(Editor’s note: Mustangs release)
BILLINGS – The Billings Mustangs On Wednesday announced Jim Riggleman as Field Manager 2022.
Riggleman has managed five MLB clubs during his distinguished baseball career and is the Mustangs’ first manager to previously serve as a major league manager. He replaces 2021 manager Joe Kruzel, who has gone to Los Angeles to work Angel‘ Minor league system as field coordinator.
Riggleman, 69, has been a professional-level manager, coach or instructor for more than 40 years, including all or part of 17 seasons as manager for the Cincinnati Reds (2015-2018), Washington Nationals (2009-2011), Seattle Mariners (2008 ), Chicago Cubs (1995–1999) and San Diego Padres (1992–94). He has also served in the major leagues as a third base coach for the Indians (2000), first base coach for the Cardinals (1989-90), and bench coach for the Nationals (2009), Mariners (2008), and Dodgers (2001-04) worked ). He also managed the Reds’ Class AAA team in Louisville (2013-2014).
“I’m so excited to be appointed manager of the Billings Mustangs,” Riggleman said. “Baseball players across the country rave about Billings — the stadium, the fans, the city and the team. The story of great players who have come through Billings is truly something special. I look forward to the upcoming season and to seeing this amazing fanbase. Go Mustangs!”
“We couldn’t be more thrilled that Jim Riggleman has come to Billings to manage the Mustangs,” said team owner Dave Heller. “He’s a teacher, a strategist, and a man of great integrity who brings an encyclopedic knowledge of the game. I know that under Jim’s leadership, our players will play the game right, with pride and passion. It’s a great honor to have him at Billings and a testament to our team, the City of Billings and the Pioneer League that a man his size would choose to lead. We are very happy that he is leading the Mustangs.”
“On behalf of the Pioneer League, I’m delighted to have a baseball fineman like Jim Riggleman leading our Billings Club,” said Mike Shapiro, President of the Pioneer League. “Beyond his distinguished career as a manager and coach, Jim is known in baseball as one of the really good, straight guys. He is loved and respected by everyone. It’s an honor to bring someone of your pedigree into our league.”
The Mustangs begin their second season as an MLB “Partner League” club on Wednesday, May 25th, in Missoula against the Paddleheads. The Mustangs open at home in Dehler Park on Saturday night, May 28thth, against one of the league’s two new teams, the Northern Colorado Owlz. The first homestand of the season continues through Memorial Day weekend when the Mustangs host the Owlz for three games, ending with an afternoon game on Memorial Day Monday, May 30thth, when all Veterans, Reservists, Guardsmen and Active Duty Military can participate for only $1.00. Please visit billingsmustangs.com and follow the Mustangs on social media for ticketing information, team news and more.