Jim Riggleman is the interim manager of the Cincinnati Reds, replacing Bryan Price after the latter was fired Thursday.
Here are five things to know about the new man in charge:
1. The 65-year-old has been involved in professional baseball since 1974.
The Los Angeles Dodgers drafted Riggleman out of Frostburg State in the fourth round in 1974.
He spent eight seasons playing in the minor leagues, mostly in Double-A.
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2. Riggleman has previously managed four MLB teams.
The New Jersey native managed the Padres from late 1992-94 then spent five seasons with the Chicago Cubs, part of one with the Seattle Mariners and two-plus seasons with the Washington Nationals.
3. His best team won 90 games.
The 1998 Chicago Cubs went 90-73 under Riggleman and won the National League Wild card.
That team’s second-place finish is the highest for any of Riggleman’s teams. His career record as a manager is 662-824, a .445 winning percentage.
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4. Riggleman famously walked out of the Nationals in 2011.
Washington finished in third place in 2011, but Riggleman wasn’t around to see it.
He resigned in June over a dispute about his job security.
"I know what the right thing to do is," Riggleman said at the time according to the Washington Post. "You don't keep a manager on a one-year deal in major league baseball. I'm not happy about it. I just feel in my heart it's the right thing to do."
5. 2018 is Riggelman’s seventh season working for the Reds.
He joined the Reds player development department in 2012 as manager of Double-A Pensacola before spending two years managing the Triple-A Louisville Bats.
He joined the major-league club as third base coach in 2015 and was in his third season as bench coach before being promoted Thursday.
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