NEWS AND TRIBUNE
Former major-league manager Jim Riggleman will manage the Louisville Bats in 2013. Riggleman will become the third Bats’ manager in as many years following Rick Sweet (2005-2011) and David Bell (2012). The Cincinnati Reds have yet to name the Bats’ hitting coach or pitching coach for 2013.
Riggleman, 60, will join the Bats for his second season in Reds’ player development. He was the manager of the Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos in 2012 and compiled a 68-70 record.
Riggleman is the former manager of the San Diego Padres (1992-94), Chicago Cubs (1995-99), Seattle Mariners (2008) and Washington Nationals (2009-11). In his 12 seasons as a major-league manager, he compiled a 662-824 record and in 1998 led the Cubs to the playoffs.
Riggleman has more than 30 years of experience as a manager or coach, including portions of 19 seasons at the big league level, after beginning his coaching career in 1981 in the St. Louis Cardinals organization.
This will be Riggleman’s third stint in Louisville. He served as a coach with the Louisville Redbirds in 1982 before leaving in June for another position. He also spent time in Louisville during the 1998 season as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals’ player development staff.
“We are extremely happy to announce that Jim will be managing in Louisville in 2013,” said Reds’ assistant director of player development Jeff Graupe. “Jim brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the position that will be instrumental to the team’s success at the AAA level, while also preparing our players for the major leagues.”
The Bats open their 2013 season at Louisville Slugger Field with a Budweiser Game Time Happy Hour on Thursday, April 4 against the Toledo Mud Hens at 6:35 p.m. From 5:30-7 p.m., Budweiser and Bud Light will be sold for $1.
Bats’ single-game tickets for the 2013 season are currently on sale as part of the December pre-sale. Fans can purchase tickets for all 72 home games, including Thunder Over Louisville on Saturday April 20, opening night and the Independence Day fireworks show on Wednesday, July 3.
Tickets will be available to purchase online (www.batsbaseball.com/tickets) through Thursday, Dec. 20. Tickets also will be available through the Louisville Slugger Field advance box office, located at Main and Preston streets, through Dec. 20, Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Phone orders may be placed by calling during regular box office hours at 1-855-228-8497.
Fans also can purchase the 2013 Louisville Bats Christmas Pack. It includes eight Flex Game ticket vouchers, offering fans the flexibility in choosing the games they want to see. Plus a free Bats logo fleece set, including gloves, hat and scarf will be in the pack. The Christmas pack costs $59.
Call the Bats front office at 502-212-2287, or visit www.batsbaseball.com, for more information on Christmas packs, full season tickets, mini-plans, group outings and suite rentals.
— News and Tribune