November 6, 2012
Ex-Nationals skip Jim Riggleman not a Jays fit
By BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency
INDIAN WELLS, CALIF. - The known interview list of candidates for the vacant Blue Jays managerial job continues to grow.
Yet, none are considered leading contenders to replace John Farrell.
Jays third base coach Brian Butterfield flew from Maine to Toronto Oct. 27, was interviewed for two hours. Two days later he took a similar position with the Boston Red Sox.
Coach Luis Rivera, who had success managing double-A New Hampshire in the Jays system and managed three other seasons in the minors, flew from Puerto Rico to Toronto to be interviewed.
Both were on staff at the time of the interviews. The only other interview has been Los Angeles Dodgers third base coach Tim Wallach via phone.
Former Washington Nationals manager Jim Riggleman’s name has surfaced of late. Riggleman would fit the Jays desired need for an experienced hand, managing 1,486 games for the San Diego Padres, Chicago Cubs, Seattle Mariners and the Washington Nationals.
Riggleman bolted the Nationals 75 games into the 2011 season when he was unable to reach a contract extension.
Do the Jays replace a manager who left two years into a three-year deal, with a manager who left in the middle of his contract?