Jim Riggleman managed the Padres, Cubs, Mariners and Nationals. (Rob Carr / Getty Images)
A former big-league manager whose experience, and profile, at least qualified him for consideration by the Tigers, said Monday he has not been contacted about Detroit’s managerial opening.
Jim Riggleman, who now manages the Triple A Louisville Bats, said that while he would “be interested in returning to the major leagues,” the Tigers have not contacted him or requested an interview.
“I’m sure Dave and his staff are putting together a good list of candidates,” said Riggleman, speaking of Tigers front-office chief Dave Dombrowski. “But there’s no particular reason to think I would be considered.”
In fact, Riggleman has the background Dombrowski has indicated would be helpful as he considers successors to retired Tigers manager Jim Leyland.
Riggleman, 60, directed the Padres, Cubs, Mariners and Nationals during a 12-year big-league managerial career that ended in 2011, when he left the Nationals at midseason amid a contract dispute.
His record as a big-league skipper is 662-824, although Riggleman was saddled with challenged rosters at all of his stops, which included a fire-sale season at San Diego when the Padres went 61-101.
Riggleman was an infielder in the Dodgers and Cardinals organizations before turning to coaching and managing.
The Tigers continue to interview candidates, with current coach Lloyd McClendon, and Dodgers coach Tim Wallach, believed to be the top contenders for a job Dombrowski likely will fill in the days, or even hours, following this year’s World Series.