continue on if he was on a roll.

  5. victor vollhardt

    The Red Sox used their talented (yes better than Dodgers I agree) players to the best advantage as play unfolded. They were good and got the best out of them as the ebb and flow of the game(s) moved on. Many times (due to mind set and preconceived notions) the Dodgers did not even have their best players on the field. They went with “charts” and ignored even the “hot” players. Freese is a good example–is he the best player—NO, but for this series he was hot at bat and even in the field and was taken out (or not played) at various times. Thinking must be balanced and you to have to be able to respond to what is happening. Roberts is should not have to take all the blame—he is not allowed to respond the way he wants(within set limits) and is up for renewal and they are holding that over his head. This is what I read in the papers and it looked that way on TV.

    • MuddyCleats

      Agree! Emphasis on topic is completely overrated IMO. Can it b helpful – yes, but u can’t ignore what takes place between the lines.

      • MuddyCleats

        And Riggleman did an outstanding job consider what he had 2 work w/. U want 2 watch a bunch of young players – go to a minor league game. If I am paying ML ticket prices, I expect to watch ML talent. IF Reds want 2 improve there performance & attendance, they would b wise 2 remember those 2 things!