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Mets Hire Jim Riggleman As Bench Coach

November 27, 2018 - 8:54 am
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By WFAN.com

Mets manager Mickey Callaway now has a right-hand man with extensive experience.

The Mets announced Monday night that Jim Riggleman has been hired as the team's bench coach.

Riggleman, 66, has managed five different major league teams, including as interim manager of the Cincinnati Reds for 144 games this past season. The Fort Dix, New Jersey, native, also served as the manager of the San Diego Padres (1992-94), Chicago Cubs (1995-99), Seattle Mariners (interim in 2008) and Washington Nationals (2009-11).

He has worked in professional baseball as a coach or instructor since 1981.

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Riggleman replaces Gary DiSarcina, who has been reassigned to third-base coach. Glen Sherlock is moving from third base to first-base coach, and former first-base coach Ruben Amaro Jr. has shifted to the front office as an adviser.

"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 Mets went 77-85 under Callaway last season. Their rookie skipper was criticized for making several managerial mistakes, including submitting the incorrect batting order to umpires before a May 9 game against the Reds, leading to the team batting out of order.

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"I'm excited to have Jim's knowledge alongside me," Callaway said in a statement. "He'll be a tremendous resource for me and the entire coaching staff."

The Mets, meanwhile, are interviewing candidates for hitting coach after firing Pat Roessler earlier this month.