Mets bring on Riggleman to serve as bench coach
The New York Mets continued their coaching staff shake-up on Monday, announcing longtime MLB manager Jim Riggleman is the team's new bench coach.
He replaces Gary DiSarcina, who will serve as the team's third base coach in 2019.
According to multiple reports, the biggest reason for replacing DiSarcina on the bench was new Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen's desire to have someone with managerial experience sitting next to current New York manager Mickey Callaway on the bench.
"Jim brings a wealth of experience to the coaching staff," Van Wagenen said in a statement. "His familiarity with the National League will be a great asset."
Riggleman has managed 1,630 regular-season game over 13 seasons in the majors, compiling a 726-904 record. A dozen of those 13 seasons were spent in the NL with San Diego (three seasons), Chicago (five), Washington (three) and Cincinnati (one). He managed 90 games in Seattle in 2008, taking over after John McLaren was fired.
It was a situation similar to last season, when Riggleman took over the Reds after the team fired Bryan Price.
"I'm thrilled to be joining the Mets coaching staff," Riggleman said in a statement. "I can't wait to get underway. I think this team has a lot of potential."
The New York Post also reported that Dave Magadan is "under consideration" to be the team's next hitting coach.
--Field Level Media
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