Former Nationals Manager Jim Riggleman will interview Wednesday with the New York Mets to become the team’s bench coach, a person with knowledge of the plans said today. The Mets released bench coach Ken Oberkfell at the end of the season, and Mets Manager Terry Collins called Riggleman last week to gauge his interest in the position.
Riggleman resigned abruptly as the Nationals’ manager over a contract dispute this June immediately following a victory that gave the Nationals their best winning stretch in six years. He served as Nationals manager from the middle of the 2009 season until this year, going 140-172. He came to the Nationals in 2009 as Manny Acta’s bench coach.
Riggleman’s unusual and stunning departure led some to wonder if he would resurface in baseball. It turns out that he might with one of the Nationals’ divisional rivals.