Reds Promote Bell, Bring Riggleman To Double-A
CINCINNATI—The Reds shook up the top of their minor league managing ladder.
David Bell moved up from Double-A Carolina to Triple-A Louisville. He replaces Rick Sweet, who had managed the Bats since 2004. Jim Riggleman will take over Bell's old managing job at Pensacola, the club's new Double-A affiliate.
The Riggleman hire was a major surprise. He walked away from managing the Nationals in July, a move many thought was a career killer.
"Not if you know the whole story," Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said. "Jim was field coordinator in St. Louis when I was there. He's a very, very good baseball man. He's very good in player development. We thought it would be good to have him in the organization in that role."
Riggleman was glad to be back in baseball.
"I'm excited about this opportunity to work with the Reds organization and be a part of Pensacola's venture into minor league baseball," he said. "Working and playing at the Double-A level has been one of the most fulfilling parts of my baseball career so far. It's a tremendous environment to work and play in, because these players have tremendous talent."
Sweet was re-assigned as a roving catching instructor. Bell, 39, managed Carolina from 2009-2011. He went 176-239.
"Record is the last thing you judge a minor league manager on—unless you stack the team, which we haven't done," said Bill Bavasi, the club's vice president of scouting, player development and international operations.
• The Reds signed righthander Andrew Brackman to a one-year major league contract, according to CBS Sports. The Yankees let Brackman, a product of Cincinnati's Moeller High, walk away after he went 3-6, 6.00 in Triple-A with 75 walks.
• The Reds announced that they have tentatively scheduled a game against their minor league all-stars the Tuesday before Opening Day at Great American Ball Park.