Giants hire former Nats skipper Jim Riggleman to scout

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The San Francisco Giants have hired former Washington Nationals manager Jim Riggleman as a special assignment scout.

This job means that Riggleman will scout teams on an as-needed basis and he will primarily cover the teams within the National League East.

Riggleman surprisingly abandoned his position as Nationals manager on June 23 because of a contract dispute.  He wanted the team to pick up his contract option to give him extra job security which the team declined to do.  Washington went on a stretch in which they won 11 of 12 games, and management told Riggleman that despite the great streak they would not discuss his contract option.  Rather than manage the season potentially as a lame duck with little job security, Riggleman offered his immediate resignation.

At the time, it is not known if he will try to pursue other management jobs in the upcoming off-season, or if he will remain with the Giants as a scout.  Specific terms of his hiring were not disclosed in that regard, and any decision by Riggleman relating to managerial jobs isn’t expected to be made until the end of the 2011 regular season.

As a manager, Riggleman has a 662-824 record.  This season before his resignation, he had a record of 38-37 with the surprising Washington Nationals.  His stint with the Nationals ended with a total record of 140-172.

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