Cards Instructs with Jim Riggleman – Hitters

In this second installment of a three-part, exclusive audio interview, St. Louis Cardinals Minor League Field Coordinator and Camp Coordinator Jim Riggleman offers his perspective on some of the top position player performances at the recently-completed 2006 Florida Winter Instructional League camp in Jupiter, Florida.

Speaking directly from the organization's Winter Instructional League camp in Jupiter, Florida, St. Louis Cardinals Minor League Field Coordinator and Camp Coordinator Jim Riggleman shares his thoughts on a number of the top position players in camp, including Jon Jay, Colby Rasmus, Jim Rapoport, Tyler Greene, Thomas Pham and more.


Come back for the final installment of this series, where Riggleman will focus on key pitching performances in camp this year.

Jim Riggleman was named to his current position in December, 2004. A former Cardinal minor leaguer and coach, Riggleman served as bench coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers (2001-2004) prior to his return to the Redbirds.

Riggleman has been a manager twice in the Majors, taking over the managerial duties for the San Diego Padres during the final 12 games of the 1992 season and continued managing the team through 1994. He was named manager of the Chicago Cubs in 1995, remaining at the helm through 1999. Riggleman guided the Cubs to a 90-73 mark in 1998 and a postseason berth as the Wild Card team, finishing third in Associated Press Manager of the Year voting.

Riggleman began his professional career when he was selected by the Dodgers in the fourth round of the 1974 free-agent draft. The Cardinals acquired the infielder/outfielder during 1976 and he went on to spend six seasons playing in the Cards' minor league system before being named a coach at Arkansas (Double A) in 1981.

Riggleman managed in the Cardinals' organization through 1988 and was named the team's Director of Player Development in June of that year. He was Whitey Herzog's first base coach during the 1989 and 1990 seasons. He has also served as the third base coach for the Cleveland Indians during 2000.

Link to Part One: "Cardinals Winter Instructional League Recap"

Link to Roster: "Cards 2006 Winter Instructional League Roster"

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